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Poetic! Much as fricke threw his moog into the ocean after the 2nd album

You must now take all your photos acoustically

or at night (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 July 2017 18:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought he sold it to Klaus Schulze? Not very poetic, I know.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Monday, 3 July 2017 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Let history record that when I dived into the Caribbean to retrieve my phone, my hands searched the ocean floor in the midnight waters for an hour and twenty minutes, the phone sparking and popping while it played Schulze's "Moondawn" in its entirety, heard properly for the first time, although that is not what happened.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 3 July 2017 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

What exactly is this thing? Looks like a greatest hits, but seems to be a unique recording. (Related also to this compilation, both titled in such a way as to be most impossible to find.) Seems to have been done (if Discogs can be believed) just before Guido Hieronymous came on board? How much other stuff is out there?

with hidden noise, Monday, 2 October 2017 12:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I always assumed it was a best of compiled by his son. If it’s NOT just a best of I’d like to know about it

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 12:44 (one year ago) Permalink

The first one looks like a straight compilation, judging by track timings, though I suppose they could be remixes. The second, may be retitled tracks, remixes, don't know tbh.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 2 October 2017 12:51 (one year ago) Permalink

This is one of those bands, like Tangerine Dream, whose soundtracks are essential, and yet whose official soundtrack releases are inconsistent and/or incomplete. Right?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 12:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Kind of. Heart of Glass + Nosferatu would be hard to improve on as albums but they are far from being straightforward score releases. Aguirre is kind of just an album that happens to be named Aguirre with a couple things from the film and mostly other stuff. Fitzcarraldo is like a traditional late 70s early 80s ost pretty much. Some vuh from the movie and some diegetic music heard in the movie. I still don’t have cobra verde!

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Heart of Glass is my favorite as an album

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:25 (one year ago) Permalink

There's actually more music from Letzte Tage in the film than from the 'soundtrack album'.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Liner notes for 70s Progressives can be read here (the reliable populvuh.nl), which claim it was recorded in 1979. My confusion comes from the writeup at Discogs:

This CD comprises alternate recordings of Popol Vuh 1970s works. Although not exactly stated on the release, this material was recorded at Bavaria Studio, Munich, 1990 reuniting many old Popol Vuh members (but in a line-up that never actually existed before). Tracks 1, 3, 4 & 10 previously appeared on the Popol Vuh - Florian Fricke compilation. All the other tracks are previously unreleased.

If you look at the history (might need to be logged into Discogs to see that?), there's some back and forth about what this is. Maybe that's just Discogs people making things up? Not seeing an actual source for the idea that it was re-recorded.

with hidden noise, Monday, 2 October 2017 13:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Weird. Are those the sessions at which some of
The alt versions on Sing For Song Drives Away the Wolves were done?

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just wanted to let y'all know that Die Erde und Ich Sind Eins, which was teased an eternity ago, was finally reissued on Wah Wah. I never saw an official announcement and it doesn't seem to me like Wah Wah has an official online presence, anymore, so I have no idea when it actually dropped. But it's available both online and in stores. Or at Reckless in Chicago, anyway.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

you don't say! which reckless location?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 28 October 2017 03:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw one at the Milwaukee shop, but the webstore tells me that Broadway is also carrying. Was $35, so it might be cheaper to purchase online. Further digging suggests that Light in the Attic had copies in May, but that they're all long-gone. Ever since Kailash, they seem to have at least some hand in (or on, as it were) Vuh-related reissues.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 16:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Comes with a 50-page Fricke manifesto of some kind! 500 copies pressed.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

I think LITA are just US distributors for Wah Wah? not totally sure

sleeve, Saturday, 28 October 2017 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Comes with a 50-page Fricke manifesto of some kind! 500 copies pressed.
whoa this is sort of worth the price! the other wah wah PV reissues all came with the same essays and poster, which was kind of disappointing. i have read those essays and seen those photos plenty of times now.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I didn't know that, actually. I already had all of the SPV CDs and was pretty short on bread, at the time, so I only picked up a few of those. I assumed that each subsequent batch had a different set of liners or something.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:13 (one year ago) Permalink

FYI it's in German:

Also includes the 50 page booklet 'Das Alphabet des Körpers' (in German) that Fricke wrote and relates closely to the release. It was not included in the original release and only received a very limited publication later by Florian Fricke's widow Bettina. This release also includes two inserts: firstly, a 12" x 12" sheet with liner notes by Dolf Mulder (in English) and three black & white photos; and secondly, a 12" x 24" one sided, high quality stiff paper insert with drawings & notes by Fricke relating to the album.

sleeve, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

some pissed off Discogs reviews referencing that booklet, also covers w/o glue

sleeve, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:17 (one year ago) Permalink

At any rate, I just grabbed a copy off of Discogs for $25. Looking forward to reading as much as listening; should be a good chance to brush up on my shitty German skills. But I've been looking for a copy of this record for like twelve years (even the CD, which NEVER shows up, would've done), so I'm definitely looking forward to listening. My tiny-sounding mp3s are pretty well-worn, by now.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:17 (one year ago) Permalink

At least I can work on translating the German. I'll never forget buying Ya Ho Wha 13's massive God and Hair box and not having any way to tackle the extensive and entirely Japanese liners. I survived, but it was kinda depressing.

