Released: October 31, 2015
Tracks / Album Length: 9 tracks
Special Notes: Available in basic and multiple special edition CD & LP configurations.
To mark Profondo Rosso’s 40th anniversary, Claudio Simonetti and his newly formed band recorded faithful version of Goblin’s main themes, engineered with the same precision as prior re-recordings. Each of the four main tracks is fairly long, feature robust sound, and almost match the analogue warmth of the original 1975 album.
The 2015 recordings feature liquid bassist Frederico Amorosi, aggressive drummer Titta Tani, and guitarist Bruno Previtali each expressing their reverence for and joy in performing the music without hesitation. Simonetti deftly handles keyboards, synths, and Moog emulations, making for a solid 20 minute suite, with “Deep Shadows” offering the band’s most vibrant performances and solos that perhaps reveal what the album should’ve been: more free-form, improvised versions akin to masterwork Roller. To augment the album’s second half are 2 prior studio and 3 live theme versions, with “Mad Puppet” veering into blues – a sure sign Goblin’s music is ripe for interpretation beyond formal prog-rock.
A podcast interview with composer Claudio Simonetti is also available.
© 2015 Mark R. Hasan. This review originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Rue Morgue magazine.
Category: Soundtrack Reviews