The sights and sounds of the spaghetti western may be an acquired taste for some, but if you’re hooked on the genre, you know what it means to be stylistically obsessed with these unique films and their wonderfully crazy soundtracks.
Thrill to this awesome spaghetti western soundtrack compilation, The Ecstasy of Gold Volume Four, posted on Youtube by an obviously dedicated fan. Many of the best-known Italian soundtrack geniuses are here: Nico Fidenco, Bruno Nicolai, Francesco di Masi, Franco Micalizzi…if you know these names, you know this is a compilation worth its’ weight in gold bullets.
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.
This is available on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last. When they’re gone, they’re GONE!!! Rare and groovy, this soundtrack is probably one of Nico Fidenco’s finest moments. Never mind whether the film was your cup of tea or not, the MUSIC…the music….