Published Mar 13, 2015Looking to sink your teeth into a fresh copy of krautrock crew Popol Vuh's soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Nosferatu? Well, look no further, as an expanded double-LP edition will arrive this summer via Wah Wah.
While billed as Nosferatu, the upcoming vinyl reissue actually compiles two different releases related to Herzog's 1979 vampire flick. Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke and Daniel Fichelscher had been asked to produce new music for the filmmaker, but the ambient results were delivered ahead of the film's release as Brüder des Schattens – Söhne des Licht (a.k.a. Brother of Darkness – Son of Light). The new age-styled release also featured sitar from Amon Düül member Al Gromer, some oboe work from Between's Bob Eliscu, and a church choir. This will serve as the first slab of vinyl on Wah Wah's deluxe release.
The second record highlights the 1978 original motion picture soundtrack release, which was also known as On the Way to a Little Way. Herzog had apparently been looking for more music for Nosferatu, and searched the Popol Vuh archive for "obscure, scary material." The result was a diverse set "where older Moog tracks mix with more reflexive material" that hinted at the kind of material that would be found on Brüder des Schattens – Söhne des Licht.
While a full tracklisting has yet to be revealed, the second record is said to feature on bonus cut previously unreleased on vinyl. Also, it's worth noting that both records included in the vinyl reissue have previously been packaged together on CD releases.
The release date for the reissue is a bit unclear at the moment, but it is due this summer, and you can pre-order it here at Norman Records, who list it as arriving on August 3 (though other retailers contain dates ranging from June 21 to July 13). The reissue arrives on "spooky red and black transparent vinyl" and comes with a poster and insert.
Popol Vuh's first major collaboration with Herzog was 1972's Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and the project also prepped scores for such Herzog vehicles as Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde, Heart of Glass, among others.
The soundtrack is the latest in a series of recent Popol Vuh reissues from Wah Wah Records, which previously reissued several of the group's albums in 2013.
As previously reported, the Popol Vuh rarities comp Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke arrives Monday (March 16) via Soul Jazz Records.