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✨✧ Richard BandGhoulies ... CD
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever full presentation of the music for Ghoulies – the creepy 80s horror film about monsters that would come up from the toilet! Richard Band's music is surprisingly rich and full for the film – done with light orchestrations that evoke a nice sense of fantasy – floating strings and woodwinds at some points, darker and more moody elements at others – but all acting together as this very evocative sonic landscape – rescued by Band from the original musical elements, and sequenced here to finally fit the order of the film. Titles include "Jonathan Prepares", "Basement Discovery", "First Incantation", "Becky Is Leaving", "Organ Track", "The Ghoulie Attacks", and "Mr Dick's Tongue Lashing" – plus "Surrender" and "Dancing With A Monster" by Fela Johnson – both of which are more electronic and keyboard-heavy. CD

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✨✧ Richard BandTroll ... CD
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Magically moody music from Richard Band – sounds that are maybe a bit less creepy than image on the cover, but which transform nicely as the set goes on! Many of these cuts are longish – almost like mini-suites of soundtrack themes – often with strings used in these nicely-stepping ways – familiar and dramatic at some points, but more offbeat at others – with the most amazing highlights being these weird vocal bits – which sound like more atmospheric musings from the folks who live in Whoville from the Grinch cartoon! Titles include "Cantos V", "Cantos Profanae", "Cantos IV", and "Cantos II". CD
Also available Troll (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Fabio Frizzi/Walter Rizzati & Alessandro BlonksteinerLucio Fulci's Gates Of Hell Trilogy (City Of The Living Dead/The Beyond/House By The Cemetery) (3CD set) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1980/1981. New Copy 3CD ... $44.99 49.99
Three Italian horror classics – packaged here in a single set! First up is Fabio Frizzi's score for Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi/City Of The Living Dead – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric – making for a moody mix of music that goes way beyond the usual spare slasher keyboards! A few numbers use wordless vocals, while others have nicely stepping strings – and a beefier bassline comes into play on a few standout funk tracks as well. Titles include "Toward Dawn", "Fatti Misteriosi", "Apoteosi Del Mistero", "Occhi Di Brace", and "Verso L'Alba". Next is Frizzi's Beyond/E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore L'Aldila – a very spooky soundtrack – and one that stands out as one of the best-remembered from this important second generation of Italian horror! The record's got less of the atonal orchestrations and funk/thriller modes of a few years before – and moves into the spare, eerie quality that John Carpenter helped usher in – with lots of crashing piano lines, atonal guitar parts, and weird descending chords that feel like they're going to suck you into the deep! There's some very nice and sparing use of synthesizer within the score – just the right bit to add a creepy edge, but maybe not as much as on other synth-heavy soundtracks from the time – and titles include "Voci Dal Nulla", "Oltre La Soglia", "Suono Aperto", "Verso L'Ignoto", and "Giro Di Blues". Walter Rizzati's score for Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero/House By The Cemetery has lots of keyboards – in a spare, spooky soundtrack from the early 80s Italian horror scene – a blood-dripping masterpiece from director Lucio Fulcio! Walter Rizzati's music here is heavy on the kinds of electric touches you'd hear from both Goblin or John Carpenter – and often paced at a level that's somewhere between the pair – not as jamming as Goblin, but a bit fuzzier than Carpenter – a blend that makes for some really wonderful numbers that are plenty creepy here on their own – even away from the images on the screen! There's plenty of great bits that creep up on you slowly – and others that jump mercilessly from dark corners – on titles that include "Quella Villa", "I Remember", "Incontro", "Blonk Monster", "Verso Il Terrore", "Voci Dal Terrore", "Tema Bambino", and "Chi Sta Arrivando". CD

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Piotr HertelW Sloncu I W Deszczu ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $7.99
A selection of work for a Polish TV show at the end of the 70s – music that's partly in a familiar sound library mode, but which also has some great sound library touches too – a nice sense of variety that really makes for an overstuffed set! Some of these tracks are clearly scene-setting instrumentals, but some others are material that was performed by groups that would appear on the screen – and there's some very nice Rhodes-heavy moments on the collection, in styles that are unusual, and which move past the more familiar crime/cop modes of the 70s. The whole thing is a great testament to the overlooked soundtrack skills of Piotr Hertel – and the set features 20 tracks in all, with notes in both English and Polish! CD

