Popol Vuh, Florian FrickeKailash

Label:Soul Jazz Records – SJR LP/DVD 302
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
DVD, DVD-Video
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Krautrock, Ambient, Minimal


A1Spirit Of Peace 1 3:23
A2Spirit Of Peace 2 7:22
A3Spirit Of Peace 37:59
A4Mahayana (Karuna) 4:57
B1The Heart 8:52
B2Earth View4:09
B3Moses 6:50
B4Garden Of Pythagoras 8:16
C1West Tibet - Land Of The Nomads3:52
C2The Garden Morya 4:03
C3Manasarowar – The Turquoise Lake3:55
C4Nomads Move 4:10
C5Last Village 5:39
D1West Face – Place Of Death 3:49
D2The Kora – Ritual Circuit Of The Sacred Mountain 2:54
D3Valley Of The Gods 3:48
D4Buddah’s Footprint 4:14
D5Transhimalaya (Bonus)2:41
DVDKailash - Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods: Film By Florian Fricke & Frank Fiedler

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LP1 Piano Recordings: Spirit of Peace and Unreleased Solo Piano Recordings
LP2 Kailash: Pirgrimage to the Throne Of Gods (Unreleased Soundtrack)
DVD Kailash: Film By Florian Fricke & Frank Fielder

1000 copies worldwide, issued in a box set, includes 3 bonus cards/inserts.
Released with printed inner sleeves and MP3 download code.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5026328003023
  • Barcode (Text): 5 026328 003023
  • Label Code: LC 2678
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): BF81706-01 A1 KR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): BF81706-01 B2 KR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): BF81706-02 C1 KR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): BF81706-02 D1 KR

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  • overtebrea's avatar
    The great thing about this package is there is plenty of room to switch the vinyl to mo-fi inner sleeves, thus preserving the nice heavy cardboard ones separately. Great to have Spirit of Peace in its fullness. Very quiet vinyl.
    • _J_H_'s avatar
      who is singing on track The Garden Morya? No info found from the sleeves. I understood the track was originally released on Shepherd's Symphony CD, with a different name "Shepherd's Dream - Der Traum des Schäfers" - but even on that album the infos are just saying "All tracks composed by Florian Fricke and Guido Hieronymus except where noted." ... but why they didn't credit the singer? is it a Tibetan song, and what exactly? Any ideas?
      • Echopoint's avatar
        Yes, the Kailash soundtrack IS a Popol Vuh recording – and a great one too!

        This Popol Vuh CD-release from 2015 contains three discs: Disc 1 is a collection of various solo piano recordings by Florian Fricke, disc 2 is the soundtracks to Florian Fricke and Frank Fielders 1995-film “Kailash - Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods (Pilgerfahrt zum Thron der Götter)” and disc 3 is a DVD of the same film.

        The soundtracks CD has 10 tracks at a total of 39 min. The film also opens and closes with a Popol Vuh track that is not on the soundtrack-CD: “Sing,for Song Drives Away the Wolves”. This track is from the Milan-compilation of the same name from 1993, is actually a 1993 Fricke remix of Popol Vuh`s track “Singet, denn der Gesang vertreibt die Wölfe” from the ”Heat of Glass”-soundtrack (1977) (the difference is that the 1993 mix contains different drums in the end).

        Of the 10 tracks of the soundtrack CD, half of them are also on the two Popol Vuh-albums released before and after the film: “City Raga” (1994) and “Shepherd's Symphony/Hirtensymphonie” (recorded 1995/96, released 1997). Those five tracks are:
        • “The Garden Morya”: This is tracks is released as “Shepherd's Dream (Der Traum Des Schäfers)” on Popol Vuh`s “Shepherd's Symphony/ Hirtensymphonie”-album (1997). The two tracks are as good as identical, the only difference is that “Shepherd`s dream” is 15 seconds longer (it has a different intro).
        • “Last Village”: This track is also released on Popol Vuh`s album “City raga” (1994), with the same title: “Last Village”. The track is also on SPVs Popol Vuh`s best-of “Revisited & Remixed 1970 – 2011” (2011), under the title “Kailash: Last Village”. The mix on the best-of CD is identical to the soundtrack version, whereas the album version also has drums and vocals (from Maya Rose). In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful Popol Vuh tracks made after the 70-ies.
        • “Nomads Move”: This track is also on Popol Vuh`s “Shepherd's Symphony/Hirtensymphonie”-album, where it is called “Eternal love”. The two tracks begins identical, but after some minutes “Eternal Love” adds some 90s-style dance beats, making the track sound a lot like Deep Forest. It also goes on for many more minutes. The Tibetan singing in “Nomads move” is also on another track on “Shepherd's Symphony/Hirtensymphonie”: “Wild Vine”
        • “Buddah’s Footprint”: Part of this track is used in the opening minutes av Popol Vuh`s track “Wild Vine” on the “Shepherd's Symphony/ Hirtensymphonie»-album, but the tracks are otherwise different: “Buddah`s footprint” is an ominous instrumental reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti`s film scores and “Wild Vine” is a more Deep Forrest-ish 90s dance music.
        • “West Tibet - Land Of The Nomads”: Element of the flute of this track is also on the Popol Vuh-track “Dance Of The Menads (Tanz Der Menaden)” on the “Shepherd's Symphony/Hirtensymphonie”-album.

