Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ennio Morricone - Danger Diabolik

This is an "unofficial" soundtrack, but it's the closest we're going to get I'm afraid because the original tapes were said to have been destroyed in a fire. Enjoy!

This was the last movie shown on MST3K....when Mike and the bots made it back to Earth.

Ennio Morricone, like him or dislike him, he has made his stamp upon the cinematic world for the last 45 years. A product of the Italian school of film scoring he has composed literally hundreds of scores for both european and american movies. Some scores are classics of their genre, some unique and some, as somebody once said, like listening to 30 minutes of vacuum cleaning! Both brilliant or frustrating , melodic or disturbing one cannot deny he is a force to be reckoned with.
Danger:Diabolik or Diabolik as it was known in its native land was based on the popular "Fumetti" comic strips of the 1960's. These massively popular strips regarding a master criminal and his constant evasion of the law are still as popular today. Director Mario Bava brought this phenomenon to the screen in 1968 with john philip Law in the starring role.
The score is indicative of the times a wildly fantastic mix of jazz, funk and orchestral drive, each track either based on leitmotifs for the central characters or in many cases coming in from left field with a new melody. The Title song sung by Italian songstress "Christy" is sultry and melodic and permeates the score throughout. The stand out tracks are "extracting AU from H2O and Under Wah Wah, crazy titles but left entirely to themselves onscreen they are perfect examples of how important Italian film makers regarded the score within a film.
Written in 1968 at his most inventive period Morricone brings musical identity to this strange but compelling character. His playful musicality is counterpointed by at times sinister orchestration and the Cantori Moderni are in fine form.
This album one should be aware appears to be the score lifted from a laserdisc and some sound effects and dialogue are evident. But as the original masters are deemed to have been lost in a studio fire it is unlikely that the score, which never even made it onto vinyl, will ever see the light of day. Claims like these have been proved wrong many times in the past. This to all intents and purposes is a legitimate release and can be hard to find. If you are a fan of composer or of the eclectic, snap it up at once.

01. Deep Down (03:09)02. Yes Sir, No Sir (Dialogue) (00:23)03. Charading Chaffeurs in Wait (00:59)04. Driving Decoys (02:08)05. Into the Cave (02:53)06. Diabolik's Hide-out (01:52)07. The Shower (Deep Down Two) (01:25)08. Logical Suggestion (Dialogue) (00:25)09. Money Orgy (02:09)
10. Criminal/Justice Solution (Dialogue) (00:44)11. Headlines (Organ Freakout 1) (00:33)12. Valmont's Go-Go Pad (03:38)13. Dumped by Dimockracy (Dialogue) (00:41)14. Eva's Holy Dress (Deep Down Three) (01:33)15. Diabolik Capture - Conference (Dialogue) (00:33)16. Gunfight at Red Sands (01:33)17. Eva's Sketchy I.D. (Dialogue) (00:59)18.Metamorphosis (Organ Freakout 2) (00:33)19. Emerald Bikini (Deep Down Four) (01:28)20. Doctor Vinear's I.D. Prescription (Dialogue) (01:11)21. Downhill Decoy (00:30)22. Vinear's X-Out Session/Death/Life (Dialogue) (02:51)23. Jenko's Plan Derails (00:33)24. Guiness's Gold Bar (Dialogue) (00:40)25. Bubbles (Extracting Au from H20) (01:22)
26. Underwater Wah-Wah (02:51)27. Now Go!!! (00:41)28. Eva Alone (Dialogue) (00:09)29. The Pyrite Wink (Deep Down Five) (01:57)
30. Last Laff (00:28)31. Deep Down (Parade 5052) (03:03)
32. O.K. Connery (Parade 5035) (03:03)33. Valmont (Underworld Don) Philosophises (00:38)34. [Untitled] (03:04)



dave said...

Wow, fantastic! I'm glad anything is available at this point. I've long had the theme, which is wonderful, and I can't wait to hear what else it there! If you love Morricone, you should check out my Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, "Showdown at the BK Corral" It's a complete Epic Western in 9 tracks, heavily influenced by the maestro. I'd love to hear what you think of it! You can download it for free at

DaBoss said...

Thanks, Dave. Downloaded it and thought it was pretty cool. A different approach. Even the rap was at least listenable. Twang rap - who knew?

dave said...

Not a rap fan, eh?

Thanks for giving it a chance anyway! It might grow on you - not every rap album tells a complete epic narrative!

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