UMILIANI, PIERO - Continente Nero

"Exact repro" reissue of the 1975 LP, part of the "Background Music" series. The theme is African music and instruments.
\r\n"Piero Umiliani was an Italian composer of film scores, most famous for his song "Mah N_† Mah N_†" of 1968, that was originally used for a Mondo documentary about Sweden (Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso) and became world-famous in 1977 when performed for The Muppet Show. The song was also an anthem of the Benny Hill show. \r\nLike many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, Giallo, and soft sex films. Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European 60s/70s jazz-influenced film soundtrack that later experienced a revival in films like Kill Bill and Oceans Twelve. \r\nPiero Umiliani was born in Florence on July 17 1926. \r\nIn 1959, charged by great Mario Monicelli to compose the OST of "I Soliti Ignoti" (Big Deal on Madonna Street) OST, he gains international recognition. \r\nThe score featured Chet Baker on trumpet and it was the first experiment ever of Jazz Music on an Italian comedy movie. \r\nIn 1961, he writes the music for "Smog" OST were again he featured Chet Baker artistry along with Helen Merrill shaping a masterpiece in Jazz OST history. \r\nIl 1970, the Master opened Liuto Edizioni Musicali, his own publishing company and Sound Work Shop recording studio. \r\nThe first album of this new professional dimension was "Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso" (Sweden, Heaven and Hell") who contained the biggest hit of his career: "Mah N_† Mah N_†" (Muppet Show, Benny Hill Show, Red Skelton show). \r\nFrom Liuto catalogue came some of the greatest and richest moments in Italian film Music history. \r\n"La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna" (The Girl with the Skin of the Moon), "La Legge dei Gangsters" (The Gangsters" Law), Angeli Bianchi ‚Ķ Angeli Neri (White Angels ‚Ķ Black Angels) etc. \r\nLiuto catalogue also features incredible background music albums that delivers an amazing variety of sounds: from "To.Day"s Sound" and "News" to "Tra Scienza e Fantascienza" (Between Science and Science Fiction). \r\nIn those great albums Piero Umiliani combined live Musicians with Electronic instruments. A very exhaustive manifesto of such works can be heard on "Musicaelettronica Vol. 1 & 2" anthology albums. \r\nIn the past few years, the Timeless and Stainless sound of Piero Umiliani has strongly come back with the inclusion of his music in OSTs of movies like "Playing by Heart" (Sean Connery), "Thick as Thieves" (Alec Baldwin) and ultimately the star packed Hollywood production "Ocean"s 12" with great Crepuscolo Sul Mare track. \r\nMajor Multinational brands have used his music for television advertising and the CD releases of his music were acclaimed worldwide. \r\nIn his long career Piero Umiliani composed and recorded 190 soundtracks, 40 library albums and 35 TV title themes." - Discogs.
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