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- DW21 / Clear frosted 180g vinyl gatefold LP + booklet + poster on Death Waltz. Edition of 1000 copies
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- Ms.45 by Joe Delia
9/10 Mike Staff review, 20 February 2014
Joe Delia's score to Abel Ferrara's 'Ms.45' has never been made available on any format...until now. Horror soundtrack specialists de jour Death Waltz have worked with the composer in putting together this beautiful package, with the music remastered on translucent vinyl and a gatefold sleeve with a booklet and a poster.
It's a very interesting soundtrack too, coming as it did from the restlessly creative atmosphere of early '80s New York and, so says the press release, mixing disco, no wave and drone. Compositions range from somnolent synth drones to stop-start Glenn Branca-esque guitar and staccato piano stabs, through some panic-stricken disco-funk and supremely ominous harmonised vocal drones...the second side begins with a cheekily strutting bit of funk bass that drops abruptly into a passage of urgently-hammered piano which just as suddenly morphs into a 'Taxi Driver' groove full swooping, soaring saxophone, which remains prominent through much of the second side in various giallo-inspired disco and jazz contexts.
Closer 'Ms 45 Dance Party' is worth the price alone too, a cheeky sax motif with handclaps and funky bass and Italo-esque synth touches keeping the sinister vibes going even at its most booty-shaking. This LP is an absolute delight, skipping gleefully between genres with consummate skill and New York grit. Amazing to think it has gone unreleased for three whole decades. Only 1,000 pressed too apparently, so I wouldn't hang about.
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