DAWN OF THE
There are actually two soundtracks -
the Goblin score specifically composed for the film and the DeWolfe
library tracks that were tailored to fit certain scenes in the American
versions. We will first cover the Goblin soundtracks.
In conjunction with the September 1978
release of Zombi, Italian record label Cinevox was first to issue a
soundtrack album (MDF-33.121) of Goblin’s music with Polydor licenses
following in France (813-254-1) and Germany (2374-158).
Both the Italian and German used the black and white bald zombie on the
horizon graphic, the latter adding small stills from the movie on the
bottom of its cover. The extremely rare French version followed Style A
poster’s zombie crowd painting motif. Cassette counterparts (Italy, France and Japan) are mega
scarce especially for Germany (3161-158).
Italians released the score four more
times. Cinevox was first in 1980 with a reduced-priced LP (5036), and with
a sampler (5035) coupled with tracks from Dario Argento’s Tenebrae.
Both went to CD in 1990 as well as (MDF-33) and (CD-CIA-5035). The most
recent vinyl was from as late as 2000 when Dagored (DAG117LP) went through
the trouble of making a limited edition gatefold cover with a blow-up of
one of the Fotobuste cards of the ice rink zombies for an unlikely cover
and a free poster inside.
The Japanese Seven Seas label used a still
as well, of the elevator attack for their LP (FML-113) and 7" single
(FMS-90) of ‘L’alba dei Morti Viventi’. Both are equally as rare,
but the cassette (FMC-119) is definitely hardest to find. The Japanese CD
is one of the most common versions available having been issued three time
by Nexus: (KICP-438) 1987, (KICP-438) in 1994 and (KICP-2863) in 2000.
Following the graphic seen on the first Italian LP, the title appears as
"DOWN of the DEAD" on each of these pressings. Yet
another edition was included on the Japanese "Conclusion" box
set, called the Appendix CD (NKCD3037).
Perhaps most elusive of these is the
Varese Sarabande CD (VC47106) available only to CD Club members back in
1987 shortly after the discontinuation of the vinyl counterpart (VC81106).
One may notice the tracks are not only translated to English only but
changed: "Zombie" leads the disc, with the title track
"Dawn of the Dead" following! Furthermore, the record’s liner
notes incorrectly credit Maurizio Guarini who did not perform on the
recording. Incidentally this was Goblin’s only domestic release and
arguably their best performance.
With Claudio Simonetti on piano, Moog synthesizers, Mellotron and
violin, Fabio Pignatelli on Rickenbacker bass and acoustic guitar,
Agostino Marangolo on Gretsch drums and percussion, Massimo Morante on
electric and acoustic guitars and occasional violin, Goblin recorded the
album with producer Giorgio Agazzi at Trafalgar Recording Studio, Rome in
1978. Only the first two tracks were initially recognizable to fans who
had only seen the American version. "L'alba dei Morti Viventi (Dawn
of the Living Dead)", opens the record as it also opens the Argento
cut. The American version placed it in the sequence after Roger is nearly
bitten by the blonde zombie in the truck. Next is the tympani and keyboard
assault of "Zombi" heard in most battle scenes.
"Safari" is the jungle piece Argento wanted for the gun shop
scenes. The ragtime piano melody of "Torte in Faccia (Pie in
Face)" is for the obvious. "Ai Margini della Follia (Edge of
Madness)" with its whirling synthesizer, is used in the Argento
prints where there are confrontations at the airport and when Krishna
zombie enters the hideout to get Fran. Side two starts with "Zaratozom
(Shriek)", a rock piece created for the biker invasion in the
European versions, and is about three and a half minutes long. "La
Caccia (The Hunt)" is the truck moving music in the American prints.
