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Beat Records proudly presents the fourth volume of music from the BLACK EMANUELLE series, EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD (aka Black Emanuelle au tour du monde, Confessions of Emanuelle, Emanuelle – Alle Luste dieser Welt, The Degradation of Emanuelle) was directed in 1977 by well known filmmaker Joe D’Amato and starred the dazzling Laura Gemser in the title role. The movie is enriched by the performances of Ivan Rassimov, Karin Schubert, Don Powell and George Eastman who’s combined efforts add much to the realism and entertainment value of the picture. Because of censorship laws, two versions of the film were shot, the softer and slightly less erotic version being released in Italy, the harder more pornographic version being produced for the remainder of Europe and other foreign countries. The latter contained a number of extra scenes, which were interpreted by Marina Frajese and Rick Martino. The movie was also banned in a handful of countries and at times when screened was heavily edited in others. The famous reporter Emanuelle (Gemser) is always looking for new scoops, so she agrees to meet Cora (Schubert) a colleague that is preparing an article concerning violence against women at a hotel. But Emanuelle falls prey to a rape attempt whilst at the hotel, but thankfully is rescued by Malcolm Robertson (Rassimov) who is the president of an aid-committee that assists third world countries. Emanuelle and Robertson become friends and decide they want to spend time together, but realise that they cannot because of their respective careers. Soon after her friendship with Robertson, Emanuelle flies to India in order to meet a Guru (Eastman) that claims to have found the secret of infinitive sexual pleasure. After a sexual relationship, Emanuelle realises that the Guru is a fake and abandons him. Still in India, Emanuelle makes the acquaintance of Mary. After a lesbian encounter with her she is told a harrowing story about violence inflicted upon women. Along with Cora she decides to go to Rome where a violent gang is kidnapping foreign girls in order to sell them in oriental countries. Emanuelle masquerades as a tourist with two friends of Mary and is lured into a trap and kidnapped by the gang. The women are saved by a friend of Emanuelle and thanks to him the gang is convicted. In the meantime Cora is first menaced and than brutally beaten and raped by people that tell to her to stop her investigations. Emanuelle who at times still meets with Robertson goes to Hong Kong with Cara in order to search for Ilse Braun who is one of the gang leaders. After some time Emanuelle and Cora succeed in uncovering the truth about the women-trade and with the help of a young Emir are successful in having the Prime Minister arrested who it transpires is the head of the entire operation.
Back in New York, Emanuelle acknowledges that even there, illegal trade in women is being carried out with important people involved . Eventually Emanuelle exposes all of these people and ensures that they are arrested and put behind bars. Finally she sails off on a boat with Robertson. Emanuelle’s erotic adventures have on many occasions been highlighted and ingratiated by the wonderful haunting themes and infectious up beat compositions of Maestro Nico Fidenco. This the fourth chapter in the series was filmed in many locations throughout the world, these included the eternal city of Rome, the bustling and exotic province of Hong Kong, the mysterious country of India and the larger than life metropolis of New York. The composer drew much of his inspiration for the score to EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD, from these glamorous and colourful locations and of course the sensual and beautiful form of the movies central character.
In 1977 Beat records released selections from the soundtrack for the first time. These were on a 45rpm single record (Beat BTF103), and also on 33rpm long playing album with 10 tracks (BEAT LPF 039). In 1993 there was a Japanese release of the soundtrack which was on compact disc for the first time (Wave WWCP 7225). Various selections of Fidenco’s music made appearances on a handful of compilations, which were released on both compact disc and vinyl (Dagored RED 101-1/101-2) There was in addition to these releases a CD bonus disc which was issued as part of a 3 DVD box by Severin entitled “Black Emanuelle’s Box Vol.1”.
For this brand new de-luxe edition of the soundtrack, BEAT were able to utilise the original stereo masters, these yielded a great deal of unreleased music, in total 23 new tracks which make the length of this new compact disc a staggering 76 minutes and 53 seconds, a running time that will be much appreciated by fans of the composer. The score is orchestrated and directed by Giacomo Dell’Orso, the husband of Edda, who has collaborated with Fidenco on numerous occasions, and is also a long time friend of the composer.
Fidenco’s exotic and pulsating music envelops the listener creating an atmosphere that is totally sensual, the composer produced music that fuses lounge styles and psychedelic influences that are intertwined with romantically laced interludes. Many of the cues are variations on the scores principal theme “A picture of love”, which is the sweet and touching love theme vocalized by Edda Dell Orso. The creativity and originality achieved by Maestro Fidenco never seems to evaporate, each time he manages to re-invent himself, thus remaining fresh and vibrant providing perfect enhancements and musical support for each motion picture within the series. His music is a flawless accompaniment to each and every scene, but at the same time has the ability to entertain and delight away from the images it was originally fashioned for. This compact disc will be listened to again and again and will bring great satisfaction each time. It is an important release and stands as a monument to the work of Maestro Fidenco and a lasting memento of inventive and entertaining cinema that was produced in Italy, and appreciated around the entire world.