Review by DjBatman|
2½ stars out of 4
The subtitle says it all: "A collection of famous original
soundtrack themes taken from Emanuelle Nera". In the last
few years there has been a huge revival for (often obscure)
compositions used in movies and tv programs in the
late 60's and especially during the seventies. In those years, Italy
had dozen of composers involved in producing this kind of material; labels
like Irma, Right Tempo and Soundtrack Deletions/Film Music Art Studio have
been working hard to bring these sounds to
life again on cd. "Emanuelle Nera" (Black Emanuelle) was a sort
of unauthorized series of spin-offs from "Emmanuelle" (the
erotic movie starring Sylvia Kristel and based on a book by Emanuelle
Arsan). Most of the Black Emanuelle movies (starring Laura Gemser) were
directed by the late Joe D'Amato (aka Aristide Massacesi). The album
features a collection of 17 tracks from different Emanuelle movies.
The music was composed by Nico Fidenco and it mostly consists in a
series of instrumentals ranging from lounge to
latin/bossa and funky (some would rather use the term acid jazz).
Echoes of Moroder synthpop are present in "Eternal Anguish"
(hmmm... actually, I believe Moroder had his first hits one year later
than this track appeared... but it's nice to see hear
this pre-electronic stuff melting with female vocals supplied by some obscure
session-woman). I didn't like the "Orient Reportage" bit (track
no.13) which seems a bit ridiculous and sounds too similar to many
other typical crappy tv tunes from that era and lacks of the atmospheres
and the originality of the other compositions. Oh,
as a bonus, the (picture) cd comes in a nice package and the booklet has
various pics and info about the original movies.