        The other five tracks on the soundtrack are all short, ominous synth instrumentals: “Manasarowar – The Turquoise Lake” (also has some flute), “West Face – Place Of Death”, “The Kora – Ritual Circuit Of The Sacred Mountain”, “Valley Of The Gods” and “Transhimalaya”. They are all similar in sound as the other tracks in the album, and also similar to other electronic Popol Vuh-tracks of the eighties and nineties (the “Cobra Verde”-soundtrack, “City Raga”, “Shepherd's Symphony/ Hirtensymphonie” and “Messa di Orfeo”). “Valley of the Gods”, in my opinion, shares a bit of musical DNA with “Aguirre”. The credits on the CD goes: “All music written, performed and produced by Florian Fricke, except “Transhimalaya” by Frank Fielder. I can see no reason at all to doubt that.

        The soundtracks to the movie “Kailash” is a beautiful record full of ghostly voices and dark ambient synth drones, highly recommended to everyone who likes the electronic side of Popol Vuh.
        • mowgly's avatar
          Kailash: Pirgrimage to the Throne Of Gods is Unreleased Soundtrack from 1991. Not sure why this is not discolsed
          • brainpang's avatar
            Edited 5 years ago
            WAIT! You claim this open/closes w/PV, but that seems to be only in the MOVIE (via youtube confirmation), not what is on the audio disc. So if your argument proves correct, then there is NO PV-FF music on the audio disc at all!
            MORE: 5 (Last Village) seems to be a PV theme. 6 & 8 could be FF, too.
            UPDATE: Nope, I'd say you are wrong in your assertions. Track 4 & 8 are Shepherd's Dream off of Shepherd's Dream (ethnic singing and all). Others, as you cited, have the Cobra Verde vibe BUT ALSO echo classic PV themes AND the above mentioned Shepherd's Dream. 1 & 3? I'll give it to Florian. Doesn't sound like Paul Horn to me. Bottom Line: I think you are wrong.
            • ultimathulerecords's avatar
              Edited 3 years ago
              Further to my forum thread:

              For your information, this compilation comprises...

              LP/CD1: Florian Fricke: Piano Recordings

              Spirit Of Peace 1 / Spirit Of Peace 2 / Spirit Of Peace 3 /
              These 3 Spirit Of Peace works originally appeared on In The Gardens Of Pharao / Aguirre

              Mahayana (Karuna) / The Heart / Earth View / Moses / Garden Of Pythagoras
              These other piano tracks previously appeared on a Florian Fricke piano solos album (which came out as a promo cassette due for release on Bell Records, but was seemingly never released - some of which also appears as bonus tracks on SPV CD reissues)

              LP/CD2/DVD: Kailash: Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods
              [edited comments]:
              Opening and closing credits in the film by Popol Vuh are not on the album.
              The rest of the music here is: see my reply to Echopoint comment!
              • falis's avatar
                I have a problem with my LP.
                Regularly, i hear the parasitic noises in the sound and this on several pieces.
                • greentea303's avatar
                  This is a beautiful record however, my side A track 3 came marked and clicks annoyingly. Anyone else had any problems with the pressing or is this just mine?
                  • Android_Skeleton's avatar
                    Wow! Now this is some incredible music. Sides C & D are just brilliant. Desolate soundscapes, romantically sparse and invitingly rich...I listened to the whole album twice in a row upon opening. More than worth the price for this box set, this is some awesome work by Florian Fricke.

                    The solo piano pieces are classic Fricke, they never seem to go anywhere particular...and as the listener, I found that to be just fine. The unreleased soundtrack for Kailash, however, was just perfect. It felt distorted and lost, hopeful and calming. I could not get enough of it.


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