For most of you, I expect the band Goblin needs no introduction, since they're responsible for some of the most iconic horror film scores of the '70s and '80s – most notably George Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Dario Argento's Suspiria – but their influence on the world of horror movie music cannot be overstressed.
Seattle-based label Light in the Attic – whose eclectic catalog includes everything from vintage R&B, folk and reggae recordings to rare works from Iggy Pop, Roky Erickson and Public Image Limited – is now offering imported vinyl editions of nine Goblin records, representing several chapters of the band's amazing career.
LPs available now include the Cinevox issues of the aforementioned Dawn of the Dead (a.k.a. Zombi) and Suspiria, as well as scores to Argento's Tenebrae (not “legally” a Goblin release, but featuring founding trio Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante), Profondo Rosso and Non Ho Sonno, their alternate electronic score to Richard Franklin's Patrick, and the music from Joe D'Amato's Buio Omega and Luigi Cozzi's Contamination.
The catalog also includes non-soundtrack releases like Roller (my favorite Goblin album, BTW) and the rare 1978 rock opera Il fantastico viaggio del bagarozzo Mark – the only full-length Goblin project containing lyrics and vocals (in Italian), and without a doubt the best concept album ever written about a talking cockroach. Seriously.