"Tirassegno (Target Shooting)" is country music (Italian style
with fiddle) and was created for the redneck scenes instead of Peter Reno’s
"Cause I’m a Man". "Oblio (Oblivion)" is the Pink
Floyd-esque montage Argento used for the mall zombie clean-up. "Risveglio
(Awakening)" is a minute-long piano piece which is heard in the
Argento cut where Fran is crossing out days on the calendar.
For twenty years, fans wondered where they could find the complete score.
The predominant, fast version of "Dawn of the Dead" was left off
the first time and Goblin and Dawn fans alike demanded a complete
score from Cinevox. So they finally got it with the 20th Anniversary
Special Edition of the Zombi score (CD-MDF-308) released in its
entirety with bonus tracks: "L'alba dei Morti Viventi"
(alternate take) – the aforementioned fast version, "Ai Margini
della Follia" (alternate take), "Zombi" (sexy) – for the
romantic dinner scene, "Ai Margini della Follia" (alternate
take) – the mall landing droning/chirping, "Zombi"
(supermarket) – for the post-cleanup mall spree scenes, "L'alba dei
Morti Viventi" (intro-alternate take) – the Goblin power surges,
"Zombi" (the living dead's voices!). The cover is simple, a
picture of the nurse zombie on black. Inside sleeve has a very badly
written (or translated) plot outline and liner notes by Claudio Fuiano -
"Keeping a keen eye on zombies eager to devour us, we have managed to
find all original sessions' master tapes in our dim and dusty files, plus
can't wait here to introduce here 7 first issues well known by real
The commercial success of Goblin is evident in the number of compilations,
some of which contain Dawn track(s).
The first is a LP called Goblin Greatest Hits (Cinevox ORL 33.8305 -Italy)
which includes "Zombi" and was issued a year after the Zombie
soundtrack. The CD version (Cinevox CDF-0002) came out in 1984, and three
years later one more ‘hit’ was added to this disc’s reissue. In
1982, Polydor France issued a collection entitled simply Goblin with
"Zombi" and "Oblio". "L'alba dei…" found
its way to the CD Goblin: Their Hits, Outtakes and Rare Tracks
Collection 1975-1989 (DRG) from 1995. The same year, an odd bootleg
turned up in Italy from label Telemanni of the scores to Zombi/Patrick;
for some reason a bonus track called "Mall Musiche" is
included on the disc and fans will note it’s not Goblin but just the
U.S. versions’ library Muzak. SLC/Cinevox (SLCS-7151) delivered to their
Italian market Amo Non Amo: I Love You I Love You Not in 1986,
which included "Zombi". In 1999, Italy released three Goblin
collections. Volume I: 1976-1978 contained track written for the movie but
later inserted in Italian prints of Romero’s Martin called "Vampyr."
Volume III: 1978-1984 even had the bald head on the horizon on the cover.
THE LIBRARY TRACKS
Twenty six years after they were culled
from the DeWolfe/Rouge/Hudson Library of needledrop music, Trunk Records
released on May 19th the "Unreleased Incidental Music" score to Dawn
of the Dead. Available on CD (JBH011CD), or LP - limited to 500 -
(JBH011LP) with liner notes. Featured tracks: "The Gonk" (H.
Chappell), "Cosmogeny Part 1" (P. Lemel), "Sinestre"
(E. Towren), "Cause I'm a Man" (P. Reno), "Figment"
Park), "Mask of Death" (J. Trombey), "Scarey
1" (D. Scott), "Scarey 2" (D. Scott), "Dark
Earth" (J. Trombey), "Mall
Montage Scene (We Are The Champions)" (R. Tilsley) + "Ragtime
Razzamataz" (H. Chappell) + "Tango Tango" (B. Stoller) +
"Fugarock" (D. Scott), "Barrage" (J. Trombey),
"Desert de Glace" (P. Arvay), "Sun High" (S. Park),
"Dramaturgy" (P. Lemel). The cover is kooky, alternative monster
artwork from Europe.
On a related note, the obscure death metal
band Cancer used a familiar image on their
album To the Gory End.