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

But I was fine with the (terrible) German verse which Roedelius's wife read during a performance, a few weeks ago. So at least I've got a chance!

winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:26 (one year ago) Permalink

damn I never knew that about the Ya Ho Wha box, that is disappointing

there's a great Vinyl On Demand box set (German Punk And Wave) with all-German liners, but the label at least put out a pdf translation

sleeve, Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, this has probably got something to do with it. Some musical/singing/breathing therapy stuff.


winnebago taco, Saturday, 28 October 2017 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

taco i was at that roedelius show too! i wonder if i already know you?!?
i loled when he rhymed "nature" with "creature"

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 28 October 2017 21:58 (one year ago) Permalink

The German-language verse was just as silly. It was the equivalent of "I saw you on the train/And our eyes, they met/You've since been on my brain/Do you have a pet?" But I doubt we know one another. I think I know like three people irl who know who Roedelius is, and none of them were in attendance.

winnebago taco, Sunday, 29 October 2017 01:39 (one year ago) Permalink

But if you ever see some dude who looks like he's just dying to talk about the Vuh, by all means give him/me a shout!

winnebago taco, Sunday, 29 October 2017 01:41 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I was at Lands End National Park in San Francisco last weekend, where it was a beautiful sunny day and I listened to Einsjäger & Siebenjäger on my headphones amongst the cypress trees.

I guess it's not really from that album originally, but Wo Bist Du? is an all-time great rambling tune, it makes any straight path into a labyrinth that pleases and soothes a troubled mind:


erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:52 (one year ago) Permalink

you are a person who knows how to live, f hazel!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, that is a great track. And it's not on my earlier CD issue of E&S (damn!) so I'll need to find a copy of the expanded remaster.

doug watson, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Wah Wah for the win there, nice of them to add those two tracks to the vinyl reissue

sleeve, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:54 (one year ago) Permalink

xp that track was originally released on their "Die Nacht Der Seele" album.

is the version that was added to E&S a different recording?

new noise, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

haha, I was thinking "LL would approve of this choice" when I decided what to listen to! Last night I was lying on picnic bench in a state park in Arkansas looking up at the stars through towering pines and shivering, but I was listening to Music for the Age of Miracles by the Clientele. It wasn't a Popol Vuh moment.

As for Wo Bist Du? the bonus track on the E&S SPV CD (the one I have) is identical to the one on Die Nacht Der Seele, as far as I can tell. Why it ended up as a bonus track on E&S I cannot fathom.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 27 November 2017 01:04 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i was having religious / sacred kinds of feelings listening to hosianna mantra while driving through the mojave over the weekend. i think it just repeated 4-5 times because i couldn't think of anything else i wanted to listen to.

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:31 (one year ago) Permalink

that sounds dreamy

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink

See America by Popol Vuh!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:33 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

The music wasn't very loud, the worst noise pollution came from the back of the hall where they were selling cans of beer - lots of popping, clanking and fizzing. Problem solved by moving nearer the front!

― Matt #2, Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:52 (eight years ago)


I went to this. Probably a very crappy idea to begin with but the 'bar' was just one of the cuntiest things possible in the circumstances. In the same (reverberant) room as we were supposed be quietly listening to this music (In Den Gärten Pharaos) the guy was literally tossing bottles into a bin of other bottles.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

ha i was just reading this thread earlier today, been listening to a bunch of the 70s albums this week

marcos, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

good move

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

has this been posted before? new to me: https://sanjindumisic.com/florian-fricke-1981-interview-by-sandy-robertson/

tylerw, Friday, 1 June 2018 21:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Great interview!

I love his explanation of the band's name:

"It describes the music," says Florian. "The good soul of the good person, the feeling. Like now people call themselves the B52s and you know what the music will be like".

Presumably he was thinking about Cold War bombers rather than beehive wigs

Brad C., Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:21 (eight months ago) Permalink


my secret travelogue for popol vuh fans part 4: listening to Im Garten des Ruhe, a bonus track from Die Nacht der Seele, on the 148th-floor outside observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. we stayed late until everyone else left and lay along the glass looking at the city fade into unlit desert

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 9 June 2018 21:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

best travelogue, never stop!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 10 June 2018 05:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

heard "aguirre 1" playing between sets at a show recently
i looked around to see who else noticed and saw nothing :-/
(this doesn't mean no one noticed, just that PV fans don't tend to emote publicly, lol)

this is the second time i've heard PV between sets at a show. last time was probably about 8 years ago.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

You mean no-one punched the air and went, "Well, awwllllriiiiight!!!"

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

aside from me, no

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

ha i think i would have given a big smile. "aguirre!!"

marcos, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

the correct reaction is to pull a plush toy monkey out of your bag, and then loudly recite the soliloquy at the end of Aguirre about how you're going to marry your daughter and found the purest dynasty the world has ever seen, then shout WHO IS WITH ME

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

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