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POPOL VUH - Albums
Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts

Spalax 14212
SPV 70192

Original Soundtracks of Werner Herzog's

aka: On The Way To a Little Way
aka: Fantôme de la Nuit

LP 1978 Egg 900.573, France
LP 1985 Nexus K22P 471, Japan
CD 1992 Spalax 14212, France
LP 1999 Spalax SPALAXLP14112, France
CD 2004 SPV Recordings 085-70192 (digipack)

  1. Mantra 1 (Fricke) 6:16
  2. Morning Sun (Fichelscher) 3:20
  3. Venus Principle (Gromer) 4:41
  4. Mantra 2 - Choir (Fricke) 5:22 01:20, 1248 KB (MP3)
  5. On the Way (Fricke) 4:02
  6. Through Pains to Heaven (Fricke/Fichelscher/de Jong) 3:46
  7. To a Little Way (Fricke) 2:34
  8. Zwiesprache der Rohrflöte mit der Sängerin (Fricke) 3:20
  9. Die Nacht der Himmel (Fricke) 4:50
  10. Der Ruf der Rohrflöte (Fricke) 3:39

Personel: Florian Fricke (piano, moog), Daniel Fichelscher (guitar), Ted De Jong (tamboura), Al Gromer (sitar).

Produced by Gerhard Augustin
1978 Gammarock Musik GMBH
Distribution C.P.F. Barclay

Spalax 14212 has different tracklist and credits (printed directly on CD):

  1. Mantra 1 6:16
  2. Morning Sun * 3:20
  3. Venus Principle ** 4:41
  4. Mantra 2 - Choir 5:22
  5. Die Nacht der Himmel 4:50
  6. Der Ruf der Rohrfloete 3:39
  7. To a Little Way 2:34
  8. Through Pains to Heaven *** 3:46
  9. On the Way 4:02
  10. Zwiesprache der... 3:20

Composed by Floria Fricke, except * by Daniel Fichelscher, ** by Al Gromer, *** by Florian Fricke and Daniel Fichelscher, produced by Popol Vuh (1978).

Tracklist of SPV (085-70192) re-edition:

  1. Brüder des Schattens 5:41
  2. Höre, der du wagst 5:58
  3. Das Schloss des Irrtums 5:35
  4. Die Umkehr 5:56
  5. Mantra 1 6:13
  6. Morning Sun 3:19
  7. Venus Principle 4:39
  8. Mantra 2 5:20
  9. Die Nacht der Himmel 5:01
  10. Der Ruf der Rohrflöte 3:37
  11. To a litte way 2:32
  12. Throught Pain to Heaven 3:45
  13. On the Way 4:03
  14. Zwiesprache der Rohrflöte 3:22


Florian Fricke - Piano/ Synthesizer, Daniel Fichelscher - Accoustic Guitar + El. Guitar, Alois Gromer - Sitar, Bob Eliscu - Oboe, Ted de Jong - Tamboura, A chorus from Munich
Originally released 1978
Compositions and lyrics by Florian Fricke
ExceptL 2, 3, 4, 12 Fricke/Fichelscher, 6 Fichelscher, 7 Gromer
Recorded at: Bavaria Musik Studio München - August 1978
Produced by: Gerhard Augustin for Gammarock
Digital remastering: Frank Fiedler
Licensed to SPV by Johannes Fricke, Anna Fricke, Gerhard Augustin



11th album, a soundtrack to Herzog's remake film (a rather excellent feature sporting the forgotten German sense of humor). New material in a similar vein to Coeur de Verre, and some rewrites as filler.

Forced Exposure catalogue

This music for Werner Herzog's mock-comedic rendition of the Vampire classic is better than I'd remembered. Atypical of Fricke's bombast-tinged, pastoral mini-epics, this music has a well-suited dark undertone. How he manages to transplant droning sitar (which makes for a great portion of this disc's music) into 19th century Transylvania and make it come off as appropriate and disturbing is a feat of true musical insight. There are brief moments of Vuh-ish levity (an apt emotional equation to torching a Vampire or two, don't you think?), only to be eclipsed by passages of Theremin, feedback and squelchy organ. As diabolical as Klaus Kinski's paw on Isabelle Adjani's right breast! -GW

New Sonic Architecture catalogue

Another soundtrack album to a Herzog movie. The first half is new recordings and the second half re-recordings & re-mixes.

