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 Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

September of 2014 marks a seventh anniversary of what, in retrospect, can be considered as a revival of interest in the film music of Carlo Savina.
Commencing within the 2nd half of 2007, there's been at least one soundtrack album by Savina released during every calendar since. 2011 was a bumper crop year for Savina music: a soundtrack harvest yielding no less than 9 discs!
This does not imply that soundtracks by Carlo Savina didn't exist prior to 2007, though, because there were a hand full of titles from the 1960s on Italian vinyl LPs & EPs and Beat Records did some Savina albums during the 1990s, too. However, I think there's more Savina issued over the past half-dozen years than ever before.

I admit that I was not attentive to this 'revival' when it started even though I purchased GDM's issue of COMIN' AT YA! when it was a new release. Not until after my mind had digested the contents of LA CRIPTA E L'INCUBO on Digitmovies had my appreciation for Savina's compositions begun to escalate. Having also gotten GDM's L'UOMO CHE RIDE and Quartet's MALENKA in 2011, I later nabbed a copy of Digitmovies' URSUS NELLA TERRA DI FUOCO in 2012 and bought OMBRE ROVENTI in 2013.
So far in 2014, I've acquired the Digitmovies double-feature of VIVO PER LA TUA MORTE & IL MISTERIOSO SIGNOR VAN EYCK and placed an order for the KronGold title LA CIECA DI SORRENTO.

Noticing that a couple of Saimel discs (LA SCUOLA DELLE VERGINI and I DUE KENNEDY) are no longer in stock at either SAE or Dusty Groove, I've decided to not miss out any other Savina title (if I can help it) and placed all currently available Savina albums onto my wish list.

Below is my data on the recent Savina discography by year and month of release.
[this may not be comprehensive as I haven't included compilation albums and I welcome any additional titles which I may have overlooked (especially since a number of them are no longer available via SAE)].


SEPTEMBER 2007

VERITA NOTE: DUE rrRINGOS NEL TEXAS (1967)


NOVEMBER 2007

GDM: COMIN' AT YA! (1981)




JUNE 2008

  • DIGITMOVIES: VIVO PER LA TUA MORTE (1968) / IL MISTERIOSO SIGNOR VAN EYCK (1965)
  • GDM: JOKO INVOCA DIO ... E MUORI (1968)




    AUGUST 2008

    VERITA NOTE: A GHENTAR SI MUORE FACILE (1967)




    DECEMBER 2008

    DIGITMOVIES: SUGGESTIONATA (1978) [paired with Berto Pisano's LA SVERGOGNATA]




    FEBRUARY 2009

    DIGITMOVIES: URSUS NELLA TERRA DI FUOCO (1963)




    MARCH 2010

    DIGITMOVIES: SETTE A TEBE (1964) / ALL'OMBRA DELLE AQUILE (1966)


    OCTOBER 2010

  • GDM: JOHNNY ORO (1966)
  • BEAT: RAGAZZA TUTTA NUDA ASSASSINATA NEL PARCO (1972) / L'OCCHIO DEL RAGNO (1971)


    NOVEMBER 2010

  • MASK: NEL BUIO DEL TERRORE (1971)
  • VERITA NOTE: FINALMENTE ... LE MILLE A UNA NOTTE (1972)




    DECEMBER 2010

    DIGITMOVIES: LA COLT E' LA MIA LEGGE (1965)




    JANUARY 2011

    DIGITMOVIES: IL MASSACRO DELLA FORESTA NERA


    FEBRUARY 2011

    GDM LEGEND: L'UOMO CHE RIDE (1966)


    MARCH 2011

    DIGITMOVIES: LA CRIPTA E L'INCUBO (1964)




    JUNE 2011

    DIGITMOVIES: ANCHE NEL WEST C'ERA UNA VOLTA DIO (1968)


    SEPTEMBER 2011

  • QUARTET: MALENKA, LA NIPOTE DEL VAMPIRO (1969) / I DIABOLICI CONVEGNI (1971)
  • DIGITMOVIES: MING, RAGAZZI! (1973)






    OCTOBER 2011

  • DIGITMOVIES: I SENZA DIO (1972) / ... E INTORNO A LUI FU MORTE (1968)
  • DIGITMOVIES: INDAGINE SU UN DELITTO PERFETTO (1978)
  • SAIMEL: L'ORCHESTRA ROSSA (1989)






    DECEMBER 2011

    SAIMEL: LA SCUOLA DELLE VERGINI (1966/'68?)




