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 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I have plenty of Morricone in my collection but zero Bruno Nicolai. Would really appreciate a few recommendations to start off a Bruno collection.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Hi Peter,

When I first bought into Bruno Nicolai I really did think he was a second-(third?) - rate take-off of Maestro Morricone. But I persisted and I have found several which are both unique and highly enjoyable.

Many recommend Indio Black and I concur that it is highly enjoyable, but then so are most/all of his spaghetti western scores; Corri Uomo Corri is particularly noticeable. They can become repetitive but all the ones I've heard have good themes.

I like Justine [a.k.a.Marquis de Sade: Justine] which I think of as his Mozart score but for out-right pleasure try:

- Eugenie De Sade '70 and/or 99 Donne (Euro-slease) - far from great but mostly enjoyable
- La Coda Dello Scorpione or La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (giallo) - again others are fun listen but these two are my favourites
- Una Giornata Spesa Bene - highly repetitive but it works and becomes highly addictive
- Defense De Savoir - really very, very good with a great range of themes
and, my out and out favourite:
Femmine Insaziabili ... it really is a great listen. Get it if you can!

But I have others which I like too ....

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

My own personal Nicolai favorites are "Indio Black" and "Run Man Run" both of which are splendid Italian Western scores. But if you want one of the best Italian Western themes ever, you've got to try to get,"Gli Fumavano Le Colt...Lo Chiamavano Camposanto" on Beat CDCR 39.
It features some of Alessandroni's greatest whistling ever.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Case of the Bloody Iris" is more Morricone than Morricone. Buy it now.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

You cant go much wrong with Nicolai scores. Never heard a bad one.

Land Raiders is excellent

As is Buon Funerale amigos, paga Sartarna - the scores which is effectively the same as My Name is Shanghai Joe. (there is a thread on non morricone italian westerns where this gets discussed).

Django spara per primo

I also quite like I giorni della violenza and the war film La battaglia del deserto

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 6:00 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Anda Muchacho, Spara!

Greg Espinoza

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

Defense de Savoir is my personal best he did.
L'Onorata Famiglia Uccidere e Cosa Nostra ; second best.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I'd echo La Battaglia Del Deserto. The main theme is used (more) than a few times, but it's still a great soundtrack, & in good stereo.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

BLOODY JUDGE (the Jess Franco historical epic with Chris Lee) for one. Breathtaking romantic theme.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Matt Perkins.   (Member)

LOVE BIRDS is very nice indeed, a good introduction to Nicolai - lots of romantic and catchy tracks.

Any of the giallos, particularly CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (I won't attempt the Italian titles for any of these..!) - wonderful main themes and plenty of moody suspense cues.

As someone already mentioned, FEMMINE INSAZIABILI is a delightful hoot from beginning to end.

I've become quite addicted to this composer in recent months, really love his music. Yes, he is very Morricone-esque, more so than many of his Italian contemporaries.

The downside is that many Nicolai titles are 500 limited editions from the likes of GDM, Digitmovies etc and can be difficult to come by (and then rather expensive on eBay and the like).

Oh, another one I have been playing repeatedly for the past few months - TEN LITTLE INDIANS/AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (the 70s version with Oliver Reed). Two wonderfully catchy themes (which as usual with Nicolai CDs get reprised throughout) and the usual dissonant-but-still-listenable spooky/suspense cues (I saw the movie recently and am curious that the very nice opening and closing theme from the CD does not appear anywhere in the film..!)

I hope you enjoy discovering the music of this wonderful composer as much as I am.

Here is a particular favourite of mine (and please also enjoy looking at the wondrous Edwige Fenech!)

and here's the slower and more sensual version (I warn you, you will need a cold shower after watching these clips with the music!)

Simply gorgeous! smile As with countless other Italian soundtracks of this era, the incredible voice of Edda Dell'Orso is a major factor in the exquisite beauty of this music.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   Stephan   (Member)

My favourite Nicolai is "JUSTINE" from 1969 because it has his best romantic theme ever! Great string-writing!

