Goblin, The Goblin Collection 1975-1989

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Goblin Collection 1975-1989


Although virtually unknown in America, Goblin became a household name in their native Italy in 1975 when their soundtrack for cult horror director Dario Argento's first thriller, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), topped the charts and gave the band a celebrity comparable to Mike Oldfield when The Exorcist popularized his album Tubular Bells. The Profondo Rosso soundtrack cuts included on Volume I and II of this anthology series similarly draw from the irregular time signatures and rhythms of progressive rock, but with a gothic slant brought out by Claudio Simonetti's extraordinary pipe organ riffs: Think pre-Rick Wakeman Yes in a malicious mood.

Unlike Oldfield, Goblin maintained their cinematic ties throughout their career, scoring for Argento's next feature, 1977's Suspiria, and even George Romero's 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead (released in Italy as Zombi). Influenced by Simonetti's disco act Easy Going, 1982's Tenebre theme flaunts dance beats but maintains the fear factor.