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Artist: NICOLAI, BRUNO
Title: All the Colours of the Dark
Format: LP
Label: Finders Keepers
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"2014 release. Finders Keepers Records proudly unveils what is perhaps the crowning moment for both composer Bruno Nicolai and actress Edwige Fenech, with score of Tutti i colori del buio (All the Colours of the Dark), the film that inaugurated them, with director Sergio Martino, into the giallo canon in 1972. Presented here as an alternative to the extremely rare 1973 Gemelli library edition, this release includes the films previously unreleased hard-hitting left-field psychedelic pop themes performed by a trio of Nicolai with sitar-wielding Alessandro Alessandroni (in true Pawnshop/Braens Machine mode) and Italian cinematic songbird Edda DellOrso. Recorded in January 1972 at Ennio Morricones Ortophonic Studio in Rome (birthplace of Goblins Roller and Alessandronis soundtrack to Sangue di sbirro (Cops Blood) (1976), among many other classics), All the Colours of the Dark is a balance of psychotic free jazz, aggressive bass driven beats, schizoid Eastern motifs, and childlike lullabies -- with the last element augmenting Martinos proud Rosemarys Baby influences in his tale of a rehabilitated relationship plagued by recurring nightmares and vague memories of a religious cult. To claim this score as Nicolais all-time best is perhaps a little hasty for this versatile composer of such acclaim and widespread appeal, but for fans of that unique window of unhinged musical opportunity which came with the giallo boom of the early 1970s, this record epitomizes the world of Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, and Walter Rizzati. Pressed on red vinyl; includes poster.” - Finders Keepers.

Artist: NICOLAI, BRUNO
Title: The Case of the Bloody Iris
Format: 10
Label: Finders Keepers
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
“2014 release. The last in a series of Italian giallo films produced by Luciano Martino and starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton, Giuliano Carnimeos 1971 film The Case of the Bloody Iris (also released internationally as What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing On Jennifers Body?) remains a key feature for Italian soundtrack fans and giallo enthusiasts alike. Containing every facet of composer Bruno Nicolais versatile musical matrix, this suite of rich, oblique paranoia pop now makes its vinyl debut via Finders Keepers Records. Drawing on a wide experience of cinematic commissions working as Ennio Morricones closest collaborator (on scores as varied as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and A Lizard in a Womans Skin (1971)), while also providing the exploitation films of Jesús "Jess" Franco (including Marquis de Sade: Justine (1969) and A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1971)) with elaborate integral theme tunes and cues, Nicolai would reveal some of his best, uninhibited ideas in classic giallo films starring Edwige Fenech. Recorded in just two days in July 1972 at the seminal Ortophonic Studio in Rome (birthplace of Goblins Roller, Alessandronis soundtrack to Sangue di sbirro (Cops Blood) (1976), and recordings by Morricone, Vangelis, and New Trolls), Nicolais score for The Case of the Bloody Iris presents the composer working with his small orchestra free from outside influence. With heavy emphasis on arrangements led by bass and rhythm, this up-tempo score balances the avant-garde stylings of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza with saccharine bossa interjections (which hardcore fans of the genre will associate with Giorgio Gaslinis score to Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile (So Sweet, So Dead) (1972) and Nicolais own score to Eugenie (De Sade 70) (1970)). This music, alongside the previously unpressed score to Sergio Martinos 1972 film All the Colors of the Dark (FKR 071LP), is an integral chapter in the development of 70s Italian film music and the Italian cinematic pop landscape shared by the likes of Claudio Simonetti and Goblin, Bixio, Frizzi & Tempera, Walter Rizzati, and the Reverberi brothers. The score to The Case of the Bloody Iris was never released as a dedicated soundtrack album when the film appeared in late 1972; these tracks are presented on vinyl here for the first time, and this edition also includes two theme variations that didnt make the final theatrical cut of the film.”
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