Having started out as Oliver (releasing a few demo tapes) they later changed their name to Cherry Five, releasing one, eponymous, LP. During the completion of this album, Dario Argento helped bring over the members to score his film "Profondo Rosso"; leading to the final formation of Goblin.

On December 16, 2009, Goblin announced its dissolution. In Summer, 2010, New Goblin was formed. The personnel of New Goblin included Maurizio Guarini, Massimo Morante, and Claudio Simonetti from the original version of Goblin, together with Bruno Previtali and Titta Tani from Simonetti's band Daemonia,

In 2013, Claudio Simonetti left New Goblin and formed Claudio Simonetti's Goblin.

Details of various Goblin members:

Fabio Pignatelli (Bass) – Appears on all releases.
Claudio Simonetti (Keyboards) – Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Phenomena ('85), Non Ho Sonno (2000)
Maurizio Guarini (Keyboards) – Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), Zombi ('78), Buio Omega ('78), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), St. Helens ('81), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Massimo Morante (Guitars) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Non Ho Sonno (2000), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Carlo Pennisi (Guitars) - Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80)
Roberto Puleo (Guitars) - Contamination ('80)
Marco Rinalduzzi (Guitars) - Volo ('82)
Walter Martino (Percussion) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83)
Agostino Marangolo (Percussion) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), St. Helens ('81), Non Ho Sonno (2000), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Derek Wilson (Percussion) - Volo ('82)
Mauro Lusini (Vocals) - Volo ('82)
Antonio Marangolo (Winds, Keyboards) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Suspiria ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83), Non Ho Sonno (2000)

Goblin Discography


EOS-81107 Goblin Profondo Rosso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Cinevox, Cinevox, Cinevox EOS-81107 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
MDF 33.101 Goblin Roller (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.101 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
MDFK 108 Goblin Suspiria (Album) Cinevox MDFK 108 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
SC 33 37 Goblin Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark (Album) Cinevox SC 33 37 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
MDF 33.121 Goblin Zombi (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.121 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
MDF 33/133, MDF 33.133 Goblin Patrick (Album) Cinevox, Cinevox MDF 33/133, MDF 33.133 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
MDF 33.126 Goblin Amo Non Amo (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.126 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
MDF 33.131 Goblin Squadra Antigangsters (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.131 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
MDF 33.142 Goblin Contamination (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.142 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
SC 33.45 Goblin Volo (Album) Cinevox SC 33.45 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
MDF 33.151 Goblin Notturno (Album) Cinevox MDF 33.151 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
CD MDF 303 Goblin Phenomena (The Complete Original Instrumental Sound Track Album) (Album) Cinevox CD MDF 303 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
CD MDF 304, CD-MDF 304 Goblin Buio Omega (The Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Cinevox, Cinevox CD MDF 304, CD-MDF 304 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
CD MDF 319 Goblin La Via Della Droga (Album) Cinevox CD MDF 319 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
SP/CR-200013 Keith Emerson & Goblin Keith Emerson & Goblin - La Chiesa (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recording)(CD, Comp) Avanz Records SP/CR-200013 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CD MDF 342 DK Goblin Non Ho Sonno (Album) Cinevox CD MDF 342 DK Italy 2000 Sell This Version
BTTF 001 Goblin BackToTheGoblin 2005 (Album) BackToTheFudda BTTF 001 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
CASA10CD Enrico Simonetti with Goblin Enrico Simonetti with Goblin - Gamma - Original Soundtrack(CD, Album, RE) Bella Casa CASA10CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
AMS LP 76 B Goblin, Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli Goblin, Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli - Phenomena(LP) AMS (3) AMS LP 76 B Italy 2014 Sell This Version
AMSLP92 Goblin, Keith Emerson Goblin, Keith Emerson - La Chiesa (Album) AMS (3) AMSLP92 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
BTTF 006 Goblin Four Of A Kind (Album) BackToTheFudda BTTF 006 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
DW044 Stelvio Cipriani, Goblin Stelvio Cipriani, Goblin - The Bloodstained Shadow Death Waltz Recording Company DW044 US 2016 Sell This Version
BTTF009 Goblin Austinato(2xCD) BackToTheFudda BTTF009 Canada 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MDF 070, MDF. 070 Goblin Profondo Rosso (Single) Cinevox, Cinevox MDF 070, MDF. 070 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
JB 499 Goblin / Dream Bags Goblin / Dream Bags - Profondo Rosso / Sky's Motor-Bike(7", Jukebox) Cinevox JB 499 Italy 1975 Sell This Version


