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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

I'm just starting to collect the film scores of this very fine composer.
I wonder if any members of the board could recommend their "top 5" to collect.

Much appreciated,
Leo.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

I'm just starting to collect the film scores of this very fine composer.
I wonder if any members of the board could recommend their "top 5" to collect.

Much appreciated,
Leo.


What type of soundtracks are you looking for? Westerns, Spy Movies, Peplums, Drama, Documentaries, Early or Late periods? The early period is closer to the American genre, while the later period tends to have more low-budget productions with the more typical Italian spaghetti and beat sounds. While I have a few favorites, there are a few releases that I don't remember too much how they sound like!

I think that 5000 Dollari Sull'Asso is arguably the best western. I am also found of Venere Imperiale and Kali Yug, La dea Della Vendetta in the mid-period. In the early-period, I highly recommend the set of documentaries from Alhambra records starting from Continente Perduto. For Peplums, from my memory they were all good.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

slint, thank you for your reply.
I recently bought "La Grande Olimpiade" which is absolutely superb !
Other than that, I know very little about Lavagnino's film scores....nothing in fact.
I just wondered what would be considered to be his 5 finest scores from any genre ?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I like a number of his scores, especially those for peplum, or sword-and-sandal films, most notably
I ULTIMI GIORNI DI POMPEII (THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII with Steve Reeves).

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

http://www1.screenarchives.com/composer.cfm?composerID=122

You can listen to music samples from various Lavagnino soundtracks and genres (if avalable, Pompei mentioned is there) using SAE, hope they help. Also youtube.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

http://www1.screenarchives.com/composer.cfm?composerID=122

You can listen to music samples from various Lavagnino soundtracks and genres (if avalable, Pompei mentioned is there) using SAE, hope they help. Also youtube.


Thank you for the link, I've found that very helpful....I especially like "Pompei"....wonderful music !

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

I wonder if any members of the board could recommend their "top 5" to collect.


OK, Leo, you asked for it!

1. Il Pianeta Errante (1965), which is one of the four sci-fi flicks on an RCA disc (later re-issued onto Dagored).
2. Il Castello dei Morti Vivi (1964). Atmospheric music performed by chamber ensemble (including harpsichord, electric guitar & bongo drums). On Digitmovies
3. Jovanka e le Altre (1959/1960) [a.k.a. 5 Branded Women], serious dramatic music for war drama. On the Cometa label
4. Il Delitto del Diavolo [a.k.a. Le Regine], hippie free-love melodies mixed with trippy echo-delays & assorted percussion & more besides, with occasional Asian flavors. Was a popular item with Japanese collectors and thanks to Digitmovies the entirety of it (in stereo) came onto CD.
5. Lavagnino scores Tina Louise! A tie between L'Assedio di Siracusa (a.k.a. Siege of Syracuse) and Saffo, Venere Di Lesbo - both 1960 and both are my 2 favorite Lavagnino peplum.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

I wonder if any members of the board could recommend their "top 5" to collect.


OK, Leo, you asked for it!

1. Il Pianeta Errante (1965), which is one of the four sci-fi flicks on an RCA disc (later re-issued onto Dagored).
2. Il Castello dei Morti Vivi (1964). Atmospheric music performed by chamber ensemble (including harpsichord, electric guitar & bongo drums). On Digitmovies
3. Jovanka e le Altre (1959/1960) [a.k.a. 5 Branded Women], serious dramatic music for war drama. On the Cometa label
4. Il Delitto del Diavolo [a.k.a. Le Regine], hippie free-love melodies mixed with trippy echo-delays & assorted percussion & more besides, with occasional Asian flavors. Was a popular item with Japanese collectors and thanks to Digitmovies the entirety of it (in stereo) came onto CD.
5. Lavagnino scores Tina Louise! A tie between L'Assedio di Siracusa (a.k.a. Siege of Syracuse) and Saffo, Venere Di Lesbo - both 1960 and both are my 2 favorite Lavagnino peplum.


Thanks Zardoz,
The only one of those I own is "La Regine" which is astoundingly beautiful !
I guess I'll have to start "saving up" for the others.
You're right.....I asked for it !

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Other than that, I know very little about Lavagnino's film scores....nothing in fact.


Here's a side-bar story for you, Leo (hope you don't mind).

My earliest Lavagnino album was acquired about 1990 and only because it was considered as a rare LP: MGM's 1957 LP of The Lost Continent.

I didn't begin to collect other Lavagnino soundtracks until around 1997, when I got those C.A.M. CDs which re-issued the LP contents [Falstaff, Naked Maja, Kali Yug, etc.]
Still, Lavagnino's music and styles didn't truly sink into my head.

More recently (2014), I went again on a Lavagnino binge, and this time around it made all the difference. The reason why (for me, anyway) is that the current Italian labels have been issuing previously unreleased material and have durations longer than any LP programs.

My top 5 listed above are CDs issued since 2007. The discs from the 1960s don't appeal to me as much as the CDs (which contain expanded or never-before-available titles).

Hope this helps?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Other than that, I know very little about Lavagnino's film scores....nothing in fact.


Here's a side-bar story for you, Leo (hope you don't mind).

