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Monday, August 18, 2008


Macchie Solari
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM114 (Italy)
22 Tracks 55:17 mins

Ennio Morricone wrote the score for this 1975 Giallo, which was originally only available, firstly as a 45 single, and then as 11 tracks on a 1992 C.A.M. CD (minus the theme heard on the single). Here then, for the first time, we have the complete stereo score, reuniting the theme with the atonal music heard on the CD.
Save for the theme, a pleasant, easy listening affair for orchestra and choir (I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni, featuring Edda Dell'Orso), which is heard on the opening and closing tracks, the latter being the original single version, this is a very hard score to listen to, being, as aforementioned, largely atonal and suspenseful music for orchestra and electronics, though the use of choir is always interesting and imaginitive, and pretty scary at times in the more dramatic moments, with what action there is driven by a persistent beat.
If you're a fan of melody, like me, this will definitely not be your cup of tea, but it's still good to finally have this complete version of the score to add to the extensive Morricone catalogue.
Accompanying the disc is the usual colourful booklet, with stills and artwork from the film and introductory notes by Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini. Visit


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