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PROFONDO ROSSO O.S.T.

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Profondo rosso (3:45)
2. Death dies (4:37)
3. Mad puppet (6:30)
4. Wild session (5:40)
5. Deep shadows (5:45)
6. School at night (2:05)
7. Gianna (1:47)

Total Time: 30:09

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Line-up / Musicians

- Maurizio Guarini / pianos, clavinet, pianet, Moog
- Agostino Marangolo / drums, percussion
- Massimo Morante / guitars
- Fabio Pignatelli / basses
- Claudio Simonetti / organ, piano, clavinet, Mini-Moog, strings

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3.88
(104 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
26%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
47%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
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Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
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Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Their first album, if you dont know, Goblin is an Italian band which has made a lot of albums from movies, "soundtracks", this is one of them.

Im not going to lie, i have never seen that movie, but i found this album out, and well these are my thoughts.

Maybe this could be an EP of another band, because the lenght is short, but i will start saying, that this is one of my favorite short albums ( 30 minutes or less), thats enough for make great and beautiful music. Until now, this album has 4 entries, 3 gave it 5 stars and one more 2 stars, but no review that i can read. This album is a beautiful symphonic album, great sound and good arrangements in every song, is one of that albums whch during each song, it is envolving us.One important thing, this is an instrumental album.

The first song is called Profondo Rosso, plenty of organ and keyboards, one of that pieces which make the original sound of the band. Death Dies, i dont know, sounds a bit like some Focus passages, some jazzy sounds, great drums, and bass making the rythm, weel the bass is pretty good i think and it finishes with a softly heartbeat. Mad Puppet is the largest song of the album, it stars with some atmospherical sounds, like wind chimes with some drums everywhere, then a pause, and then, something very special, guitar and bass lines, but every time i listen to this, my mind thinks in Mike Oldfield, from 1: 40 to the end, we can hear something very similar to Mike Oldfield`s last part of Tubullar Bells Pt. 1, its good. Wild Session is another great movie song, the wind is always there, and quietly, some piano notes, beatufil, and suddenly the song is progressing, drums, bass , keys ,guitars and also a good Sax gather together to make a beautiful song, i think its my favorite of this album. Deep Shadows is another great song, good bass lines and some guitars which sound a bit like a western song. School at Night, a clear example of what a movie song is. And the last one is Gianna, the shortest of them all, an excellent finish for an excellent album!

So well, iim not sure if this could be amasterpiece, but i really love it, and im doubting about the stars b ecause maybe this is too short to be a 5 star album, but it is definitely a masterpiece! Enjoy it!

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Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Review by philippe
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4 stars This is the soundtrack of my favourite Dario Argento's movie called Pronfondo Rosso (Red Blood), a fascinating giallo-gore-parapsychological thriller featuring the great David Hemmings in the main role. Profondo Rosso is also among the best releases from Goblin (with the ultimate classic Roller, the fantastic Suspiria and the creepy rockin'la via della droga). The music is totally evocative, revealing surreal, haunted ambiences, apparently innocent child like little musica and beautiful syncopated-jazzy sequences for sulfurous, intense moving themes. The opening piece is absolutely grandiose and weirdly sinister, including deep organ chords, efficient minimal guitar pics in a real moody atmosphere that can't be isolated from the film. Death dies is an energic, mysterious jazzy rock improvisation with ultra-technical dum parts, frightening piano / keyboard arrangements with nice groovy-funk touches. Really efficient. Wild Session is an other scary, dark jazzy improvisation with bizarre synth chords, syncopated drum / brass / piano ensemble and a solid bass section. Deep Shadow is an other great piece with an unique atmosphere mixing weird atmospheres with dissonant guitars and complex rhythms. School at night, you have to see the movie to appreciate this title because it appears to be out of place in a progressive rock record. The first Goblin's effort and almost all the ingredients that will make the success of the band are here. A really convincing album and a recommended introduction to Goblin's particular musical universe.

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Posted Monday, February 04, 2008

Review by apps79
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3 stars 3.5 stars actually...

