Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Ennio Morricone - Space 1999 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Ennio Morricone on the moon! Just like Moonbase Alpha in the TV series, Space 1999, which I watched when it was aired in the mid-70s and probably developed a crush on Barbara Bain. I've a crush on Morricone too, especially his 'dark side' which, like that of our moon, remains 'unseen' by some, as I was reminded recently by an FB friend who didn't even know it existed.

When I say 'dark' I mean avant-garde and just as our full moon is said to bring out madness in some, so too does Ennio's other side if the YouTube comments are anything to go by. I suppose if you love the theme to The Mission the music he made for some 70s Giallos may be too crazy. This soundtrack, made for the Italian version of the British series, consists of similar elements to those classic works; sombre, nerve-shredding strings, bursts of Improv and even the voice of Edda Dell'Orso. The other key components are the electronics, as befits a sci-fi scenario. Well, it's all quite brilliant, especially the 12-minute Studio. If one can forget it's original context, this could just as well accompany an horrific tale of murder in Rome...committed by a psychopathic android...in 2099.

First ever vinyl release of this is out now on Death Waltz


  1. Can I send you some new releases from Relative Pitch Records to consider for review?


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