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Friday, March 28, 2008


Gattin in un Labirinto di Vetro
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM097 (Italy)
32 Tracks 59:20 mins

For this gruesome 1974 Giallo, concerning a killer who leaves his victims with their eye torn out, Bruno Nicolai provided a score very much in the style employed by himself and his contemporaries for other genre films of this period, providing an easy listening pop-styled main theme, which is reprised several times in varying arrangements, some suspenseful. Oscar Valdambrini's flugelhorn features on another recurring theme "Barlington," providing some romantic elegance to proceedings. A somewhat mysterious promenade, first heard in "Prodromi" also appears a number of times, and there are even a couple of Flamenco tracks to denote the film's Barcelona setting.
All this melodic music might seem at odds with the film's subject, but the score also has its fair share of drama, mystery and suspense, with the kind of dissonances one would normally expect.
Nicolai's music was previously issued as one half of a CD in 199. Here, the full score is presented, with a further 21 tracks added.
Accompanying the disc is the usual colourful booklet, with stills and artwork from the film, together with introductory notes by Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini. Visit www.

Blue Jeans
Music by Nico Fidenco
Digitmovies CDDM0104 (Italy)
18 Tracks 60:15 mins

The premiere release of Nico Fidenco's score for this 1975 mix of erotica and drama, starring the ever sexy Gloria Guida, commences with the title song, performed by the group Cyan, who also feature in "A Final Step," reprising "Blue Jeans" for the finale. In between, Fidenco presents a number of pleasant instrumental variations on the title song, some more romantic, others breezy and upbeat, featuring strings, with the likes of flute, harpsichord, harmonica and guitar taking the lead; whilst "A Final Step" also gets a couple of less interesting instrumental treatments.
A nice, pop-flavoured score, that makes for pretty undemanding listening, which is accompanied by the usual colourful booklet, featuring stills and artwork from the film, together with Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini's introductory notes.


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