Album Review

Gori, Lallo – “La Morte Scende Leggera” – [Beat Records]

Naysayer   2/17/2014   CD, Soundtrack

Holy moly, the Italians have done it again, or did it again back in 1972. The Italian film composer, Coriolano “Lallo” Gori, best known for our purposes as Lallo Gori, was a prolific composer for over 100 films, mostly spaghetti westerns, comedies and space farces during the 1960’s and 1970’s. His style follows those of the time, orchestrated pieces with wah wah and reverb guitar. His soundtrack for the 1972 film “La Morte Scende Leggera” (“Death Falls Lightly”) is a classic piece of early 70’s craziness, filled with psychedelic sound effects, slow funk, edginess and space. Lots of space. And the crazy psych guitar stylings so important of that time. There is a superb leitmotif consisting of bongos and mouth harp (listed as the oft used term “jew’s harp”) that repeats throughout the soundtrack. When hearing it you just know trouble is around the corner. The songs have no titles because, according to the excellent booklet that comes with the CD, these films would list music according to the sequence it was involved with. Hence, Seq.1, Seq. 2, etc. The opening song, not recorded by Gori, is a stand out stunner of all that is wrongright about these types of soundtracks: the over-the-top-not-quite-right instrumentation that is ohhhh, so good. “Sunday in Neon Light”, sung by Ghanian, 1969 Europa Song contest winner, Mak Sigis Porter, is a knock out. Originally part of Porter’s blues prog rock concept album, “Peace On You”, “Sunday” does it’s best to rip off Hendrix with bad psych lyrics about flowers in pots and neon lights. How can you not like that? This whole album is a pleaser. It will satisfy for sure.

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