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In Den Garten Pharaos Original recording remastered, Import

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This is the second of the legendary Moog albums of Popol Vuh after their debut "Affenstunde" and was released in 1972. Originally just with 2 tracks and now for the first time with more than 20 additional minutes. And this by adding 2 previously unreleased Moog bonus tracks of 1970/1971. This has been a cult album and will become a new one.
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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00042YJII
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First off, I can't say anything about the two bonus tracks. I'm going to review the original release, which is what I own (on Spalax, probably). Experimental or ambient music gets a bad rap, maybe because any schmuck can burn up studio time twiddling and noodling and producing a halfway decent set of sonic textures. So many of these albums fall into the "meh" category; meaning that the music might be nice enough, but is somehow lacking. Lacking guts, lacking a really serious approach, lacking honesty. Fear not: Florian Fricke back in 1971 had his finger on the pulse of the cosmos, and this album is like the field notes from some very far-out explorations. Not overly psychedelic in a tacky way, the two songs here don't feature broad sonic strokes, but rather an accumulation of muted rhythms, buried washes of lovely old Moog noises, some clattery and strangely menacing drumming, and go on long enough to let you settle in and enjoy the spaces being created. In a way this is a precursor to New Age music; but somewhere along the way this ill-fated genre lost its focus on human experience in all its forms and decided (for the most part) to focus on feel-good pap. This is music made by a thinking passionate man, made to be heard with humility and awe. "Vuh" in particular is simply beyond beautiful. It's the soundtrack of a spacecraft crash-landing in a lush, green jungle, filled with natural but alien sounds, but somewhere beneath the bird cries and animal chatterings is the hum of distant machinery... humming louder... approaching?... the colours of the jungle are changing now, greens to blues to flame red and searing yellow, and your companions seem to have disappeared... but you're strangely unafraid. And then - - -
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Prepare to enter the most mindblowing mystical experience. Two side length tracks into the inner sanctum, guided by the unrivalled spiritual genius of Kosmische Musik--Florian Fricke. The first track is an esoteric and ancient mystery cult initiation into the shamanic secrets of the cradles of civilization, floating down an endless river with African and Turkish percussion and the serene and crystalline sounds of a Fender Rhodes. The second track is the most powerful recording of all time: deafening percussion and church organ echo off of the vaults of the cosmic cathedral. Words simply fail me. Awe-inspiring.
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Back when Moog synthesizers took up the space of an entire wall of any largish room - Florian was creating these beautiful pieces of music, how he got his hands on one of these remarkable monstrosities is probably a whole story in itself.
This is my favorite offering from Popol Vuh, mostly long solo synth music with bongos. This isn't dance music, nor is it the type of music you'd want in your car. This music is relaxing and surprising, and perhaps is best enjoyed the way a 15 year old kid might sit in a bedroom alone with the lights out just "ponderin'".
The bonus tracks are a little tossed off. Especially one of them, which is a bit of an annoyance with a bit more modulation, and static repetition - not that it's bad, it just doesn't fit. I can't be bothered to get the names of the tracks down, sorry. I just enjoy the music.
In den Garten Pharaos is a beautiful piece of inspiring music and it probably is singly responsible for launching a great many similarly wide open space synth experimenting bands, Tangerine Dream not being the least of which.

Grab it, it's a sweetheart.
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this is popol vuh's second cd, released in 1971. this is wonderful early electronic/psychedelia music with some ethnic percussion. florian fricke on moog, holger trulzsch on percussion and frank fiedler on synthesizer make up the band. though it's fricke's brilliant compositions that made popol vuh so popular. the music is very similar to tangerine dreams first two releases. originally released with only 2 tracks totalling 36'. now, spv reissued it with 2 wonderful bonus tracks adding an additional 20' of great music. also comes with small booklet with some notes written by klaus schulze. popol vuh went on to make many more traditional ethnic/third world music and soundtrack music for werner herzog's movies. though i certainly enjoy those cd's, i love early electronic, psychedelic, progressive music. this is a must own cd for those who love space music and want their music to take them to the outer regions of the imagination.
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