With all the coverage many film music fans have given to Ennio. It seems most of it has been stressed on his spaghetti westerns[60's early 70's] and his mid to later 80's and up scores. But I always found his early 80 scores from films that basically came and went were some of my favorites of this prolific film composer. For instance- THE ISLAND-80-Subtle layback beautiful theme and score.-BUTTERFLY-81- Gorgeous haunting score.TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS-83-Beautiful theme played in slow fashion during trapeze scene and in wonderful energetic style during end credits.NANA-83- Beautiful stylish score of sad romance.SAHARA-83- Lovely romantic score that touches the heartstrings. Any comments.
Yes, especially the Golan-Globus (Cannon films) seem to be underrated. It is unnoticed that a new style emerged in that period. Among them, Sahara appears to me very rich, varied, with a marvelous love theme, with many variations. After the nice Intrada CD from 1992, a proper complete release i sstill to make. But we could say the same about Nana.
I agree. Some of my favorite work came out of this period. I would also include the late 70's scores like Days Of Heaven, Orca and Exorcist 2. I suppose it's when he started working on American productions.