In den Gärten Pharaos

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In den Gärten Pharaos
In den garten.jpg
Studio album by Popol Vuh
Released 1971
Recorded
  • Trixi Studio, Munich, Germany
  • Stiftskirche Baumberg (Altenmarkt), southern Germany
Genre
Length 37:25
Label Pilz
Producer
  • Popol Vuh
  • Bettina Fricke
Popol Vuh chronology
Affenstunde
(1970)
In den Gärten Pharaos
(1971)
Hosianna Mantra
(1972)

In den Gärten Pharaos is the second album by German band Popol Vuh, released in 1971 by record label label Pilz.

Content[edit]

On In den Gärten Pharaos, Florian Fricke made more extensive use of the Moog synthesizer and experimental electronic sounds.

On side A is the title track "In den Gärten Pharaos", an ancient, contemplative meditation with the sound of rippling water, Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, and African percussion. The Moog creates an exotic and alien sound while the African percussion and the water effects are interwoven throughout bringing the listener back to earth.[citation needed] The track was recorded at Trixi Studio in Munich.

The second song "Vuh" is dominated by one massive organ chord creating an epic wall of sound. "Vuh" uses the wide range of the organ, both the low drones and the high crescendos. Turkish percussion and layers of cymbals increase the intensity of the music. The song was played and recorded on a medieval cathedral organ in the Stiftskirche Baumberg (Altenmarkt) in southern Germany.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Head Heritage very favorable[2]

Perfect Sound Forever described it as "an altogether more mature and unified work" than Affenstunde.[3] Head Heritage described it as "the most mind-blowing mystical experience" and "awe-inspiring".[2]

Legacy[edit]

The album was ranked the 5th greatest of the 1970s by FACT magazine.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Popol Vuh.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "In den Gärten Pharaos" 17:38
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Vuh" 19:51

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Helmut Fritz – album cover
  • Steffen Metzner – sleeve photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ In den Gärten Pharaos at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b September 16, 2012. "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Popol Vuh – In den Garten Pharaos". Head Heritage. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bearman, Gary (October 2008). "The Transcendent Music of Popol Vuh". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s". Fact. July 14, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 

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