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Roots Of Goth [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chrome Dreams Music
  • ASIN: B0055ODXEQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mad Song Of OpheliaDame Nellie Melba 3:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. ExcelsiorMessrs. Ernest Pike and Walter Miller 4:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Lost ChordJohn McCormack 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hojoroho From 'Die Walkure' (Wagner)Gertrud Kappel 2:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Two Black Crows In Hades (Part 1)Moran And Mack 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Haunted HunterBillie Maxwell 3:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Night GuardJack Webb 3:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Theme From Dracula (Tchaikoksky's Swan Lake)Tchaikoksky 2:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Des Sommerwindes Wilde Jagd (The Wild Hunt Of The Summer Wind) From Schoenberg's 'Gurrelieder'Stokowski12:57Album Only
Listen10. Empty SaddlesThe Sons Of The Pioneers 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hellhound On My TrailRobert Johnson 2:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Watchman, What Of The Night?Webster Booth and Dennis Noble 3:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Danger ZoneMercy Dee 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Riders In The SkyVaughn Monroe 3:01£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Moanin' At MidnightHowlin' Wolf 2:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. JezebelFrankie Laine 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Three BellsLes Compagnons de la chanson 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Danse Macabre (Saint-Saens)Dimitri Mitropoulos 7:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Danny BoyMario Lanza 2:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mountains In The MoonlightJohnnie Ray 2:34£0.69  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Marche Au Supplice (March To The Scaffold) - Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz)Willem van Otterloo 4:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Songe D'une Nuit Sabbat (Dreams Of A Witches Sabbat) - Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz)Willem van Otterloo 8:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Shifting Whispering Sands (Parts 1 & 2)Eamonn Andrews 5:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Race With The DevilGene Vincent 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Headless HorsemanThe Ron Goodwin Orchestra 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Salve Regina - Antiphona (Tonus Monasticus) In HonoreThe Benedictine Monks of the Abbey at Saint Maurice and Saint Maur Clervaux 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Three RavensFrances Faye 3:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. FrenzyScreamin' Jay Hawkins 2:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Downbound TrainChuck Berry 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Procession Of The Flagellants From 'The Seventh Seal'Erik Nordgren 2:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The House Is HauntedMel Torme 2:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bonjour TristesseJuliette Greco 4:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Esquerita And The VoolaEsquerita 2:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Death Of Messala From 'Ben Hur'Miklůs Růzsa 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O Fortuna Inperatrix Mundi From 'Carmina Buranda' (Carl Orff)Herbert Kegel 6:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Green Leaves Of Summer From 'The Alamo'Dmitri Tiomkin 3:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. All My SorrowsThe Shadows 2:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Til The Following NightScreaming Lord Sutch 3:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Night Of The VampireThe Moontrekkers 2:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johnny Remember MeJohn Leyton 2:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Infernal Dance Of King Kastchei From 'The Firebird'Igor Stravinsky 4:40£0.69  Buy MP3 


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An offshoot of Post-Punk movement in the early 1980s, Goth quickly became a label for bands as diverse as The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and, later, The Sisters Of Mercy, as well as for the music they played and for the followers of these groups. With the opening of London's Batcave club in 1982 the scene develop into a genre of its own and the most all-encompassing of sub-cultures, Identifiable to outsiders by an obsession with things morbid and a penchant for black attire. Goths were in fact the latest in a cultural lineage stretching back to such literary figures as Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Baudelaire and ETA Hoffmann. This collection documents the rich and eclectic musical heritage from which the pioneers of the scene drew their inspiration - often finding their pulse in surprising places. From the French romantic compositions of Berlioz and Saint-Saens, to the chilling refrains of Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana', rubbing shoulders with the grief laden lament of folk traditional 'All My Sorrows' and Robert Johnson's haunting 'Hellhound on my Trail'. Featuring 41 tracks in all and including extensive sleeve notes by music historian Alan Clayson detailing some of the darkest, most macabre and occasionally ridiculous music ever committed to wax.

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An offshoot of Post-Punk movement in the early 1980s, Goth quickly became a label for bands as diverse as The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and, later, The Sisters Of Mercy, as well as for the music they played and for the followers of these groups. With the opening of London's Batcave club in 1982 the scene develop into a genre of its own and the most all-encompassing of sub-cultures, Identifiable to outsiders by an obsession with things morbid and a penchant for black attire. Goths were in fact the latest in a cultural lineage stretching back to such literary figures as Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Baudelaire and ETA Hoffmann. This collection documents the rich and eclectic musical heritage from which the pioneers of the scene drew their inspiration - often finding their pulse in surprising places. From the French romantic compositions of Berlioz and Saint-Saens, to the chilling refrains of Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana', rubbing shoulders with the grief laden lament of folk traditional 'All My Sorrows' and Robert Johnson's haunting 'Hellhound on my Trail'. Featuring 41 tracks in all and including extensive sleeve notes by music historian Alan Clayson detailing some of the darkest, most macabre and occasionally ridiculous music ever committed to wax.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Runmentionable TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Listeners looking for soundalikes to the Mish, the Neph and the other titans of post-punk's Eeyorish half-brother should look elsewhere: this compilation is a survey of the roots of the Goth sensiblity, rather than the sound. As such, it's an absolute hoot. How can you not love something which moves from Chuck Berry to the soundtrack from The Seventh Seal to Mel Torme?

The Goth sensibility covered here incorporates a fascination with death, the occult, madness, inexplicable mystery and, of course, massive self-pity. The music chosen to convey this is insanely eclectic, ranging through folk, the more outre corners of the classical repertoire, film soundtracks, blues, country, rock and roll, pop, Gregorian chant and Eamonn Andrews. The sequencing defies any kind of logic. Apart from the segue noted above, on disc one we slide from Schoenberg to the Sons of the Pioneers, while, on disc two, three Joe Meek classics are followed by an extract from Stravinsky's Firebird.

Another reviewer noted that it looks like an out-of-copyright compilation, and it's over-priced. Well, it IS an out-of-copyright compilation. As for the price, caveat emptor. It's certainly more expensive than many out-of-copyright sets, but I'm more than happy to accept that on the basis of the thought and ingenuity that have gone into the selection (most out-of-copyright sets being exercises in stating the bleeding obvious).

Why not five stars? Partly because it's SO eclectic, listening all the way through will pretty much do your nut in, and turn you into a mindless, drooling, noisome THING. And also because the sleeve notes, by Alan Clayson, though well-informed, are written in such a convoluted, knotty style as to be almost incomprehensible. Though they probably make sense if you go down into the cellar and read them by candlelight at midnight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bela Lugosi's Not Dead! 18 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a great compilation for anyone with an interest in the more alternative spectrums of sound, and especially those who love, like I, 80s Gothic music. Having grown up worshipping Bauhaus and The Birthday Party, this great compilation chronicles the roots of Goth, with many songs, and indeed artists I haven't heard of before. It was a delight to hear the likes of John Leyton and Screaming Lord Sutch again, whilst I also discovered lots of new stuff; Gertrud Kappel anyone? The whole package was put together really well and made for a great listen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading and too expensive 14 Jun 2012
By Jo day
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In Germany you can it for the third of the price. Rip-off... some songs are good, many are fillers. Like a public domain disc. To call this collection Roots of goth is laughable. The guy who has put together these discs had carte blanche.
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