Riz Ortolani's soundtrack for Il Consigliori (1973) is a varied mix of elements, approaches, and methods, and it will satisfy collectors searching for depth and emotion in their soundtracks. Ortolani bravely experiments with a certain pop sound, moving through devastating moments of love and explosions of brass to represent the violence and the action. Light-hearted at some moments and brooding at others, Il Consigliori serves up prime Riz for cult Italian soundtrack fans, while also serving as a great reminder of Ortolani's seldom-matched musical greatness on the silver screen. Deluxe reissue on LP, remastered with audiophile quality.
"A beautifully balanced Italian soundtrack from the 70s – not just the straight crime score you might expect, but a record that really fleshes things out with a lot of depth! True, some of the most compelling cuts are the funky ones you'd expect from such a film, but these are often offset by some warm melodies that really create a great sort of mood – kind of a rest between the musical action that's mighty nice – and which almost gives even more punch to the funky tracks when they do make an appearance! Riz Ortolani's one of the best of his generation, and he shows off all the skills learned in the 60s here – making for some nice complications at points, then skirting into some leaner, meaner modes at others. Franco De Gemini plays some harmonica on a few tunes" Dustygroove