Popol Vuh frontman Florian Fricke and film director Werner Herzog knew each other since the mid ‘60s. Fricke played a minor role in Herzog’s Lebenszeichen (Signs of Life, 1968), and provided some of his early Moog experiments for Auch Zwerge haben Klein Angefangen (Even Dwarfs Started Small, 1970).
It was the soundtrack for Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes ( Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 1972) that gave Popol Vuh a good push into the spotlight. The enigmatic title theme Aguirre that is part of the majestic and haunting opening scene of the film, impressed many up till the present. Because of the international success of the film the album Aguirre was compiled and released in 1975, three years after the film was premiered. It is the first of several soundtracks produced by Popol Vuh for classic Werner Herzog films: Heart of Glass, Nosferatu and Cobra Verde.
Aguirre, the seventh album in the catalogue of Popol Vuh, however is not a soundtrack strictly spoken. It is only the eerie Aguirre - theme that returns – in two different versions – on the album. Played on the so-called ‘choir-organ, a one of a kind sort of mellotron. Built from vocal samples Fricke composed a trance-inducing piece of music: an unearthly angelic choir, accompanied with subtle guitar playing. The first version has the panflute-theme, played by an Indian in the film, added as a coda. The second one has duelling guitar playing by Danny Fichelscher as a coda. Supplemented tracks Morgengruss II and Agnus Dei have great appearances by Robert Eliscu (hobo) and Danny Fichelscher (guitars, drums), and where taken from the sessions for Einsjäger and Siebenjäger. The lengthy work Vergegenwärtigung is a very minimalistic, subdued electronic work, dating from the times when Popol Vuh experimented with the Moog. It is one of the most overlooked compositions by Florian Fricke. This album comes in a new remastering by former Popol Vuh collaborator Guido Hieronymus.
CD - Digipack with Bonus Track plus Detailed Booklet with Photos and Liner Notes.