Goblin — Roller
(Belle Antique BELLE 101664, 1976/2010, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01Nice to see this one reissued again, as it was only available many years ago as a very limited edition in Japan. Goblin were a group of musicians who did many horror soundtracks, the best of which, Suspiria (a classic horror film,) is available on Italian CD and has bonus tracks from Roller. Roller was the first of a couple infrequent non-soundtrack albums and is their second title chronologically. The album is a classic example in the 70s Italian style led by lots of analog synths, lots of fusion riffing and a soundtrack-like style that is only Goblin's. The CD is worth getting at least for the classic 11:00 track "Goblin," which is Italian progressive defined with superb melodies and dynamics. If you haven't heard this group yet, this is the place to start.
Related artist(s): Goblin / Goblin Rebirth / New Goblins
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