An Indispensable Record
Ulfster | 11/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The soundtrack of Dario Argento's undisputed epitome of a giallo thriller has finally been re-released after years of absence on the european and american market. The new label it is on, Cinevox records, who are establishing a new line of products here, really did some archive-digging to add new material - and the result is 21(!) bonus tracks that have not been included in the original album. Some of these tracks have been released before, be it as a 12"-Single (the remix of the title tune, which has been quite a hit in Italy), be it as outtakes on diverse soundtrack compilations. The rest is really new material - different versions of tunes already known, unedited film-versions or differently orchestrated cues, and even a sound effects suite, put as a last track on the CD, which gives a fine finish to the hearing experience.Goblin, the italian progressive rock band, had had a head start with this album: Intriguingly crafted songs, some based on very weird rhythms, for instance the title tune (which admittedly and recognizably influence John Carpenter later in his compository style), and on the other hand a lullaby which, in its simplicity, is turned into something extremely haunting, thanks to some versions Goblin created.Originally, the film's soundtrack was supposed to be composed by Jazz artist Giorgio Gaslini, but Dario Argento (being a rock music fan) was not very happy with the end result, so he asked Goblin to come up with new ideas, and the band included some snippets by G. Gaslini, which gives the record a "jazzy edge" - but in Goblin style.Even if you're not a film music collector, this is a record you should not miss - it's just far too good. It stands for itself as a very interesting album, and it has been influencial in more than one way one can easily recognize."
Get Down With Da Goblin
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Profondo Rosso is probably Goblin's finest hour in the soundtrack department, though I think many would debate that Suspiria and Zombi might be a little better. I won't go into the music, coz I can't imagine someone buying this cd who's unfamiliar with the film and the music from the film. You do get your money's worth, this sucker is 72 minutes long. My only complaint with this, and all the other Goblin soundtracks is that there are about eight billion different versions of the same song. I know people like this, but to me it gets a little irritating. The alternate versions aren't really all that different from one another(with a few exceptions)-at least not different enough to want to hear the song again when you just heard it one or two tracks ago. I mean, do we really need that many versions of the lullaby song? But on the other hand, I do respect the fact that Cinevox went out of their way to make this as complete as possible. And considering you have to take out a loan to pay for these soundtracks, it doesn't seem so bad in the end. What it really comes down to is-If you like the music when you watch the film, then you'll like this cd."
Complete Is Right !!
John Peterson | Marinette, WI USA | 06/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No doubt about it, this is the score that put Goblin on the map as a force to be reckon with (their first one to boot, mind you!) The influence of "Tubular Bells" is strongly felt here, but the musicianship of the band members surpass that of Mike Oldfield in my opinion. Their compositional skills are evident here too, as on the title track, "Mad Puppet",and "Death Dies". And one shouldn't forget Giorgio Gaslini's contributions here, composing the lovely "Gianna", and the eerie "School At Night" and "Deep Shadows". Simply, a marvelous score. The original vinyl album had seven tracks and ran only 29 minutes long, so to beef it out, Cinevox went through their archives and included more than 40 minutes and 21 tracks of alternate versions that were in the film. This is perfect for Goblin fans and fans of the movie. But for casual fans, since there were only seven tracks to begin with, we have multiple alternate takes here, including one of "Gianna", three of "Death Dies", three of "Deep Shadows", and seven(!) of "School At Night". Some are substantially different, others just slightly different. And the "original sound effect" track of "Profondo Rosso" is really just the confrontation between the protagonist and the murderer overdubbed on the "Profondo Rosso" track.Still, when all is said and done, it's a great CD. If you're a Goblin fan or even a Dario Argento fan, there's no reason not to have this. The sound quality is excellent, plus there's great liner notes from Carlo Bagnolo and Claudio Fuiano and a special introduction from keyboardist Claudio Simonetti. Thanks for going the extra mile, Cinevox!"