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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

CD REVIEW - Un' Ombra Nell' Ombra

Un' Ombra Nell' Ombra
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
Digitmovies CDDM052 (Italy)
22 Tracks 56:19 mins

Hard to believe Stelvio Cipriani composed the score to this 1977 demonic horror, directed by the writer of the original novel on which it was based, Pier Carpi, and not actually released in Italian cinemas until 1979. The reason being that the music largely features Claudio Simonetti's keyboard stylings and comes out like a typical genre Goblin score, electronic, bass driven, repetitive, and largely quite monotonous. Even the booklet notes have little to say about the music. Some of the cues, especially the "Main Titles" and "Devil Dance" flow quite well, and generate a little excitement; and there is some wild percussion to break up the monotony now and then, but I would only really recommend the score to Goblin and Simonetti fans (and I know there are plenty of you out there who will welcome it with open arms).
The full score is presented here in good stereo sound, with three alternate takes as bonus cues, and is accompanied by the usual colourful booklet, with original poster artwork and some x-rated stills.


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