Waxwork Records released a soundtrack reissue of German prog legends Popol Vuh’s music to Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu The Vampyre (1978). A deluxe 2xLP expanded and remastered soundtrack, specifically for Vinyl, with new Artwork. It includes four extra tracks from the film.

Nosferaru was the third collaboration, on a feature, between Herzog and the band after Aguirre, the Wrath of God  (1972) and Heat of Glass (1976).  Not totally satisfied with the first attempts they looked over archives of their unused works for spooky ambient sonority and for more music conveying fear. Some results were originally released on the Popol Vuh album  Bruder des Schattens – Sohne des Lichts and the prior single LP editions of the soundtrack.

The final work moves from spectral echoing chorals, chilling theremin and menacing organic drones going along the film’s Gothic aspects to lighter tones with piano, guitar, and sitar more of an echo of Popol Vuh’s usual non-soundtracks sounds.

As with the process of the film’s scoring, this double LP brings together elements of initial releases containing material for Herzog’s film, plus the extras, some for the first time, making it the most complete version available of this seminal work either it made it or not into the final cut of the film.

A must have. Listen to the credits music: