Wow, ajhfsm - we agree with each other on almost all of these Piccioni titles (give or take a +1 or -1 with the One to Eight scale of ratings).
IL MONACO moved down a notch to a "7" & and you must really love THE DESERTER to rate it an "8"!
If Piccioni's music for Westerns are very agreeable with you, then you should consider MINNESOTA CLAY (if you haven't gotten it already).
A few other titles which may have escaped your attention and/or budget include the very moody L'IMPREVISTO (1961), LA DONNA CHE VENNE DAL MARE ('57), & 1979's IL MALATO IMMAGINARIO.
Looking @ SAE this evening, one can see some unbelievable price reductions on QUELLE STRANE OCCASIONI [$3.95 (!)], as well as LA DONNA CHE VENNE DAL MARE & IL MALARO IMMAGINARIO & CIAO GULLIVER & ANASTASIA MIO FRATELLO($9.95).
Certainly tentative ratings as I've had limited exposure to the music. I've got DERSERTER infection for the moment.
As Piccioni has become of prime interest to me lately and there seems no abating in the for seeable future, with continuous flow of new releases to add to past. It is said Piccioni has over 300 film works, I appreciate recommendations, to navigate to the landmarks initially. Many of the films seem to be in accessible, or a least difficult to access.
1971 Bello, Onesto, Emigrato Australia Sposerebbe Compaesana Illibata 1969 Scacco Alla Regina 1969 Colpo Rovente 1968 I Giovani Tigri 1967 Ti Ho Sposato Per Allegria 1967 Scusi, Lei è Favorevole O Contrario? 1967 C'Era Una Volta
But I see that we have rather different tastes, I prefer the lounge genre, but I like all Piccioni (except the disco stuff). From a formal point of view, some of the lounge sountracks are not very original (they repeat many of the sounds and melodies from previous releases), but I still prefer to listen to them.
Think my taste might lay somewhere between Slint and ajhfsm / Tonerow are you guys familiar with amore mio aiutami it is a fantastic title don't think it has been mentioned since Tonerow had it on his list at the start of the thread. It reminds me of Scacco alla regina very enjoyable and Bello, Onesto is one of the most chilled scores ever wish I had access to my collection now to be able to listen to that one.
Will try to make a bit more effort with a few posts when I have a bit more time and am more compos mentis my work usually has this budget thing going on seems to be double what it normally is.
Strange, because they usually announce next month's 'coming soon' title in the sleeve with each new Piccioni release - the sleeve in Io La Conoscevo Bene(which is excellent, by the way) has Niente Rose per OSS 117 as the next title in Beat's Piccioni series, however they've released In Viaggio Con Papà ahead of that.
The next one according to Beat Records website is a 2 cd set of In Viaggio Con Papà, a Piccioni score from '82. Strange, because they usually announce next month's 'coming soon' title in the sleeve with each new Piccioni release - the sleeve in Io La Conoscevo Bene(which is excellent, by the way) has Niente Rose per OSS 117 as the next title in Beat's Piccioni series, however they've released In Viaggio Con Papà ahead of that.
As far as I can see it, the double CD of IN VIAGGIO CON PAPA' is not released within Beat's Piccioni series, but within their DDJ ("Daniele Disc Jockey") series. So the next title in the Piccioni series after IO LA CONOSCEVO BENE - also fitting regarding the chronological order - will of course be NIENTE ROSE probably in September. I am still hoping for CRISTO SI E' FERMATO A EBOLI - also from CAM - for the end of the year.
THE DESERTER has got a good infectious swagger to it. I don't hear that in MINNESOTA CLAY, how about SARTANA?
I couldn't help but order SWEPT AWAY, hoping I'm not disappointed.
Don't know a thing about the maestro series, sorry.
But I do think some passages of MINNESOTA CLAY are very rhythmic and memorable. CLAY is not quite like THE DESERTER, but, since MINNESOTA was Piccioni's earliest Western, it sounds more conventional/Hollywood.
I'll return later on with my input on some of Piero's other Westerns, but I recall SARTANA to be rather demure in comparison to the above-named two.
Only just got SWEPT AWAY a few months ago myself because I had not seen the picture itself until 2013. I think it's the finest one out of his collaborations with Lina Wertmuller.
Sartana is a very enjoyable score I find it very engaging you'll be swaggering in the sun and under the moonlight you can really feel the heat or the coolness of the night in those grooves you'll know what time of day it is when you’re strolling around.
The 1968 SARTANA has a bit too many saloon piano cues for my liking. Also, the tracks of SARTANA which I like best are the low-key suspense-type cue which feature that "probing around" bass clarinet which appears in many a 1960s Italian soundtracks.
For what it's worth, ajhfsm, here's my rankings of the Piccioni Westerns which I own:
LA SPINA DORSALE DEL DIAVOLO (7) QUEL CALDO MALEDETTO GIORNO DI FUOCO (6) MINNESOTA CLAY (6) IO NON PERDONO ... UCCIDO (6) COLT IN MANO AL DIAVOLO (5) ATTENTO GRINGO ... E TORNATO SABATA (5) IL GIUSTIZIERE DI DIO (3) IN NOME DEL PADRE, DEL FIGLIO, E DELLA COLT (1)