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Saturday, January 05, 2008


Little Rita Nel West
Music by Robby Poitevin
GDM Hillside Series 4110
23 Tracks 48:19 mins

The entry for this 1967 production on the Internet Movie Database suggests that it was something of a comedy-western-musical, with Rita Pavone starring, alongside western staple Terence Hill.
This CD doesn't feature any songs from the film, but instead presents Robby Poitevin's score, which features a great, galloping electric guitar-lead theme and a simply gorgeous kind of love theme for orchestra and choir (I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni, of course). The latter is reprised in a number of variations throughout. Track two of the album also features another brieg galloper, which is good while it lasts, and other notable tracks (they are untitled) include an elegiac a capella choral, a bold new theme, with choir chanting "Django," and an extravagant trumpet solo. There are also a number of saloon piano tracks and a good deal of suspenseful material - all that one would expect from a serious Italian Western score, in fact.
The colourful accompanying booklet features stills and poster artwork from the film. Order your copy from, or visit the website at

L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro
Music by Angelo Francisco Lavagnino
GDM Hillside Series 4111
23 Tracks 52:55 mins

Another new Italian Western release from this great series features Angelo Lavagnino's score for the 1966 production L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro, which opens with a leisurely galloping song "Golden Gun" by the Wilder Brothers, whose "Johnny Yuma" is one of my all-time favourite songs from the genre. A couple of instrumental versions of the song feature in subsequent tracks and are most welcome. Other standouts include the weighty harmonica and strummed guitar of track 4 (again the tracks are largely untitled) and the wonderful trumpet deguello of track 13. There are also some nice guitar solos and a dance hall waltz, along with a fair bit of suspenseful material. The song receives a brief reprise to close the album.
Stills and original poster artwork feature in the colourful accompanying booklet.
Again, you can order your copy from the address given above, or visit the website.


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