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Saturday, November 19, 2005

CD REVIEWS: Three more releases from Digitmovies

La Coda Dello Scorpione
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM028 (Italy)
32 Tracks 65:42mins.

Digitmovies here present the complete premiere recording of Bruno Nicolai's score for the 1971 Giallo directed by Sergio Martino and starring Anita Strindberg and oft-time Italian Western star George Hilton.
A slow, repeating guitar-driven theme is at the heart of the score, emerging often from a large number of dissonant tracks, but relief from all the chaos is at hand in the shape of Foglie Rosse, a piano and strings love theme, often with a flowing western-styled accompaniment. A secondary love theme for mandolin and strings is also present on a number of tracks, and a more sunny, easygoing theme also makes its presence felt.
The album closes with an uncredited male vocal Shadows.

La Notte Che Evelyn Usci'Dalla Tomba
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM040
19 Tracks 64:11mins.

Another Nicolai Giallo score to find release on Digitmovies is that for another 1971 film directed by Emilio P. Miraglia, and starring another popular Western star Anthony Steffen.
Again, there is a good deal of dissonance in the score, occasionally with a jazzy feel, and the composer's love theme for trumpet and orchestra, with the always fantastic voice of Edda Dell'Orso, comes as welcome relief. La Festa is an interesting track, commencing as it does with a flute-lead dance, continuing on with a go-go track with vocal I Get You, before concluding with a romantic jazz combo version of the love theme. Il Fantasma Di Evelyn also presents a fascinating variation on the theme, with its tumbling piano accompaniment.
Two bonus tracks round out the disc, the first an unused instrumental version of I Get You; and a longer, slightly popped-up vesion of the love theme.

99 Donne
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM040
19 Tracks 64:11mins.

The final Nicolai score covered here is again from 1971, for a Jesse Franco women in prison movie, featuring the acting talents of such as Mercedes McCambridge, Maria Schell and Herbert Lom.
The disc commences with the gospel-influenced song The Day I Was Born, courtesy of an unknown female vocalist, and the score that follows is a mix of seduction and suspense with some action thrown in. There are no track titles, but I would pick out track 3, a bold & brassy electric guitar-lead mover with choit; track 4, a John Barryeque, sultry, slow jazz theme; track 10, an elegant, sax-lead waltz; and track 24, the best development of a sad string theme, first heard in track 8. Overall, it's varied and colourful, with a predominently jazzy feel.
Don't forget that all these Digitmovies releases are accompanied by colourful and informative booklets.

Well, that's all the CD Reviews for this week. Tomorrow I am aiming to bring you a news roundup of the film and game music scenes.


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