One of the most important and unique bands around,regarding Italy of the 70's.The band strarted its career under the name ''Oliver'',centered around keyboardist Claudio Simonetti and guitarist Massimo Morante.They even travelled to England,where they played in the university circuit and recorded some sessions under E.L.P.'s collaborator Eddie Offord.After returning to Italy,they were renamed to GOBLIN and were offered a contract by Cinevox to record the soundtrack of Dario Argento's thriller movie ''Profondo rosso'' (Red blood).The album was ready in 1975 and obviously it reached the ears of foreign listeners too.

The O.S.T. is reasonably based on the keyboards of Simonneti and the OLDFIELD-ian guitar work of Morante.Also bassist Fabio Pignatelli should have been a great fan of MIKE OLDFIELD,listening to his bass work again and again.The music ranges from moog- and organ-driven symphonic parts to jazzy interplays between piano,basses and drums,a few times accompanied by soft saxes.Parts of the album resemble straight to OLDFIELD's ''Tubular bells'' with haunting guitars,cosmic pianos and obscure synths,all in a complicated and progressive package.The expected dark breaks,led by light bass and classical piano and some distinctive effects,are also present,regarding the type of the movie.All in all,''Profondo rosso'' is an album of high-calibre and the disadvantage of the short time (only 30 minutes) is overblown by the professional musicianship.Strongly recommended for both progressive and soundtrack freaks!

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Review by UMUR
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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 Argentoīs 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 itīs 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 Gasliniīs 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 itīs 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 itīs grown on me considerably and allthough itīs 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.

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Review by Marty McFly
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2 stars OK, Goblin is important RPI band (I like RPI), they were releasing film soundtracks for horrors (I like both horrors and also soundtracks). Mad Puppet is really mad, reminding me one melody from old DOS game Wolfenstein 3d. Weird. Also, I have somehow extended copy with all these bonus and alternate tracks. It's really horrible, I've tried to listen tracks in order how it's intended to be (this one here on PA) and have to say that it's better. Not much, but it is. But these songs, they're simply horrible anyway. Sometimes, I can understand why anybody rate something so high, even I rate it low. But this time, I'm confused by what can people consider good about it. What's so good that I lack to understand, that I'm missing to discover, or to enjoy.

2(+) for not so good film soundtrack. I heard better. And as a jazz prog music, it's quite dull. I didn't see the film yet, but by description, it should be good. As music accompanying film, it would be maybe listenable, but as it stands alone, it fails at every line.

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Review by andrea
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5 stars Goblin were formed in Rome in 1974. The line up on their debut album, released in 1975, featured Massimo Morante (guitar, vocals), Claudio Simonetti (keyboards), Fabio Pignatelli (bass) and Walter Martino (drums, percussion) who replaced original drummer Carlo Bordini. All the members of the band had previously militated in other acts like Oliver, Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray and Seconda Generazione that never had the chance to record an album. The turning point of Goblin's career was the meeting with film director Dario Argento who recruited them for the soundtrack of "Profondo rosso" (Deep Red), one of his most successful films.

Murders, blood, mystery but also music and humour are some of the ingredients of this extraordinary thriller that tells the story of an English musician, Marcus Daly (interpreted by David Hemmings) who, after he witnessed the murder of a famous psychic, gets involved in the crime investigations teaming up with a female reporter. Actually, the soundtrack was initially commissioned to Italian jazz musician Giorgio Gaslini but he didn't fulfil his task (in that period he was involved in other projects) and the band managed to complete it with excellent results. The music perfectly fits the scenes on the screen adding tension and rhythm to dialogues and images. Both film and score were extremely successful and the name of the band became indelibly associated with this thriller and its strong colours.

Both film and album begin with the notes of the dark and hypnotic title track, by far the best known Goblin's piece. The album is completely instrumental but images can be even stronger than words... If you haven't seen the film try to imagine a cradle tumbling down, a rag doll tortured with pins, some strange direful puppets, then marbles, knives and daggers, a single eye watching you... A face reflected in a pool of blood, deep red! "Sometimes what you really see and what you imagine mix up in your memory like a cocktail and you can't distinguish the different flavours anymore...".

