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Monday, July 02, 2007

CD REVIEW - Napoli Spara!

Napoli Spara!
Music by Francesco De Masi
Beat Records CDCR 83 (Italy)
21 Tracks 36:44 mins

This attractively packaged soundtrack from the 1977 crime thriller Napoli Spara! features music by Francesco De Masi, one of my favourite Italian composers, so I knew I would like it even before I gave the disc a spin.
The film starred Leonard Mann and that memorable villain of so many films of the '60s and '70s, Henry Silva; and was directed by Mario Caiano, who is interviewed as a bonus track on the disc, which can be accessed through your PC.
De Masi's score features a swinging jazz theme, whcih opens and closes the disc in fine style. A variation on this theme for menacing electric guitar also features in many of the more suspenseful and threatening moments in the score, sometimes followed by tense action.
Track two on the disc features a catchy vocal waltz by Peppino De Filippo, performed by an uncredited male singer. This is followed immediately with what will become the secondary theme of the movie, cropping up throughout the score, either (as first heard) as an easy-going harmonica and then guitar-lead affair, the former courtesy of the great Franco De Gemini; or as more uptempo or lush stringed versions. In whatever form, it is very catchy. Another highlight of the score is the trumpet-lead romance of "Elena."
The CD is accompanied by a colourful booklet, featuring numerous stills from the film, as well as original artwork, and the texts are in Italian and English, which include a synopsis of the plot, plus the composer's son Filippo's notes on the music.


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