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




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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.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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