on 24 August 2010
The other reviewers were obviously expecting some sort of genre music.
Popul Vuh's second album sees them returning from alien worlds, ditching the landing craft & spacesuits & wandering into an Earthly paradise.
(They did get rid of the Moog modular that dominates the start of this recording & returned to non-spaceage instruments.)
No - not everybody is going to like this. But then Popul Vuh never sounded like anyone else. Even the revered bands (Neu, Can & Faust could occasionally sound alike.) Popul Vuh always stood alone. They didn't need your approval!
This is an UNDERRATED album, worth every penny for the track 'Vuh' alone. There is NOTHING else like this track anywhere else.
It turned me to jelly the first time I heard it & it still does over 30 years later. It captures a rare atmosphere:
A glimpse of eternity (& somehow our place in it.)
Get on yer knees & pray to the rising Sun.
Don't bother reading books or reviews that try to tell you what 'classic Krautrock' is or was.
It's not (even) a genre with musical rules, unlike say; Heavy Metal... Use your ears.
on 5 June 2008
I'd heard of Popol Vuh and decided it was time to buy one of their best known albums, so I chose this one. Tracks 1-3 remind me of early Tangerine Dream (Alpha Centauri/ Zeit era) but I thought track 4 was not too good really and not on a par with TD's work in my opinion, but PV fans would want it for 'completist' reasons.
Tracks 1-3 are interesting and generally contemplative/ spacey with Moog, organ, some piano and percussion as the main instrumentation. The packaging is similar in quality to the recent Klaus Schulze re-releases - a nice mini booklet with info on Florian Fricke (key man in Popol Vuh), discography, photos etc. If you like TD's Alpha Centauri then you may enjoy this. If your tastes are more Schulze's sequencing, you might not appreciate the 'spaceyness' if that's a real word.
on 24 October 2014
There's a lot of reviewers on this site who say something along the lines of "I'm a very broad-minded, middle-aged music fan with very wide taste, but...." and then proceed to slag off a complete classic. I hate that type of reviewer. Anyway - this album is a sublime work of genius made by a very perceptive and unfathomable talent. Works on about 6 different levels. The German guys really knew what they were doing during this period. By the way - Florian Fricke went on to soundtrack many Werner Herzog films - in fact he appears in one; The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.