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    I'm hoping some of you can help with a big ole non-specific query.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for Italian stuff? I got completely overwhelmed with all those Easy Tempo compilations a few years ago and when it comes to the likes of Umiliani and Morricone, the discographies are so ruddy vast that I really don't know where to start. I'd be interested in both compilations and OSTs, and am just as keen on the more lush orchestral stuff as the play-outable tracks.

    Thank yer shipmates!
    The Pop Music Library

  • #2
    you must buy 'La Ragazza Fuoristrada' by Piero Umiliani. It was a super obscure library lp and its just been reissued by easy tempo. It is STUNNING. Think lush orchestral funk with a slight disco edge (And a hoofing break on 'Cantata Per Maryam&#39.

    http://www.tunes.co.uk/tunes/featured/7953.html
    www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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    • #3
      you should check &quot; Citta Violenta &quot; by ennio wich is very dark and very good imho

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      • #4
        of course you could get the more obscure library &amp; soundtrack joints by ennio ...
        but there&#39;s loads of good comps with his rare stuff..

        unless you have deep pockets

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        • #5
          I think the 3 volumes of Mondo Morricone are amazing... probably the kinda stuff you&#39;re looking for.
          There MUST be a Hymns-A-Swingin' in this box...

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          • #6
            as you&#39;ll know the OGs of these are all stoopid expensive and very hard to find, and usually one-trackers.

            there are a series of comps that are excellent and include the best italian cuts - i&#39;d recommend the mood mosaic comps (on to about Vol 12-13 or more&#33, second the mondo morricone comps, also check the moplen 1000/2000/3000 etc series and all the easy tempo stuff...

            if you like that sound and don&#39;t already know &#39;em, also check most of the crippled dick hot wax stuff and the french OST comps that were around a couple of years back - all goodness&#33; scorebaby.com has a good rundown on new releases.

            some specific good ones:
            beretta 70
            shake sauvage
            moplen 1000/2000/3000
            sexopolis (dodgy french comp)
            suono libero (nice italian library stuff)
            http://www.blaxploitation.com
            Chops for show, groove for dough.

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            • #7
              Cor&#33; Thanks gents. &#39;La Ragazza Fuoristrada&#39; sounds as if it&#39;s right up my - if I may - strada, and I shall be troubling vendors of the comps Mr E Man suggests. Nice website recommendation too, sir.

              Thank goodness my birthday is coming up soon - I can punt freely without a guilty conscience&#33;
              The Pop Music Library

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              • #8
                may i mention ennio&#39;s stuff on the &quot;april music&quot; library? some good dark italo-horror stuff in there.

                also, i recommend a comp called &quot;barry 7&#39;s connectors 2&quot; on lo recordings. it&#39;s all italian library stuff.

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                • #9
                  I&#39;d second the &#39;Mondo Morricone&#39; sets - or at least the two I have (never seen the third). Excellent start-to-finish listens, and good way in to the man&#39;s work.

                  Personally, I like the Crippled Dick &#39;Beat At Cinecitta&#39; comps (volumes 1 - 3) which are also good samplers: some people have said they&#39;re a bit too cheesy (a few novelty vocal cuts appear) but they&#39;re still among my most-played Italian soundtrack comps...

                  And Piero Umiliani&#39;s &#39;Musica Elettronica Vol.1&#39; on Easy Tempo. Sublime electronic madness.
                  a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by [b
                    Quote[/b] (wayne @ Jan. 21 2004,18:06)]Personally, I like the Crippled Dick &#39;Beat At Cinecitta&#39; comps (volumes 1 - 3) which are also good samplers: some people have said they&#39;re a bit too cheesy (a few novelty vocal cuts appear) but they&#39;re still among my most-played Italian soundtrack comps...
                    agreed - these are pretty good.
                    http://www.blaxploitation.com
                    Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                    • #11
                      You don't have to be missing the following records in my humble opinion:

