Posts Tagged ‘Popol Vuh’

Popol Vuh at eMusic!

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Big news for those of us who do the legal-downloading thing: eMusic has put some of the SPV catalog up, including 19 (count ‘em) Popol Vuh releases! Pretty awesome news — I’ll use this to fill in the gaps in my Popol Vuh collection, like the lesser-praised albums that I wasn’t planning on buying on CD anyway.

Also, Alex Temple has begun updating his blog again — his project of writing about all of the albums in his collection in alphabetical order. As for my own similar project, well, I’ve slowed down, but I’m still working on it slowly but surely. I wanted to try to post what I’ve done so far, but I’m having trouble getting the PDF to look right. I’m going to put it up soon though, as soon as I figure out the problem, just so folks can see what I’ve been up to.

SPV Popul Vuh reissues are ace

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Two thoughts this morning:

The SPV remasters of the entire Popol Vuh catalog are beautiful, and sorely needed given the utterly confusing state of the band’s CD catalog — what with various twofers combining albums in a nonsensical way, or worse, CD reissues that don’t correspond to original albums at all, containing tracks taken from completely different records. And they sound fantastic. However, I do really wish they’d put more effort into the booklets. Every single reissue appears to have the exact same booklet, with a brief history of the band and bios of Florian Fricke. Would it have killed them to have added in a page or two of info about each specific album?

There’s been an announcement circulating that the famed Cathedral, that American one-shot band that released Stained Glass Stories, is reuniting with all original members and recording new material. I haven’t heard their first album and after this announcement don’t have much interest in the new one, thanks to this totally idiotic statement from one of the band members…

“Our newest collections will place you back in the past, where PROG BELONGS. Don’t get too comfortable! You’re going to be selected to land where the future of Progressive Music should have planted it’s heels not long ago!”

Maybe this is tongue-in-cheek, but somehow I don’t think it is. This represents just about exactly the opposite mentality of what I have, so at least now I can cross something off my want list.