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Monday, March 24, 2008


La Poliziotta
Music by Gianni Ferrio
Digitmovies CDDM098 (Italy
20 Tracks 40:34 mins

This 1974 police comedy stars Mariangela Melato and features a score by Gianni Ferrio. Only previously available as a single and very rare promotional LP, this CD premiere in stereo sound is much expanded, having been taken from the original recording session tapes.
Ferrio's music for the film is a tuneful and diverse affair, with a very catchy main theme, principally beat-driven, with a somewhat jazzy brass lead. More jazz features in "Anonima Assassini," echoing somewhat the kind of approach taken by the likes of Lalo Schifrin and Jerry Fielding in Hollywood cop movies of the time. The main theme though dominates the score, at times more dreamily with piano and strings, though the fantastic voice of Edda also features in one of the more uptempo variations, and there's a nice harmonica-lead version in "Almost Love (#3)." The easy-going "Almost Love (#4) brings the original album material to a satisfying close.
But, before we get there, there's a very impressive, epic-sounding orchestral "Crescendo Trionfale," and Ferrio also provides a number of varied dance tracks like "Step by Step," the infectious "Il Veglione," "Rhythm & Sex" and the jazz piano track "Azucar." He also pays homage to Morricone's Sicilian Clan score, with his "Il Mongibello," which comes complete with Jaws Harp.
The previously unreleased material is featured at the end of the disc and includes four more versions of the main theme, together with a couple more variations on "Anonima Assassini," a dramatic Western-styled Deguello, and an alternate take of "Step by Step."
All in all, a very entertaining listen, which is accompanied by the usual colourful booklet, featuring stuills and artwork from the film, together with Claudio Fuiano's introductory notes.


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