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Sunday, May 20, 2007

CD REVIEW - Fenominal e il Tesoro di Tutankamen

Fenominal e il Tesoro di Tutankamen
Music by Brunoc Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM079 (Italy)
30 Tracks 62:55 mins

The artwork for this 1968 comic-book styled film depicts hero of the piece Fenominal as a typical lycra-suited crimefighter. The colour stills from the film however show a man in a polo neck jumper, flared trousers, gloves and what looks like a large sock over his head, so I guess this was no high-budget affair. The music however is highly enjoyable, even if very dated to the '60s.
Lovers of I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni will be particularly delighted as they feature throughout, whether singing the Batman-like "Fenomenal" at the start and end of the score, or providing the vocals for the many swinging jazz-pop cues that come in between. If you think The Man from U.N.C.L.E. meets Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, you'll know what to expect stylistically. Sometimes the music swings easy and laid back, sometimes in fast flowing fashion, all of it is highly infectious. Along the way we have some sneaky suspense; a go-go track; a lovely laid-back mover with Edda providing her customary wordless vocals; an easy-listening romantic slow dance; a fine waltz with organ leading the choir; a slow romantic variation on the same theme, with Edda again doing the honours; a bossa nova for electronics and percussion; an airy flute solo; and some otherwordly and eerie organ work.
All-in-all then, a highly enjoyable listen throughout, and all in very fine stereo sound, with accompanying colourful booklet, with plenty of stills and artwork from the film, as well as Claudio Fuiano's introductory notes. Visit


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