Press Release from Digitmovies:
Carlo Rustichelli is one of the titans of film music. For “Made in Italy,” he composed one of the best OSTs of his long and fabulous career. Originally RCA had released a promotional LP (SP 8015) containing eleven tracks in mono with a total time of only 22:14 minutes. For our CD (69:01 min) we were able to access the master assembled for the LP and the original mono master tapes from the recording session which allowed us to release the entire soundtrack, including previously unreleased material.
With a stellar cast dominated by beauties like Virna Lisi, Sylva Koscina, and Catherine Spaak, Maestro Rustichelli created a beautiful Mediterranean mood inspired by fabulous settings in Rome, Amalfi, Ravello, Matera, Naples, Venice, Turin, Florence, Sicily and beautifully photographed by Ennio Guarnieri. The main theme is “La ballata del lavoro” (“The Work Ballad”) a shake sung by a male voice and performed by the orchestra of Carlos Pes and accompanied by the Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni (Tr.1). The composer reprises this theme with wistful instrumental versions (Tr.3, Tr.6, Tr.8) alternating with folk style music which is a bit funny and a bit sad, and dominated by the organ and typical instruments used by Rustichelli (Tr.2, Tr.4, Tr.9). There is no shortage of lounge pieces like Tr.5 and Tr.11 where Maestro Rustichelli hints at James Bond, and Tr.24, a wild shake sung by Raul for the scene where Catherine Spaak is dancing in the disco. As bonus tracks we’ve also included four musical sequences with the sound technician’s announcements directly from the recording session. This CD is a tribute to the immortal art of Charles Rustichelli.