    MARCH 2012

    DIGITMOVIES: OMBRE ROVENTI (1970)


    MAY 2012

  • DIGITMOVIES: VENERI AL SOLE (1965) / VENERI IN COLLEGIO (1966)
  • SAIMEL: I DUE KENNEDY (1969) / LA DONNA DEGLI ALTRI E' SEMPRE PIU' BELLA (1963)




    MARCH 2013

    GDM: EHI AMIGO ... SEI MORTO! (1970)


    JUNE 2013

    SAIMEL: TESTA O CROCE (1969)




    SEPTEMBER 2013

    GDM: JESSE & LESTER DUE FRATELLI IN UN POSTO CHIAMA TO TRINITA' (1972)


    FEBRUARY 2014

    DIGITMOVIES: TRINITA' E SARTANA FIGLI DI ... (1972)




    MARCH 2014

  • GDM: PIZZA CONNECTION (1985)
  • BEAT: I TRE DEL COLORADO (1965)



    JUNE 2014

    KRONOS GOLD: LA CIECA DI SORRENTO (1963)

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     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 9:15 AM   
     By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

    Thanks TR. I can't offer any omissions or corrections.

    I wondering your impressions of the latest LA CIECA DI SORRENTO? I can recall something of a romantic side from Savina.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 10:44 AM   
     By:   Dylan   (Member)

    Love Carlo Savina's music. Thank you for compiling this list (I've heard many of these, but there were indeed a few I didn't realize were out there finally such as "Pizza Connection").

    One major title of his still conspicuously absent is his score for Mario Bava's "Lisa and the Devil." I even asked Tim Lucas about it a couple years ago and he had no idea if the tapes still exist. Being a major genre director, I would think this would've found a release by now if anybody had or knew where to the find the tapes.

    Apparently a lot of the cues in the film are library cues, but Savina's original theme "To Mirna" has a few variations in the film that I would love to have on disc (plus the library material if they could compile it).

     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 11:12 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Thanks TR. I can't offer any omissions or corrections.

    I wondering your impressions of the latest LA CIECA DI SORRENTO? I can recall something of a romantic side from Savina.


    Yeah - I've got that KronGold!

    While I posted this thread today, it was written weeks ago when I still had LA CIECA on order.
    Now that I own it, I must admit that SORRENTO has been my favorite dish (I mean disc) on daily rotations since mid-September.

    I like Savina's Golden-Age music for CIECA so much that it far surpassed Piccioni's LE ALTRE (which came in the same CD order), which I finally gotten around to purchasing but has turned out to be a rather disappointing album to me.

    If you like swashbuckling Hollywood scores from the 1950s, then you'd probably love Savina's SORRENTO (it sounds more late-'50s to me than 1963 - quite different from Carlo's URSUS).

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 11:20 AM   
     By:   slint   (Member)

    Savina has also been my most important discovery of the recent years, especially with "RAGAZZA TUTTA NUDA ASSASSINATA NEL PARCO (1972) / L'OCCHIO DEL RAGNO (1971)" and "NEL BUIO DEL TERRORE (1971)", which remain my favorite. Before that I considered him more a conductor and a minor composer, since I only had a few westerns from him.

    CAM album "Ultime grida dalla savana" is probably easy to find and one very good edition overall with "Savana Violenta". The short "hypnos - follia di un massacro" is also available on a Beat trio from 1996.

    There are clearly a lot more westerns and early 70s soundtracks that fit into the popular genres, although I'm not sure if mastertapes are available (I've heard very few totally unreleased westerns are left). There are also a bunch of earlier non-typical genre movies that are probably in the CAM archives like "LA CIECA DI SORRENTO".

     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 11:22 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Love Carlo Savina's music. Thank you for compiling this list (I've heard many of these, but there were indeed a few I didn't realize were out there finally such as "Pizza Connection").

    One major title of his still conspicuously absent is his score for Mario Bava's "Lisa and the Devil." I even asked Tim Lucas about it a couple years ago and he had no idea if the tapes still exist. Being a major genre director, I would think this would've found a release by now if anybody had or knew where to the find the tapes.


    Your welcome, Dylan S.

    You appear to like Italian soundtracks just as you love Hollywood composers - there should be folks such as us.

    Some Rozsa fans avoid Italian altogether, but I think you will love LA CIECA DI SORRENTO (if you haven't already gotten it, that is).

    As for LISA AND THE DEVIL, there is only one cue which survives (this is my understanding) from C.A.M. and this track appeared along with Roman Vlad's I VAMPIRI & Roberto Nicolosi's CALTIKI on a 2-disc volume from Digitmovies within their Mario Bava series.

    (Stefan Schlegel is probably the best person to answer this, though, since he knows about the 80+ unreleased Savina recordings in the Sugar Group and is also familiar with the Carlo Savina Estate).

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 11:28 AM   
     By:   slint   (Member)


    As for LISA AND THE DEVIL, there is only one cue which survives (this is my understanding) from C.A.M. and this track appeared along with Roman Vlad's I VAMPIRI & Roberto Nicolosi's CALTIKI on a 2-disc volume from Digitmovies within their Mario Bava series.


    Yes, it is in the liner notes of that release. The cue might actually from the movie rather than any audio tape.

