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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

CD REVIEW - La Tigre E' Ancora Viva: Sandokan Alla Riscossa!

La Tigre E' Ancora Viva: Sandoka Alla Riscossa!
Music by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Digitmovies CDDM 086 (Italy)
23 Tracks 60:03 mins

Following on from the successful television adaptation of Sandokan in 1976, a year later Kabir Bedi gave life to the big screen incarnation in this Sergio Sollima-directed film. The music was provided by the ever-dependable De Angelis brothers, who came up with another catchy and adaptable main theme, first heard as the title track as a flute and strings-lead theme, with a pop beat. This theme crops up in variations in a good many of the tracks that follow, sometimes in slow, laid-back variations, often featuring flute; at others featuring reverberated harp; but there is a fine, strident strings variation in "Sweet Lady Blue."
Indian instrumentation is used throughout the score, backing up the main themes, the second of which is first heard over a driving piece of rhythmic action, which again crops up in variations in a number of tracks. The theme is also given mysterious treatments and is also hummed by a capella male choir on one track. The final score track mixes both the action and main themes, before seguing into a vocal versions of the main theme by Oliver Onions. As a bonus, this is reprised as just a backing track, without vocals in the final selection of the album.
As always, the disc is accompanied by a colourful booklet, featuring stills and artwork from the film, together with notes by Claudio Fuiano & Luca Di Silverio.


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