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IN THE GARDENS OF PHARAOS / AGUIRRE

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2LP: Celestial Harmonies 008/009 - Germany  - 1983 
CS: Celestial Harmonies 008/009 - Germany - 1983 
CD: Celestial Harmonies CEL 008/009 - Germany - 1983
CD: Celestial Harmonies 13008-2 - 1992
CD: Celestial Harmonies CEL-14008 - 1990
CS: Celestial Harmonies MC-14008 -
CD: Spalax 14219 - Aguirre - 1992 - France [with cover of the 'Aguirre'-album]
CS: Ananda Music AM 043 - Poland
CD: Festival 137113008 - Australia
CD: Ananda Music AM 130 - Poland - 2015

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   Tracklist taken from Celestial Harmonies 008/009:

1
In the Gardens of Pharao- (digital remix by Ulrich Kraus) - 17:37
2
Vuh - (digital remix by Ulrich Kraus) - 19:48
3
Aguirre - (digital remix by Bob Cubbage) - 6:18
4
Spirit of Peace: 
Part I
Part II
Part III
(digital recording by Ulrich Kraus) - 20:46

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   Liner notes taken from Celestial Harmonies 008/009:

Recorded 1972-1982
All compositions by Florian Fricke
Side 1-3: Produced by Florian Fricke
(Performed by Popol Vuh)
Side 4: Produced by Eckart Rahn
(Performed by Florian Fricke)
Front cover photography: Edward Steichen
(Courtesy of Aperture)
Back Cover Photography: Bettina Fricke
Design: Johanna Shierds

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   Tracklist from: Celestial Harmonies - cd:

Aguirre - 6:17
In the Gardens of Pharao - 17:34
Vuh - 19:51

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   Tracklist from: Naxos Deutschland:

Aguirre - 6:17
In the Gardens of Pharao - 17:39
Vuh - 19:58
Spirit of Peace - 20:46

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   Tracklist from: Ananda Music:

1
Aguirre - 6:18
Spirit of Peace 1,2 & 3 - 20:46
2
In den Garten Pharaos - 17:37
Vuh - 19:58

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   Note:

When were ‘Spirit of Peace I, II and III’ recorded? Information on this release (13008-2) you'll find at www.harmonies.com:

The project
Popol Vuh’s classic recordings, In the Gardens of Pharao and Aguirre, are combined in this breathtakingly dramatic release.
Recorded in Bavaria’s Baumberg Cathedral, In the Gardens of Pharao is a remarkable illustration of the many moods that the synthesizer and piano are able to express. The soundtrack for the Werner Herzog film, Aguirre, is equally delightful with original compositions by Popol Vuh’s leader, Florian Fricke. These compositions are recognized as standards of the new age genre.
Also included is Spirit of Peace, a performance of solo piano music by Florian Fricke. Originally recorded in 1980, Fricke’s performance is moving, and reveals the artistic direction this talented musician would be taking in subsequent releases.“

In an extensive article - also to be found on the site of Celestial Harmonies - on Eckart Rahn, founder of Kuckuck Records and Celestial Harmonies, writer John Schaefer mentions 1981:

“The next big step was the beginning of the CD era. Eckart Rahn was one of the first to embrace digital technology, and points to his 1981 recording of Spirit of Peace (13008-2) by Popol Vuh's leader and pianist Florian Fricke as the turning point. It is hard to point to any one project as the first-ever digital recording, but this was certainly one of the first. "It was the first time I experienced the magic of digital recording," Rahn recalls. "I was in the studio with engineer Ulrich Kraus and we were listening to the performance in the studio. I said, could we listen to the tape itself? And he said, you are listening to the tape. I couldn't believe it. He switched back and forth between the live sound and the sound from the tape and your ears could not tell them apart." When the digital CD format was introduced in Europe in late 1983 and in the U.S. in 1984, Rahn was ready for it.”

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From: Option, august 7, 1983. Review by Steven Feigenbaum, founder of Cuneiform Records


 

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