     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 11:34 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Just learned that Saimel released a Savina in October 2011 called L'ORCHESTA ROSSA.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 12:16 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)











     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)






    aka:Between God, The Devil And A Winchester



     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 1:08 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)







     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 3:28 PM   
     By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)


    As for LISA AND THE DEVIL, there is only one cue which survives (this is my understanding) from C.A.M. and this track appeared along with Roman Vlad's I VAMPIRI & Roberto Nicolosi's CALTIKI on a 2-disc volume from Digitmovies within their Mario Bava series.


    Yes, it is in the liner notes of that release. The cue might actually from the movie rather than any audio tape.


    No, that's a wrong guess. In fact, this track on the CD comes from a Carlo Savina library LP from 1975 with the title "I'm Speaking About...Carlo Savina" where also some other Savina film themes are included (INGRID SULLA STRADA, ORDINE FIRMATO IN BIANCO, LA NIPOTE, CARNALITA' and a few others.). The arrangement of "To Mirna" is the last track on side A of this LP. You can see the cover of the LP and the tracklisting here:
    http://www.discogs.com/Carlo-Savina-Im-Speaking-AboutParliamo-Di/release/3541109




    CAM had nothing else from the LISA AND THE DEVIL soundtrack at all. And they also don't have the rights for that score so that it never was in their catalogue. It has been totally left in limbo and also the Italian SIAE mentions no music publisher at all for this score.
    The only alternative to issue at least something from Savina's music (a lot of the music in the movie was taken from Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" anyway ) on CD was therefore to take the "To Mirna" track directly from this mid-70s library LP.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 27, 2014 - 8:54 PM   
     By:   Dylan   (Member)

    Very strange how "Lisa and the Devil" is so elusive considering it's one of the best-known films Carlo Savina scored. It's probably lost unless there are tapes somewhere with the estate. The recording of "To Mirna" on the LP that made it to disc is an excellent recording (and it's wonderful to have it!) but it's not from the film itself.

    To Mirna from the LP/CD:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU2_FuPHHQ0

    and the Opening Titles of "Lisa and the Devil" taken from the film itself (there's some weird music editing at 0:22, suggesting that this was edited down from a longer version of the theme... still great to listen to):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn1e9FV5SCk

     
     Posted:   Sep 28, 2014 - 12:25 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Thanks to Bob D for posting cover scans for those albums for which I wasn't able to find good images elsewhere.

     
     Posted:   Sep 28, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    I agree, Dylan S, that LISA AND THE DEVIL is a most desirable Savina soundtrack, but the prospects seem futile.

    Instead, I place hope on this former C.A.M. LP surfacing onto CD ...




    The Jayne Mansfield L'ORA DI UCCIDERE was released on American DVD with the title DOG EAT DOG.

     
     Posted:   Oct 25, 2014 - 1:14 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    During September & October, I've doubled my amount of Savina soundtracks.

    Here's an update on what I got recently:

    Sept 11th, 2014
    LA CIECA DI SORRENTO (from SAE)

    Sept 25th
    INDAGINE SU UN DELITTO PERFETTO (from Intrada)

    Sept 30th
    I TRE DEL COLORADO (from Dusty Groove)


    Oct 9th (all from SAE)

  • EHI AMIGO ... SEI MORTO!
  • FINALMENTE ... LE MILLE E UNA NOTTE
  • NEL BUIO DEL TERRORE

    Oct 14th

    SETTE A TEBE / ALL'OMBRA DELLE AQUILE (from Intrada)

    Oct 20th

    LA SCUOLA DELLE VERGINI (from Dusty Groove)


    The remainder of October will not witness any further CDs arriving since I'm saving up for a few Verita Note CDs and some additional $20+ GDM titles. smile

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     Posted:   Oct 26, 2014 - 1:10 AM   
     By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

    ToneRow I picked up most of my Veritas titles from Arksquare they used to have a separate section for them along with the Avanz discs but not anymore. They are still there though just use the search engine and you will find them 28.80 each not sure what the postage is now but it was only around 4 dollar's for worldwide shipping.

    Have never bothered paying extra for shipping insurance etc...

     
     Posted:   Oct 26, 2014 - 1:12 AM   
     By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

    http://arksquare.net/index_main.html

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 26, 2014 - 9:11 PM   
     By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

    CDJapan is also a quality source, albeit slightly more expensive.

    Hey TR, JOKO INVOCA DIO... E MUORI may be worth exploring if you haven't already.

     
     
     Posted:   Dec 8, 2014 - 10:47 PM   
     By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

    Who enjoys Pizza? Don't let it go to waste. Savina enthusiasts you can contemplate Pizza.

    A generally gentle and sophisticated orchestra approach with much instrumental colour. There is even a little alluring modernist cling clang and a saxophone! Believe it. Sombre mafia notes on the palate.

     
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