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Studio album by Popol Vuh
Released 1970
Recorded Bavaria Music Studio, München, Germany
Length 40:02
Label Liberty
Producer Bettina Fricke, Gerhard Augustin
Popol Vuh chronology
In den Gärten Pharaos
(1971)In den Gärten Pharaos1971

Affenstunde ("Hour of the Monkey")[1] is the first album by German band Popol Vuh. It was originally released in 1970 on record label Liberty. In 2004 SPV re-released the album with one bonus track.

It was one of the earliest albums featuring the use of the Moog synthesizer set to original music.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

AllMusic called it "an auspicious debut, which holds up wonderfully in the 21st century."[2] Perfect Sound Forever described Affenstunde as "a landmark electronic album" that "also doesn't have the timeless quality of many of their later works".[1] Julian Cope described it as "a debut album of incredible sounds and sensations that were unlike anything prior to its existence".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Popol Vuh except track number 4 by Florian Fricke.

  1. "Ich mache einen Spiegel – Dream Part 4" – 8:44
  2. "Ich mache einen Spiegel – Dream Part 5" – 4:41
  3. "Ich mache einen Spiegel – Dream Part 49" – 7:43
  4. "Affenstunde" – 18:30
2004 Bonus track
  1. "Train Through Time" – 10:30



  1. ^ a b c d Bearman, Gary (October 2008). "The Transcendent Music of Popol Vuh". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Affenstunde at AllMusic
  3. ^ Cope, Julian (January 2012). "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | The Book of Seth | Popol Vuh – Affenstunde". Head Heritage. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 

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