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Goblin - Il Fantastico Viaggio Del




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.49 | 102 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars "...violence, violence, in the Goblin's land there's no pity...!"

These lyrics do not really represent the spirit of Goblin' fourth studio album..."The Fantastic Journey of the Beetle Mark" is somehow a strange opus in their long and lucky career. It is not a soundtrack album, for instance, and it includes vocals (Massimo Morante) that may seem innatural to most part of the well informed italian prog lovers. Not to the hard-core fans of this unique band builded up around the great musicianship of Claudio Simonetti (keyboards and synths). "Bagarozzo" is a conceptual based work about the story of a bug named "Mark" who lives in a wild and wonderful land of thousands of different colours (Goblin's land) and meets other funny creatures like himself. He is pictured as the eight-legged-super-hero of his world, a little flying insect who take risks in outstanding adventures!

Musically the album is very convincing, expecially for the good and interesting and remarkable combination between the "heavy" keyboards' sound and that warm acoustic guitar provided by Massimo Morante whose style is so often the "icing on the cake!" Not particularly experimental in its essence, just a simple variation in the Goblin's discography, "Bagarozzo" show the band performing more usual symphonic progressive rock with references to Keith Emerson pompous keyboards, sometimes.

Luckily I own this good 1978 album in the new remastered version issued by Cinevox records with, as a bonus track, a live video track from "Non Ho Sonno", the 2001 Dario Argento's horror movie which saw another time the famous movie director work within such a mythic italian band, like the old good times... The bonus track features also an interview of the band's members about the comments on concept and making of "Bagarozzo".

Very good: 3,5 stars. Highly recommendable!

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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