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For Greater Glory

For Greater Glory
For Greater Glory

For a long time now I have always had the opinion that James Horner had reached his peak in composing and creating original sounding themes and melodies. In fact I have gone as far as to give some of his scores negative reviews in the past saying that they were repetitive and sounded like many other soundtracks that he has produced. FOR THE GREATER GLORY, is for me a breath of fresh air, or maybe it is simply a return to the James Horner I knew and loved from a few years ago. This score has a richness, an inventiveness and an emotion which I have not heard in Horner’s work since the days of KRULL, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, or WILLOW and although it contains many of the usual Horner musical trademarks i.e. growling brass, strident and fully emotive strings underlined by various percussive elements; on this occasion the composer does not wear them out or over use them. He instead utilizes them and interweaves them with romantic and patriotic themes Continue reading For Greater Glory

L’uomo, l’orgoglio, la vendetta

L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta
L’uomo, l’orgoglio,
la vendetta

L’UOMO L’ORGOGLIO, LA VENDETTA was originally released on LP in 1968 with a total time of around 36 minutes and replicated on CD as part of the CAM Soundtrack Encyclopaedia series. It’s a dramatic and interesting reworking of the story of CARMEN starring Franco Nero, Klaus Kinski and Tina Aumont. When the LP was first released dealers advertised it as a spaghetti western and catalogued it accordingly, knowing full well that spaghetti western fever was sweeping through the film music world which would make it irresistible to collectors. However, Carlo Rustichelli’s music is more Spanish flavoured and he was not a composer who was part of the Italian western score fraternity; his style being always more classically infused as opposed to being filled with trills, shrieks and whistles. MAN PRIDE AND VENGEANCE contains a number of themes which accompany the three central characters and on this expanded version of the score there are Continue reading L’uomo, l’orgoglio, la vendetta

The Pact

The Pact
The Pact

We know that music in film is important and music in Horror movies in particular, is paramount in helping with the atmosphere and the overall impact of those scary situations unfolding on screen (if you dare to look, that is). THE PACT is one of those ever so edgy movies and the score certainly reflects and underlines this factor. Composer Ronen Landa has created an atmospheric and highly tense work. It is a partly experimental and quite modern sounding score but also has more traditional horror movie elements and although it contains 90 percent of what can be labelled atonal music and effects, it also has within its perimeters some softer and more melodic sounding passages which calm and place the listener into a false sense of security, only to shake them out of this seconds later with dark and nerve shattering sounds. Continue reading The Pact

Phase 7

Phase 7
Phase 7

The score for PHASE 7 is, in a word, atmospheric. It’s a soundtrack that has many components to it and has been written and produced impeccably by Argentinean born composer Guillermo Guareschi. It works on so many different levels and contains many musical colours and textures which. At each listen one discovers fresh themes, sounds and motifs. It is a delight and, due to the subject matter of the film, the score is largely atonal and dark. It also has elements which will delight and entertain any hardened film music connoisseur. I have no doubt that the score works wonderfully within the movie (alas I have not managed to see the movie as yet) but it also works as a soundtrack CD to savour. OK there are no lush romantic full blown themes but that doesn’t mean that the soundtrack is not inventive and original. Continue reading Phase 7

Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola

Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola
Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola

Originally released in 1967 on a CAM LP record which also included tracks on the B side from THE BELLE STARR STORY with music by Charles Dumont, this Cipriani spaghetti western score has to be one of the most popular and well known non-Morricone western scores from the 1960s. The theme was covered by numerous artists worldwide including the likes of LeRoy Holmes, Geoff Love and Henry Mancini – the latter held Cipriani’s composition in high esteem and was a composer who Cipriani said was an inspiration to him. A MAN A HORSE AND A GUN was also one of the first soundtracks to be re-issued by CAM as part of their Soundtrack Encyclopedia series (CSE 102). But sadly the recording was slightly flawed and was of a very short running duration; the original CD release running for just 23 mins 40 seconds. CAM did re-issue the score again with a few extra tracks and included it on a disc Continue reading Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola