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Phenomena is a 1985 horror/fantasy/thriller from Italian director Dario Argento starring Jennifer Connelly, and with music composed by progressive rock band Goblin. This is not the first time an Argento/Goblin soundtrack has appeared here. I thought it would round out the collection nicely. This is a big contender for my favorite Argento movie. It's full of memorable and disturbing imagery, as well as a variety of atmosphere changing from dreamy and hypnotic to full throttle violence. Like all Argento, it's not for everyone. Some people may not be able to get past how absurd the film is, but the film's silliness is only one aspect, and one I happen to enjoy.
This long out-of-print and impossible to find release is evidence of the film's manic mood changes. Even the rock tracks by Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Andi Sex Gang are entertaining, but the real gems are the Goblin tracks and the contributions by Bill Wyman/Terry Taylor and Simon Boswell. Goblin's Phenomena, is a pop electronic rocker that makes excellent use of female operatic singing, and it is truly unforgettable in my opinion. Their other tracks range from hypnotic, to dreamy and tender. Most people's favorite track (and I am no exception) is Valley by Wyman/Taylor. It probably is the most haunting piece of music I have ever heard. I try not to listen to it too much, because I don't want to wear it out. Often I will measure my enjoyment of something by whether or not it gives me goosebumps, and Valley never fails.
Year of Release: 1987 Label: Cinevox Catalog Number: CD-CIA 5062 Genres: Soundtrack, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320 kbps FLAC upgrade available upon request.
Tracklist: 1. Goblin - Phenomena (4:25) 2. Iron Maiden - Flash of the Blade (4:09) 3. Goblin - Jennifer (3:51) 4. Andi Sex Gang - The quick and the dead (3:33) 5. Andy sex gang - You don't know me (2:38) 6. Goblin - The wind (1:18) 7. Bill Wyman & Terry Taylor - Valley (4:31) 8. Goblin - Sleepwalking (3:51) 9. Motorhead - Locomotive (3:25) 10. Goblin - Jennifer's Friend (3:28) 11. Simon Boswell - The Maggots (1:38) 12. Andi Sex Gang - The naked and the dead (2:37)