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 Posted:   Nov 7, 2020 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   TheIrishman   (Member)

The main theme from De Masi's CHALLENGE OF THE McKENNAS.

Do I hear a "tip of the hat" to Jerome Moross here?

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2021 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Now for something different, but still with guns ...

BEAT has proffered La Fuga Dal Bronx 1983

Could this be a Western gifted with Euro trash cinema sensibilities south of Yonkers?

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2021 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

I'm enjoying this education in all things not Morricone. Being an Ennio fan all my life I'm ashamed of not knowing his rivals.

All maestros who used to work with Morricone (Alessandroni, Nicolai, Savina just to mention the biggest) created masterpieces on their own. And of course the "rivals" (De Masi, Cipriani, Ferrio, etc.) are not less valid.

Back to topic: Beatrecords release of Escape from the Bronx, is strongly recommended. The theme version I prefer is that in the End Titles.

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2021 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I'm afraid I can't recommend anything, because I'm here looking for recommendations!

What REALLY got me interested in Francesco De Masi's music was when I saw AN ANGEL FOR SATAN during a Barbara Steele marathon. Great film, great music. Here are the Main Titles, which I think are just sublime, a wonderful combination of languid imagery and heartfelt music. The way that the solo violin comes in at the 2-minute mark, with those trills, is just gorgeous.


I did ask here (I think) about the possibilty of a release of this score, and I think I was advised to contact De Masi's son (who I believe is in charge of his estate?), but no luck. Whatever, I'm looking for scores that have that kind of sound to them. I'm also aware of his scores to some of the Gothic Italian horror thrillers of the '60s. I liked LO SPETTRO, which has much in common with UN ANGELO, but it seems that only a small portion of the score survives, and was released on Beat Records as the second feature to LA LAMA NEL CORPO. I think I saw that one as well, but the music didn't impress me so much. I might be thinking of a completely different film of course. It didn't seem that familiar when I checked YouTube just now.


That was me in 2019, and this is me now.

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