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Thursday, October 23, 2008


Liberi Armati Pericolosi
Music by Gian Franco Plenizio & Enrico Pieranunzi
Beat Records CDCR 80 (Italy)
19 Tracks 45:51 mins

This is the first in a new series of limited edition soundtracks from Beat Records. CDs will have a release of 500 to 3000 copies, and each will have a serial number on the back. Like this one, all will be presented in attractive digipack packaging, complete with a 24x36 poster, featuring notes on each film presented and its music, in both Italian and English. Also, in addition to the music, by inserting the disc in your PC, you will be able to access digital content; in this case a 15-minute interview with composer Gianfranco Plenizio, in Italian of course, but with English subtitles, in which he discusses his music for the film and Pieranunzi's contribution, as well as sharing his views on the current state of film scoring.
As for the music presented on this release, it comes from the 1976 crime thriller Liberi Armati Pericolosi, directed by Romolo Guerrieri, and starring Tomas Milian. There are no track titles given, but the disc commences with a surprisingly easy-going and very catchy little harmonica-lead number, with of course Pieranunzi's jazz piano stylings making their first contribution, along with trumpet. The theme receives another variation in the following track, and also appears in a variety of moods and variations in a further eight tracks, including a vocal by an uncredited female singer. Track 3 is the first of a number of jazzy source-like tracks, in which Pieranunzi's piano leads the way, but sax also makes a valued contribution. Tracks 9, 13, 15 & 16 present a totally different approach to the soundtrack, being duets for flute and harpsichord, written in the classical form; whilst track 10 again features flute, but against a bossa backing.
All in all then, a highly tuneful and varied soundtrack, and a fitting way to start off this new series.
Order you copy from www.beat, where you can find further information and reviews of all the label's releases.


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