Originally released on a single and also an LP back in 1977, this score has had some of its cues released on a DRG compilation of horror themes, but this issue of the score is the definitive one, it contains all the cues that have been previously issued together for the first time. I must admit that I am not a great fan of the Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera composing trio, well I say this because I based my opinion on a few scores that I had heard during the 1970,s and to be honest never ventured into their territory again, I was however intrigued by SETTE NOTE IN NERO when I heard the selections on the aforementioned DRG compilation, so when Digit Movies announced that they were to issue the complete score, I for one was quite pleased, apprehensive but still quite happy. Ok this is not a powerhouse of a score and it’s certainly not Morricone,Nicolai or Cipriani. But, its also not an awful work, there are some well structured and very listenable musical cues present within the score, and the orchestration too is very well done. The music is though in the main atonal, there are very few nice little themes but even then it manages to create an atmosphere and overall sound that is attractive and interesting to the listener. I would recommend that collectors do purchase this CD, even if its just to dip their toes into the somewhat bizarre and unusual musical world of Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera. The best way to describe the musical style or styles of these composers is to say that their music is as bizarre as the De Angelis brothers, as pulsating and tense as Goblin, with a hint of Gianni Ferrio in places. In other words a curious and surprising ride on a musical rollercoaster. The central theme NOTE is repeated throughout the soundtrack in various guises and is filtered into other cues even if for just a fleeting second or two, as in MURATA VIVA E SALVATAGGIO which is track number 18. But the best example by far of the NOTE theme is track number 21 which is taken from the original Cinevox single 45rpm release, this uneasy sounding carillon theme is a haunting and somewhat un-nerving cue, which also features choir, strings and brass which are enhanced by the subtle use of synths. There is also a song included, WITH YOU track number 2, performed by Linda Lee, which is pleasant enough.
The Finale version of SETTE NOTE IN NERO is for me one of the CD,s highlights, and is track number 19 in the running order. A solo saxophone takes the lead for this almost steamy and smokey sounding track, the instrument being supported by strings and laid back percussion, and further bolstered by piano and a few electronic sounds. So not a bad score, and certainly a soundtrack that should be sampled by all fans of Italian film music. The compact disc also features some nice art work and interesting notes about the production by Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentina. Worth a listen..