Goblin, Goblin Volume II 1975-1980

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Goblin Volume II 1975-1980


While Volume I of The Goblin Collection provides a broad overview of the multifaceted Italian group, Volume II goes deeper into the band's early output, focusing on alternate versions of their 1975 Profondo Rosso soundtrack, as well as a complementary chunk of their their non-soundtrack albums.

Like Gentle Giant and other progressive rock bands favoring angular beats, Goblin could get funky if the mood demanded: Check the Shaft-like tension of "Death Dies" from Profondo Rosso. Although keyboardist Claudio Simonetti is often hailed as the band's star player, "Blind Concert" from 1977's Suspiria demonstrates that bassist Fabio Pignatelli and drummer Agostino Marangolo could swing with a complexity approaching the jazz-rock fusion of Weather Report. Selections from 1975's Cherry Five and 1976's Roller prove Goblin could also hang with the era's most accomplished prog-rock acts when not generating soundtracks. The closing Contamination cuts merge urban groove and ornate keyboard melodrama in a style that's pure Goblin.