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3 stars Phenomena is probably the Dario Argento-movie that have benefited the most from it's Goblinfied soundtrack since the film itself leaves much to be desired.

The original soundtrack that was released in 1984 featured a total of five Goblin compositions while the remaining eight tracks were already famous songs by Iron Maiden, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and even Motörhead! That soundtrack really feels like a weird combination and I'm really happy about this 1997 compilation that consists entirely of the original Goblin material. The downside here is that it consists basically of the same five compositions that were featured on the original release plus one bonus track entitled The Monster Child which can barely be called a track. But the fun doesn't end here since each of the five original tracks has at least one alternate counterpart featured here and in some cases like the main title theme gets a whooping total of five different versions of it spread over the album.

The original material is phenomenal (*pun intended*) and should definitely have a place among Goblin's greatest masterpieces. Among these fine tunes is also Jennifer which is my personal favorite. The composition starts like an 80's sounding instrumental ballad but halfway through its running time Jennifer transforms into a wonderful up-tempo theme. The alternate versions of the material sticks, in most cases, relatively close to the originals but there are a few exceptions. The Wind - "Insects" - film version suite 2 is a seven minute version of the original just over a minute long composition. This wasn't a good sign from the get go but things actually get even worse once I experienced this abomination. Let's just say that it involves a lot of high pitch sounds that will make Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music sound like complete masterpiece!

The music on Phenomena - The Complete Soundtrack is not without its flaws where my most prominent concern is the 80's sounding drum sounds, which can of course be easily blamed on Phil Collins for creating such a pointless gimmick as gated drum sound. But ultimately it's every artists own responsibility to enhance their music and not go over board in the production department.

I know that I'm probably being generous for calling this anything else but a collectors/fans only album but I just can't help it since the original material is really great.

***** star songs: Jennifer (3:53)

**** star songs: Phenomena (4:26) The Wind (1:18) Sleepwalking (3:51) Jennifer's Friends (3:29) Phenomena - Film version 1 (1:25) Phenomena - Film version 2 (1:56) Phenomena - Piano solo - film version 3 (1:01) Sleepwalking - Alternate version (3:56) The Wind - Film version suite 1 (2:35) Jennifer's Friends - Alternate version (3:30) Jennifer - End titles (4:51) Phenomena - Video clip version - bonus track 2 (4:08) Phenomena - Alternate version - bonus track 3 (3:09)

*** star songs: The Monster Child - Spfx bonus track 1 (2:07)

** star songs: The Wind - "Insects" - film version suite 2 (6:57)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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