Press Release from Digitmovies:
Digitmovies releases for the very first time on CD the complete edition in full stereo of
the OST for the Italian cult TV series “Orzowei” which was composed by the prolific
brothers Guido & Maurizio De Angelis. Based on the novel “Orzowei” written by Alberto
Manzi and issued in 1955, the story was adapted into 13 episodes of an international
TV hit series which was produced in 1976 by Italian and German companies.
It was directed by the French filmmaker Yves Allégret and starred Peter Marshall as Isa
/ Orzowei, the British star Stanley Baker, Doris Kunstmann, Vincenzo Crocitti, and
Bonne Lubega. This TV program was broadcasted in Italy in early 1977 and presented
again with version especially re-edited for cinema theaters called “Orzowei - il figlio
della savana” (“Orzowei - Son of the Savannah”).
In those days only one single was issued: RCA BB 6054, a very big international record
hit. This CD has been possible thanks to the stereo master tapes which have been well
preserved in the RCA archives. Concerning “Orzowei” besides the 45 rpm single versions
“Orzowei” and “Le notti di Orzowei” we have also added alternate takes of the
famous theme song like a different mix, the instrumental version, an evocative version
with an echoed solo flute, the very cool karaoke version, an alternate take of “Le notti
di Orzowei” without flute (all the original material discovered on the master tapes, if
we consider that possibly in the TV series library music was re-used). Only recently
we were able to discover on another mastertape three extra alternate takes that with
big joy we include in this very new re-issue. A OST of the ’70s Italian TV CULT which
we absolutely wanted to rescue and preserve to honour the musical art of Guido &
Maurizio De Angelis.