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Image: 1605345 “Codice d’amore orientale” isn’t really Piero Vivarelli’s best film, but it features a great soundtrack (as most of the movies of that era) written by Alberto Baldan Bembo (here under the moniker of Blue Marvin), a n excellent composer and pianist, older brother of the way more famous song writer Dario. The nine tracks span several genres and linger between Italian popular music and orchestral pop, Asian influences (couldn’t have been different), breakbeat, funk and some experimentalisms. Perfect for any self-respecting DJ’s music selection!

“Codice d’amore orientale” had been often labelled as one of the lowest points reached by the b-movies from the ’70s. Essentially, it is just a genuine attempt to exploit the success of the erotic genre, very popular at the time: the movie tells the story of two young lovers, running away from their families that were against their union. The two are given shelter by a minister of love, who introduces them to the secrets of Kamasutra.

Definitely not an art-house film, and surely director Piero Vivarelli will be remembered for other works, for instance the cult movie “Il Dio Serpente” featuring Nadia Cassini (1970) and “Il Decamerone Nero”, or for his activity as a songwriter: in fact he signed classic Italian pop tunes such as “24.000 baci” and “Il tuo bacio è come un rock”, sung by the pop star Adriano Celentano. Nonetheless, the movie featured a great soundtrack, as most of them were in those years - we’re talking about 1974 here -, written by Alberto Baldan Bembo (here under the moniker of Blue Marvin), an excellent composer and pianist, older brother of the way more famous songwriter Dario.

Consisting of nine tracks, the soundtrack spans several genres and lingers between Italian popular music and orchestral pop, Asian influences (couldn’t have been different), breakbeat, funk and some experimentalisms. The highlights of the album are “Narai and Lakshmi”, the splendid “Sawadi”, “Nude Love” and of course the most famous track of the score, “Kamasutra” – a funk and wild piece that had been sampled by Stereo MC’s in 2001 for their hit “Running”. Not to be missed from any self-respecting DJ’s selection!

TRACKLIST LP
A1 God Is Love
A2 Kamasutra
A3 Mara-Jat’s Love
A4 Sawadi
A5 Nude Love
B1 Hayng and Yutia
B2 La Cortigiana
B3 Thai Pop
B4 Narai and Lakshmi

TRACKLIST CD
01 God Is Love
02 Kamasutra
03 Mara-Jat’s Love
04 Sawadi
05 Nude Love
06 Hayng and Yutia
07 La Cortigiana
08 Thai Pop
09 Narai and Lakshmi
Available from 26.08.2016
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