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Elmer Bernstein/Nathan Van CleaveHud/Lonely Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paramount/Kritzerland, 1957/1963. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Krzysztof KomedaMusic From The Films Of Leonard Buczowski (Canceled Flight/The Teenager/Pearls & Ducats) ... CD
Harkit (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
Really obscure soundtrack work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – the Polish jazz musician who was best known for his film scores with Roman Polanski, but heard here on early music for director Leonard Buczkowski! The set features short instrumental tracks from three different films – The Teenager (Smarulka), Cancelled Flight (Przerwany Lot), and Pearls & Ducats (Perly I Cutaty) – and the music often echoes some of the jazz elements used in French and Italian soundtracks at the start of the 60s – with some modern moments, some more conventionally swinging passages, and even some lightly emotive elements that showcase a whole new side of expression in jazz. Each narrative setting is a little bit different, which also creates some differences in the mood and instrumentation – for example, Cancelled Flight features some very blue-tinged violin on a few tracks – but taken together, the tracks offer up a beautiful portrait of the early genius of Komeda, already well on his way towards a fantastic legacy in music. 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 ... $16.99
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 ... Out Of Stock
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

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