Wednesday, September 30, 2020


With everything that's going on in 2020, it seems like it's stacked up to be one of the worst years ever, but there is still at least one good thing about 2020, and that is that in this day and age, if a person wants to, you can learn about almost anything, and in this case, actually listen to it.
It's an extra special Weird Wednesday with a cherry on top!
Welcome to just some of the recorded work of renowned composer Bruno Nicolai that is available!
Many of the movies that Maestro Bruno Nicolai wrote the music for can be found on Discogs or Amazon in the format of CD or vinyl, and the 1975 film "Eyeball" or "Gatti Rossi In Un Labirinto Di Vetro" as it is also known, is good place to start! 
The blood splattered vinyl is too cool.

Along with Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani, and Riz Ortoloni, Bruno Nicolai was a brilliant Italian composer, and many times like on this LP, he worked closely with Maestro Morricone.
 This album was from the James Bond spoof "OK Connery," that starred Sean Connery's real life younger brother Neil Connery!
All four of those amazing composers are no longer with us. Nicolai passed away in 1991,
Umiliani died in 2001, Ortoloni left in 2014, and we just lost Morricone a couple of months ago.
On 1964's "Il Pelo Nel Mondo" or "Mondo Inferno," Bruno shared writing credits with Nino Oliviero.
This album, like some of the other ones I'm going to show you, can be bought on Discogs. Some are very reasonably priced like this LP for $9.99, and some of them are hundreds of dollars! 

Bruno also composed the music for a ton of films that weren't Giallo, and one of the coolest and free things you can do is check out this link on Discogs to the music of Bruno Nicolai, and it will take you to a page where you can magically listen to four hours and freakin' ten minutes of Bruno's music taken from various records of his! It's what I'm listening to right now!
I promise if you buy all these records, you would have one of the coolest collections in town!
It would be "Fenomenal!"
Not long ago, you couldn't find this movie anywhere, but now you can even buy the soundtrack for as low as $4.99, you inscrutable lucky dog!
There's only one of these Italian CD's for the soundtrack of "A Virgin Among The Living Dead" on Discogs, and somebody is asking $58.82 for it, but follow the link and you can listen to it for nothing!
The soundtrack from "99 Women,"  a Jesus Franco film from 1969 about a woman's prison run by a sadistic superintendent, is less popular, and can be had for about eight bucks!

The soundtrack for Argento's "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" was written by Maestro Morricone in 1970, and Bruno Nicolai was the conductor!!
Also from 1970 and starring Sir Christopher Lee was "The Bloody Judge," or "Il Trono Di Fuoco," and it can be found on a German CD starting at $9.41.  

If it's bloody soundtracks you like, then look no further than 1972's "The Case Of The Bloody Iris!"
Not one of my favorite movies, so I'm not likely to shell out $63.33 for a 10" UK record! 
And while we're on the subject of cases, here's the album cover from the soundtrack of the 1971 film, "The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail."
This 1966 film titled "Upperseven, The Man To Kill," is the most expensive one I found. They're asking $383.10 for this Japanese CD, and unfortunately, it's one of the few there are no musical links to.
This 1970 Jesus Franco sex romp called "Eugenie De Sade 70," commands about $45.00 for a CD and up to $193.00 for a vinyl album. 
The bummer is most of these LPs and CDs are in Europe, so you're looking at maybe at least another $20.00 in postage on top of the prices I've told you about.

"Il Conte Dracula" or "Count Dracula" if you prefer, came out in 1970, and was directed by Jesus Franco and starred Chris Lee as The Count! This one is a bit pricey for my meager tastes too!

"The Red Queen Kills Seven Times" came out in 1972 and is another album that commands a fairly high price of  $105.88 for a CD but you can hear two tracks right here!
But if none of that interests you, and you just want to have a good time, then grab yourself a copy of this 2015 transparent red record titled "Mondo A Go-Go!" It's full of good garage rock and even includes a couple of covers composed by Bruno Nicolai!


1 comment:

KD said...

One of the most amazing Italian film scores I ever heard was by Ennio Morricone, from a very odd movie called THE CHOSEN aka HOLOCAUST 2000, starring Kirk Douglas! If you can find clips from it give it a listen, gang!

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