A cool contemporary score from Italy – but one that feels like horror greats from the late 70s and early 80s! The instrumentation here is mostly in an old school electric style – keyboards and guitars that echo the music of Goblin, but at a level that's often more spare and less jamming – stretching out with this great sense of space that really builds up the tension and mood throughout – to create a really captivating record, even away from the screen. Titles include "Phurba", "Escape From Tulpa", "Lonely Nights", "Working My Ass Off", "Italian Giallo", "Lisa's Theme", and "Bloody Radio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl with bonus CD – limited to 333 copies!)
Wonderful sound library jazz from the Italian scene of the early 70s – and a record that's got a lot more warmth and color than you'd guess from its cover! The set was created by Giuliano Sorgi, working under his Raskovich name – with a small combo who seem equally well-skilled at a range of styles – including bossa instrumentals, funky jazz, and some very unusual moody moments – all laid out to make for a wonderful tapestry of sounds! There's some great flute on the record, used in that cool chromatic way that Italian players were picking up at the time – and the bossa numbers bring in acoustic guitar to sit nicely alongside the rhythms. Funkier tracks have the flute in a bit more blown-out mode, or some tenor too – and a few other tracks have these great lyrical piano lines that are mighty nice! Titles include "With A Finger", "Puppet", "Without Head", "Sweet Smelling", "Sow", "Dwarf-Like", "Savoury", "Trade Mark", and "Of Amber". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing – only 600 copies! Great heavy cover too.)
A totally cool soundtrack from Egisto Macchi – very much in the spirit of his other, darker work from the 70s – and quite an unusual spin on a spy soundtrack! There's definitely some older elements in the mix, but they're often refracted through some more modern conceptions – so you'll get these splatters of 60s crime/spy jazz, but worked through these overall passages that are much more complex, and which use the older styles as references, then take off into much moodier territory. The blend is great, and very unique – and titles include "Motovedette", "Azione Notturna", "Interrogatorio", "Complici", "Prime Luci", and "Nucleo Mobile". LP, Vinyl record album
Many Loves Ska-Jazz —
Dreamlike ... LP Cinedelic (Italy), 2014. Near Mint- ...
Hardly the pop you might expect from the title – and instead, a batch of tripped-out instrumentals that definitely lives up to the eye-bending image on the cover! The music here was all presented by Narassa on the original 70s sound library release of the two records – but time has shown that the project came from the hands of Sandro Brugnoli, with a very similar flair to excellent material that came out under his own name at the time! Nothing is excluded in the creation of the set – as instrumentation runs the gamut from groovy Hammond, guitar, and flute – to more offbeat string tunings, earthy percussion, and weird sound effects – all with a production style that really abstracts things even more, while still preserving a funky current at the bottom of most tracks. The approach is tremendous – and makes for two sound library albums that really move past the obvious European modes of the period. Titles include "Macero", "Rotativa", "Bodoni", "Calamaio", "Torchio", "Rullo Compressore", "Ruspa", "Cantiere", "Bttipalo", "Benna", "Trivella", "Accavallatrice", and "Asta Di Distribuzione". LP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever release of the soundtrack to the movie Satanik – a wonderful soundtrack penned by the team of Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini, who teamed up a few years before on the classic Kriminal! The style here is even more open and creative than before – sometimes straight jazz, in a mode that rivals the best American soundtracks of its type from the mid 60s – but at other times, the styles get a bit weirder – often thanks to a thin-sounding guitar that kind of wiggles