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Tuesday, May 31 2016 | 06:08
Image: 1604386 “Questo sporco mondo meraviglioso” is one of the numerous collaborations between the director Luigi Scattini and Piero Umiliani, and one of the most interesting and varied soundtracks within the composer’s repertoire. A work full of influences and musical quotes, with guests and valuable collaborators such as Edda Dell’Orso and I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni. Some of the songs presented in this album are among his best works.

“Questo sporco mondo meraviglioso” is one of the numerous collaborations between
the director Luigi Scattini and Piero Umiliani, and one of the most interesting
and varied soundtracks within the composer’s repertoire. Produced in collaboration
with Piero Loy, the picture falls into the Mondo Movies genre, documentaries
dedicated to controversial and shocking topics (without aspiring to be journalistic
or adhering to scientific evidence). In this case, Scattini’s direction focuses on
topics such as artificial insemination and the teaching of contraception techniques
in Sweden, dog fights in Japan, the military training of Palestinian children in Lebanon,
a school for phocomelic children born in the Thalidomide years (the drug
that caused the birth of thousands of deformed babies in the sixties), and so on.
Scattini, who mastered the art of this exploitation film subgenre – he’s also the
author of the classic “Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri” and “Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso”
–, commissioned the soundtrack to his friend Umiliani, who responded with a
work full of influences and musical quotes, with guests and valuable collaborators
such as Edda Dell’Orso and I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni. Some
of the songs presented in this album are among his best works.
The mellow melodies of “Questo sporco mondo meraviglioso” perfectly portray
the lounge style of the sixties, powerfully evoking a distant and inimitable image
of those incredible years. The partial flop of the film, of which several scenes were
considered offensive and then cut by censorship, also determined the poor circulation
of the soundtrack, that has now finally come to a well-deserved reissue.

TRACKLIST CD
01 Questo mondo meraviglioso (archi e coro)
02 La nuova frontiera (archi e ritmi beat)
03 Dove va il mondo (complesso beat)
04 Pepito (complesso a tempo di samba)
05 Luna di miele (Sandro & Giulia)
06 Il mondo dell’infanzia (chitarre classiche)
07 Moderato grottesco and cantabile (Sandro & Giulia)
08 Mondo dove vai? (complesso beat con effetti elettronici)
09 Il micione e la gattina (Sandro & Giulia)
10 Mah-nà cow-boy (Sandro ed accompagnamento ritmico)
11 Holiday in (organo e ritmi)
12 Folk-way (complesso beat)
13 Il mondo è meraviglioso (archi e coro)
14 Love in (complesso beat)

Bonus tracks:
15 Western melody
16 Old rock
17 Young time
18 Red train Available from 08.07.2016
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