Thursday, March 17, 2016
One of my favorite film magazines from the 60s was MOVIE. British based, it was edited by Ian Cameron and featured the writings of Paul Mayersberg, Peter Bogdanovich, Gavin Millar and many others. Below is a link to download the rare first issue. Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
ETC Soundtrack Round-Up
The fabulous Death Waltz Recording Company kicked off 2016 in serious style with 'The Poliziotteschi Files 2xLP', being Franco Micalizzi's scores for Rome Armed to the Teeth and The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist presented for the first time on vinyl. Limited to 500 pieces, and only available from Mondo's website as far as I can see, these suckers probably won't be around for long. One imagines that the same will be true of their release of The Bloodstained Shadow OST that dropped in February. Composed by Stelvio Cipriani and performed by Goblin, this great score is available in either 'Tri-Color' (red, blue & black) or 'Dual Stripe' (black with red and blue Stripes), although the latter is limited to 50 copies!
One Way Static also have some Stelvio goodness up their sleeves with a lavish release of Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals coming out on March 25. These will come on clear with pink haze or pink/green split vinyl, along with a cassette version, limited to 200 and containing seven bonus tracks.
Four Flies Records have an equally enticing proposition for us with two vinyl compilations, Esterno Notte and Esterno Giorno, released back in January. These contain jazz, psych and lounge cuts from Gianfranco Reverberi, Nico Fidenco, Savina, Piccioni, Trovajoli and more, all plundered from the vaults of RCA Italy. Perfect for those of us who miss the days of the old Easy Tempo and Beat at Cinecitta releases.
Italy's Rustblade Records have a new Morricone comp, Paura, coming out on Record Store Day. As the title suggests, it showcases the Maestro's dark experimental material, with tracks from Cat O' Nine Tails, Il serpente (one of my favourites), Devil in the Brain and more. Just 499 of these are being issued, on transparent vinyl.
Goblin devotees are going to cause a line to form outside of their local indie record emporium on the morning of April 16 when Cinevox gives their fantastic La via della droga (Heroin Busters) score its vinyl debut; on white vinyl with some neat new artwork and an extra track not included on the previous CD version. April also sees Cinevox release Magnetic Systems, a mouth-watering collection of mid-70s rarities from the Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera team, and the same month brings a swanky new edition of Cipriani's Tentacoli / Tentacles from Dagored, a double LP on clear vinyl.
If all these expensive records are getting a bit much, never fear as there's plenty of new (and rarer) stuff out on CD, although to be fair, the damage doesn't end up being massively different when one considers import costs, etc! Stella Edizioni Musicali have released Detto Mariano's score for Enzo Castellari actioner Striker, while the ever reliable Beat Records offer new discs of Vince Tempera's The Paganini Horror and Bruno Zambrini's Fracchia contro Dracula (an obscure 1985 horror comedy by director Neri Parenti).
DigitMovies also continue to serve up the rarities with Carlo Rustichelli's Il terribile ispettore, Carlo Savina's Contronatura (The Unnaturals) and Angelo F. Lavagnino's Samoa regina della giungla, while Penta Music have Trovajoli's score for 1967 Giuliano Gemma western Days of Vengeance with a 12 page color booklet.
Quartet Records have unleashed Cipriani's Quel pomeriggio maledetto (AKA The Perfect Killer, a 1977 Eurocrimer starring Lee Van Cleef), Nora Orlandi's lovely The Sweet Body of Deborah, a split CD of Mario Nascimbene's Estate violenta and La prima notte di quiete, and Nicola Piovani's always wonderful The Perfume of the Lady in Black.
Okay, so now I have you all whipped up into a mindless consumerist frenzy, all that remains is to run away cackling like Diabolik as I bid you adieu for another couple of months; within which I'm sure there'll be plenty more exciting new releases to salivate over. Happy listening!
by Rob Talbot
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