Ennio Morricone — Paura - A Collection of Scary and Thrilling Soundtracks
(Rustblade RBL LP 013, 2016, LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-03-08
For almost 60 years Ennio Morricone has been composing memorable movie soundtracks, perhaps best known for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. He also has his dark and experimental side, composing for horror films such as The Cat o’ Nine Tails (Dario Argento), The Devil in the Brain, Il Serpente, Drammi Gotici, and The Infernal. Italian label Rustblade is releasing a limited edition LP on transparent vinyl for Record Store Day 2016 that contains 13 tracks, 11 from the 70s, one from 1983, and one from 1994, all appearing for the first time on vinyl. In addition to the horrific and disturbing cover art, the music at times can be very disconcerting and disorienting. Morricone makes liberal use of bass, strings, and piano chords to create an eerie and foreboding atmosphere. You can easily visualize how the music builds the tension for the viewer. One track seemingly out of character with the rest is “Il Trio Infernale.” This track borders on the lighthearted and comical, sort of like the Addams Family. Some tracks are minimal dark jazzy tapestries similar to what David Lynch used on Twin Peaks. Another track that stands out from the rest is “Orazione,” which is all cathedral organ chords and runs that initially swells to fill the sonic space and then shifts to quiet ambiance. Even though the tracks are selections from twelve different movies and television shows, the music flows beautifully from track to track on this disc. This LP is a must have for the vinyl enthusiast. If you are interested, hopefully you will be able to snag a copy on Record Store Day.
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