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Goblin - Profondo Rosso [Aka: Deep Red]  (OST) CD (album) cover

PROFONDO ROSSO [AKA: DEEP RED] (OST)

Goblin

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.90 | 135 ratings

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4 stars Profondo Rosso is the debut album by Italian progressive rock act Goblin. Goblin grew out of the Italian progressive rock bands Oliver and Cherry Five. The latter released a self-titled English language debut album in 1975 which featured symphonic progressive rock influenced by bands like Yes and Genesis. The name Goblin was adopted after the band was offered to make music for the Giallo movie Profondo Rosso ( Deep Red) by famous/ infamous Italian director Dario Argento ( the band would make many soundtracks for Dario Argento´s movies from then on).

The Italian Giallo movie genre was influenced by the crime fiction Giallo novels which was made famous in the late twenties and thirties. Their trademark yellow cover art has given name to the genre as Giallo means yellow in Italian. The Giallo movie genre had it´s heyday in the sixties and seventies. La ragazza che sapeva troppo ( The Girl Who Knew Too Much) from 1963 by director Mario Brava is widely considered to be the first Giallo movie. Other than Dario Argento and Mario Brava, Lucio Fulci is also considered one of the main characters in the Italian Giallo movie genre. All three directors are also considered to be very influential horror movie directors and sometimes the line between Giallo and slasher/ Horror is very thin. Many Giallo movies have extented and rather bizarre murder scenes in addition to lots of suspense and thriller elements. Profondo Rosso is no exception. Lots of bloody and inventive murder scenes which includes a decapitation as a result of a necklace being caught in an elevator ( you have to see the movie to picture the sophisticated and sadistic nature of that murder).

The songs for the movie were composed by Goblin and Italian classical music composer Giorgio Gaslini. This version which is the original LP version only contains the seven songs that are composed and performed by Goblin. Giorgio Gaslini adds orchestration to a few parts though. There also exists a CD version from 1996 called Profondo Rosso - The Complete Edition which includes Giorgio Gaslini´s compositions as well.

Even though the lineup in Goblin features three former members from Cherry Five in Massimo Morante ( guitars), Fabio Pignatelli (basses) and Claudio Simonetti (organ, piano, clavinet, Mini-Moog, strings) the music on Profondo Rosso is rather different from the Yes and Genesis influenced music on the Cherry Five album. The music on Profondo Rosso is fully instrumental and the atmosphere is tense and filled with suspense. Perfect thriller soundtrack music. Even though the music is clearly composed to be soundtrack music for a movie it´s definitely still progressive rock. In addition to the symphonic influences in the music there are also lots of fusion elements. Especially in the rythm section. The synths, organs and keyboards used in the music are really excellent and I especially enjoy the sections with Mini-Moog. They remind me a bit of Emerson, Lake and Palmer when they are best.

The musicianship throughout the album is excellent. Great interplay and also great individual performances.

The production is excellent as well. Pleasant and warm. Just the kind of soft seventies sound I enjoy.

I was not impressed with Profondo Rosso after my first listen but it´s grown on me considerably and allthough it´s not a fully fledged masterpiece in my book it certainly deserves a 4 star rating. It might come in a bit short at 30:09 minutes but on the other hand there are no weak moments on the album and I will much rather spend half an hour with a flawless album than spend an hour with an album that has weak moments. I find Profondo Rosso to be an excellent and very recommendable album.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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