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October 1, 2014
Extracts from my article in Audion #25...
The kingpin of Goblin is often quoted as being Claudio Simonetti, a talented and unique keyboard player, his origins were in 60's amateur bands, which eventually lead to the formation of Ritratto Di Dorian Gray (Picture Of Dorian Gray), apparently a classical rock trio in the generic Italian style. Unfortunately Rittratto Di Dorian Gray never released an album (although Mellow Records have listed the possible release of archive recordings) although they existed for at least 2 years.
BIRTH OF THE GOBLINS How Goblin actually got together I can only guess. One story goes that Cinecitta Film Studios were looking for a band to create contemporary scores for films and that the members of Goblin were specially chosen for this purpose. It would seem that the original Goblin were thus not a proper band originally, but instead a manufactured group! ...
Their big break was the commission to score Dario Argento's "Profondo Rosso" (aka "Deep Red"). Dario Argento was one of the hottest names on the Italian horror scene, specialising in nasty psychological thrillers and gory shock horror. Many of his earlier films had been scored by Ennio Morricone. But, for this new film, he wanted something different. Really, "Profondo Rosso" was Argento's attempt to out-do "The Exorcist", not only as a horror-shocker (a psycho story starring David Hemmings on the trail of a hatchet swinging killer) but as a powerful experience all round, thus he needed a very powerful score, ...
TERROR MUSIC ... Goblin went on to create possibly the most important, and definitely most radical, of all Goblin albums, the soundtrack to Dario Argento's outrageous tale of terror "Suspiria", a film that tells the tale of a coven of witches at an Austrian dancing academy involving grizzly murders and lots of nasty shock tactics. Excepting a short piano piece on the second side of the LP (which is heard as being performed by a blind pianist in the film), Goblin's soundtrack was summed up by the four tracks on side 1. This was unlike any Goblin heard before, with an overdose of electronics, thunderously percussive riffing and strange abstract phases, all filled to the brim with masses of moaning, growling, shrieking and wailing voices, groaning like tortured lost souls. Snatches of blasphemous text, weird cries and demented voices dominate the highly charged music, offering a fascinating and bizarre experience. Coupled with Argento's visuals, Goblin's music made "Suspiria" one of the most numbingly furious of horror films. ...
Further evidence that Goblin were leading a double life came with the album IL FANTASTICO VIAGGIO DEL BAGAROZZO "MARK", a full blown progressive rock concept album, complete with songs in Italian, and a style much closer to Yes than we'd previously heard from Goblin. Curiously the instrumental tracks heard here are some of the most powerful Goblin had created, with masses of complex keyboards and sequencers, most notably the album's closer: .....E Suono Rock which comes across like a hybrid of instrumental Steve Hackett, ELP and Alphataurus. A brainstormer indeed. Curiously, despite being in Italian, Massimo Morante's vocals remind me somewhat of Omega's Janos Kóbor, and musically there are similarities too!
ZOMBIES AND OTHER HORRORS! Such was the international success of SUSPIRIA that Goblin were to record at least a dozen soundtracks over the next couple of years. Not all these were documented on record, and some that were proved to be less than extraordinary. Probably the most famous of these was George A. Romero's long overdue sequel to "Night Of The Living Dead", the aptly titled "Dawn Of The Dead" (or "Zombi" as it was known in Europe) a tale in which the dead come back to life with an insatiable desire to eat the living and the fateful struggle of four people who attempt to survive against the odds, ...

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