This is probably the fourth or fifth time I have reviewed or mentioned the score for Femmine Insaziabili by Bruno Nicolai, and recently also mentioned it in soundtrack supplement fifty-one just last week, this time however I am not examining the merits of the score itself because lets face we all know how good it is, this latest release is from the Spanish label Quartet who have been incredibly industrious over the last decade or so releasing a wide range of soundtracks from all over the globe. But after the rather disappointing sound on Roma Come Chicago, I wanted to take a close listen to this latest release from them.
I have to say the CD looks attractive enough, with colourful art-work and a picture of the original Ariete LP art work inside to use as alternative cover art for the CD. But I was just curious what extra music had been unearthed and more importantly how did it sound. The second disc which contains the film versions of the tracks I think is my favourite because there are a handful of cues included that are new to me and I thank Quartet for this, but overall I am a believer in the less is more saying when it comes to expanded soundtracks, and although its nice to have the new cues I think that I would have been able to live without this release.
The sound is not bad at all for a 1969 soundtrack from Italy as we all know the sound on some of the releases during this period was questionable, there are a few little bits of distortion but nothing I think spoils the listening experience, but I am bias as this has always been a favourite of mine and one of the better scores from Nicolai, disc two does suffer from the distortion mostly, with some cues suffering from like a chatter when they reach a certain pitch or Edda hits the high notes, then there is a dullness attached to some of the cues, I know I am fussy but if its been remastered surely it should be almost like new? But I suppose it depends upon the condition of the masters themselves? Any way there is distortion, but it is still an iconic score by Nicolai and I hope that if you have not already got the soundtrack in your collection you will be investing in a copy of this.
I personally have the original Ariete LP which I purchased from Michael Jones in 1970 at the arts theatre club aand the re-issue on easy tempo plus the easy tempo CD and now this latest edition, which means I must be an Insatiable collector of Femmine Insaziabili. Nice presentation with lots of stills and informative notes that are easy to read by Gergely Hubai.