Goblin - Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark

Year of Release: 2003
Label: M2U Records Korea
Catalog Number: M2U-1001
Format: CD
Total Time: 37:21:00

Formed by ex-Ritratto Di Dorian Gray, ex-Cherry Five and ex-Rogers keyboard player Claudio Simonetti, the band started out writing and recording a fair number of soundtracks for films from the Cinevox roster. In 1975 Goblin almost had an album of its own, yet the band was once again asked to write a filmscore, this time for the successful film Profondo Rosso. On this, their 1978 album Il Fantastico Viaggio Del 'Bagarozzo' Mark, Goblin leaves the textures of the lengthy keyboard tracks in favour of band oriented material, which at times evokes some strong Yes resemblances. However, a piece like "Le Cascate Di Viridiana" still contains those long, dynamic stretches one would/could associate with authentic drama as seen in many films. With this album the band nevertheless goes back to their intention of composing the material as a true progressive rock outfit. Having written so many soundtracks, Goblin most certainly knows how to deliver visual music with ear for detail, as the sequencing in "La Danza" illustrates. In a way this song also reminds me of early day Renaissance.

No doubt Simonetti is the main asset, here so if you're a fan of keyboard driven symphonic rock, you have found the ideal place. "Opera Magnifica" is, as its title implies, a classic piece of work, yet arranged in a modern kind of way. However, it gives a perfect image of the talents of Simonetti. The storytelling during "Notte" again illustrates the band's strength in accompanying the spoken word, whether on the screen, on stage, or "simply" on album. Having mainly written scores for horror movies, the "spooky" element is also contained here, even sounding a little like the main theme from Tubular Bells! On this album Simonetti fully experiments with sequencers, as he also illustrates during the jazzy "E Suono Rock," the closing section of this fine album. To my ears this track sounds as if you were to merge Deep Purple with Triumvirat. Pity it stops so abruptly!

I believe Il Fantastico Viaggio Del 'Bagarozzo' Mark had already been released on CD, sporting two bonus videotracks. Here the label has taken great pride in issuing it the same way as its vinyl original so many years ago. As an extra, you not only get the miniature album sleeve in thick cardboard quality, but together with the obi strip, you also get a tiny 16 page booklet in Korean lettering and very small photographs. Yet another quality release.

Limited edition of 2000 numbered copies

[After 2000, the band essentially split though coming together one between then and now. There are now two Goblins; the other is Claudio Simonett's Goblin - found at www.goblinsimonetti.com -ed.

Mark Il Bagarozzo (5:00) / Le Cascate Di Viridiana (5:45)? / Terra Di Goblin (4:35) / Un Raggazo D'argento (4:43) / La Danza (5:17) / Opera Magnifica (3:55) / Notte (2:45) / ... E Suono Rock (4:33)

Massimo Morante - guitar, vocals
Agostino Marangolo - drums
Fabio Pignatelli - bass
Claudio Simonetti - keyboards

Profundo Rosso (1975/1996)
Roller (1976)
Susperia (1977/1997)
La Via Della Droga (1977)
Squadra Antimafia (1978)
Il Fantastico Viaggio Del 'Bagarozzo' Mark (1978)
Zombi/Dawn Of The Dead (1978/1998*)
Squadra Antigangsters (1979/1999*)
Amo Non Amo (1979)
Patrick (1979)
Greatest Hits (1979)
Contamination (1979)
Goblin (1982)
Volo (1982)
Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli - Tenebre (1982/1997)
Notturno (1983/1999*)
Phenomena/Creepers (1984)
Greatest Hits (1987)
La Chiesa (1989)
The Goblin Collection 1975-1989 (1995)
Phenomena (1997) (reissue w/bonus) Buio Omega (1997)
Eccitante! Goblin (1997)
Soundtracks Vol II (1998)
Soundtracks Vol III (1998)
Italian Horror Showcase (1998)
Original Remixes Collection Vol 1 (1998)
La Via Della Droga (1999)
Non Ho Sonno (2000)

Back To The Goblin 2005
Four Of A Kind (2015)
Austinato (2016)
Fearless (2018)

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - The Murder Collection (2014)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - The Horror Box (LP) (2015)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - Profondo Rosso / Deep Red 40th Anniversario (ltd ed) (2015)
Bloody Anthology - The Best of Claudio Simonetti & Goblin (2015)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - Profundo Rosso - 40th Anniversary (2016)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - Dawn Of The Dead (2018)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - The Very Best Of Volume (2019)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin - The Devil Is Back (2019)

Austinato (DVD/BR) (2016)

There are now two Goblins, one featuring Massimo Morante, Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli, Agostino Marangolo and the other featuring Claudio Simonetti, Bruno Previtali, Cecilia Nappo and Federico Maragoni... I've included both branches' discographies...

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin IT

Added: January 11th 2004
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

Artist website: www.goblinofficial.com
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Language: english


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