and wobbles into the mix, shaking things up with a mod sort of edge. Other solo instrumentation includes trumpet, flute, accordion, and piano – the latter of which is played by either Mussolini or Pregadio – and the pic disc version features a total of 15 tracks from the film, pressed on very groovy-looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set with a real 60s modern feel overall – in case you couldn't guess from the hip cover image! The group's got a sound that's definitely in the sharper side of the Italian jazz spectrum – kind of a Basso-Valdambrini groove, but with some bolder tones at times – all handled wonderfully by a quintet that features Oscar Rocchi on piano, Sergio Fanni on trumpet, Hugo Heredia on flute and sax, Giovanni Tommasso on bass, and Gianno Cazzola on drums! The horn parts are especially great – coming together with some nice tension on the heads, the burning out into solos that are filled with soul and feeling – the kind of sparkling energy that makes digging up older Italian sessions like this so great. Titles include "Thema", "Elixir", "Preposition", "Action Up", "Kind Words", "Wafers", "Relax Love", and "Example". CD also features 6 bonus tracks too – "Nigredo", "Gold Fast", "Rubedo", "Solution", "Silver Bop", and "Sulphur". CD
A great entry in the Kriminal series of films – one that features some wonderfully groovy work from Piero Umiliani! The music here is Umiliani at his most playful – rooted in jazz, but with warmer touches from bossa and other mod 60s Italian styles too – sometimes set to wordless vocals that scat along wonderfully with the rhythms, other times delivered instrumentally with some mighty nice Hammond upfront in the mix! The overall presentation is way tighter and more professional than some of the images on the screen from the film – although the movie itself does have plenty of charm too – and the very cool pic disc vinyl features some sweet sexy images too! LP, Vinyl record album
Piero Umiliani with Gato Barbieri —
Una Bella Grinta ... LP CAM/Cinedelic (Italy), 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing set of modern jazz – penned by Italian film composer Piero Umiliani, but also played by a very hip group headed by a young Gato Barbieri! Although Gato's probably best known for his late 60s appearances on the American scene, and his 70s dates for Impulse and Flying Dutchman – his earlier work in Italy is all pretty darn great, and this set shows the budding modernist to be in very strong company with a lineup that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet and Franco D'Andrea on piano, plus bass and drums. Side one of the record features full orchestrations by Umiliani – still plenty jazzy, with some great horn passages and cool use of vibes. Then side two features Umiliani's music played by the small group with Gato in the lead – a really great mix of modes that make the soundtrack a real standout, both in the Italian jazz and film scenes of the 60s. Titles include "Jazz Alla Vivaldi", "Ballata Della Bassa Padana", "Brass Fugato", "Una Bella Grinta", "Lontananza", "Sequenze Autostrata", "Free Theme", and "Hammond Blues" LP, Vinyl record album
Sandro Brugnolini —
Overground ... LP Cinedelic (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
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Weird instrumental grooves from composer Sandro Brugnolini – played by a small combo that almost has a sound library feel! We know Brugnolini most from his soundtrack work, and this set's got a similar flair for odd sounds and weird rhythms – played here by a group that features organ, two guitars, bass, and drums – plus lots of unusual effects that make the whole thing sound strange and trippy! The music is a weird amalgam of funky jazz and soundtrack modes – familiar at points, but really offbeat at others – with a few key groovers mixed with mellower, more atmospheric numbers. Titles include "Cromaton", "Amofen", "Celluin", "Andrie's Dream", "Roxy", "Simanite", "Brain", and "Cortex". LP, Vinyl record album
Tony Iglio —
Drugstore ... CD Try/Cinedelic (Italy), 1973. New Copy ...
