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In the Gardens of Pharao / Aguirre

1 Jan. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1983
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2011
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • Copyright: 1993 Celestial Harmonies
  • Total Length: 1:04:39
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  • ASIN: B001LAC19G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,888 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Heiko Heerssen on 16 July 2004
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how can you describe an album that's indescribable? I have heard many albums in my life, some were good, some were bad, some were brilliant...but none of them came even close to this one. Remember the black monolith in Kubrick's "2001: a space odyssey"? This is the musical equivalent, at least for me. It's so intense and mind-boggling that after you finished listening to it you are in another state of mind. And it's timeless music, although it was recorded over 30 years ago it will NEVER EVER sound dated. Unfortunately Popol Vuh's mastermind Florian Fricke died in 2001, but he left the world one of the very best music albums of all time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2005
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It is impossible to describe just how much this album can affect you. Yes, it's slow... and yes, not an awful lot happens in it (if you're used to the hard rhythms of Metallica...), but immerse yourself in Fricke's work and there's not an awful lot else like it in the world of music. From the tragic disorientation of Aguirre to the tear-inducingly beautiful piano melodies of the "Spirit of Peace" trilogy, this is not just an album of songs. It is indeed one of the great works of art of the last 50 years. No, the music itself cannot be compared to the likes of Mozart, Beethoven or Shubert, but the effect Popol Vuh's harmonies produce is almost unparalleled. Everything serves a purpose - the silence between the songs is just as necessary as the music itself. No motif is repeated without a reason, and no fade-out occurs too early or too late. I don't know what the album means, and probably will never know, but this does not detract in the least from one of the GREATEST musical works of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2010
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I wouldn't have bought this had I known it was a compilation of sorts, but since then I've been buying more Popol Vuh albums and I'm starting to wonder whether Fricke and Co ever made an album that wasn't great. I didn't really get into it on the first play, apart from 'Aguirre' which is simple but unforgettable. The highlight for me is 'Vuh'; its deep, melancholic vibe seeps into you. The weakest item is 'Spirit Of Peace' which takes just too long to build up to part 3, though the climax is wonderful. Popol Vuh's music has a spiritual quality throughout, something which is evident on their other albums. Although they are lumped into the 'Krautrock' pigeonhole, their music is, like most of that of the other artists saddled with it, quite distinct. Popol Vuh's music is hardly rock either. Although rock instrumentation is sometimes used, Florian Fricke's classical background tends to be more evident. An acquired taste, but ultimately very rewarding.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By PNJ O'Brien VINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2003
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Once upon a time, there was a man from Suffolk who 'invented' ambient music and everyone said what a genius he was and bought his albums and the press and tv bowed down at his feet and the king gave him his daughter's hand in marriage (okay, I made the last bit up).
Menawhile, a thousand miles away, the real inventor spent his time honing his skills, working with some of the most inventive musicians around. And only a few people had heard of him, but those who did realised what an innovator he was. And the inventor's name was Florian Fricke, and he had more invention, skill and talent in his hands and chords than most have in a thousand lifetimes. And one day, things changed... if sense has a role to play in music.
Frankly, these two albums are the predecessors of 30 years of music. They lay down the rules that everyone follows today, and if Eno, Budd, Laraaji, Winston, Nelson and the entire crew of the Wyndham Hill Record label don't owe him their entire careers, I'll eat my hat.
In short - superb and indispensible.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Killer value for Popol Vuh fans 16 Sept. 1998
By Susan R. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD was one of the first Popol Vuh albums to be released from LP to CD, and as such it represents a real value for Popol Vuh fans. It contains the bulk of two releases: the soundtrack to Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes; and the odd two-disk LP In den gartens Pharao.
You get 64:40 of killer Popol Vuh on this CD! The trade-off, on the other hand, is that it may duplicate material on other Popol Vuh CDs that you already have. This is a pretty consistent feature with Popol Vuh and may not be a real drawback for those of us who have to have everything, I mean everything, that Popol Vuh ever recorded.
Details: The first track is Aguirre, which reproduces the track Aguirre I on the soundtrack album. The second track, In the gardens of Pharao, is also on the CD release of Affenstunde. According to the (excellent) liner notes for Affenstunde, In den garten Pharaos was Popol Vuh's second album; the benefit that this CD has over Affenstunde is that it also contains -- track 3 -- the "B" side of the album originally released as In den garten Pharaos, a piece called Vuh.