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Krzysztof KomedaMam Tu Swoj Dom/Ubranie Prawie Nowe ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1963. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Two very early soundtracks from legendary Polish modernist Krzystof Komeda – both very different than his 60s work for Roman Polanski, but equally striking overall! The work for Mam Tu Swoj Dom is performed on short tracks handled by different instrumental groupings – with piano, flute, and bass often dancing around in these really spare but lovely ways – melodic, but very blue-tinged too – on titles that have the instrumentation of chamber jazz, but a much more personal, very poetic sort of quality – very vivid, even without the images on the screen. There's a similar feel to the music for Ubranie Prawie Nowe, but handled with different instrumentation – tunes are often a bit longer, and make use of woodwind interplay at a level that's as spare as on the first film, but with a quality that's almost painter-like at times, and which expands in instrumentation as the soundtrack moves on. This is the first time we've heard the music for either film – and they're presented here in a great edition, with notes in both English and Polish. CD

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Wlodzimierz Korcz07 Zglos Sie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Totally groovy sounds from a top-level Polish cop show in the 70s – one that certainly didn't make it to our screens back in the day, but which definitely had a soundtrack to match some of the best American programs of the time! In fact, the style here is maybe more late 60s/early 70s than the actual dates might imply – with lots of elements that you'd hear in work from Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, and some of their contemporaries – including lots of surprisingly strong jazz elements, mixed in with the fuller orchestrations, funky rhythms, and more electric moments! There's a bit of wordless vocalization at times – but most cuts here are instrumental, and plenty darn great throughout – a real discovery to our American ears – even though the show was one of the biggest Polish TV programs at the time. The CD features a whopping 38 tracks in all, with hefty notes in both Polish and English – and the whole thing may well be one of the grooviest Gad Records projects to date! CD

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✨✧ Franco MicalizziGenova A Mano Armata ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic cop soundtrack work from the Italian scene of the 70s – a funky nugget that rivals our own American police scores of the time, but one that also has some darker elements too! The upbeat tunes here often feature lots of keyboards, funky bass, and guitar – quick-tempo grooves that move with lots of fast action – offset by some mellower numbers that mix in spookier strings and some creepier orchestrations, of the sort you might hear in an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. Micalizzi's always been one of the best Italian composers for crime/cop work like this – and the score is right up there with his best work – beautifully presented in this package that features 17 cuts from the film! CD

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Ennio MorriconeTwo Mules For Sister Sara (2CD expanded edition) ... CD
Kapp/La La Land, 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
A really fantastic score from Ennio Morricone – maybe better this time around than the images on the screen for some of his other westerns of the period – more proof that the maestro was always willing to rise above, and give his best no matter what the setting! The music begins with some already-fantastic elements – mule-like noises that mark the theme and title of the film – carried out with that fantastic sense of western flourish that Morricone could do so well – a use of space in the music that evokes the landscape, even without images to view – as subtle orchestrations mix with occasional guitar, and a fair bit of the sorts of unfamiliar sounds that the maestro was always able to create! Titles include "The Braying Mule", "The Battle", "The Cool Mule", "La Cueva", "Night On The Desert", and "Time For Miracles". This massive 2CD edition features the original 11 track album from 1970 – plus a full bonus CD of songs from the film score, most of which appear here for the first time ever – 21 more tracks, and a bonus hour's worth of music! CD
(50th Anniversary Remastered Edition!)

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Piero PiccioniCamille 2000 ... CD
Camille 3000 (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $36.99
One of the coolest classics from the glory days of the Italian soundtrack scene – a set that perfectly brings together all the funky, jazz, and mod-styled touches of the great Piero Piccioni – on a record that's maybe had more life over the years than the film did on the screen! The mix of instruments here is completely sublime – with some especially wonderful use of Hammond, but with very offbeat sounds – next to flute, warmer woodwinds, and some wicked basslines that hit the hippest sort of funk soundtrack modes. The recording quality is amazing, too – with unusual isolation and shading used on the instruments, to further make the sound magic – and titles include "Funky Lovers", "Pearls", "Slow Flute Beat", "Charms", "Brasil 2000", "Tears In Brasil", "Camille 2000", and "Tears In Rome". One of our all-time favorites – with 28 tracks in all, including some great alternate takes! CD
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing!)

