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Thursday, April 05, 2007

CD REVIEW - Cinecocktail - The 2nd Chance + News from Tyler Bates Music

Cinecocktail - The 2nd Chance
Music by Various Composers
Beat Records CDX 1003 (Italy)
Disc 1 - 21 Tracks 71:50 mins Disc 2 - 6 Tracks 26:43 mins

I recently reviewed the fine Beat Records easy listening collection Cinecocktail, which brought together themes from various Italian composers from films of the 1960s and 70s.
We now have a sequel collection, again of a generous playing length, with another bonus disc featuring Francesco Santucci's remixes of some of the themes from disc one, plus a bonus track, the smoky, sax-lead "Fay."
This time the emphasis of the collection is more on jazz, with music composed by a variety of composer again, including Roberto Pregadio, Francesci De Masi, Armando Trovaioli, Sante Maria Romitelli, Berto Pisano and the De Angelis brothers. The music presented again spans the period from the mid-'60s up until the late '70s.
My favourite tracks include the opening piano solo in "La Ragazza dalle Mani di Corallo seq.1;" the jazzy, trumpet-lead mover "Diamond Trumpet;" Edda's erotic vocals in "Sessomatto';" the organ-lead, funky mover "La Settima Donna seq.6;" "Tic Nervoso," a brassy mover, with a disco beat; and the fast-moving groove of "Gangster Story." But if you enjoy the jazz-poppy sounds often created for films, not only of Italian origin, during this period, you're sure to find plenty to like besides my own personal choices.
Attractively packaged, with the accompanying foldout featuring plenty of full-colour artwork from the films represented, as well as introductory notes by Daniele De Gemini, this is another welcome nostalgia trip.
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April 4, 2007 – Los Angeles, CA – Theatrical previews for the double horror feature, Grindhouse, directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, will include The Weinstein Company’s Rob Zombie written and directed HALLOWEEN teaser trailer which features Tyler Bates’ (300 composer) recreation of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween theme, which Fangoria comments, “Spooky haunted-house ambiance. Female gasps of terror. Yep, this is definitely a HALLOWEEN theme done Rob Zombie-style.”

Also as part of Grindhouse, Tarantino and Rodriguez have contracted a group of directors to create trailers for fictitious movies to play between the two features. One such trailer is Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the S.S., which features Nicolas Cage and music by Tyler Bates.

Bates received critical acclaim for his music for Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, which Cinefantastique called, “seizure-inducing” and “the kind of horror music that gets under your skin like a bad dream-music concrete as a stone block of fear.” In addition to the August release of HALLOWEEN, Bates upcoming projects include Day Of The Dead directed by HALLOWEEN alum Steve Miner, and Warner Bros. Watchmen directed by Zack Snyder (300) .


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