Ennio Morricone —
L'Alibi ... CD Dagored (Italy), 1968. Used ...
An overlooked Morricone score – one that contains some of his coolest themes! The soundtrack was written for an obscure 1968 thriller starring Vittorio Gassman – and the overall approach has some wonderfully imaginative orchestrations – dark at times, but lightly floating with some really catchy tunes at others! Includes a male vocal version of "Canzone Della Liberta", the classic "Belinda May", and other tracks that include "Pennellate", "Una Fotografia", "Recitazione Corale", "Lo Libero", "Sognando", and "Immagini Del Tempo". This expanded CD features a whopping 27 tracks in all – including some great alternate takes and other unusual versions! CD
Moody work for a TV adaptation of Virgil's Aeneid – surprisingly exotic music for the early 70s date of the show! There's a really haunting quality to some of the best cuts here – thanks to a chorus of vocals that appear on most of the best tunes – sometimes with an eerie, floating quality that recalls some of the more mythic moments in the films – other times with a more tense and somber feel. The orchestrations are nicely subdued too – not as standard as other Italian pablum films, and instead with an almost other-worldly or sci fi quality, especially in combination with the voices. Titles include "L'Incendio Di Troia", "Canto Di Didone", "Palinuro", "Polidoro", "Canto Di Didone", "Morte Di Didone", and "Canzone Di Lavinia". CD
A groovy little gem from Riz Ortolani! The soundtrack's got an excellent late 60s feel – with tracks that mix electric bass with sitar, flute, organ, and some fuller jazzy arrangements. There's a strong jazz component running through the mix – taking the score past some of the easier campier moments, and giving it a solid overall sound that will keep you coming back to it again and again. Titles include "Sitar In Blues", "Lombard Street", "St Francisco Railways", "St Quentin", "Un Sull Altra", and "Susan & Jane". CD
One of the more unusual Morricone scores of the 70s – penned as part of a collaboration with director Maximilian Schell, and done in ways that are a bit different than some of the maestro's Italian work! There's plenty of voices at play here – the lead of Edda Dell'Orso, and harmonies from Il Cantori Moderni – used in ways that are sometimes a bit sweeter than usual, with a level of warmth that might not be what you'd expect from the movie! Morricone also throws in a few waltz-like melodies, too – almost the sort of numbers you'd find in a Nino Rota score – but as the soundtrack moves on, things get noticeably darker, too – and move into a rich array of odd sounds and weird tones. LP, Vinyl record album
A totally great follow-up to the first Seven Golden Men soundtrack – and one that features an equally wonderful range of jazzy and groovy modes from composer Armando Trovajoli! As before, the music is heavy on cool 60s touches – including some swinging wordless vocals from I Cantori Moderni, solo moments on organ or saxophone, and plenty of cool rhythms that seem to borrow from bossa nova – a quality that's emphasized a bit more here on a few tracks with batucada legend Lucio Perrone! Completely wonderful throughout – and with titles that include "Rossana", "Seven Golden Men", "Esquentando Os Tamborins E Cuicas", "7 Per Il Grande Colpo", "Cuica", and "Samba 1o Andamento". LP, Vinyl record album