Chris' Soundtrack Corner (CSC013)
Release Date: April 2014
Conducted by Vince Tempera
|1.||With Bare Fist||2:57|
|2.||A Fist in the Thought||3:02|
|3.||Where They Reform You||3:11|
|5.||A Human Outlook||1:27|
|9.||With Clenched Fists||1:31|
|10.||The Hunt Down||3:10|
|12.||BONUS TRACKS: A Fist in the Thought (mix 2)||2:58|
|13.||Noble Impulse (mix 2)||2:48|
|14.||A Fist in the Thought (mix 3)||2:54|
|15.||Noble Impulse (alternate version)||2:48|
|Total Album Time:||40:15|
The German label Chris' Soundtrack Corner continues its successful crusade to openly flaunt the exceptional precociousness of Italian film scores of the 1970s with A pugni nudi. This latest CD allows composer and music mogul Franco Bixio to strut his considerable stuff solo. Salvaged (and expanded) from a top-rare Cinevox LPand a practically lost 1974 filmBixio's effort is an example of an artist finding just the right assignment and at just the right time; clearly the composer is here at the peak of his powers!
This is prime-cut R&B and funk, fused with jazz and voiced through the sophisticated palette of a full studio orchestra. For all lovers of high end blaxploitation film music, A pugni nudi is going to be a revelation. Tracks such as A Fist In The Thought, Underworld and Dog's Heart call to mind names behind the very best of the 1970s interface of Afro-American funk with the then prevalent Hollywood/big-band procedurals: Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield and even Marvin Gaye with his legendary Trouble Man.
While these acutely swinging elements of the score are what Bixio used to put an overtly expressive face to the narrative, he also skillfully fleshed out the body with a series of more traditional orchestral themes in a familiar and intensely satisfying Silver Age modality. The story, rumored to be loosely based on screenwriter Enzo Pulcrano's experiences as a professional boxer, is a rich drama in the vein of classic pugilist films such as Rocky and Bixio crafted mature, cultivated articulations of tragedy, nobility, sacrifice and finally remorse.
Perhaps more importantly than anything else A pugni nudi should forever shift Franco Bixio's status from being a second-tier Italian film composer to the ranks of the A-list. It's about time. The original recording of A pugni nudi was scrupulously directed by Bixio's long-time partner Vince Tempera, and this digital remastering offers four previously unheard bonus cuts.
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Released: November 13, 2015