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BRAEN RASKOVICH - Abnormal Sensations

Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian giallo/Spaghetti Western legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their giallo/psych alter-egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pinpointing a bona fide crossroads between the composers individual library grails The Underground and The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, this previously commercially-unreleased slice of abstract giallo stoner-funk combines Alessandronis inimitable twang-happy growling fuzz and desperately inquisitive guitar/harp/dulcimer manipulations (akin to his work on All the Colors of the Dark, Marquis De Sade and Danger Diabolik) with Sorginis eerie industrial scrapes, moaning echoes and face-slapping percussion grooves (found on his rare TV soundtracks like Zoo Folle or the undercover work he did for library labels like Leo, Leonardi, National, and Lupus). The inclusion of Alessandronis wife Giulia De Mutiis on groaning, wordless vocal duties not only completes The Pawnshop trinity but adds the essential giallo sheen popularized by Morricone-regular Edda DellOrso (evoking clear comparisons to that of Lizard in a Womans skin and Veruschka). For fans of Giulias work on Bruno Nicolais The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (dir. Jess Franco) and most notably Morricones Sospiri Da Una Radio Lontana (from Henri Verneuils The Night Caller) and Venus (on the Nereide label), the distinction glistens in the detail. These 12 tracks were circulated amongst TV and cinema production houses in the mid-70s for potential film synchronization by library label Octopus under the title Judicial Inquiry (Inchiesta Giudiziaria") in what was perhaps an effort to capture the imagination of directors of the growing trend in Italian crime cinema. Track titles such as "Abnormal Sensations" and "Psychic Getaway," however, indicate the trios natural penchant for the absurd and supernatural, rendering this particular beast quite specific and unique as its own dedicated non-release. For fans of extrovert Italian freak-funk, avant-garde pop and European horror soundtracks, this LP should sit comfortably in the company of your Bruno Nicolai and Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza records and draw striking comparisons to international horror soundtracks by Don Gere, Pierre Raph and Andrzej Korzynski, while exposing another secret hiding place for some of Italys finest A-list composers making rich experimental noise for B-movie masterpieces. " - Cacophonic.

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