Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alien Contamination

Today I am posting the GOBLIN score to the Luigi Cozzi film ALIEN CONTAMINATION (1980) aka CONTAMINATION. The version I have is the 1996 Cinevox Japanese CD release (catalog code SLCS-7148) which has a total of 11 tracks and is the complete soundtrack but I suppose I should point out that there is a 2000 Cinevox Italian CD release that has 5 bonus tracks which are basically alternate takes of existing cues as opposed to all new never before heard music. One thing that is a bit interesting is that the GOBLIN line-up has changed through out the years but most of us think of Claudio Simonetti, Agostino Marangolo, Massimo Morante and Fabio Pignatelli. This is the core group that did Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, Dawn Of The Dead and Non Ho Sonno aka Sleepless (their short lived reunion). Also all but Marangolo were together for Tenebre and Phenomena was at the very least Simonetti and Pignatelli (I have never been able to get a complete list of GOBLIN members for this release but I suspect it wasn't just these two). I have no intimate knowledge of the band or their process of creating music but I always got the sense that Simonetti was one of the driving forces if not THE man in the group. He is the only one (to the best of my knowledge) that ever did anything of note outside of GOBLIN (i.e., he scored several movies including various scores for several Dario Argento productions such as DEMONS, OPERA, THE CARD PLAYER and LA TERZA MADRE). However interestingly enough the CONTAMINATION score is missing Mr. Simonetti yet seems no worse for his exclusion and somewhat surprisingly (at least to me) I have heard many GOBLIN fans call this their favorite album by the group. While I agree that this is a damn fine score I wouldn't go so far to call it their best and in case you are curious my personal favorite is DAWN OF THE DEAD although I will concede that SUSPIRIA is truly a masterpiece and their best work yet I find myself listening to DAWN OF THE DEAD more than any other GOBLIN album. In fact now might be a good time to mention that I have compiled a complete CD collection of all George A. Romero soundtracks and will probably be posting them all (along with DAWN OF THE DEAD of course) sometime next month. However back to THIS post which is CONTAMINATION ...

Please note that I originally ripped this using EAC (Exact Audio Copy) to the FLAC audio format then I used foobar2000 to convert the FLAC audio files to MP3 files. I used LAME 3.98.2 with the "-b 320" setting which basically creates a 320kbps CBR MP3 file which is the highest quality MP3 that can be made. I have included the LOG and CUE files from EAC so that you know the ripping was done correctly and of course this facilitates burning back to a standard music CD if you so wish. I also threw in a M3U playlist file.

Also included in the download are large TIFF images of the CD artwork along with smaller JPG images (such as the cover presented above) plus I embedded the smaller JPG image into each track so that you get a nice thumbnail image on your software/hardware player.

Here is the track listing courtesy of the Soundtrack Collector website:

01. Connexion (03:20)
02. Withy (03:22)
03. Bikini Island (03:50)
04. Flood (02:30)
05. Pillage (02:18)
06. The Carver (03:10)
07. Rush (03:56)
08. Fright (02:43)
09. Time Is On (02:04)
10. Ogre (01:50)
11. Quiet Drops (02:15)

Total Duration: 00:31:18

Here is the RapidShare link ---> CLICK HERE to download

Please note that the file is a compressed RAR file and will need to be decompressed with something like WinRAR or WinZIP etc.

Until next time ... listen until your ear's bleed !!!


  1. Sweet, this is one of Luigi Cozzi's only other decent movies after Starcrash. Decent being a relative term. Thanks, keep up the good work.

  2. I have a really decent 320 MP3 rip of the extra five tracks that came with the Italian release of the Contamination soundtrack but unfortunately I do not have any artwork from the CD they were taken from.
    If you have not got the extra tracks just leave a message here or mail me and the same goes for anyone else.

    I totally agree with your comments about Claudio Simonetti, Agostino Marangolo, Massimo Morante and Fabio Pignatelli being the four core members of the group. While I agree that without Simonetti, the Goblin 'sound' would have been very different, its the total contribution of all four core members that counts regardless of any quantifiable input with the 'whole' being greater than the parts.

    You are totally right about Simonetti being the only one who had an success outside of the Goblin family (though I would love to find out the reasons behind the original split, why he came back for the 2001 Non Ho Sonno release then left again and played no part in the 2009 tour.
    One thing you missed out on in your appraisal of Simonetti is his immense contribution to the 'Italo-disco' sound of the early and mid eighties. My personal favourite is the Easy Going 'Fear' album which takes the dark moody Goblin aesthetic and grafts it onto a disco template (the 12 Inch remix of the title track 'Fear' by Jellybean is just magnificent). There are some cool records he did under the 'Kasso' name such as 'Walkman' and an amazing track he did under 'The Mask' persona called 'Up An Away'.

    If you are at all interested I can bundle all the Simonetti records mentioned above and upload them for you...just email me at jackamo23ATgmailcom

  3. Interesting. I was not aware that Claudio Simonetti did any disco style music. I'll send you an e-mail about it :)

  4. Im aware that Bruno Mattei 'borrowed' alot of this film's score for his 'Hell of the Living Dead/ Night of the Zombies' , but Im stumped as to what soundtrack contains the Goblin tune that plays over the opening credits of Hell.
    I've listened to Contamination, and its not there, and I own the original 'Zombi/Dawn of the Dead' soundtrack and its not there either.
    Any idea where one could locate that Goblin track..?