Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spamo Mixtape Sampler - Session 1

Yay for me! We've hit the 10,000 views point and in order to celebrate I've put together a little sampler mix that manages to combine the best from the previous posts as well as the inclusion of a few updated/remastered versions of previous posts.

So this is for the handful of good folk who've popped in and shared their thoughts, even shared some tunes before departing into the night. Also I thought this might make an ideal introduction to the blog for anyone who's been curious about some of the music to be had around here. Not to mention it's an ideal way fro me to serve up leftovers. I guess it's also for that strange guy over there in the corner who comes and goes before you even notice... (10, 000+ views & only a handful of comments? C'mon guys..!)

Some notes on Spasmo Mixtape Sampler - Session 1

A Blade In The Dark - This suite is a different mix than previously featured on 7 Notes From The Crypt. This manages to combine most of the themes from the film into one mix.

Man From Deep River - After scouring through a back catalogue of library stuff in my collection, I realised Patucchi had officially released the theme on a CAM library album.
Cut & Run - I found a clip that features the 12" mix as featured on the B side of the Claudio Simonetti "Skywalker" LP. Since Simonetti has claimed that the master tapes for this release are long lost to a flooding incident, this may be the only chance to source it!

Goblin2010 - These live studio tracks were recorded May 2010 and feature the (almost) classic line-up of Massimo Morante, Claudio Simonetti & Maurizio Guarini (no Fabio Pignatelli?).

Horror Express & My Bloody Valentine - A couple of very nicely composed horror themes. If I had of thought of them in time, I would have included them on my Gore Score release.

Robbery - alt (Last House On The Beach) - I think I sourced this from Paul Durango's blog. If so, cheers for digging this up. It's the same unreleased track from the robbery scene but appears to originate from the German release where it sounds much better.

1 - A Blade In The Dark - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
2 - Man From Deep River - Daniele Patucchi
3 - Cut & Run - Claudio Simonetti
4 - Shake (Orgasmo Nero) - Stelvio Cipriani
5 - Porno Holocaust - Stelvio Cipriani
6 - Horror Express - John Cacavas
7 - My Bloody Valentine - Paul Zaza
8 - Roller - Goblin2010
9 - Profondo Rosso - Goblin2010
10 - Zombi (live 2008) - Goblin
11 - 1990 The Bronx Warriors - Walter Rizzati - Roberto Pregadio
12 - Bronx Warriors 2 - Francesco De Masi
13 - Fay (The New York Ripper) - Francesco Santucci remix
14 - Cannibal Apocalypse - Alessandro Blonksteiner
15 - Place For The Landing (Last House On The Beach) - Roberto Pregadio & Ray Lovelock
16 - Robbery - Alternate (Last House On The Beach) - Roberto Pregadio
17 - Funky Disco Soul (Yeti) - Sante Maria Romitelli
18 - Preludio (Milano Calibro 9) - Luis Bacalov / Osanna
19 - Dune Buggy (Watch Out, We're Mad!) - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
20 - Lone Wolf McQuade (live) - Alessandro Alessandroni

Crazy Reverberi Gnarles Barkley

Yeah, this probably old news to a lot of you but this is a very cool video edit that demonstrates
the sampling of Gianfranco Reverberi's score to the 1968 spaghetti western "Viva Django / Preparati La Barra / Django, Prepare A Coffin" that was used for great effect in the "feelgood hit of the summer" from a few years back, Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy".
Any other noteworthy samples to be had out there..?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Milan Calibre 9 & The Designated Victim

A pair of Italian genre films from around 1971 that share some brilliant soundtrack themes composed by Luis Bacalov, whose amazing career spans everything from "Django" right through to the Oscar winning goodness of "Il Postino". For these projects, Bacalov wrote and composed various themes which were then performed by Italian prog rock bands Osanna & The New Trolls.

Milano Calibro 9 is a great slice of Italo crime directed by one of the masters of the genre Fernando Di Leo. After a mobster is released from prison, he finds himself unable to get out of the game when mobsters become convinced he's holding onto a secret loot stash.
It's worth noting that the film actually uses different mixes of the themes (just Bacalov compositions?) then what appeared on the original albums. If you haven't heard this before, you're gonna love it. Classical influences clash with early '70s prog rock (especially Jethro Tull) with an Italian flavour. You might have even heard a snippet of the main theme sampled by DJ Shadow! I was actually lucky enough to pick up a mint Japanese lp at a record fair many years ago. It was one of the first lps I ever picked up and it was only years later (after having a hard time finding the CD reissue) that I realised just how lucky I was. It's still a personal favourite and probably in my top ten soundtracks of all time. Yep, it's that good.

Maurizio Lucidi's "The Designated Victim" (frankly I prefer the "Murder By Design" video retitle, which is where I first saw the film) is a spin on Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train", with Tomas Milian and Pierre Clementi as a pair who promise to murder the others spouse. Naturally, things don't run that smoothly. It's maybe a bit too tame for it's own good (and lacks the delirium of any other Italo thriller from that period) but Milian & the great score make it worthwhile.

Milano Calibro 9 - Osanna & Luis Bacalov
1 - Preludio
2 - Tema
3 - Variazione I - To Plinius
4 - Variazione II - My Mind Flies
5 - Variazione III - Shuum...
6 - Variazione IV - Tredicesimo Cortile
7 - Variazione V - Dianalogo
8 - Variazione VI - Spunti Dallo Spartito...
9 - Variazione VII - Posizione Raggiunta
10 - Canzona - There Will Be Time
The Designated Victim (Concerto Grosso) - New Trolls & Luis Bacalov
11 - Allegro
12 - Adagio (Shadows)
13 - Cadenza - Andante Con Moto
14 - Shadows (per Jimy Hendrix)
15 - Nella Sala Vuota, Improvvisazioni Dei New Trolls