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Sunday, September 24, 2006

CD REVIEW - Sette Note in Nero

Sette Note in Nero
Music by Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera
Digitmovies CDDM 062 (Italy)
22 Tracks 53:39 mins

Heading up the latest batch of Digitmovies releases is this 1977 score for a Lucio Fulci Giallo movie, for once short on blood and gore and instead relying more on the Edgar Allan Poe approach in a supernatural tale involving Jennifer O'Neill and her premonitions.
The score is provided by a team probably best known to Italian Western movie fans and is the first release for the complete score, only a 45 rpm single being previously available, the tracks off which are included as a bonus at the end of the disc, along with an instrumental of the song "With You," which appears, vocalised by Linda Lee, on track 2. It's a pleasant enough love ballad, although rather shakily performed, and something to be made the most of, as there is very little melody at all to be found throughout the remainder of the disc, just a classical source piece "Concerto alla Radio" and something of a love theme, which first gained my attention in "La Lettera," but which gets a fine treatment for Gil Ventura's sax in the "finale." The remainder of the score I am afraid is largely eerie and suspenseful and doesn't make for easy listening, save for a repeating seven-note figure, first heard in "7 Note" (and what else would it be called?).
The usual colourful booklet accompanies the disc, with Claudio Fuiano & Pierluigi Valentini's notes, plus plenty of artwork and stills from the production.


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