Quartet Records, in collaboration with Cinevox Records, presents the world premiere release of the cult score from 1977 by Luis Bacalov (SUMMERTIME KILLER, DJANGO, IL POSTINO) for Fernando di Leo’s classic polizziesco DIAMANTI SPORCHI DI SANGUE (aka BLOOD AND DIAMOND), which was considered a kind of continuation of his iconic MILANO CALIBRO 9.
Following the bankruptcy of his own production company Duania 70, Fernando di Leo returned to working for other producers with DIAMANTI SPORCHI DI SANGUE, a heist thriller which builds on the director’s knack for cop movies – with an unusual twist around who to trust in this jewelry robbery gone wrong. The film stars Claudio Cassinelli, Martin Balsam and euro-stunner Barbara Bouchet.
Leo’s usual collaborator, Luis Bacalov, composed the music, and this is one of his most important previously unreleased scores. The music often relies on various edits of the action theme “Preludio,” which escalates into a “Dies Irae” conclusion whenever murder is about to happen. Some years later, tracks from the score were utilized in Bruno Mattei’s zombie flick VIRUS (also available from Quartet Records). The music also features heart-pumping action cues, propulsive rhythms and a beautiful dramatic theme.
This is the premiere release of the complete score, whose recently discovered tapes were long thought to be lost. Produced by Claudio Fuiano, mastered by Chris Malone, the 12-page full color booklet includes liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the movie and the score.
Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Preludio) (2:14) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Titoli) (3:44) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (l’agguato e morte di Maria) (3:01) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Solitudine di Guido) (1:28) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Guido esce dal commissariato) (2:36) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (La mala uccide) (0:55) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Ombra malvagia) (1:33) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Attesa tensiva) (0:56) Shock Me (Film Version) (3:32) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Lounge discoteque) (2:02) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Piano lounge #1) (1:20) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Guido contro tutti) (3:01) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Piano lounge #2) (1:18) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Ricordando Maria) (0:54) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Strade insanguinate) (1:24) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Una giornata felice) (1:34) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Città di sera) (1:22) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Paura) (0:59) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Guido contro il boss) (3:01) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Titoli di coda) (4:04) Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (Preludio – stereo mix) (1:55) Shock Me (Original single – stereo mix) (3:32)
I picked up the Quartet "Diamanti" CD when it was released -- "Shock Me" is such a blatant copy of "Boogie Fever" that I first thought it even used the same backing track as the Sylvers' song. Upon revisiting, I do hear that they are different, but there's no mistaking the "inspiration" for "Shock Me."
I'm mostly only familiar with Bacalov's Westerns and later more dramatic scores, so this music freakin BLEW me AWAY. Whenever those synths from the Prelude kick in I feel like I've got to duck and cover from a sick cool ass heck EXPLOSION. It's like a shot of adrenaline every time. And the title theme is so lilting and beautiful -- I'm hooked. Even the slow, creeping and eventually overwhelming suspense music has its hooks in me. GREAT score. If I can ever find a copy of Milan Calibro 9 I'll be picking it up as well, cause this side of Bacalov's music is INCREDIBLE. Huge shouts to Quartet for putting this out (along with the Fernando Di Leo 3CD box set, which is also sick!)
Plus -- how could anyone not love Shock Me? Puts a huge smile on my face and drags a wicked laugh from my gut every time.
"What's cookin, good lookin?" "Nothing spectacula, Mr. DRACULA"
Though holy smokes you're right -- the instrumentals from Boogie Fever are almost 1 for 1. That's so good hahahahaha