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- Omaggio a Bruno Nicolai ed alle sue musiche per il cinema giallo by Orgasmo Sonore
7/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 05 December 2013
More soundtrack madness! In this case it’s tributes to great soundtrack composers from back in the day performed by modern groups. Here, Orgasmo Sonore tackle the works of the mighty Bruno Nicolai, most notable for his scores for the majority of Giallo’s exploitation pictures as well as well as a fair few Jess Franco films too.
Orgasmo Sonore tackle these compositions faithfully in both composition and production. Now, you can take away two things from an exercise like this. You could be all, ‘Yeah, wow they’ve really nailed these tracks down in an authentic and loving way’ which is a totally natural reaction. Alternatively you could think, ‘Why bother doing this?’. Is it just an odd thing to do, faithfully reproducing film scores for your own amusement and then releasing them on the world? It’s impressive and a fitting tribute to a fine composer (and of course it shows of the talents of this fine group of musicians) but, to a degree, it’s just indulgent nonsense. I mean I really like ‘Toys In the Attic’ by Aerosmith but I’m not gonna cover the whole album and release it just to raise the profile of the record and make people aware of my attachment to said material.
Still, disregarding the concept of it being an exercise in indulgent futility, I think there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had from this LP. The music is beautiful, the instrumentation is dreamy and, most importantly, faithful to the original pieces. My only gripe is that you might as well just listen to the original scores.
Lots of Harpsichord here btw...if you like that sort of thing. Oh, and it’s on mad yellow/red splatter vinyl.
8/10 Darren Allison Customer review, 17th January 2014The efforts of Cineploit really do demand applauding. Over the past couple of years their devotion to the music genres of Euro Horror, Italian westerns and Giallo have begun to find broader audiences. Among the label’s artists’ is Orgasmo Sonore, a group that have already produced two albums of diverse delights. For their latest release, they have focused on the work of Bruno Nicolai. Omaggio a Bruno Nicolai ed alle sue musiche per il cinema Giallo (Exploit 05) arrives in the form of a 12” vinyl mini album 45rpm. Containing 6 tracks (26 mins), the album is a tribute to Nicolai, with music from 5 of the composer’s soundtracks from 1971-1975. Ok, so there may not be anything new here for the Nicolai collectors, however, it has been put together exceptionally well, and if anything serves as a perfect introduction to the composers bulging body of work. The music is certainly faithful, ‘La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte’ (or The Lady in Red Kills Seven Times) (1972) kicks off the album impressively, from its haunting childlike intro – right through to its razor sharp Harpsichord strings. Whilst still beautiful, a track such Sergio Martino’s Magico Incontro (1972) loses its edge to some degree – which is no doubt due to the absent wistful tones of vocalist Edda Dell'Orso. Dell'Orso became such an integral element of Nicolai’s (and Morricone’s) sound, it set an almost unattainable level, and there the bridge becomes blatantly apparent. Nevertheless, do not be deterred from this fine album, if anything, I find adding alternative or cover versions of my favourite composers’ work somewhat welcoming, especially when they of quality such as these. Orgasmo Sonore have also inserted various sound bites to the music, which refresh the entire concept. Producer and band member François Riendeau has delivered an excellent tribute to the legendary composer. Oh,and to add a further dash of retro flavour, the LP is pressed in a glorious yellow Vinyl with with blood red splatter! Nice!
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