My earliest Lavagnino album was acquired about 1990 and only because it was considered as a rare LP: MGM's 1957 LP of The Lost Continent.

I didn't begin to collect other Lavagnino soundtracks until around 1997, when I got those C.A.M. CDs which re-issued the LP contents [Falstaff, Naked Maja, Kali Yug, etc.]
Still, Lavagnino's music and styles didn't truly sink into my head.

More recently (2014), I went again on a Lavagnino binge, and this time around it made all the difference. The reason why (for me, anyway) is that the current Italian labels have been issuing previously unreleased material and have durations longer than any LP programs.

My top 5 listed above are CDs issued since 2007. The discs from the 1960s don't appeal to me as much as the CDs (which contain expanded or never-before-available titles).

Hope this helps?


Zardoz, thanks, that certainly helped... I appreciate it.
I've been on a Morricone binge since 1976 but it's always nice to discover different composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2015 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Zardoz, thanks, that certainly helped... I appreciate it.
I've been on a Morricone binge since 1976 but it's always nice to discover different composers.


You got a 10-year ahead start before me, Leo. (I began collecting in earnest during 1985).
Curious that you haven't gotten Lavagnino releases within your 40 year binge of film music.

I have more than 5 Lavagnino titles that I could recomment to you, but now I'm interested to learn if you have any Trovajoli or Piccioni or Savina in your collection.
Did your love for Morricone's music prevent you from discovering other Italian composers and their soundtracks?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2015 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Zardoz, thanks, that certainly helped... I appreciate it.
I've been on a Morricone binge since 1976 but it's always nice to discover different composers.


You got a 10-year ahead start before me, Leo. (I began collecting in earnest during 1985).
Curious that you haven't gotten Lavagnino releases within your 40 year binge of film music.

I have more than 5 Lavagnino titles that I could recomment to you, but now I'm interested to learn if you have any Trovajoli or Piccioni or Savina in your collection.
Did your love for Morricone's music prevent you from discovering other Italian composers and their soundtracks?


Hi Zardoz,
Off the top of my head I can name a few scores by the three composers you have mentioned...
CARLO SAVINA:
Vengeance
Comin' at ya'

ARMANDO TROVAJOLI
L'arcidavolo
Italian in America
La famiglia
Nell' anno del signore
Homo eroticus

PIERO PICCIONI
Fumo di londra
More than a Miracle

There are many more by each composer that I have in my collection that I can't remember at the moment (old age) lol

There are several other Italian composers I collect such as Stelvio Cipriani, Gianni Marchetti, Bruno Nicolai, Riz Ortolani, Nora Orlandi....among several others.

To answer your last question, has my love for Morricone's music prevented me from discovering other Italian composers and their music.....in a sense you're right, it probably has.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2015 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Lavagnino is up there with the very best Italian composers.

It is hard to just pick five but here we go:

Saffo Venere Di Lesbo
Odissea Nuda
Jovanka
Kali Yug
Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2015 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Looks like there's multiple votes for these:

Saffo Venere Di Lesbo (2 votes)
Jovanka (2 votes)
Kali Yug (2 votes)
Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei (2+ votes)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2015 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

Ufortunately my favorite score of A.F.Lavagnino still not avalaible on CD

-The Savage Innocents (1960) - wish any record label can do that one day

also I loved

Venere Imperiale (1962) - very beautiful score

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2015 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Ufortunately my favorite score of A.F.Lavagnino still not avalaible on CD

-The Savage Innocents (1960) - wish any record label can do that one day

also I loved

Venere Imperiale (1962) - very beautiful score


I've just bought "Venere Imperiale"......Magnificent !

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Hi, Leo Nicols!

How is your Lavagnino binge turning out?

Don't know how many more Lavagnino albums you've been getting over the past few months, but there's a late '60s AFL title forthcoming via Digitmovies: Samoa, Regina della Guingla (1968).

Never heard this music before - so I can't recommend it yet - but it seems to be right up our collective allies! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Hi, Leo Nicols!

How is your Lavagnino binge turning out?

Don't know how many more Lavagnino albums you've been getting over the past few months, but there's a late '60s AFL title forthcoming via Digitmovies: Samoa, Regina della Guingla (1968).

Never heard this music before - so I can't recommend it yet - but it seems to be right up our collective allies! smile


Hi Zardoz, my Lavagnino binge is going great thanks to you.
Must check out that latest release !

Leo.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I tracked down a copy of the cd which has Il Pianeta Errante that score is superb the whole cd is filled with riches Snow Devils, War of the Planets and Wild Wild Planet. Many Thanks Zardoz.

Five more essential discs in my Lavagnino collection

L’assedio di Siracusa
Ester E Il Re
La Donna Del Fiume / La Risaia
Soledad
America Paese Di Dio

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Hi, Leo Nicols!

How is your Lavagnino binge turning out?

Don't know how many more Lavagnino albums you've been getting over the past few months, but there's a late '60s AFL title forthcoming via Digitmovies: Samoa, Regina della Guingla (1968).

Never heard this music before - so I can't recommend it yet - but it seems to be right up our collective allies! smile


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syzHu1zs6lI
The music seems to get more interesting from around 44 min mark right when edwige fenech makes an appearance.

 
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