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Elmer Bernstein/Nathan Van CleaveHud/Lonely Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paramount/Kritzerland, 1957/1963. New Copy ... $19.99
A pair of obscure soundtracks, both with a western theme – fitting together surprisingly well on a single CD! Hud is one of Paul Newman's finest early moments on screen – scored beautifully here by Elmer Bernstein, who shows a surprisingly deft ear for guitar lines – spun out in ways that are almost more folksy than the usual soundtrack of this type, and a real change from some of the jazzier, more dramatic Bernstein work of the late 50s. The CD features both film tracks that are mostly guitar, and alternates for a chamber orchestra – plus a few bonus tracks by other artists too. Titles include "Flower Bed", "Quarantine Sign", "Lonely Corrals", "Bonaparte's Retreat", and "Prelude". Next is Nathan Van Cleve's score for The Lonely Man – an obscure Anthony Perkins western, with a sweet title track sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford! The instrumental numbers carry the spirit of the theme nicely – a warm, slightly romanticized Hollywood version of the west – often using acoustic guitar and harmonica alongside more conventional orchestrations. Titles include "Losing The Stallion", "The Trek", "The Prodigal Father", "The Deserted Bonanza", and "Death At The Bonanza". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Francis LaiUn Homme Et Une Femme (aka A Man & A Woman) (remastered edition) ... CD
Saravah/Sony (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – an archetypal album from French composer Francis Lai, and a record that set the tone for countless other imitations to come – yet which is still the best! The groove here is really unique – a spare blend of bossa influences, jazzy organ lines, and wordless vocals that are sung beautifully by French singers Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh – and although a mainstream success, the record was the initial force behind the legendary Saravah imprint that Barouh would form later, to record a wide range of groundbreaking work in a variety of genres. But history aside, the music here is plenty – and from the very first note the whole soundtrack grabs you with a sense of warmth and sentiment that defy description – modes never heard before in the soundtrack world, and which really broke the mold from Hollywood conventions! Titles include the seminal bossa number "Samba Saravah", plus "A Man & A Woman", "Today It's You", "In Our Shadow", "At 200 MPH", and "Stronger Than Us". Japanese pressing is done with the original French cover art – and also features some great photos inside the booklet! CD
(Features new remastering for 2016 – in mono.)

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Michel MagneMelodie En Sous Sol/Un Singe En Hiver ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy ... About March 22, 2017 (delayed)
Wonderfully groovy work from French soundtrack composer Michel Magne – two of his first big league efforts, both penned for director Henri Verneuil! The soundtrack to Melodie En Sous-Sol is lively and filled with jazz – served up here in a mode that echoes some of the uses of the genre in films of the French new wave, but which also features some of the odder instrumental touches that we love in Magne – such as stark percussive moments, or weird sounds that have us scratching our heads as to their origin! Un Singe En Hiver follows suit with a similarly odd mix of styles – sometimes using strings in conventionally sentimental ways, but other times bringing in starker instruments to carve out Eastern themes – but in a way that swings with a groovier 60s edge! CD features notes in both French and English – and tracks from the films that include "La Piscine", "Hold Up", "Palm Beach", "Hymne A L'Argent", "China Jazz Hot", "L'Adieu", "Sol De Espana", and "Yang Tse Kiang". CD also features bonus tracks that include Jimmy Smith's version of the theme to the first film – titled "Any Number Can Win" – plus Fred Pallem remixes of "Un Singe En Hiver" and "Hyme A L'Argent". CD

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Piero Piccioni/Gianni Ferrio/Francesco De MasiToto Diabolicus/Toto Contro I 4/Toto Contro Maciste ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $21.99
A trio of soundtracks from 60s films that starred Italian comedy giant Toto – each of them a bit different, given the change of narrative and composer! Piero Piccioni steps off with 15 tracks from Toto Diabolicus – music that mixes a bit of crime jazz with some of his early explorations of playful melody – served up with instrumentation that's more conventional than some of Piccioni's later material, but still nice and jazzy on a fair bit of tunes! Gianni Ferrio follows with 14 tracks from Toto Contro I 4 – material that partly has the same jazzy vibe as the previous score, but also some of the more pronounced musical whimsy that you'd expect from an Italian comedic soundtrack of the time. The jazzy tracks are great – very much on a par with the Piccioni material, and different than any later Ferrio sounds. Last up are 6 more tracks from Toto Contro Maciste – composed and conducted by Franceso De Masi, with a sound that's maybe the most conventional of all three soundtracks – orchestral drama, mixed with a bit of comedy – underscored with slight military themes to back up the story. 35 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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John ScottSatan's Slave ... CD
Moscovitch (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $15.99
A beautiful score from British jazzman John Scott – an artist who's worked in so many different styles over the years, and is definitely in the moodiest side of his spectrum for this obscure satanic film from the 70s! The instrumentation is conventional, but used in really weird ways – saxes with odd notes, pianos played from the inside, and percussion moments that are often pretty striking – handled by a group that features Scott on flutes and alto sax, alongside Fender Rhodes, guitar, cymbals, and lots of percussion. There's only a slight current of jazz from time to time – and more of the numbers are short, and full of dark sonic textures – with titles that include "Evil Elevator", "Catherine's Nightmare", "Sacrifice", "Do You Mind If I Join You", "Catherine's Bracelet Is Taken", "Visions In The Wood", "A Walk In The Ground", "Car Inferno", and "Frances Tells All". CD
Also available Satan's Slave (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Piero PiccioniI Tre Volti (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Legend (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual soundtrack for a very unusual film – one that features the lovely Soraya in three different stories, each of which seem to get a different musical treatment in the hands of Piero Piccioni! Some numbers are moody and mellow – maybe more conventionally romantic, and handled by Piccioni with these beautifully swirling strings – but some of the others are nicely playful, and evoke qualities that would show up even more strongly in some of his later 60s work, with some nicely groovy touches. The whole thing's got the sense of class you'd expect from the image on the title – and tracks include the lovely "Bossa Nova On The Sand", plus "Amanti Celebri", "Nebulosa", "Gondola", "Latin Lover", "Lost Life", and "Waltz A La Ravel". CD features 11 bonus tracks too – including a nice bossa number, a jazzy track, and even one with some cool harpsichord! CD
 
 
 



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