I got an awesome e-mail today asking about the soundtrack for the film Forbidden Photos of A Woman Above Suspicion, AKA Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene. Specifically, the question was, what can you recommend that is similar the Bossa Nova sounds of this film.
That e-mail made my day, and I decided to make an entire post of recommendations for anyone who loves the music you hear in the opening five minutes of Le Foto Prohibite….here’s that clip, courtesy of YouTube, naturally:
Now check out the amazing soundtrack sounds of La Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna, AKA Lizard In A Woman’s Skin. Yes, Ennio Morricone actually did a soundtrack for a Fulci film!!!
On a lighter note, check out this by Bruno Nicolai, from All The Colors Of The Dark:
And then there’s THIS, from The Bliss of Mrs. Bottom, by Riz “Cannibal Holocaust” Ortolani. I confess I’ve never seen or heard of this film til today when I researched Ortolani’s Bossa Nova-type output:
Piero Piccioni has a LOT of Bossa Nova sounds. Ignore the ad and get to this one, Bossa Nova Marina pretty amazing.
And finally we wind our way back to the Maestro, Ennio Morricone, for one more, from Metti Una Sera a Cena:
Recently added for sale at the Turntabling Discogs shop! William Burroughs on vinyl with Break Through in Grey Room, the reissue of Heathen Earth by Throbbing Gristle, Tutti I Colori Del Buio soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai, and a Dalek I reissue that you’ll be sad you missed if you don’t scoop it up while supplies last!
Bruno Nicolai and Jess Franco? Yes indeed! De Sade was seemingly a favorite topic of Franco’s, he kept coming back to the famous old pervert again and again, if not directly, certainly in the concepts and themes of those naughty old stories. Bondage, S&M, blood, you name it…Franco and De Sade go together like coffee and cream.
The soundtrack for this film is just what you’d expect from Nicolai, who composed and conducted with Morricone, which is likely why you hear some textures and techniques in common with good ol’ Ennio’s work.
Turntabling has a copy for sale of this delicious vinyl pairing of two Maestros working together back in 1969…this is the Finders Keepers edition with the purple cover. If you love the sexy sounds of Jess Franco movies and have a thing for classic Italian soundtrack composers like Bruno Nicolai, have a listen to this record…(sample below) and you’ll wonder why you haven’t added this to your collection yet.
OhNo!Doom Gallery in Chicago hosts A Walk Through The Dark, an opening featuring artwork of the macabre, strange and bizarre. It also features Turntabling.net–I’ll be creating the sinister ambience and playing appropriately creepy music by Morricone, Goblin, Riz Ortolani, Bruno Nicolai, Coil, Nurse With Wound, Skinny Puppy and various other sounds. DJ Paisley Babylon in the haunted house!
The event is from 6 to 10PM on Friday, April 13th at OhNo!Doom Gallery at 1800 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Join me for a night of amazing sights and sounds, plus exclusive beer brewed to debut at the event by Lowdive.
The score by Bruno Nicolai is every bit as fun and is a must-own if you’re a fan of Nicolai’s other work in movies like Case of the Bloody Iris and Nightmares Come At Night. How CAN you go wrong with tracks titled “Funeral Strip Tease” or “After Fleeing the Torture”?
There is plenty to revel in with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, also known as La Notte Che Evelyn Usci’ Dalla Tomba. Turntabling is pleased to offer this Italian import CD for the first time. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the trailer (below). This has some of our favorite moments of giallo history. The boot fetish thing really gives this a nice kick (hah) and the ending (which we won’t spoil here) is also a nice touch. All around this is a hell of a good watch, especially with a six pack of your favorite wine (is that too much?) and a jumbo-sized pizza. Don’t hold the anchovies, this is Italian cinema!
Sold in America as Case of the Bloody Iris, Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?is a favorite giallo on the Turntabling DVD player. The soundtrack is excellent retro 60s lounge fun combined with Morricone-esque suspense cues. And with good reason, Bruno Nicolai was Morricone’s conductorand it’s easy to hear the maestro’s influence on Nicolai’s soundtrack work.
That’s not a bad thing in this case, either; Nicolai is great in his own right as evidenced on this import soundtrack CD. Yes, imports can be pricey but those who obsess over these sounds are definitely in for a treat with this disc. There’s a damn fine reason why I’m excited about this addition to the Turntabling lineup–it was missing from the personal collection and getting it in here meant FINALLY getting to hear it after obsessing over this film for many years.
The film itself is awesome. Edwige Fenech has never been sexier, the plot twists are fun, and the quirky characters really make the movie what it is…it’s a more fun Four Flies On Grey Velvet in some ways, but looks far more retro-modern. Three cheers for Italian futurist decor! A twisty-turny giallo that features a free-love cult, a suspected serial killer who can’t stand the sight of blood, and a great pervy photographer who believes in the old adage, “sex sells”.
We’ll also be stocking the Bruno Nicolai soundtrack for The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, AKA La Notte che Evelyn Usci Dalla Tomba, and also the soundtrack Nicolai did for Nightmares Come At Night.
If that weren’t enough, we will also be bringing you another soundtrack from the Anchor Bay Giallo Collection, Ennio Morricone’s score for Short Night of Glass Dolls, one of the best giallos ever, for my money. Keep watching the site, you’ll see these awesome soundtrack CDs coming quite soon. Sadly they are NOT available on vinyl, but they are DEFINITELY worth the investment.
I even have another little surprise in store…an experiment that could lead to a whole new offering here. But only if there’s enough interest. Should Turntabling branch out and start selling DVDs along with the soundtracks? Stay tuned.
There are some nice Morricone-esque stylings on She Had A Taste For Music, but the Maestro himself does not appear on the compilation. No matter–the real star of this outstanding collection is Gianfranco Plenizio, who gets three songs here, all GREAT examples of what makes the Italian erotica genre so fun to listen to.
The Plenizio tracks “Grigio Perla”, “Musica Per Anna”, and “Voce d’ Amore” are the best on the comp, with Nico Fidenco coming in a close second with “Dutch Poppy” and “Make Love On The Wing”. Dagored scores again with another awesome soundtrack collection.
If you’re new to Italian erotica soundtracks, you can do no better than to get started with She Had A Taste For Music, and those with newish collections will be thrilled to get exposed to some new sounds beyond the Morricone/Bruno Nicolai/Piero Umilliani axis.