Press Release from Digitmovies:
As a tribute to the great Totò, the king of laughter, we are releasing three complete soundtracks on CD from the films "Toto Diabolico" (aka "Toto Diabolicus") with music by Piero Piccioni, "Toto Vs. the 4" (aka "Toto Contro I 4") with music by Gianni Ferrio, and" Toto vs. Maciste "(aka" Toto contro Maciste") with music by Francesco De Masi.
Piero Piccioni (December 6, 1921, Turin -July 23, 2004, Rome) was one of the greatest composers of film music. His name is associated with directors such as Francesco Rosi, Luchino Visconti, Alberto Sordi, and Vittorio De Sica. Only six songs were released from this OST in 1997 on the box set C.A.M. "Toto, The Prince of Satirical Comedy" (CVS 900-011), but for our CD we used every note recorded and preserved on the mono master tapes from the original recording session. For this score, the author composed a grotesque tango for the main theme alternating with suspenseful music and nightclub lounge themes.
TOTO’ VS. THE 4
Gianni Ferrio (November 15, 1924, Vicenza - 21 October 2013, Rome) was one of the top names in the world of television and the author of numerous soundtracks for cinema. He also partnered up with singers like Jula de Palma, Johnny Dorelli, Teddy Reno and particularly Mina.
From this OST, six songs were released in 1997 on the box set C.A.M. "Toto, The Prince of Satirical Comedy" (CVS 900-011), but for our CD we used every note recorded and preserved on the mono master tapes from the original recording session, except for a rare stereo mix (Tr.25). Ferrio composed a fantastic score with passionate pieces including Jazz and Blues to describe the noir scene, while the funny sides of Toto are emphasized with comical music. Suspenseful pieces play in the background in pure thriller style. There’s no shortage of lounge pieces either, including the brilliant "Toto twist" (Tr.23).
TOTO’ VS. MACISTE
Francesco De Masi (January 11, 1930 Rome- November 6, 2005, Rome) is the third musical giant star on this CD dedicated to Toto. He is a well-rounded composer who wrote a considerable amount of music for the screen, creating fabulous music for every kind of film including westerns, espionage films, and thriller and horror films (his background score for "The New York Ripper" was the crowning music-picture moment of Lucio Fulci’s filmmaking). Five songs were released from this OST in 1997 on the box set C.A.M. "Toto, The Prince of Satirical Comedy" (CVS 900-011). In reality Maestro De Masi composed very little original music for this film (perhaps including repertoire material). We used everything that was found on the original master tapes, including one previously unreleased track: the "Finale" (referred to as M 38 on the cuesheets) which did not appear in the previous box set from C.A.M.