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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

DANGER: DIABOLIK
Camp Morricone
# 15


This series is inspired by a controversy thread where someone posited the idea that besides THE MISSION and some Sergio Leone westerns Ennio Morricone hasn't written anything great. Rather than making my usual comment that most of Morricone's great scores are from Italy and trying to get Americans to listen to them is like getting them to see movies with subtitles, I decided to take another tact. Since I am at an age where I will only be able to make my case a finite number of times I decided to turn this into a series presenting each great score one at a time, sort of like recordman.

Mario Bava, who to anyone who takes a gander at Tim Lucas's magnum opus biography, has a lot in common with a couple American B movie director's William Cameron Menzies and Edgar Ulmer. Their antecedents run deep into the very beginnings of cinema and their hallmark is one of design. It would make sense that Morricone in his B-movie phase would cross paths with Bava. I have no doubt this particular film was financed because James Bond was such a burgeoning concern at the time. But Bava also anticipated something that would take over the entire movie market, movies based on cartoons.
Morricone seemed only to focus on the Bond connection albeit as a spoof, including a title song that is pure single attendre. "Deep Deep Down" is as obvious as you can get:






There is a delightful revved up version for the comic chases. A wild electric guitar riff for the serious chases. And tons of go-go sixties lounge. This is an instance where you might detect a certain influence that Morricone admits to - Burt Bacharach. They both started the same way, arranging and conducting, and then writing songs for a number of pop stars. Bacharach was one of the first substituting voices for certain insruments. Morricone took that idea and ran with it in his own inimitable style. But certain scores by Ennio have echoes of the Bacharach influence. I think this is one.
This has to be the most in demand of all unreleased Morricone's scores. At least by hard core fans. What is out there on CD is usually music and effects tracks, or even just plain transfers from the film. I've never been as big a fan of this score as many others are. But I have to admit this has one element that no other Morricone possesses so readily. In his whole career there isn't another score that is so much damn fun.



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 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I'm not particularly taken with this EM score (another film I have yet to see ... if ever, though I understand a DVD is available). Again the poor sound quality does not help - even when I've eliminated the dialogue tracks.

As for no other EM score matching it, I've always treated O.K. Connery as being in a similar vien ... and rather superior. And, at a pinch - and far better: Slalom.

At a reasonable price I would look to buy an official release of Danger: Diabolik but this might be more for completeness (not that that is possible re: Maestro Morricone) rather than a desire to hear the score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

this is a very very hard soundtrack to find but I strongly recommend it.


If you want to know more about the Diabolik comic hero check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabolik.
This comic is still being published more than 50 years after its birth. Here is the official comic site:
http://www.diabolik.it/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Here's Mike Patton in concert singing the Italian lyric version of "Deep, Deep Down":



James

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Loved the film and really liked the music to was there ever a proper release of this score would like to check it out.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Loved the film and really liked the music to was there ever a proper release of this score would like to check it out.

Hey Way,

Punctuation is your friend.

No official release and apparently the tapes of the score are "lost."

James

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Loved the film and really liked the music to was there ever a proper release of this score would like to check it out.

Hey Way,

Punctuation is your friend.

No official release and apparently the tapes of the score are "lost."

James


Yes it is indeed lol

Liked that clip of yours really hope that those tapes turn up somewhere I need that score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Ross1972   (Member)

I thought the original tapes were known to have been destroyed in a fire? Which is why there has never been an official release.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

To be clear, the multi-track masters are lost. That does not rule out the possibility of a clean mono mix surfacing someday somewhere, but it hasn't happened yet.

By the way, we have not had a "Sessy Morricone" yet in this series - may I suggest "Metti, Una Sera a Cena."

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I have a download of this score but would love an official CD one day.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

To be clear, the multi-track masters are lost. That does not rule out the possibility of a clean mono mix surfacing someday somewhere, but it hasn't happened yet.

By the way, we have not had a "Sessy Morricone" yet in this series - may I suggest "Metti, Una Sera a Cena."


I love me some METTI, UNA SERA A CENA!

James

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2011 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   Ross1972   (Member)

By the way, we have not had a "Sessy Morricone" yet in this series - may I suggest "Metti, Una Sera a Cena."

A good one. Love Edda on the title track.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)



By the way, we have not had a "Sessy Morricone" yet in this series - may I suggest "Metti, Una Sera a Cena."


METTI is very sessy and a good suggestion. But are you saying DEDICATO AL MARE EGEO #12
ain't sessy!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



By the way, we have not had a "Sessy Morricone" yet in this series - may I suggest "Metti, Una Sera a Cena."


METTI is very sessy and a good suggestion. But are you saying DEDICATO AL MARE EGEO #12
ain't sessy!


No, I'm just saying that sooner or later we will need that descriptor on something - Sessy Morricone.

Lots of his early 70s scores fit that description.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I love METTI as well, but never did so before a Morricone live performance in Munich opened my ears for it. Should you choose to make it one of the next episodes (although it's one of the better known Morricone scores at least among fans), I would suggest to post a good concert rendition of it in addition to the music as featured in the movie itself.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I did not like the live version of "Metti" that was done in NY a few years back. The various sections did not modulate into the same intervals as the original, which weakened it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Taking a break from METTI to get back to DIALOLIK:





And one of my favorite Morricone themes from the 60s:




James

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

And back to METTI...

Have you heard this live version done by Piero Piccioni and Edda Dell'Orso which can be found on the "Easy Tempo...End Titles" CD:



I love the way he combines two themes from the score into this piece and poor Edda feels like she's almost out of breath by the end.

James

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Although I only have a few Morricone albums, Diabolik is one of them. I saw the movie for the first time when it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. They chose it as their last movie to riff on to close out their tenth and final season. I watched it so many time that I started to sing along with it, not only the song, but the score too. I liked the movie enough, one of the few movies that they skewered, that I bought the film itself on DVD (part of that was due to the score). I always love Mario Bava's colorful cinematography. Anyway, a very fun listen. I can't get that jaunty bassoon melody out of my head!

 
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