Italy’s Blind Faith Records does an incredible job in releasing a not previously released during it’s initial run Soundtrack to the 1969 film, Camille 2000 composed by Piero Piccioni (*note Easy Tempo sourced the music for a release back in 1998). Many hard to get soundtracks and releases often boast being “mastered from the original recordings” but often times are only dubs of records but Blind Faith Records has gone the extra mile by digging into the vaults for the original master tapes and giving the release a top job on the sound. Housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, poster insert and double vinyl, this is definitely one for the crates if you’re into Italian soundtracks and Easy Listening.
About the composer:
Piero Piccioni was an Italian lawyer turned major film score composer. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, he was also the prolific author of more than 300 film soundtracks. His mother’s maiden name was Marengo, hence his pseudonym Piero Morgan which he adopted until 1957. He played for the first time on radio in 1938 with his historic “013” Big Band, to return on air only after the liberation of Italy in 1944. His unforgettable “013”, was the first Italian jazz band to be broadcast in Italy after the fall of fascism.When he was growing up his father, Attilio Piccioni, would frequently take him to hear concerts at the E.I.A.R. Radio Studios in Florence. He listened to jazz throughout his childhood. Without attending studies at the Conservatoire Academy of Music, Piero Piccioni became an extremely talented self-taught musician.Piero Piccioni was born in Turin, Piedmont. His mother’s maiden name was Marengo, hence his pseudonym Piero Morgan, which he adopted until 1957. Piccioni made his radio debut at 17 with his 013 Big Band in 1938, but only returned on air after the liberation of Italy in 1944. His 013 was the first Italian jazz band to be broadcast in Italy after the fall of fascism.He was deeply influenced in his use of jazz by 20th century classical composers and American cinematography. Amongst his favourites were Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Ford and Alex North.
As Marsellus Wallace puts it, “it’s a great soundtrack”.