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Thursday, May 24, 2007

CD REVIEW - Milano Trema: La Polizia Vuole Giustizia

Milano Trema: La Polizia Vuole Giusitzia
Music by Guid & Maurizio De Angelis
Digitmovies CDDM078 (Italy)
25 Tracks 53:39 mins

The De Angelis brothers not only have to be the among the most prolific composers to have worked in Italian cinema, but their many projects over the years showed a great gift for melody. Even this 1973 crime thriller has a couple of knockout themes. "Blue Song" is initially heard as a catchy moog synthesizer and orchestra piece in track 1 of this album, followed immediately by a slower version with flute, and then a nostalgic piano rendition in the first part of track 3. In fact in the 14 tracks that make up the score, there are no less than 8 versions.
The other fine melody is "And Life Goes On," an easy-going song of the kind the brothers churned out for numerous projects, with countrified lyrics, sung first in Italian by Susy Lion, and then later presented instrumentally (the English language version follows in the bonus material, which is how I know the style of the song). The remainder of the score is largely action and suspense, very much of the period, including a typically bluesy caper groove.
No less than 11 bonus tracks, alternates and outtakes, follow, again dominated by "Blue Song," which appears a further 6 times in different variations. Great melody though it is, it does start to wear one out a little after so many outings. The aforementioned English version (again sung by Ms Lion) of the song is followed by another instrumental and a longer Italian rendition. A couple more action/suspense cues round out the bonus material, one unusually tense and dissonant.
Presented in fine stereo sound, the disc is, as always, accompanied by a colourful accompanying booklet, featuring stills and artwork from the film, together with introductory notes by Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini. Visit


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