One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a real standard-setting record that's one of the top choices we go to again and again to illustrate the genius of his music! The score is a fantastic mix of the two best sides of Morricone's work – the kind of light, lilting melodies that are schooled in bossa, but turned loose on their own devices – and the darker, more atonal passages that would come to play more strongly during the 70s. The light wins over the darkness in most of the record – especially the tracks that feature the sublime wordless vocals of Edda Dell'Orso, which swell and fall with the movement of the strings and keyboards. The whole thing's wonderful 'Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene' (Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion) is a 1970 giallo film directed by Luciano Ercoli ('La Morte Accarezza A Mezzanotte' and 'La Polizia Ha Le Mani Legate' are probably his most popular cult works among fans of the thriller/police genre) starring the German-born actress Dagmar Lassander. Yet another soundtrack that remained unpublished for decades and rediscovered only at the end of the '90s, 'Le Foto Proibite...' is a very varied work in which Ennio Morricone, as usual, manages to adapt his scores to light-hearted ('Allegretto Per Signora,' 'Intermezzino Pop,' 'Secondo Intermezzino Pop'), romantic ('Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene,' 'Amore Come Dolore,' 'Quelle Foto') and hectic moments ('Qui Ci Scappa Il Morto,' 'Bella, Cara, Dolce, Buona Mogliettina Per Bene,' 'Caduta Nel'Inconscio,' 'Nel Vuoto') that the movie consists of. The soundtrack, like many Morricone’s scores of the same period is disturbing and tense, dark and unnerving like his best moments, and it features members of the legendary Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza as backing band in several tracks.
An excellent work for a cult film of Italian genre cinema, reissued on clear green vinyl for Record Store Day 2023, with remastered audio.