** 300 copies only, sold out at source ** Goblin, Dario Argento, Suspiria. Never as in this case any possible noun or adjective is superfluous, in an effort to describe with words what can be simply addressed to, in the end, with just a single essential term: Masterpiece. Even more than with the previous "Profondo Rosso" (1975), it is with "Suspiria" (1977) that the legendary bound between the Argento and Goblin reached its peak, to a level that has never been reached before to date.
Four decades have passed, a considerable age that "Suspiria", however, does not show at all: the film, recently restored in 4K, is still a prodigy of cinematic technique and genius, and its soundtrack... only for that, an encyclopedia wouldn't be enough to describe the richness of the sounds, the thickness, the majesty, the impressive sound impact that still today sends shivers down the listener's spine!
Forty is also the perfect age for a due celebration, observed by Cinevox and AMS Records with the creation of an unmissable commemorative boxset, available in two versions, a standard and a limited hand-numbered one produced in only 150 copies.
Both versions contain:
- a faithful reproductions of the original soundtrack in LP format (with 'gimmick' insert, identical to the first 1977 edition) and MC;
- a 10-inch LP with rare and unpublished tracks on clear red vinyl;
- a CD + DVD set: the CD contains the original soundtrack with bonus tracks, while the DVD carries a documentary with interviews with Dario Argento and Goblin;
- two 64-page books, in Italian and English language, with detailed analysis of "Suspiria" film and soundtrack, written by Fabio Capuzzo, one of the leading experts in the 'goblinian' and cinematographic matter around.
In short: this box-set, which we would not hesitate to call 'the definitive one', is a tribute to a work of rare beauty and importance both in cinematic and musical terms. A must!
As critics say nowadays, Suspiria music "is so perfectly integrated into the film, fares less well as a stand-alone item. All that pounding, howling, thumbing, and wheezing is enough to send chills down your spine even without the movie images (it is the perfect imaginary soundtrack), but not all of it could be called a pleasant listening experience (unless your idea of pleasant is having your nerves set on edge)."
The original Suspiria vinyl record album featured two sleeves. When removed from the outer sleeve, the inner sleeve unfolded to reveal a pop-up of Dario Argento's initials, decorated with the demonic Goblin logo and the dead ballerina poster art from SUSPIRIA. The inner sleeve featured a black-and-white photo of Argento working with Goblin in the recording studio, plus several color photos from the film, including behind the scenes images of Argento on set. This reissue features the same pop-up system, although inverted: this time the outer sleeve will reveal its astounding secret as it was intended in the original project! So this one is even better than the original.
Of course the LP is the usual AMS heavy 180g high quality audiophile vinyl!