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Digitmovies is proud to present the complete original motion picture score, for the first time in full stereo, 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. This 40th anniversary CD edition contains the complete score recorded for the movie, thanks to the much-valued help of C.A.M., in whose archives the original recording session stereophonic master tapes have been carefully preserved. The score was first released on LP in 1968 (C.A.M. MAG 10.010) and re-issued later both on LP (in 1989, Intermezzo RP015) and on CD (in 1992, CAM CSE 053).