Vuh is kind of an unusual piece for Popol Vuh: rather than focusing on electronic keyboards and synthesized or organic (!) vocals in the manner of many Popol Vuh pieces the feature instrument is an organ (and a beautifully voiced organ it is). This is a long (19:51) piece that, while the scoring is different, does what the best of Popol Vuh always does: opens the door through the wall of mortality into the pathway of the infinite. This is meditation music par excellence. It's always been a wonder to me that "new age" music hasn't made a bigger name out of Popol Vuh than it has: since Popol Vuh has been "out there" since the beginning.
The final tracks of the album are Spirit of Peace 1, 2, and three, familiar from the Aguirre soundtrack.
So: In this CD you get all of In den garten Pharaos and most of the Aguirre soundtrack. If you want more of the floating-down-the-river-going-insane music of Aguirre you can get it in the Aguirre soundtrack, which has in addition several pieces (Morgengruss II, Agnus Dei, and Vergegenwaertitung) which are not here; but you get a healthy chunk of the Aguirre soundtrack.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Essential electronic nirvana 8 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This, the second album released by the Munich-based group was called "In the gardens of Pharao" and was released in 1972. Each side consists of only one track and both could not be more different from another. The title track: well,imagine yourself 5000 years ago,in a little wooden boat drifting along the ancient river Nile, seeing Pharaos and Pyramids passing by. 20 minutes of beautiful "kosmische" music. On side two is the track "Vuh". A roaring church organ (played in Naumburg in Southern Germany), accompanied by turkish chimes and sacral voices propells you into a dimension you never thought you could be in. This is one of most unbelievable tracks of music I've ever heard, the power and intensity is almost too much to listen to and after it is finished you won't be able to listen to another song. It's hard to describe the music of Popol Vuh, for this is music you feel with an intensity almost no band in the electronic scene has ever reached, not Tangerine Dream or countless others. And what makes this one even more special is that it was recorded such a long time ago. If you're into electronic music, this is the one you m-u-s-t own!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Popol Vuh at his very best. 27 April 2005
By Boris Joselovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is simply a wonderful CD from the beginning till the end.It's just 65 minutes of deep meditation.All the four tracks are deeply spiritual,mystical musical soundscapes performed using only the minimum of instruments.After more than 30 years when it was first released it sounds awesome and will give you one of the deepest musical experiences.Together with Tangerine Dream,Klaus Schulze,Neu,Can,Cluster,Faust this is an essential Krautrock of early 70's.Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
in the gardens of Pharao/Aguirre 19 Oct. 2007
By Stavroula Avgousti - Published on Amazon.com
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This kind of music is very relaxing and soothing, with tracks like "Vuh" and "In the Gardens of Pharao" which reminded me of some early Pink Floyd tracks, with their long duration and atmospheric sound. However, I particularly liked "Spirit of Peace", in which the electronic synthesizer gives place to the piano, something which is characteristic of albums Popol Vuh released later. As an instrument it has a softer, more romantic sound, appropriate for melodic, rather than experimental pieces.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
....'Very Interesting'!... 17 Feb. 2010
By Steve Zubal - Published on Amazon.com
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"Aguirre" sets the mood...(a minimal 2 part invention, all synth.) I envisualize a jungle forrest shrouded and misty..."In The Gardens" to me represents well the voyage of a Pharo during after-life...synth sounds of a beating heart give way quickly to sounds of the sea then on and on meeting different figures in the Egpytian under-world. At one point a conga, keyboard jam (imagine Santana with no guitar, bass or kit-drums)...This songs 17 minutes can seem like 10 or 25...it's one of those songs, if you know what I mean. No vocals at all, I listen to it out on the water paddleing through misty mangrove trails or by sand bars where shore-birds perch, it fits well. Then "Vuh"...I love to lie in the sun when I hear this, the organ (like a church organ) bathes the listener like sun-light...Imagine the Pharo now being transformed into light becomeing 'ONE' with 'ALL'. A synth-chorus and fitting percusion fill-out the image...a very meditative piece to take ones mind away to...?..."Spirit Of Piece" 1-3 are minimal and subdued piano pieces, not to my tastes as much (kinda' boreing). Tracks 2 & 3 are worth the asking price though. The disc has very-good sound, play-back is loud but clear. One star is added for the 'UNUSUAL' factor. Recomended for listeners of 'Soundscape-type' musics.
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