Why are some of us vinyl collectors so hung up on giallo soundtracks, Italian horror, and Italian cinema in general? The Ennio Morricone connection aside, there is some kind of weird perfect storm that happens when you get the music, the trailes, and the movies together. A look at the Deep Red trailer is proof of that. Deep Red, aka Profondo Rosso, was directed by Dario Argento at the height of his talent and cinematic clout. Starring David Hemmings and Dario Nicolodi, this is a GREAT entry into the world of giallo. If you haven’t seen it, the trailer might just push you over the edge.
Goblin’s score for this goes all over the place, from edgy prog to moody atmospheres, and it’s fairly unique among their output if you’re thinking of soundtracks like Dawn Of The Dead and Tenebre. This was a project Goblin stepped into after Giorgio Gaslini and Argento parted ways during the film. Gaslini gets a credit on the soundtrack, but Goblin is front and center.
P.S. if you let this video play and move on to the next ones, there are a TON of great Italian horror and horror-related trailers there…loads of classics!
If the name Monica Vitti doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about La Ragazza con la Pistola, then perhaps you need a bit more nudging from the trailer (below) which features a VERY groovy soundtrack indeed. Composer Peppino Di Luca brings a whole truckload of groovy to this film and some of us could watch Monica Vitti do nothing more than read from the Italian version of the Yellow Pages (the Giallo Pages, perhaps?) for three hours…so this should be a no brainer. You can buy the soundtrack for La Ragazza con la Pistola (The Girl With The Gun) from Turntabling now while supplies last.
This insanity is now available in the Turntabling shop. The Francesco de Masi soundtrack for Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper is a highlight of this film, as is the presence of a maniac who taunts the police while quacking like a duck.
In fact, the killer in the New York Ripper sounds suspiciously like DEVO mascot Booji Boy, and it is VERY FUNNY INDEED to watch this movie pretending that is actually the case. However, this insane Fulci horror film is quite hard to watch because of some really unpleasant violence toward women-much stronger and nastier than many other Italian slasher movies of its kind. There are some for whom this is not considered a liability, but those of us who prefer the soundtrack over the film have only to watch the trailer below to remember why that is.
Ever wonder what the hell is on those old “stereo demonstration” records but didn’t want to shell out the extra few bucks to actually take a battered old copy home with you? Wonder no longer.
YouTuber James Will took the trouble to produce the video above-surprising that the company bothered to press this on specialty vinyl. The LP is called “Stereo Spectacular”. Transparent vinyl! Annoying “test clicks”! The guy with the “announcer voice”!
We’re also stocking limited quantities of the Creepshow soundtrack, pressed on blue vinyl. It’s pretty awesome and if seeing the cover art doesn’t make you want to re-watch Creepshow again, hearing the soundtrack definitely will. The film is one of director George Romero’s superior non-zombie films and makes a great Friday night pizza-n-scares title.
This one comes with a built-in booklet featuring production stills, artwork, and liner notes and it also includes a 12×12 art print!
An Eyeball/Creepshow double feature would be an excellent way to spend an evening, don’t you think?
Turntable Lab unboxes and sets up the mighty Technics 1200 in this instructional video. Not everyone has experience assembling a pro-quality turntable out of the box, so if you are thinking about making the investment, this is a handy guide to walk you through. Beware those little parts tucked away in the styrofoam, they’re easy to overlook in the excitement of pulling that ‘table out of the packaging!
Any Italian film that features Suzy Kendall in peril is worth at least a look, and Torso does NOT disappoint. It co-stars Luc Merenda, the awesome Carla Brait who giallo fans will remember as “Mizar Harrington” from another high-quality giallo, Case of the Bloody Iris, starring the one and only Edwidge Fenech.
Turntabling is obsessed with the soundtracks to films like this-there’s something about those dissonant guitars, the lounge interludes, and the often VERY experimental approaches to music composition in general. Long before Throbbing Gristle showed up on the scene to make uncomfortable noise in a musical context, composers like the de Angelis brothers, Fabio Frizzi, Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani and many others were doing similar things for 60s, 70s, and 80s era Italian films and international productions.
If you find yourself gravitating towards these sounds, do take a moment to browse the Turntabling collection as you’ll find quite a bit of these sounds to obsess over.