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Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 3 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
A great third chapter in the Danish Pornography series by Alex Puddu – and, like the others, music that was recorded to accompany the re-release of some classic adult films from the 70s! As you'd guess from the title and project, the sound here is very retro overall – wicked funk that works very hard to hit all the right slinky and sleazy notes needed to accompany the images of grown-up fun on the screen – with plenty of electric touches on a range of different keyboards and guitar (and even a bit of electric sitar, too) – in grooves that have a nicely building vibe, but which never try too hard to overtake the visual energy of the moment. In other words (if we can extend this metaphor even further), Alex is great at the foreplay, keeps things going a long time, and really knows how to build to a musical climax – on titles that include "Lesbian Lovers", "The Swinger Generation", "Cowboys Do It Better", "Black Orgasm", "Seductive Star", "Africa Scream", "Exotic Love", "Behind Closed Doors", and "Sex Bar". (Deep Funk, Soundtracks) CD

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Nino RotaFellini Soundtracks (Early Movies/La Strada/Notti Di Cabiria/La Dolce Vita/8 1/2) (5CD set) ... CD
DOL (Russia), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $9.99 17.99
5CDs, and a set of great soundtracks to early films by director Federico Fellini – music that forever set the standard for a new generation of film composers! First up is La Strada – the brilliant mid 50s filled that starred a young Giulettia Masini as one of the saddest clowns ever to grace the silver screen – an amazing performance supported here by key early work from Nino Rota. Rota's score is a mix of circus-like themes and darker moments – all delivered with a dynamic energy that's really wonderful – almost leaping out of the speakers at some points, then sliding into shimmering, watery depths at others. Titles include "Il Pranzo Di Nozze", "Tema Della Strada", "Gelsomina", "Il Bambino Malato", "Zampano Abbandona Gelsomina", and "Addio Del Matto". Next is Le Notti Di Cabiria – aka Nights Of Cabiria – a film of similar vintage, with an equally wonderful score by Rota! The music's a bit more lush this time around – fuller orchestrations at times, but always with that ear for an isolated melody amidst the larger body – that sense of personality that makes Rota's soundtracks so great. Titles include "Picnic Al Divino Amore", "L'Illusionista", "Il Trasloco", "Aspettando Giorgio", and "Le Notti Di Cabiria". La Dolce Vita is one of the all-time classic Italian film scores – a groundbreaking soundtrack from Nino Rota, and one of the first Italian works of this nature to hit the record racks in the US! The music is a beautiful blend of whimsy and sadness – penned by Rota with a variety of light themes that dance together with a dreamy sort of quality – romantic one minute, dramatic the next – always handled with Nino's inventive sense of musical play! A delight throughout – with titles that include "La Doce Vita", "Cadillac", "Via Veneto", "Titoli Di Testa", and "Valzer". 8 1/2 is beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back and forth as the mood of the film changes, in a similar mode to the scoring for La Dolce Vita. Titles include "Cadillac", "Cimitero", "Discesa Ai Fanghi", "La Passerella D'Addio", "Concertino Alle Terme", and "E Poi". Last up is a special soundtrack – featuring works from very early films by Fellini – including Il Bidone, I Vitelloni, Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, Lo Sceicco Bianco, and La Grande Seduzione. CD

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✨✧ Philippe SardeLe Choc/Les Siens De Glace ... CD
Music Box (France), 1974/1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two different soundtracks for films with Alain Delon in the lead – an actor who always seems to work with great music on his movies! First up is Le Choc – a set that has fuller orchestrations penned by Philppe Sarde, but handled by UK maestro Peter Knight – who you might know from late 60s Fontana Records productions – all capped with these great saxophone solos from Wayne Shorter! Shorter's a surprise for the record – he wasn't doing much work like this at the time – and he really adds a lot to the tunes, which include "Coup De Foudre", "Tendresse", "Le Charme", "Le Danger", "La Joie", "L'Amour", and "Commando Schroeder". Next is Les Siens De Glace – a great Georges Lautner film from 1974, with a score that has Sarde exploring some of the darker sides of his talents! The score has a bit of wordless vocals that are nice and creepy, and some very strong violin solos from Hubert Rostaing – which break out in a variety of moody ways, over titles that include "Trauma", "Reverie", "Malaise", "Obsession", "Regrets", "Agression", "Cauchemar", and "Trouble". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Teo UsuelliIl Fischio Al Naso ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A strange little soundtrack for an equally strange little film – an offbeat late 60s Italian comedy with music to really match its mood! The set begins with a very cool vocal tune – sung by the rock group Le Pecore Nere, with this onomatopoeic sort of vibe – then the set mixes together the sorts of themes you might hear from American comedies of the era – romping groovy numbers, offset by "serious" numbers that have an undercurrent of whimsy – a great musical way of undercutting dramatic action on the screen in a subtle way! The narrative has the main character moving through different floors of a building, and that's almost the approach of the music too – a different flavor for each level and scene. The set features 16 tracks in all – the vocal number "La Conta", plus more instrumentals. CD