Next track "Death Dies" is more aggressive and in the film is associated with scenes of murders. Flashing blades and leather gloves in action, stains of blood and gloomy puppets come to mind while music flows nervous and tense...

"Mad Puppet" could remind of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and it's a perfect background for the exploration of a villa haunted by ghosts and gloomy souvenirs or for the visit in a desert school in the middle of the night while a psychopathic murderer is lurking...

"Wild Session" begins with sound effects and the wind blowing. There is a presence... "I feel like a blade entering in my flesh...". An evil thought is still hanging in the room when rhythm takes off on the notes of a haunting piano pattern...

"Deep Shadows" is disquieting and dark. It features peculiar percussive patterns and many changes of rhythm. Stop and listen to, let your imagination drive you through a corridor full of mirrors and strange paintings... Then imagine to climb on the wall of a mysterious house looking for a missing window... It's dark, you risk to fall down, be cautious while moving like a clumsy acrobat, there's a threatening presence observing what you're doing...

Last two tracks were composed by Giorgio Gaslini and feature orchestral arrangements. "School At Night" is a nursery rhyme that in the film is linked to the perverted mind of a serial killer. "Gianna" is light and romantic and in the film is associated to the character of female journalist Gianna Brizzi. A good way to conclude a 30 minutes ride on the edge of folly.

Goblin's debut album was not only successful but also very influential on the whole Italian music scene... A must for every Italianprog lover! By the way, the re-release on CD features unreleased tracks coming out from the film score and from the sessions...

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Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010

Review by stefro
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3 stars After changing names from Cherry Five to Goblin following the release of their self-titled symphonic prog debut, Goblin would begin a long and successful career producing soundtracks for fellow Italian and revered horror film director Dario Argento. 'Profondo Rosso' would be the first, and the main theme, alongside the title track for Argento's seminal 1976 film 'Suspiria', would become one of the group's most-renowned and best-loved pieces, as well as being revered as one of the iconic themes of modern horror cinema. Released in 1975, 'Profondo Rosso' would kick-start a prolific and highly-rewarding few years for Goblin, with the following year seeing the group produce their first non-soundtrack album in the shape of the excellent 'Roller', which in turn would be followed 'Suspiria' and their last non-soundtrack item, the concept piece 'In Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark'. Each album seemed to inform the next, and the promise of the 'Profondo Rosso' would be fully expanded into Goblin's masterpiece - the 1976 soundtrack for 'Suspiria' - an album that served not only as a superbly atmospheric film score, but also as polished album in it's own right. 'Profondo Rosso', which, stylistically speaking, is very similar, may not be an album in the way 'Suspiria' is - it lacks the range of styles - but it does feature an unsettling dynamic that lends the movie a frightening power. As an album 'Profondo Rosso' is fundamentally weak, but as a soundtrack it works almost perfectly, weaving a sinister pattern of deliciously creepy sounds and rhythms that cunningly compliments Argento's visceral cinematic style. In the shape of the title track Goblin have created a wonderful piece of music, and although the rest of the album lacks the melodic power of it's opening gambit, it's still a worthy addition to Goblin's impressive early discography. Those looking to explore Goblin fully should go for 'Roller' and 'Suspiria' first - both those albums feature an abundance of excellent songs - but for the purest evocation of Goblin's creepy style, look no further than the opening track of 'Profondo Rosso'. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010

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Posted Monday, November 22, 2010

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars Goblin's debut album is a great soundtrack to a great movie by Dario Argento, but it is also a great RPI album. The music on this album is great Italian dark-funk prog.

The title song is a classic in the RPI genre, and has been covered a few times. The organ in the song really sets the dark feel of the movie and the rest of this album.

"Death Dies" sounds like an evil Herbie Hancock composition from his funk days. This song has a great funky bassline, jazzy piano, striking guitar playing that kind of reminds me of John McLaughlin from his Miles Davis days, and fast paced drumming that reminds me of Lenny White. This song is super enjoyable lounge music for super villains.