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You gotta love a record with song titles like "Marijuana", "Drugstore", and "Hurrycane" – and we can definitely promise that the overall sound definitely matches those trippy references! The record's one of the most obscure Italian sound library sets from the time – and really has a feel that's more like an offbeat jazz album overall – never too outside, but definitely modern – with very strong passages from the saxophone, flute, and trumpet players in the group – who work nicely alongside some sweet organ and guitar, which provide some excellent psychedelic touches! Tony Iglio himself handles the Hammond – and wrote and arranged all the tunes – and in addition to the three mentioned above, other titles include "Jungla", "Yatagan", "Yellow Drops", "Soft Cream", and "Velvet". CD
Fuzzy funk from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a really landmark record that ties together all the best elements happening in the soundtrack, sound library, and psych scene at the time! The group features two guitars and lots of organ and keyboards from the leader – really stretching out on the side-long title track "Under Pompelmo", which is a massive jam, but one that never trips out too much to stop being funky – a surprisingly great groove that stays right in the pocket for all of its 16 minutes and 50 seconds! The flipside features shorter tracks, but equally great – all like some lost sound library funk numbers of the period, but served up by a small combo with more focus on guitar and weird production styles – on titles that include "Honda", "When I See You", "Echoes From Canyon", and "To Rebound". LP, Vinyl record album
A single soundtrack – but one that features killer work from a host of the best Italian composers of the scene at the time – including Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Rustichelli, and Daniele Patucchi – all of whom come up with some great electric funk for the set! The mix of composers makes for a nicely wide sound – and it's as if everyone brought their best few tracks to the session – picking out the sort of choice funky and jazzy numbers that usually are the standout tracks on other Italian film scores – working together here to make one heck of a mighty record! Titles include "Night Mood", "Chicago 80", "Santos Club", "Mato Grosso", "Verso L'Ignoto", "Il Mio Sguardo E Uno Specchio", "Tema Di Anna", and "Il Giardino Degli Angeli". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that clearly shows he'd been listening to the score for Shaft, as well as a host of 70s sound library music too! There's lots of great Italian cop/crime grooves on the set – done at an understated level that's almost better than more familiar work of the genre – often strongly focused on the core rhythms, which are lean and plenty darn funky – bad-stepping with instrumentation that's often small combo funky jazz more than it is the bigger orchestrations of American cop scores. Titles include "Cop's Blood", "Amusement", "Duke Soul Jazz", "Tema Di Susie", "Club Jazz", "Palance", "Knell", "Sbirro In Fuga", and "Luxury". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)
Black Fire —
Cream ... LP Cinedelic (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
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Groovy greatness from the Italian sound library scene of the 70s – played by a cool little combo who seem to carry on the best styles from late 60s material by composers like Ennio Morricone or Armando Trovajoli! These guys mix together jazz, bossa, and some mod moments too – all with the kind of breezy styles that we love from earlier Italian film scores for comedies or romantic movies – especially those sweetly-stepping grooves that Morricone could do so well! Instrumentation changes up nicely – with some bossa percussion, offbeat electric piano, wah-wah guitar, and even some very cool wordless female vocals too. The whole thing's great – filled with the kind of gems we used to dig on the Easy Tempo series – and titles include "Corking", "Alcoholic", "Cream", "Airing", "Magnum", "Rush", "Relief", "Straggler", "Sorry", and "Melancolie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited pressing – in a nice heavy cover too!)
Spare and spooky – and a cool Italian soundtrack for this horror film that's also known (alternately) as The Blade Of The Ripper, The Next Victim, Next, and The Strange Vice Of Mrs Ward. The style is kind of a mixture of Piccioni and Morricone – as some tracks have a spare, moody, evocative sound with piano and wordless vocals, mixed with other tracks that have a lighter bossa-ish sound on organ or harpsichord. The eerie main theme is repeated a number of times throughout the album's 22 tracks – and titles include "The Strange Vice", "Body Fox", "Descending", "Obscure Remembering", "Dies Irae", "Edwige Hammond Pleasure", "Blood Heaven", and "Dreaming A New Life". LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover – a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This set represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack – a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade – all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix – no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal. Pic disc version features a total of 22 tracks from the film – pressed on very cool looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set of modern jazz – penned by Italian film composer Piero Umiliani, but also played by a very hip group headed by a young Gato Barbieri! Although Gato's probably best known for his late 60s appearances on the American scene, and his 70s dates for Impulse and Flying Dutchman – his earlier work in Italy is all pretty darn great, and this set shows the budding modernist to be in very strong company with a lineup that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet and Franco D'Andrea on piano, plus bass and drums. Side one of the record features full orchestrations by Umiliani – still plenty jazzy, with some great horn passages and cool use of vibes. Then side two features Umiliani's music played by the small group with Gato in the lead – a really great mix of modes that make the soundtrack a real standout, both in the Italian jazz and film scenes of the 60s. Titles include "Jazz Alla Vivaldi", "Ballata Della Bassa Padana", "Brass Fugato", "Una Bella Grinta", "Lontananza", "Sequenze Autostrata", "Free Theme", and "Hammond Blues" CD