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Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Cinecocktail 4 - The Italian Horror Show
Music by Various Artists
Beat Records CDX 1005 (Italy)
CD - 22 Tracks 72:46 mins + Bonus DVD Documentary Approx. 60 mins

The fourth release in this excellent series concentrates on the scores written for the Italian horror movies of the '70s and '80s and presents music by many of the composers working in the genre at that time, including of course Ennio Morricone, whose pop-styled theme from The Link opens the disc. Other Morricone pieces include the drifting, part-vocal, part trumpet-lead "La Lucertola" and the choral "Veni Sancte Spiritus," which alternates between reverent female vocals and devilish male chanting, sometimes supplemented by childrens' choir. Another track, co-composed by Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, "La Luce II" from L'Anticristo, features dramatic church organ.
Nico Fidenco is represented by three pieces from Zombi Holocaust, the surprisingly easy-going choral main theme," the drum-lead dance of "Resurrection" and the action piece "Zombie Parade."
Two tracks from Lo Squartatore Di new York by Francesco De Masi are included, the bluesy, trumpet-lead "Fay" and the easy-going "New York...One More Day, which again features trumpet and jazz saxophone. Walter Rizzati also added his talents to this film in the form of the disco number "April Night," performed by Kriss Kream; and he has another track on the disc, the lovely, piano-lead "Tema Bambino."
Fabio Frizzi has a couple of tracks on the CD, his poppy mover "Baby Sequenza 2" and the lullaby-like "Suono Aperto," which appears to be based on "bye, baby bunting."
Other composers included are Simon Boswell, who of course began his film composing career in these movies, before spreading his wings; Piero Montanari, Carlo Maria Cordio, and Alessandro Blonksteiner. Their contributions range from foreboding electronics to beat-driven rock, including another (uncredited) vocal "The Sound of Fear."
As with Cinecocktail 3, another DVD is included, but will only be of interest to fans of the genre, as it presents the Paolo Fazzini documentary "Hanging Shadows," in which some of the leading movers and shakers like Dario Argento and Ruggero Deodato are interviewed. But be warned, there are some pretty gory scenes, so this one is definitely not one for the children. The film is of course in Italian, but English subtitles are available.
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