Saturday, 7 August 2010
OST: Fenomenal e il tesoro di Tutankamen / Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankhamen – Bruno Nicolai
Have your smoking jacket, bottle of J & B and cocktail shaker at the ready for this fun lounge soundtrack to Ruggero Deodato’s 1968 entry into the fumetti adaptation stakes.
Like many of Nicolai’s spy movie scores of the period, this one features sparse, upbeat jazzy arrangements for the most part, complemented perfectly by vocal work from I cantori moderni, the ensemble led by chief Sergio Leone soundtrack whistler and Killer Nun (1978) score provider Alessandro Alessandroni. Irresistibly cheesy and very, very 60s, it's guaranteed to put a spring into the step of anyone with as much as an ounce of style.
However, the standout track of the album is Sequence 9, featuring the great Edda Dell’Orso in the place of I cantori. It’s lush, beautiful and on a par with similar work by Bruno’s friend and mentor Morricone. If only it was a mite longer than 1 minute 41 seconds!
Like many of Nicolai’s soundtracks it does get a bit samey after a while, especially if left on for the bonus tracks, but this doesn’t detract from it being fantastic music to loaf about the house to. The trifling annoyance of not being able to get hold of a copy of the film itself is slightly offset by the fact that the general fan consensus seems to be that it isn’t very good. Perhaps it’s best to be left with the mental pictures that this little gem of a soundtrack evokes.