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- LPS118 / Ltd reissue LP on Wah Wah Records Supersonic Sounds. Edition of 500 copies inc bonus 7"
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10/10 Graham Taylor Customer review, 2nd January 2014
One of the most magical records of the lot. On first listen a shock after the moog experimentations of In Den Garten Pharaos with its stripped down piano led almost wholly acoustic music. With time though the common strands could be seen - a search for transcendence - for the spiritual. The earlier electronic records offered the cosmic space journey of many a Krautrock band but somehow with a greater purity with a seriousness and beauty that separated them from their acid drenched contemporaries. That intensity and drive for spirituality took the strangest of turns and suddenly this. Piano, voice, guitar wind instruments and a stripped down simplicity. The end result is one of the beautiful albums I have ever heard, not banal new age music but something much more profound, music that seems to be in touch with a spiritual vision that emerged fully realised and complete. Something you could sense amongst the electronics of the earlier albums but here ringing out true and pure from Fricke's piano. Its one of those albums that you want to go on forever - where the silence that fills the room as each side ends has somehow charged the air profoundly. This edition may seem pricey as a piece of vinyl but it is absolutely beautiful. Lavish artwork, liner notes and a sound that is the best I have ever heard, on cd or vinyl.
10/10 Tom Shotton Customer review, 14th October 2013
'Hosianna Mantra' represents a point of transition for Popul Vuh, recorded at a time between the darker analogue synth experiments of 'Affenstunde' and the broader almost easy-listening vibes of the mid-70s albums (Einsager & Siebenjager perfect case in point). For reasons best known to them, they produced a unique and utterly beautiful album full of haunting ethereal vocals and liquid guitar , peppered with strong religious themes and which (like all the best art) defies categorisation.
The new deluxe reissue on Wah Wah records out of Barcelona is excellent – remastering from the original tapes and in super-fancy packaging etc; - and is a joy to hear.
It's the kosmische album for people that don't think they're going to like it - and it's certainly proof positive that Christian rock doesn't have to be a total downer!
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