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 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Stelvio Cipriani is the protagonist of this felicitous meeting with the music of genre cinema, this time dedicated to the exotic adventure movie LUANA, LA FIGLIA DELLA FORESTA VERGINE (aka LUANA, THE GIRL TARZAN). Rife with suggestive scenography, the movie was shot in 1968 by Roberto Infascelli and features Mei Chen in the guise of the beautiful Luana and Glenn Saxon as the adventurer. Naturally, a highlight is the wonderful score by Maestro Stelvio Cipriani, living icon and artistic liaison for Italy.
Stelvio Cipriani composed a flawless and dreamy score, with wide and ample orchestrations and touches of the exotica that had been raging for nearly a decade on the other side of the ocean.

Mastering by Claudio Fuiano, liner notes (in Italian and English) by Fabio Babini and graphic layout by Alessio Iannuzzi. The CD comes in a jewel case with a 12-page, full-color booklet. Limited edition of 500 copies. What else to add? Get it before it’s too late!

Finally available is one of the Gemelli label's most historic albums, among the most coveted in the soundtrack collectors market: GEMINUS, the score for the TV series originally aired by RAI television in August and Septmeber 1969, directed by Luciano Emmer and starring Walter Chiari, Alida Chelli and Ira von Fürstenberg.

It's a great score by the late M° Nicolai, wide and varied, with Beat themes accompanied by the wonderful voice of the divine Edda Dell’Orso, classic themes, pop-baroque, mysterious and experimental passages and a memorable theme vocalized by Cantori Moderni of Alessandroni. For all music lovers, this CD features bonus tracks in STEREO in addition to the 16 mono tracks of the original album.

We dedicate this 33rd release in the DDJ series to a great film music composer, showman and actor, Enrico Simonetti, father of the popular Claudio (Goblin). Long beloved in Italy, mainly for his TV career, he was also a worthy musician that deserves to be rediscovered.

The movie selected for this tribute to the great Enrico is GRAZIE… NONNA, a sexy comedy shot in 1975 featuring the divine Edwige Fenech and Enrico himself in the role of her husband. It's a great score in that funky vein that DDJ producers love so much, but also combined with orchestral themes. Together they make for a wonderful soundtrack that shouldn't be missing from your collection!

Mastering by Claudio Fuiano, liner notes (in Italian and English) by Fabio Babini, graphic layout by Alessio Iannuzzi. Limited edition of 500 copies!

...and two collaborations with partner labels:

TULPA is the third film directed by Federico Zampaglione (Tiro Mancino), whose prior efforts include NERO BIFAMILARE and SHADOW. Featuring a cast that includes Claudia Gerini and Nuot Arquint, it's surely one of the most controversial films of the director's filmography and in the recent Italian horror movie landscape. In TULPA, a top-ranking manager (Gerini) leads a double life, frequenting a night club named Tulpa in which inhibitions are checked at the door. It's a giallo that unfolds in and around that club, full of forbidden rendezvous and brutal killings…

The score for TULPA – PERDIZIONI MORTALI was composed by The Alvarius, a duo formed by Francesco Zampaglione (the director's brother) and Andrea Moscianese, the same team that composed the score for SHADOW. Both the film and its soundtrack are rich in '70s atmosphere, bringing to mind such evergreens as Goblin's scores for Dario Argento and Fabio Frizzi’s for Lucio Fulci. It's a great production that will charm lovers of film music for the cinematic genre that never dies.

Limited edition!

Toni Servillo (La grande bellezza) is the protagonist of VIVA LA LIBERTA’ (2013), a comedy/drama directed by Roberto Andò and featuring Valerio Mastandrea and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Political party leader Enrico Olivieri falls prey to nostalgic feelings after a survey reveals that he has fallen out of favor with his political group.
Without telling to his wife, he chooses to take a trip backward in time, fleeing to Paris to look for a woman with whom he had a relationship 20 years earlier.

The score was composed by Roberto Andò and has a profound emotional impact. Orchestral and minimalist, it lends invaluable support to the scenes in which the popular Italian actor interprets a social contemporary leitmotif with his usual skill. 15 cues of great contemporary music for quality cinema that earned a great degree of success with the public and critics alike.

BEAT Records releases are available at and most other soundtrack specialty outlets, including Screen Archives Entertainment (where audio samples are usually posted shortly after the release date):

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 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   Gorbadoc   (Member)

including Screen Archives Entertainment (where audio samples are usually posted shortly after the release date)

I hope so, because although I am a fan of Cipriani and Nicolai, I never buy blindly (even the greatest composers have all created uninteresting music), so samples would be a serious help to proceed to an actual purchase.

There are some tracks of the Geminus LP to be found on YouTube, but until I hear at least one (part of a) track from Luana, I won't lay my hands on it.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I agree, it is frustrating that some of these Euro releases don't come with audio samples.

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