"Mad Puppet" starts off with sounds that lead further into the darkness of the theme of murder and insanity, but ends with a cymbal crash. Then the funky guitar and bass play alone with some slight blues influences, and later are followed by some spacey and stark synthesizer arpeggios. Another great chillin' song.

"Wild Session" starts with the sounds of windy fury and creepy musical box notes until about halfway through, which starts with a beautiful piano melody but the rest of the band comes in on heavy-rockin' mode. More horror-funk ensues, with some jazz sax added for good measure. This is one of my favorites because of its oddness and slightly avant feel while still managing to sound greatly jazzy.

"Deep Shadows" is frantic in its confused sounding notes and strange noises, but it still backed by funky bass, as usual. This track is probably one of the most progressive on the album. Beautiful piano playing is added, and some great bass soloing through the middle of the track is very exciting. There is also a franticly played jazzy guitar solo near the end that is very entertaining, followed by a nice drum solo, and then the song ends with the same craziness it began with.

"School at Night" is mostly a beautiful chamber orchestra arrangement, but comes off as creepy given the context of the album as a whole.

"Gianna" is a very jazzy, dancelike and fun song that reminds me of Autumn. It's very beautiful and signifies the end of the murderous and funky journey through Profondo Rosso.

I love Goblin; they're probably one of my favorite bands. They've got funk (I'm sure I've mentioned this more than enough times in this review and in my review of Suspiria) and they've got nice jazz chops. Claudio Simonetti is a great progressive composer and a master of soundtracks. My only problem is that this album is very short (only about 30 minutes), but it still manages to pack quite a musical punch. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes '70s jazz funk in their prog.

Also, watch the movie. It's fantastic.

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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Marking the point where the Italian prog scene collided with the Italian filmmaking market, Profondo Rosso is the first Goblin album and one of their better soundtrack works. The moods and musical styles adopted on the album are quite diverse, as befitting its origins as a movie soundtrack, with influences ranging from Tubular Bells (as on the opening of the title track, or the guitar section in Mad Puppet) to funkier material at points reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield's work on Superfly. Some where between these extremes the distinctive and original Goblin sound emerges, applying symphonic prog musicianship and compositional approaches to a more cinematic set of influences than those that informed the pastoral prog or fusion-leaning bands of the RPI scene.

Note that Profondo Rosso has been reissued in various formats, including a greatly expanded release which includes more incidental music and multiple different takes of the same tracks. If you are a major fan of the Goblin sound and want to hear every little track they made during these sessions, you might want to go for it, but I personally find these editions rather repetitive and tedious to listen to all the way through. My appreciation for this album shot up when I simply programmed the CD to play only the original album tracks in the order they originally appeared on; on the whole, I'd say Goblin did a fine job in condensing the soundtrack for an LP release.

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Posted Sunday, October 02, 2011

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4 stars The first move soundtrack from a band which developed from Cherry Five if I am not mistaken. I got a fistful of their albums. Movie soundtracks can be really boring and rather pointless without the pictures. In the case of Goblin; mostly the gory details. These are not missed by me and the soun ... (read more)

Report this review (#571948) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, November 20, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It seems sort of strange (but not so much, as I am a huge fan of Italian Horror) looking back now that "Profondo Rosso" was may introduction to Prog Rock. However, I do not regret that fact at all. Goblin's debut soundtrack for horror Maestro Dario Argento album is also their finest (with the ... (read more)

Report this review (#457939) | Posted by paura | Tuesday, June 07, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Profondo Rosso & Roller are excellent add to any O.S.T collector . But ..., what makes a difference in these two compilations is ,one way or another , involved with symphonic progressive .. Goblin reminds me of Focus & E.L.P , even oldfield , also with a ... (read more)

Report this review (#164469) | Posted by trackstoni | Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Album released in 1975 "Profondo Rosso". The first work as GOBLIN is Dario Argento's sound track. Music such as numbers such as technical jazz-rock and TUBULAR BELLS and beautiful works has been enhanced. The complete edition can be obtained now. I like this movie.It is a masterpiece of horro ... (read more)

Report this review (#75321) | Posted by braindamage | Tuesday, April 18, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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