16 January, 2007

Can't Get Enough of Bruno Nicolai?

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that the late, great Bruno Nicolai is my favorite film composer, and not just because of his scores for Jess Franco films. Two new CD's containing his Spaghetti Western scores for Sergio Martino's ARIZONA SI SCATENO... E LI FECE FUORI TUTTI (1970) and Guiliano Carnimeo's LIGHT THE FUSE, SARTANA IS COMING (1971) are coming soon accoring to SCREEN ARCHIVES ENTERTAINMENT.

There's always a slightly dangerous mix of mystery, eros and experimentation in Nicolai's best work. The kind of widespread recognition enjoyed by his former collaborator Ennio Morricone still eludes Bruno Nicolai but discerning collectors and those who appreciate European genre films of the 1960s and 1970s certainly realize the excitement his cues can bring to virtually any genre: war (DESERT BATTLE), horror (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE), Eurospy (UPPERSEVEN; LUCKY, THE INSCRUTABLE), not to mention his numerous giallo and spaghetti western scores.

I'm still waiting for someone to issue my alltime favorite of his scores, the soundtrack for Jess Franco's NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT.

For more information here's a link to Screen Archives Entertainment where a wide array of his scores are offered at very reasonable prices, just type Bruno Nicolai in Search:


(c) Robert Monell, 2006.

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