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When the Goblin reissues turned up yesterday I proceeded to force the office to listen to Goblin for a good portion of the afternoon, long enough in fact for Phil to declare that he never wanted to listen to Goblin again. I didn’t realise people got sick of Goblin. Fast forward to today and I’ve got Goblin’s ‘Roller’ on my review pile so I get to make everybody listen ...

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Roller by Goblin
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10/10 Mike Staff review, 05 November 2013

When the Goblin reissues turned up yesterday I proceeded to force the office to listen to Goblin for a good portion of the afternoon, long enough in fact for Phil to declare that he never wanted to listen to Goblin again. I didn’t realise people got sick of Goblin. Fast forward to today and I’ve got Goblin’s ‘Roller’ on my review pile so I get to make everybody listen to them again. But enough about me, as I mentioned a moment ago we’ve got ‘Roller’ in on vinyl!

This 1976 LP is of course Goblin’s only studio album which wasn’t a film soundtrack, although in terms of a listening experience it still sticks within the same basic boundaries of ominous synths, spooky Italian disco-funk, wonderful squidgy synths and blistering prog rock acrobatics, none of which would sound out of place with some vivid Dario Argento imagery over the top. The cop-funk break of penultimate track ‘Goblin’ in particular is irresistibly danceable with its scratchy guitar riffing, clanking bass and juggernaut drumming. This whole album is loads of fun though, one of the finest prog bands the world has ever seen showing off their skills outside the usual constraints of a soundtrack. It’s on a picture disc but actually sounds pretty good.


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