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Monday, March 12, 2007

CD REVIEW - Cinecocktail

Music by Various Composers
Beat Records CDX 1001 (Italy)
Disc 1 - 20 Tracks 56:31 mins Bonus Disc - 3 Tracks 21:40 mins

This compilation is subtitled "the ultimate easy listening compilation." Well, I don't know about that, but it certainly is a great disc to put on as background or just to put your feet up and relax to; filled as it is with fine tunes from various Italian films of the 60s and 70s, from the pens of familiar composers to those of you who enjoy quality Italian film music. Many of the greats are represented, including Ennio Morricone, Francesco De Masi, Stelvio Cipriani, Robert Pregadio, Piero Piccione, Nicola Piovani, Riz Ortolani, Guido and maurizio De Angelis, and the album producer's father Franco De Gemini. And many of the tracks also feature sterling vocal work by I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni, Edda Dell'Orso and Giulia De Mutiis, so what's not to like?
It's difficult to select my favourites, but if forced to, I'd plump for the fast-flowing jazz and bubbly vocals of "Cheops and Nefertiti;" "Tema di Londra" - great music to spy by; "the easy-going Edda vocal on "Malinconica Serenita;" and the extremely catchy "Bi Di Bi Da," from Il Medico...La Studentessa, which you will remember I reviewed here a few days back. Close runners-up would be another great vocal from Edda on "Voce D'Amore;" the pretty little keyboard number "La Figlia di Belli;" the delicate piano romance of "Musica per Anna;" the happy piano of "La Bella Signora;" and the light, tropical feel of "Papaya Song."
Included in this set, along with the colourful accompanying booklet, which features reminiscences by Daniele & Franco De Gemini, Francesco De Masi, Enzo G. Castellari and Roberto Pregadio, in three languages no less; is a bonus disc, which features three tunes from Il Medico...La Studentessa, given a modern dance spin, but with an overall Brazilian samba feel.
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