August 13, 2012

20,000 Vinyl LPs 7: Goblin ~ Suspiria

Suspiria album cover detail
 photo of album cover detail by Styrous®

I started the Vinyl LP series because I have over 20,000 albums I am selling; each blog entry of the series is about an album from my collection. Inquire for more information.

One of my favorite progressive rock groups, Goblin, was from Italy. My favorite album of theirs (probably everybody's for that matter) was the soundtrack for Suspiria, a horror film by Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, Dario Argento. Recorded in 1977, it was the first of many horror films for which Goblin would produce soundtracks.

The music for the film, composed by Agostino Marangolo, has some of the most beautiful, delicately textured as well as eerie themes ever recorded up to that time. The Suspiria main theme can be heard on YouTube (the ad can be skipped). Yet the music nicely rocks out occasionally. It has been said it is "The Most Frightening Film You'll Ever See!" And the music is much more than just a contributing factor.

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Suspiria album cover front
  photo of album cover front by Styrous®

Suspiria album cover back
  photo of album cover back by Styrous®

 photo of album cover detail by Styrous®

The packaging for the album was terrific! The record cover was the normal format but the inner sleeve was not paper as usual, it was made of regular album cover cardboard; like an album cover inside an album cover. When you pulled that album out it was a gatefold with another surprise to follow.

Suspiria inner sleeve gatefold
  photo of album cover gatefold by Styrous®

Suspiria inner sleeve front
 photo of inner sleeve front by Styrous®

Suspiria inner sleeve back
 photo of inner sleeve back by Styrous®

interior of Suspiria gatefold inner sleeve
 photo of inner sleeve by Styrous®

detail of Suspiria inner sleeve
 photo of inner sleeve pop-up detail by Styrous®

Suspiria inner sleeve pop-up surprise
 photo of inner sleeve pop-up by Styrous®

Lord, they had fun playing with album covers!

The Goblin personnel was:
Agostino Marangolo: drums, percussion, vocals
Massimo Morante: Electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, bouzouki, vocals
Fabio Pignatelli: Fender Precision Bass (fretless), Rickenbacker bass (fretted), Tabla, Acoustic guitar, vocals
Claudio Simonetti: Mellotron (presets: 3-Violins, church organ and 8-Choir), Elka organ, Logan violin, Celesta, Fender Rhodes Electric piano, Grand piano, Moog synthesizers (Minimoog and System 55)
Antonio Marangolo: Saxophone (on "Black Forest")
Maurizio Guarini (uncredited): Additional Keyboards, including the Moog synthesizers and other keyboards listed on Roller

A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. Meanwhile, the young American is trying to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization. Suspiria storyline/credits.

Photos and images from Suspiria can be seen at Google images. Suspiria can be rented at Netflix.

I was sad when Suspiria left my collection but the music stays in my mind forever.

Styrous® ~ August 13, 2012


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