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Monday, September 25, 2006

CD REVIEW - Il Gatto Dagli Occhi Di Giada and Sir Malcolm Arnold Dies

Before I get to today's CD review, and in case you haven't heard, that great British composer Sir Malcolm Arnold has died at the age of 84, after a brief illness. Of course he has been retired from the film scoring scene for many years, but in his time was prolific on both the British and international film music scenes. I hope to bring you a proper appreciation tomorrow.

Il Gatto Dagli Occhi di Giada
Music by Trans Europa Express
Digitmovies CDDM 064 (Italy)
26 Tracks 56:01 mins

Another attractive release for fans of the Italia Giallo genre, and especially for those partial to the Goblin approach to these films, a the music for this 1978 Antonio Bido film is performed by the rock band Trans Europa Express and is very much in the style of Goblin. The composers within the band are Mauro Lysini and Gianfranco Coletta and they have come up with some fine, experimental atonal music in the style of the great Ennio Morricone, with some weird vocal effects and disjointed drumbeats. The remainder of the score is largely made up of repetitive guitar-driven rock cues, but there are some lighter moments and track 14 (there are no track titles save for the "Finale") is a light and catchy mover for guitars and synths, which does become more powerful at the end. This theme is reprised at the end of the "Finale."
Apart from this theme there is an old-fashioned dance track, which is made to sound like a 78 recording, complete with scratches, and two of the six bonus tracks are melodic, the first a cocktail bar piano solo, the second providing a brief moment of romance. Overall, this is not one for lovers of melody, but if you are a Giallo fan, you'll definitely want to be picking this one up.
As always, the accompanying booklet is filled with artwork and stills from the film, plus Pierluigi Valentini & Claudio Fuiano's notes, and even a comment from the director.


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