Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Sounds of Italian Cinematic Groove (MP3 Series) - Part I: Gianni Ferrio

"Step by Step" by Gianni Ferrio
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Gianni Ferrio's been scoring Italian films since the mid-60s. His style is diverse, ranging from funk to westerns, and like many composers during Italy's cinema "heyday" during the '60s and '70s he was adaptable. His body of cinema work (he also recorded with a number of vocalists including Mina, James Taylor and Ellis Regina) runs the gamut from spag westerns (Ringo e Gringo contro tutti (1969) and Lo chiamavano requiescat Fasthand (1972)) to gialli, sleazy exploiters (Frau Wirtin bläst auch gern Trompete (1970)) and Italian cop flicks like 1974's Poliziotta, La (The Policewoman) from which this track is taken. It's a funky instrumental -- whispered vocals, chunky bass and tons of slinky keys -- and a perfect introduction to the sounds of Italian cinematic groove.

7" RCA (b-side of "Almost Love")


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Anonymous said...

Any chance of a post for the full score? All the best, ed

Rayo Casablanca said...

I haven't come across the full score. Easy Tempo 8 had "Rhythm And Sex" - another track from the flick. That's all I've been able to find...