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Sunday, July 15, 2007

CD REVIEW - Sei Iellato, Amico Hai Inctotrato Sacramento/I Due Volti Della Paura

Sei Iellato, Amico Hai Incontrato Sacramento/I Due Volti Della Paura#
Music by Franco Micalizzi
Digitmovies CDDM088 (Italy)
28 Tracks 63:44 mins

Bravo Digitmovies for reissuing these two very different scores for 1972 productions, originally only available on rare promotional LPs.
Sei Iellato, a western, starring Ty Hardin, features a score that includes just about every musical cliche known to the genre. The main theme is poppy, easy-mover for harmonica (Franco De Gemini) and choir (I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni), with a spiritual touch to it. This is first introduced in the opening title track. Following on from this is a happy little mover, "Il Cielo Negli Occhi," with wordless vocal by Edda Dell'Orso, whcih is then taken up by De Gemini. This is followed immediately the deguello "Senza Paura," then an easy-going banjo-lead theme "Masticando Tabacco." A light-hearted variation on the main theme for sax and banjo follows, the the first of two Mariachi-styled dances. "Salvezza" is a traditional galloper, but this is then followed by the gospel song "Jesus We Love You," sung by Annibale and choir. "Do You Remember the Moon?" is a fine harmonica-lead piece of romance, whilst "Senza via D'Uscita" is a traditional showdown. After another easy-going piece for banjo, harmonica and piano leads, a reprise of the main theme concludes this half of the disc. If you like your Italian Western music, you'll be very pleased to add this score to your collection.
By way of a complete contrast, "I Due Volti Della Paura," a Giallo entry, starring George Hilton and Luciana Paluzzi, features a very Morricone-like score for the genre, with a classical-pop main theme, beat-driven, yet laid-back with the voice of Edda again. This theme is heard in a number of variations throughout the subsequent tracks, including a dance version and a full-blown romantic version, again featuring Edda, who later features again in a more low-key variation. "Gimkana" is a fast, jazzy mover, whilst "Una Corsa Verso La Verita" also moves along, with Edda and bongos. There are a couple of dissonant suspense cues along the way, and a lengthy church organ solo. "Beat for Two" is a jazz-pop dance number, the album concluding with a strange, rhythmic mover, complete with flutes improvisations.
Two very listenable scores on one disc then, in fine stereo sound, and accompanied, as always, by a colourful booklet, featuring stills and artwork from the films, together with Claudio Fuiano's introductory notes.


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