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Riz Ortolani

Il Consigliori (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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. Riz Ortolani is not only one of the few remaining Maestro's of the silver age of film music in Italy, but he is acknowledged, much as with Ennio Morricone, as having procured solid international success. The composer is most famous for his multi-million dollar hit single More, from the exploitation documentary Mondo Cane (1962). The Grammy winning song has been recorded by just about every major vocalist of the 1960s and rivals John Barry's Born Free as an immortal standard drafted from a film score. Ortolani's 1973 assignment Il Consigliori aka Counselor at Crime was made in direct response to the astounding success of Coppola's The Godfather. Ortolani fortunately chose not to emulate Nino Rota's genius (except for one finely crafted theme) but instead relied on his own compositional voice. Because of this Il Consigliori is a deftly balanced mix of ostensibly disparate elements, and will satisfy all collectors who crave scores to be an exciting synthesis of styles and approach. Ortolani audaciously experiments with references to pop-cultural instrumental hits such as Deodato's redo of Also Sprach Zarathustra (of 2001 fame), and goes so far as to provide hints of (then) future soundtrack landmarks inclusive of Schifrin's MAGNUM FORCE. As with most of this artist's oeuvre there are also to be found heart-wrenchingly serene love themes and utterly bombastic brass explosions to represent violence, action and rage. The score has previously only been released as nine tracks on vinyl, while this latest Chris' Soundtrack Corner production generously gives fourteen restored cuts plus three bonus cues not used in the film. Liner notes are by Italian film score authority John Bender.

"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


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Cat. number: CSC 009
Year: 2014
All titles previously released on LP Beat Records LPF 022 except tracks 2 to 6, 8, 11, 13 Licensed by Beat Records ℗ 1973 © & ℗ 2011 Chris' Soundtrack Corner All titles courtesy of Beat Records Thanks to Claudia Araújo Freire, Daniele De Gemini, Anna Malatesta and Alejandro González Reig Jewel case with 16-page booklet. Durations mentioned on back cover.