Great news for fans of kosmische German music of the '70s: The Wah Wah label is reissuing the first five Popol Vuh albums on vinyl. The down side—each only comes in an edition of 500, so don't hesitate. The albums slated for re-release on Sept. 16 are Affenstunde (1970), In den Gärten Pharaos (1971), Hosianna Mantra (1972), Seligpreisung (1973), and Einsjäger und Siebenjäger (1974).
Led by the late Florian Fricke, Popol Vuh were perhaps the most spiritually profound of all the prime-era krautrock groups. Their magisterial drones and unspeakably beautiful melodies culminate in some of the most powerful yet tranquil music ever to waft around the planet. Director Werner Herzog is Popol Vuh's most famous fan; he enlisted the band to compose soundtracks for such films as Aguirre, Wrath of God, Herz Aus Glas / Coeur De Verre, Nosferatu, and Fitzcarraldo. You need to hear (and see) them all.
These reissues will contain liner notes by Dolf Mulder and a couple of bonus tracks. "Bettina" will appear on Affenstunde and Hosianna Mantra will boast a 7-inch of Korean vocalist Djong Yun singing two songs over Popol Vuh backing tracks.