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Complete original motion picture score composed by Ennio Morricone for the 1968 cult movie “Escalation”, directed by Roberto Faenza and starring Claudine Auger, Lino Capolicchio and Gabriele Ferzetti. Luca (Lino Capolicchio), son of a prominent Italian industrialist (Gabriele Ferzetti), lives as a hippy in London, away from duties and responsibilities while his father wants him to be introduced to the family business by any means. Luca is forced to return to Italy, where he is first jailed to the psychiatry and undergoes several treatments such as electroshocks. Luca then marries the sexy female psychiatrist Maria Carla (Claudine Auger) actually paid by his father to brainwash him and turn him into a perfect businessman. After discovering the trick, Luca kills the woman. After all these procedures, the perfectly integrated, cynic and amoral Luca gets ready to lead the family business. Roberto Faenza made his directorial debut with “Escalation” that became a great international success. He approached Ennio Morricone to compose the music for his first film. Morricone always took enthusiastically the opportunities to work with first-time directors who were open to accept new musical experiments and to try out less controversial musical ideas. Faenza didn’t have any idea regarding the score for his film, and so he gave Morricone a total freedom. For this eccentric movie Morricone invented fresh ideas and new sounds never used in film before. The experiments included overlaying sound effects produced by the human mouth, throat and larynx, performed by Carlo Nicchio and by the composer himself.
Limited edition 500 copies on yellow transparent vinyl.
"A killer soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – just the sort of work for which he's remembered so strongly today! Some of the best non-western Morricone elements are in place here – spacious scorings, wordless vocals, and odd twists and turns on instruments that are often hard to determine! Darker sounds jangle together with lighter ones beautifully – and a few cuts feature great vocals from I Cantori Moderni, sometimes quite spooky, sometimes a bit more mod. The title track has a great romping rhythm and echoey fuzz guitar" Dustygroove