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Studio album by
RecordedBavaria Music Studio, München, Germany
ProducerBettina Fricke, Gerhard Augustin
Popol Vuh chronology
In den Gärten Pharaos

Affenstunde ("Hour of the Monkey")[1] is the first album by German band Popol Vuh. It is a notable early example of the Moog synthesizer being used for the production and composition of original music.[1] Originally released in 1970 in Germany by Liberty Records, it has been reissued several times by various international labels. The 2004 German SPV edition features one previously unreleased bonus track.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 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. Archived from the original on October 29, 2008. 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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