When Dario Argento joined the production team of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, he also brought the services of his resident musical score artists, Goblin, to the table. The group produced a soundtrack for the film and Romero mixed some of the tracks with the music library stuff he favoured. When the film was released in Europe as Zombi, it utilized the whole Goblin score. This album represents the full score used in the European version. As one might expect, it contains quite a few spooky moments: the best example is "L'Alba Dei Morti Viventi," which creates the mood with its combination of a thudding beat, wordless synthesized vocals, and the occasional power chord. However, the main focus this time is of action music: "Saratozom" layers hard rock riffs over pulsating synthesizer lines to create a solid piece of action scoring, while "La Caccia" is a rousing tune that combines soaring synthesizer riffs with an exciting stop-and-start beat. The album also contains a surprising array of music that doesn't fall under the horror or action categories: "Torte in Faccia" is a lighthearted comedic piece that has a silent movie score feel complete with tack piano -A tack piano is an altered version of an ordinary piano, in which objects such as thumbtacks or nails are placed on the felt-padded hammers of the instrument at the point where the hammers hit the strings, giving the instrument a tinny, more percussive sound. It is used to evoke the feeling of a honky-tonk piano), and "Tirassegno" is an easy going slice of country-rock that prominently features a fiddle.
Re-released in 180g Vinyl Crystal Clear Ltd Ed