                      I Marc 4











                      Piero Umiliani

                      Angeli Bianchi...Angeli Neri ...OST
                      Il corpo OST
                      Ode To Duke Ellington
                      La legge dei gangsters OST
                      To-Day's sound


                      Stelvio Cipriani

                      Mark il poliziotto OST



                      Armando Trovajoli

                      L'arcidiavolo OST



                      Franco Micalizzi

                      Superuomini Superdonne Superbotte OST
                      Sei Iellato, Amico Hai Incontrato Sacramento/I Due Volti Della Paura OSTs


                      Piero Piccioni

                      Puppet On A Chain OST
                      Fumo Di Londra OST
                      I Giovani Tigri OST
                      Camille 2000 OST


                      Ennio Morricone

                      Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange? OST
                      Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore OSTs
                      Senza movente OST
                      Gli Scassinatori (aka The Burglars/Le Casse) OST
                      Danger: Diabolik
                      L'umanoide OST
                      I Malamondo OST
                      Un uomo da rispettare OST
                      La donna invisibile OST
                      L'assoluto naturale OST
                      divovano

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                      • #12
                        ?!

                        Bah. . most of Morricone's 60's and 70's output is also good.

                        Notably. . .

                        Le Serpent ("Nadine")
                        Matchless (groovy spy-jazz sorta stuff)
                        Autostop Rosso Sangue (sinister sleaze and one funky keyboard workout)
                        Il Gatto (one good prog rocky track, plenty of lush lounge)
                        Four Flies on Grey Velvet (see avatar!)
                        The Exorcist 2 (devastatingly dissonant, progtastic theme oozes sinister brilliance)

                        What's the one with the white cover on RCA, the early black n' white Italian gangsta thing he did. . reissues of it about. . that's good too.

                        Un Uomo Da Rispettare is fucking great btw, love the languid, noodly 8 minute track on this - fantastic.

                        Malamondo is also sublime, alarming eclectic and stunningly precocious early OST from the maestro!

                        L'Umanoide I wouldn't really reccommend - it's not bad, and one of Morricone's few sci fi scores, but looks pretty undistinguished in such an illustrious discography.

                        And don't neglect his western output either. . The Big Silence. . etc etc. . . The Hellbenders. .. etc etc. . .

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Viva Chiba View Post
                          And don't neglect his western output either. . The Big Silence. . etc etc. . . The Hellbenders. .. etc etc. . .
                          Yeah, no need almost to say, it's implicit...just wanted to give "other" suggestions in order to draw a more complex sketch of his neverending discography
                          divovano

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by quidtum View Post
                            You don't have to be missing the following records in my humble opinion:

                            I Marc 4











                            Piero Umiliani

                            Angeli Bianchi...Angeli Neri ...OST
                            Il corpo OST
                            Ode To Duke Ellington
                            La legge dei gangsters OST
                            To-Day's sound


                            Stelvio Cipriani

                            Mark il poliziotto OST



                            Armando Trovajoli

                            L'arcidiavolo OST



                            Franco Micalizzi

                            Superuomini Superdonne Superbotte OST
                            Sei Iellato, Amico Hai Incontrato Sacramento/I Due Volti Della Paura OSTs


                            Piero Piccioni

                            Puppet On A Chain OST
                            Fumo Di Londra OST
                            I Giovani Tigri OST
                            Camille 2000 OST


                            Ennio Morricone

                            Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange? OST
                            Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore OSTs
                            Senza movente OST
                            Gli Scassinatori (aka The Burglars/Le Casse) OST
                            Danger: Diabolik
                            L'umanoide OST
                            I Malamondo OST
                            Un uomo da rispettare OST
                            La donna invisibile OST
                            L'assoluto naturale OST
                            Some great ones there

                            2 Berto Pisano to mention - essential:





                            Fantastico!

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                            • #15
                              ?!

                              Fantastico expensive, yes. . .

                              Only got the Kill! Japonais single, meself - never had a whiff of the LP. Only time I saw an Italian issue, 'twas about £250 in Intoxica. . ..

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