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✨✧ Patrick WilliamsQuinn Martin Collection Vol 3 – Streets Of San Francisco/A Man Called Sloane ... CD
La La Land/Film Music Society, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funky soundtrack work from Patrick Williams – a cat who started out in jazz during the 60s, but who evolved to be come one of the hippest arrangers to score for the TV screen in the 70s! Williams gave the world so much great music during the decade, but some of our favorite may well be his work for Streets Of San Francisco – a show with a killer theme that really set the bar for the whole cop/crime generation, followed by the sorts of scoring that always made Williams so great – a mix of modes that evokes plenty of Lalo Schifrin modes, but also blended with the warmer touches that we love in things like Pat's work for the Bob Newhart show. The 2CD set is overflowing with great work from a variety of episodes up through the fourth season – 72 tracks in all – and as an added bonus, the set also features 11 more tracks by Williams for the Robert Conrad show A Man Called Sloane – from the episode titled "The Seduction Squad". CD
(Limited to 2000 copies.)

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✨✧ VariousNouvelle Vague – Les Musiques De Films 1957 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.98
That's Miles Davis and Jeanne Moreau on the cover – and image is a perfect summation of what makes this period in film music so unique! The set brings together music from the French new wave of the late 50s and early 60s – a time when revolutionary directors were putting fresh new images on screen, and also turning to lots of new ideas for their music, too – using jazz musicians like Miles to create some of their soundtracks, and also moving past some of the more overblown orchestral styles that had dominated most of the world of film scores during the postwar years. Much of the work used by these directors was in a style that was closer to the people, and more fitting for the sorts of themes in the films – and this 3CD collection features a wonderful array of different modes from the period. Many films are included here with a few selections from their famous soundtracks – and the 3CD package includes work from Tires Sur Le Pianiste (Shoot The Piano Player) by Georges Delerue, A Bout De Souffle (Breathless) by Marial Solal, L'Eau A La Bouche by Serge Gainsbourg, A Double Tour by Paul Misraki, Les Liaisons Dangereuxes by Art Blakey with Barney Wilen, La Tete Contre Les Murs by Maurice Jarre, Le Bel Age by Georges Delerue, Les Bonnes Femmes by Paul Misraki, Jules Et Jim by Georges Delerue, Lola by Michel Legrand, Les 400 Coups (400 Blows) by Jean Constantin, Une Femme Est Une Femme by Michel Legrand, Zazi Dans Le Metro by Fiorenzo Carpi, Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud by Miles Davis, and Cleo De 5 A 7 by Michel Legrand. CD

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VariousSomething Weird – Spook Show Spectacular A Go-Go (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
A totally cool collection of songs, sound effects, and vintage movie trailers – all pulled from the glory days of the American horror film! The package is a tribute to the old time monster shows that used to travel the theater circuit – a mix of horror movies and live action activity – revived by by the folks at Something Weird in live performances, a great counterpart to all the great films they've given us on DVD over the years! This CD brings together the kind of deep knowledge that only fans of these lost b-movie gems could discover – a massive 32 track package that features the songs "The Morgus Creep" by The Daringers, "Cemetary Stomp" by The Essex, "Count Dracula" by The Rockin Continentals, "Haunted House" by Oscar & The Majestics, "The Giggler" by The Pot & The Wildcats, "The Guillotine" by The Executioners, "Transylvania" by The Mysterians, and "Night Beat" by The Night Beats – plus a huge host of film trailers, radio spots, and more! Also features a bonus DVD of the live Something Weird Spook Show. CD
 
 
 



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