Cranium Music catalogue

An artist in Seattle handed this album to me as pre-selected accompanyment to his 8mm film. I don't remember the movie, but i do remember the music (sorry, Ben, i'm just not a visual person). Some pretty, pretty stuff on this disc... had to track it down for myself. Having not seen Nosferatu, i'm not sure what this niceity-nice sound has to do with vampiricism, but then again i don't spell that word with two 'y's either. Of course i wouldn't get it... it's not about the whys. It's about Vuh and their swoolen notes and sitar downpours. Good soothment for the soul. The copy i got was new, so i don't think they're out of print just yet.

uncredited, found in the web

This album is not exactly the soundtrack of Herzog's Nosferatu. It contains some extracts from the movie score but for me it's simply a great compilation of previous and unreleased works of the band. We can find very contemplative and repetitive tunes that can remind sometimes the Indian instrumental ragua with its transcending and peaceful effects... a kind of mantra, a music from the inside (Mantra, morning sun, Venus principle...).
This represents the acoustic side of the band with a lot of sitar, guitars, and tablas. The other part of the album is dedicated to the band original sound in the style of In den garden pharaohs (creepy, celestial and monotonous melodies played on the big Moog...). If you like all the sides of the band from meditative to prog and space-electronic rock, this one is for you.

2003. Philippe / France for Groove Unlimited catalogue


This is a great, dreamy, hypnotic soundtrack. I waited a very long time to purchase it, because I didnt think it would be any good, but I was wrong.
The songs on this cd are all top notch, and I like the atmospheric feeling of the Indian influenced pieces.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes Gothic music or Indian or World music.

4dance-music Customer Review #1

Incredible compositions, lously sound

This is some of the music from Nosferatu, and Most of the Music on this CD is from Nosferatu. It may be disapointing to some if your are looking for an authentic movie soundtrack. The sound of the CD is quite muddy. You will have to play with the settings on your stereo to bring the sound out. I used to have this on vinyl in the mid 80s, and a cassette I recently discovered in a box containing a couple of the tracks sound BETTER that the CD. BUT...the music, arrangements and performance is not to be ignored. Popul Vuh is an ensemble way ahead of their time. I play sitar, guitar and bass and would be overjoyed to find a few musicians wishing to even attempt such performances. It makes me want to get more of their work, If I could only be sure of better sound quality. Anyway, if you are looking for good sound, pass it by. If you are looking for great music, go for it.

4dance-music Customer Review #2

Go to Sleep

This soundtrack was sadly disappointing. I was expecting a faithful soundtrack from the movie-this is not it! There are some eerie songs, but most on this album are the happy ones (which are few in the movie) and are not faithfully recreated. Indeed, the movies music was by far in comparison on the better part of my imagination and soothing music. The lacking of this soundtrack I made my own copy-straight from the DVD. So I have a 78-minute faithful, and completely questionable, moods for all my devious pleasures...

4dance-music Customer Review #3

2004 remastered version, with bonus track (previous edition on Spalax is deleted). The OST to Hertzog's Nosferatu, originally released in 1978. "This album contains more than 20 min. more compared to the further release of the legendary Nosferatu soundtrack. For the first time you get the complete soundtrack and the songs of the album Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts which have been used of the film together on one album, and this for the first time *) .

Forced Exposure Reviews Page

*) This is not true. "The Two Original Soundtracks of Nosferatu" (High Tide, italian bootleg) has joined these two albums in the same manner, years ago. Including "Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts" shortened to 5 minutes on SPV reissue is a musical barbarism. [MGr]

The new issue of Nosferatu contains more than 20 additional minutes of material left off the original release and the first time appears as the complete soundtrack in the correct running sequence. Nosferatu contains four pieces which rank among the best in the Popol Vuh catalogue, thanks to a serene, mystic, deeply personal stance that basically transposes Hosianna Mantra into gothic music.

Ryko Dist.

Certainly Popol Vuh's most popular recording and certainly one of the greatest film scores by any measure, Nosferatu is a brilliant soundtrack. Bringing together elements from plainsong and renaissance music, with Indian sitar and tabla, piano, synth drones, mellow psychedelic rock jams, and folky acoustic guitar. As well, much of the music is suitably lonely and dark enough to accompany the movements of a 500 year old vampire. The killer though, has to be the recurring theme "Mantra", a beautiful and haunting piece that references the Dies Irae played on sitar and electric guitar, with progressing versions on the disc adding chorus. Spooky. Highly recommended.

uncredited, found in the web