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

Mentioned in this thread by Musicmad and Matt and has been commented on before but I love the fact that Nicolai CDs arent afraid of giving you repetition and all variations of the key theme. As opposed to Morricone-imposed CD restrictions on the tracks where you get too little of the main themes, as he hates repeated tracks or short tracks. Some collectors may not agree with me but I feel its one advantage of the Nicolai estate being less picky and precious than the old Roman - they seem to allow the CD producers to do their work and let them get on with it, trusting their judgement.
Take Indio Black (Bounty Hunters/Sabata 3), for instance, I love the fact it keeps returning to a version of the main theme and the twangy guitar chase theme - could listen to it all day!

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Hi Peter

Some great recommendations here, just looking at what is currently available on cd here is what I would recommend as a starter:
1. JUSTINE - on Edipan. Beautiful symphonic period score (another one of his best symphonic scores VITA DI MICHELANGELO is sadly not available on cd yet).
2. TUTTI IL COLORI DEL BIUO (All the Colours of Darkness) - on Digitmovies. Great giallo score, check out the brilliant 'Sabba' theme, as well as the romantic main theme.
3. EUGENIE DE SADE 70 - on Digitmovies. A wealth of great themes on this 2 cd set.
4. EL CRISTO DEL OCEANO - on Digitmovies. Beautiful main themes, very haunting.
...............then my 3 favourite western scores of his (100,000 DOLLARI PER RINGO is also great!):
5. CORRI UOMO CORRI - on Digitmovies.
7. ANDA MUCHACHA SPARA - on CAM. Only 25 minutes, but 25 superlative minutes (even though CAM missed off the trumpet version on the main theme).
8. LA DAMA ROSSA UCCIDE SETTE VOLTA - on Digitmovies. Another superb giallo score, some really haunting themes on this one.
9. LA BATTAGLIA DEL DESERTO - on Digitmovies. Powerful war score.
10. L'ONORATA FAMIGLIA - on Edipan. Lively gangster movie score.

It is also worth mentioning that some of his best scores have still not been published on cd like the aforementioned VITA DEL MICHELANGELO, but also CIVILTA DEL MEDITERRANEO, DON GIOVANNI IN SICILIA, CAMMINA CAMMINA, L'ARMA MERVIGLIOSA and L'ALPIN SEMPRE QUELLE.


 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

I forgot 99 DONNE on Digitmovies, this one has great variety. There's some funky stuff but also some beautiful orchestral themes in the vein of JUSTINE. Dave.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2010 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

good shout Leo N - I have the single for Don Giovanni in Sicily - didnt realise it hadnt been released on CD.
Its a wonderful whistling theme.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I'll second the recommendation for Land Raiders. I think Prometheus released it long ago, but I only know it from the film (where it is awesome).


 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I prefer Nicla di Bruno!

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Could I just thank everyone who has taken the time to make some recommendations. I really appreciate it and will start to pick up some of these CDs and perhaps report back here with my opinions after listening. Thanks again.

Any further recommendations, still welcome.


 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Some great recommendations so far I am totally hooked on Nicolai he is one of my absolute favorites.First i got into his westerns then later into his Giallo scores which I now know I can never live without they are very addictive once you get into them.

Here is a few more gems that have not been mentioned so far:

Il Commissario De Vincenzi

Gatti Rossi In Un Labirinto Di Vetro

Il Tuo Vizio E Una Stanza Chiusa E Soli Io Ne Ho La Chiave

Una Vergine Tra I Morti Viventi

Man Called Apocalypse Joe (Un Uomo Chiamato Apocalisse Joe)

And Crows Will Dig Your Grave (I Corvi Ti Scaveranno La Fossa)

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

Il Tuo Vizio E Una Stanza Chiusa E Soli Io Ne Ho La Chiave

= Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
Recommended smile

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