The soundtrack of Dario Argento's undisputed epitome of a giallo thriller has finally been re-released after years of absence on the european and american market. The new label it is on, Cinevox records, who are establishing a new line of products here, really did some archive-digging to add new material - and the result is 21(!) bonus tracks that have not been included in the original album. Some of these tracks have been released before, be it as a 12"-Single (the remix of the title tune, which has been quite a hit in Italy), be it as outtakes on diverse soundtrack compilations. The rest is really new material - different versions of tunes already known, unedited film-versions or differently orchestrated cues, and even a sound effects suite, put as a last track on the CD, which gives a fine finish to the hearing experience.
Goblin, the italian progressive rock band, had had a head start with this album: Intriguingly crafted songs, some based on very weird rhythms, for instance the title tune (which admittedly and recognizably influence John Carpenter later in his compository style), and on the other hand a lullaby which, in its simplicity, is turned into something extremely haunting, thanks to some versions Goblin created.
Originally, the film's soundtrack was supposed to be composed by Jazz artist Giorgio Gaslini, but Dario Argento (being a rock music fan) was not very happy with the end result, so he asked Goblin to come up with new ideas, and the band included some snippets by G. Gaslini, which gives the record a "jazzy edge" - but in Goblin style.
Even if you're not a film music collector, this is a record you should not miss - it's just far too good. It stands for itself as a very interesting album, and it has been influencial in more than one way one can easily recognize.