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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side One
1. Phenomena - Claudio Simonetti
2. Flash of the Blade - Iron Maiden
3. Jennifer - Goblin
4. The Quick and the Dead - Andi Sex Gang
5. The Wind - Goblin
6. Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Side Two
1. Valley - Bill Wyman & Terry Taylor
2. Sleepwalking - Goblin
3. Locomotive - Motorhead
4. You Don't Know Me - Andi Sex Gang
5. Jennifer's Friend - Goblin
6. The Maggots - Simon Boswell
7. The Naked and the Dead - Andi Sex Gang

Line-up / Musicians

Various artists

Releases information

Cd. Cinevox MDF 303 (remastered 1997)

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GOBLIN Phenomena ratings distribution

(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (54%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
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Review by philippe
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2 stars With the exception of the leading theme that has it's groovy, catchy and extremely chilling blood ambience, the rest of the album is rather mediocre. Phenomena is an other soundtrack written for the master of italian horror-gore-macabre cinema Dario Argento but as the movie itself, the music is not at the top of the genre. The best Goblin's soundtracks clearly belong to the seventies with a large collection of little masterpieces as Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, La via della Droga that always contain an original and very personal fusion of styles, mixing mad jazzy-groovy sections with inspired fuzzy weird (sometimes scary) keyboards interludes. Just as the average Tenebre, Phenomena is really more into the 80's and the sound of this album is rather poor, asceptical and without soul. This is a more synthesised Goblin's affair within a more simplistic approach and it remains only functional for the movie. The instrumental sections contain a few astonishing ghotic-like ambiences, largely made by moving-doom-bass lines, catchy synth lines & church like organs . However the drum is massive and artificial, it's a shame when I think about the impressive technical drum parts delivered in previous efforts. The result is rather kitschy. Not the best prog rock horror soundtrack by these intriguing italians but recommended for those who have a strong interest for vintage shocking horror eurotrash soundtrack / cinema.
Review by stefro
3 stars A daft but thoroughly enjoyable Euro-pudding from cult Italian filmmaker Dario Argento, the 1985 shocker 'Phenomena' features a youthful Jennifer Connolly(as a spoilt teenager able to communicate with insects.) and a not-so-youthful, wheelchair-bound Donald Pleasance(as a grouchy Scottish entymologist) working together(with a monkey) to track down a mysterious murderer with a penchant for slicing up posh school-girls. Set in Switzerland, featuring a fairly incomprehensible plot(a trademark of Argento's films which sadly marred much of his bravura, stylistic excess) and some truly bizarre moments(pits of maggots, decapitation-by-scissors, deformed imps etc) 'Phenomena' the film is, simply put, barking. Yet it's also quite fun. Despite some distracting elements, such the dreadful mid-Atlantic dubbing forced upon the European supporting cast and the frankly rather odd addition of a clutch of NWOBHM tracks - by the likes of Iron Maiden, Andy Sex Gang, Accept, Motley Crue to name but a few - to the soundtrack, the film features a strong visual aesthetic and some superbly-mounted, stylishly-executed set-pieces. Accompanied by Goblin's ethereal, synthesizer-heavy score, the music is once again a central part of Argento's tension-building technique, just as it was in his two best feature films, 1975's Hitchcockian thriller 'Deep Red' and the seminal supernatural piece 'Suspiria', both of which featured classic Goblin compositions in the shape of their respective theme tunes. The 'Phenomena' album isn't quite of that calibre - Goblin's best efforts all came in a brief period during the mid-to-late-seventies - yet it's still a strong release, both as a soundtrack piece AND as a stand-alone slice of symphonic synth-prog. Highlights include the classically-spiked title track, the keyboard- washed 'Jennifer', and the suitably spooky 'The Wind', a delicate track laced with a slight experimental bent a la early Tangerine Dream. Ignoring the awful 1980's metal(which Argento himself hated) this should more than please Goblin's legion of hardcore fans, the group's overall sound perfectly suited(once again) to the blood- drenched visuals of Argento's films.


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