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Popol Vuh - Die Nacht Der Seele (CD)









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Original release 1979
Re-issue Spalax 1992
Sealed !

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mantram der Erdberührung I (2:20)
2. Engel der Luft (2:40)
3. Mit Händen. Mit Fußen (2:50)
4. Wo bist Du, der Du überwunden hast? / Gesegnet Du, bei Deiner Ankunft (6:00)
5. Mantram der Erdberührung II (2:20)
6. Im Reich der Schatten (2:30)
7. Wanderer durch die Nacht (4:00)
8. Mantram der Herzberührung I (2:50)
9. Auf dem Weg (2:55)
10. Mantram der Herzberührung II (1:20)
11. In der Halle des Lernens (4:20)

Total Time: 36:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Florian Fricke / piano, vocals
- Daniel Fichelscher / guitars, percussion
- Djong Yun / vocal
- Renate Knaup / vocal
- Susan Goetting / oboe
- Alois Gromer / sitar

Popol Vuh biography
Florian Fricke was born by Lake Constance in 1944. From 1959 till 1963 he studied music in Munich, where he was a pupil of Rudolph Hindemith (Paul Hindemith's brother). At the age of 25 he became acquainted with the Moog synthsizer which leads him to form his band POPOL VUH. This name and inspiration come from the holy book of Guatemala's Quiche Indians. Historically, Popol Vuh's Affestunde (1970) is the first experimental rock release entirely built around the Moog Synthesiser (with the add of percussions to provide a mystical flavour).

In 1971, their second album In Den Garten Pharaos keeps on fusing ambient electronic textures with traditional, ethnic instruments, but put the stress on spiritual themes. In 1972, Hosianna Mantra marked a turning point in POPOL VUH career by rejecting electronic instrumentations in favour of acoustic elements including a lot of oboe, konga, tamboura accompaniment and female vocals (the Japanese soprano Djong Yun and later Renate Knaup, front woman of AMON DÜÜL II)

In 1974, after the departure of the guitarist Conny Veit (the founder of GILA), Daniel Fichelscher (former drummer of AMON DÜÜL II) becomes an active member of POPOL VUH ethereal and spiritual adventure. Florian Frike's POPOL VUH was also known from a larger audience thanks to the collaboration with the German director Werner Herzog, providing the soundtracks of many of his classic films, notably the hypnotic and reflective Aguire, Wrath of God, Heart of Glass...In 1978, Florian Fricke founded the working group for creative singing and became a member of the society of breathing therapy. He holds lectures all over the world on his work in this field.

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