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Thursday, July 20, 2006

CD REVIEW - Il Corsaro Nero

Il Corsaro Nero
Music by Gino Peguri
Digitmovies CDDM061 (Italy)
27 Tracks 57:45 mins

This 1971 Terence Hill/Bud Spencer starrer concerned the adventures of "Blackie the Pirate" and was, judging by the main theme, a typical comedy romp for the popular pair. The theme, a comical march, presented in Italian and English versions, with lead vocals by Paulo Ferrara, the track's co-writer, and choral support by the Nora Orlandi choir, is also featured in wordless variations throughout.
This album presents a reissue of the stereo tracks first issued on LP at the time of the film's release, plus bonus stereo tracks of alternate versions, and a further bonus section of mono alternates. Sound is of the label's usual high standards for all.
Just covering the main themes, as presented on the original LP tracks, excepting of course for the aforementioned comic march song, already covered; there are few tracks that aren't enjoyable to some degree, commencing with the lovely guitar and strings-lead theme "Nel Mar Dei Caraibi. This is followed by a beautiful love theme, "Gli Amori di Isabella," replete with mandolins. The catchy little tropical tune "Calipso dei Corsari" follows, then a Spanish dance, "Posada de Maria," typically with guitars and castanets. "All'Arrembaggioi" breaks up the light feel and is truly menacing. "Duello e Morte" is a typical western-styled trumpet-lead deguello. This is followed by a courtly variation on the love theme, then an adventurous Spanish-styled mover "Il Vicere di Spagna."
The bonus tracks reprise most if not all of the above themes, often in shorter versions, as the LP tracks are well rounded and obviously re-recorded for that format, as was the practice at the time. The end result is a thoroughly entertaining CD from a composer largely unfamiliar to me.
The accompanying booklet is, as always, packed with stills and poster artwork, and comes with Claudio Fuiano & Luca Di Silverio's notes on the film and its music.


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