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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

CD REVIEWS - La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero + May

La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM085 (Italy)
15 Tracks 58:12 mins

Although selections from this 1971 Giallo thriller have been previously released on LP and CD, this is the most complete version yet, and was authorised by the composer himself.
The score is largely experimental and avant-garde, with many of the tracks virtually unlistenable, but there are a couple of melodies, the first light and sensuous with breathy vocals from the great Edda Dell'Orso, initially in English, but in its later incarnation seemingly nonsensical. The other, and possibly most attractive theme is heard three times and is an easy-goi9ng, somewhat melancholy theme for flugelhorn and Edda. These themes make for a very welcome break from all the tension and dissonance.
As always, the disc is accompanied by a colourful booklet, featuring stills and artwork from the film, together with introductory notes by Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini.

Music by Jaye Barnes Luckett
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1056 (US)
32 Tracks 73:00 mins

This is a lengthy collection of selections from five scores written by a new name to me, Jaye Barnes Luckett, ranging from 2003 up until the present day. Her style is somewhat minimalistic, with most tracks presenting a repeating, often developed figure or groove, realised by a acoustic and electronic means, with much of the music performed by the composer. There are other musicians featured here and there and these are duly credited in the accompanying booklet, along with notes by filmmaker and collaborator Lucky McKee, and the composer herself. In addition to the often quite brief instrumental selections, there are also a few contemporary-styled songs.
The only score I have experienced to film was for the "Sick Girl" episode of Masters of Horror, which fit right in there with the rather trippy experience of the piece. The score for 2006's The Woods was apparently unused and so a few of the selections, featuring a capella performances by the Fallburn Academy Choir are listed as "sketch demos."
If you have an ear for contemporary, minimalist sounds then you might like to sample this limited edition release of 1000 units.


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