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In Den Garten Pharaos
In den Gärten Pharaos
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Studio album by
  • Trixi Studio, Munich, Germany
  • Stiftskirche Baumberg (Altenmarkt), southern Germany
  • Popol Vuh
  • Bettina Fricke
Popol Vuh chronology
In den Gärten Pharaos
Hosianna Mantra

In den Gärten Pharaos ("In the Garden of the Pharaos")[1] is the second album by German band Popol Vuh, released in 1971 by record label Pilz.


On In den Gärten Pharaos, Florian Fricke made more extensive use of the Moog synthesizer and experimental electronic sounds.

On side A is the title track "In den Gärten Pharaos", an ancient, contemplative meditation with the sound of rippling water, Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, and African percussion. The Moog creates an exotic and alien sound while the African percussion and the water effects are interwoven throughout bringing the listener back to earth.[] The track was recorded at Trixi Studio in Munich.

The second song "Vuh" is dominated by one massive organ chord creating an epic wall of sound. "Vuh" uses the wide range of the organ, both the low drones and the high crescendos. Turkish percussion and layers of cymbals increase the intensity of the music. The song was played and recorded on a medieval cathedral organ in the Stiftskirche Baumberg (Altenmarkt) in southern Germany.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Head Heritagevery favorable[3]

Perfect Sound Forever described it as "an altogether more mature and unified work" than Affenstunde.[1]Head Heritage described it as "the most mind-blowing mystical experience" and "awe-inspiring".[3]


The album was ranked the 5th greatest of the 1970s by FACT magazine.[4]

Track listing

All tracks written by Popol Vuh.

Side A
1."In den Gärten Pharaos"17:38
Side B


Additional personnel
  • Helmut Fritz - album cover
  • Steffen Metzner - sleeve photography


  1. ^ a b c Bearman, Gary (October 2008). "The Transcendent Music of Popol Vuh". Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on October 29, 2008. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b In den Gärten Pharaos at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b September 16, 2012. "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Popol Vuh - In den Garten Pharaos". Head Heritage. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s". Fact. July 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015.

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