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The Roots Of Goth

The Roots Of Goth

An offshoot of Post-Punk movement in the early 1980s, Goth quickly became a label for bands as diverse as The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and, later, The Sisters Of Mercy, as well as for the music they played and for the followers of these groups. With the opening of London’s Batcave club in 1982 the scene develop into a genre of its own and the most all-encompassing of sub-cultures, Identifiable to outsiders by an obsession with things morbid and a penchant for black attire. Goths were in fact the latest in a cultural lineage stretching back to such literary figures as Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Baudelaire and ETA Hoffmann.
This collection documents the rich and eclectic musical heritage from which the pioneers of the scene drew their inspiration - often finding their pulse in surprising places. From the French romantic compositions of Berlioz and Saint-Saens, to the chilling refrains of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, rubbing shoulders with the grief laden lament of folk traditional ‘All My Sorrows’ and Robert Johnson’s haunting ‘Hellhound on my Trail’. Featuring 41 tracks in all and including extensive sleeve notes by music historian Alan Clayson detailing some of the darkest, most macabre and occasionally ridiculous music ever committed to wax.


1. Dame Nellie Melba – Mad Song Of Ophelia (Hamlet)
2. Messrs Ernest Pike And Walter Miller – Excelsior
3. John Maccormack – The Lost Chord
4. Gertrud Kappel – Hojoroho From Die Walkure (Wagner
5. Moran And Mack – Two Black Crows In Hades Part 1
6. Billie Maxwell – Haunted Hunter
7. Jack Webb – The Night Guard
8. Theme From Dracula (Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake)
9. Des Sommerwindes Wilde Jagd (The Wild Hunt Of The Summer Wind) from Gurrelieder (Schoenberg) conducted by Stokowski
10. The Sons Of The Pioneers – Empty Saddles
11. Robert Johnson – Hellhound On My Trail
12. Webster Booth And Dennis Noble – Watchman What Of The Night
13. Mercy Dee – Danger Zone
14. Vaughan Monroe – Riders In The Sky
15. Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ At Midnight
16. Frankie Laine – Jezebel
17. Les Compagnons De La Chanson – The Three Bells
18. Danse Macabre (Saint-Saens) conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos
19. Mario Lanza – Danny Boy
20. Johnnie Ray – Mountains In The Moonlight

1. Marche Au Supplice (March To The Scaffold) – Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz) conducted by Willem Van Otterloo
2. Songe D’une Nuit De Sabbat (Dreams Of A Witches Sabbat) – Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz) conducted by Willem Van Otterloo
3. Eamonn Andrews – The Shifting Whispering Sands Parts 1 & 2
4. Gene Vincent – Race With The Devil
5. The Ron Goodwin Orchestra – The Headless Horseman
6. Gregorian Chant – Salve Regina – Antiphona (Tonus Monasticus) In Honorem SS Sacrementi – The Benedictine Monks Of The Abbey At Saint Maurice & Saint Maur Clervaux, France
7. Frances Faye – Three Ravens
8. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Frenzy
9. Chuck Berry – Downbound Train
10. Procession Of The Flagellants from The Seventh Seal
11. Mel Torme – The House Is Haunted
12. Juliette Greco – Bonjour Tristesse
13. Esquerita – Esquerita And The Voola
14. Death Of Messala From Ben Hur
15. O Fortuna Inperatrix Mundi From Carmina Burana (Carl Orff) conducted by Herbert Kegel
16. The Green Leaves Of Summer From The Alamo
17. The Shadows – All My Sorrows
18. Screaming Lord Sutch – Til The Following Night
19. The Moontrekkers – Night Of The Vampire
20. John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me
21. Infernal Dance Of King Kastchei from The Firebird (Stravinsky)

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