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Soundtrack Face Off #3: Armando Trovaioli (Adulterio all'Italiana + Sette Uomini D'Oro)

Posted on 2008.10.24 at 19:47
For our third in the series of pitting two soundtracks from the same composer against each other for no good reason, we match
Sette Uomini D'Oro [1965]

Adulterio all'Italiana [1966]

by Amrando Trovaioli. Armando composed over 200 soundtracks and musicals, and during the 60s was married to gorgeous Sicilian Pier Angeli; he wouldn't be embarrassed to come to high school reunions. usual disclaimer: I most likely haven't seen any of the films mentioned, and its use in the actual film is not considered, all judgments are made purely from a music collectors standpoint.

Round 1: Main Vocal Theme
Anna Identici sings the main theme to Sette Uomini D'Oro heard here
Carmen Villani sings the main theme to Adulterio all'Italiana heard here
Adulterio is obviously influenced by the beat music which infected Italy from England. Carmen enthusiastically vamps and moans after a call and response with a male chorus. She steals the show from the guitar heavy instrumentation which is fine for the song, but usually worrisome in these cases for the rest of the soundtrack which likely was the base or will be based off parts of the song.
Sette is a lovely languid affair. Consisting mainly of plaintive organ topped by whistles, unobtrusive acoustic guitar and bass, with Anna's more restrained but sweet sounding vocals the song manages to be both a little unusual and beautiful. It's unsualness and more open relaxed form would seem to lend itself better to breaking down and variations used by soundtrack composers throughout other parts of the film.
Round 1 winner Sette Uomini D'Oro

Round 2: Vocal Variations
Sette's Seven Golden Men
Adulterio's Bada Caterina funny version
in Adulterio Villani already scatted her way through it so the real difference here is the toned down energy and instruments. The theme works very well as a mid tempo romp and Carmen's playfulness is matched well by the guitar.
Sette actually has a lot more wordless vocal theme's than Adulterio, all of which depart from Identici's song's style in favor of a jazzy uptempo boy/girl (The organ/whistling is taken up repeatedly in the theme titled "Rosanna") which while fun, is not something we haven't heard before.
Round 2 winner Adulterio all'Italiana

Round 3: Third Themes
Sette's themes were "Rosanna" found in the main vocal theme and elswhere, its 2nd theme was "Seven Golden Men" the fleet jazz vocals, and has a couple tertiary themes after those. both of those tertiary themes are a little weak to my ears, here is Brick Top
Adulterio's Main theme was Bada Caterina, and it's secondary theme was really "Io Brillo e Bollo" as yet unmentioned and it also had a couple tertiary themes. Here first is an instrumental version of Io Brillo e Bollo which is excellent, but really the star is the vocal version again with Carmen Villani. I think it's even better than Bada Caterina. The third string themes are "Scarpe Gialle" which is again not as strong as the rest, but also included are more interesting songs like "adulterio all' italiana sirtaki shake" a sort of "Zorba the Greek" type interlude which give Adulterio a stronger over all position.
Round 3 winner Adulterio all'Italiana

WINNER Adulterio all'Italiana!!! after being staggered in round 1, Adulterio proves that you can't count out italian beat music for soundtracks, and rocky beats jazzy in an upset.

Adulterio all'Italiana OST
Sette Uomini D'Oro OST


Rev. Syung Myung Me
revme at 2008-10-25 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yaaaay! Italian soundtracks!
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