Revisited & Remixed 1970-1999

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Popol Vuh were one of the first Krautrock bands to turn their focus -- thanks to their late founder, lone constant member, and musical director, Florian Fricke -- to ambient music (a full half-decade before Eno called it that) and ethnic fusions of various sorts. They released almost two dozen albums, scored a handful of films by Werner Herzog -- including Nosferatu and Aguirre, Wrath of God -- and continually experimented with form, tone, context, and format. A decade after Fricke's death, the German SPV imprint celebrates his legacy with this double-disc set. The first features a smattering of Popol Vuh tunes from throughout their tenure. It makes for compelling listening ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Popol Vuh were one of the first Krautrock bands to turn their focus -- thanks to their late founder, lone constant member, and musical director, Florian Fricke -- to ambient music (a full half-decade before Eno called it that) and ethnic fusions of various sorts. They released almost two dozen albums, scored a handful of films by Werner Herzog -- including Nosferatu and Aguirre, Wrath of God -- and continually experimented with form, tone, context, and format. A decade after Fricke's death, the German SPV imprint celebrates his legacy with this double-disc set. The first features a smattering of Popol Vuh tunes from throughout their tenure. It makes for compelling listening despite an apparent paradox: Fricke and company conceived of recordings as albums (as well as scores), so hearing tracks placed outside that context would -- theoretically at least -- be an erratic listening exercise. It's not. In fact, it's sequenced beautifully. The second disc pays tribute to Popol Vuh via a set of remixes by a wide assortment of producers and DJs. These include Peter Kruder's slow, ambient dub re-creation of "Aguirre I/II [Lacrima Di Rei Edit]" and Moritz von Oswald's reworking of "Gärten Pharaos [Dark Development Edit]" from the same soundtrack. Oswald's version features throbbing percussion in the lower registers with genuinely subtle vocal effects and a high-pitched synth jabbing in and out of the mix seemingly at random. Elsewhere, Stereolab remix "Hosianna Mantra," keeping the chorus and original instrumentation before injecting a guitar that eventually takes the proceedings over. Other participants include Mouse on Mars, A Critical Mass, Thomas Fehlmann, Haswell & Hecker, Miko Vainio, Alex Barck, and Roland Appel. Usually, remix projects like this one are very mixed bags in terms of quality. That said, perhaps due to the open-ended nature of Fricke's and Popol Vuh's source material, this set is very consistent. The collection also includes liner notes by Fricke contemporary and friend Klaus Schulze.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Spv U.S.
  • UPC: 693723704425
  • Catalog Number: 70442
  • Sales rank: 78,613

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Popol Vuh Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Popol Vuh Mastering, Sound Design
Klaus Schulze Liner Notes
The Orb Remixing
Dixon Remixing
Tim Gane Remixing
Thomas Fehlmann Remixing
Pan Sonic Remixing
Mika Vainio Remixing
Frank Wiedemann Remixing
Peter Kruder Remixing
Moritz von Oswald Remixing
Russell Haswell Remixing
Jan Krause Producer, Remastering
Roland Appel Producer, Remixing
Jan Werner Remixing
Âme Remixing
Florian Hecker Remixing
Steffen "Dixon" Berkhahn Remixing
Gero Herrde Producer
Götz Michael Rieth Producer, Remixing, Mastering
Henrik Schwartz Remixing
Frank Fiedler Producer, Mastering, Remastering, Sound Design
Kruder Remixing
Andi Thoma Remixing
Dorfmeister Remixing
Manuel Schönfeld Producer
Kristian Rädle Remixing
Johannes Fricke Producer, Remixing, Mastering
International Double Standards Producer
Frank Uhle Producer
Chris Rehberger Producer, Artwork
Cerith Wyn Evans Artwork
André Herrmann Producer
Alex Barck Remixing
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