Sunday, September 30, 2007

Piero Umiliani - Requiem Per Un Agente Segreto OST


Piero Umiliani - Requiem Per Un Agente Segreto OST
Label - GDM
Released - 1967
Style - Jazz, Lounge, Spy, Easy Listening, Soundtrack

(From Score Baby):
He's always ready to "kiss" and to "bang". That's what the liner notes tell us of the seasoned secret agent played by Hollywood legend Stewart Granger in Requiem per un Agente Segreto -- one of the actor's many European spy flicks of the late 60s.

Umiliani's score is jazzy, and features multiple guitars, keyboards, voice, bass, drums, brass, woodwinds, strings. The music is by turns spare and atmospheric, other times propulsive and full bodied, but never bloated.

Requiem... may sometimes seem like Umiliani's Bond soundtrack, but it's stylistically closer to a Jerry Cotton score. It's more Peter Thomas, than it is John Barry. Barry's spy music is more orchestal, almost mythic in tone. Thomas's spy jazz doesn't take itself so seriously.

Although Umiliani's arrangements are fairly straight forward in comparison to Thomas' often wildly adventurous instrumentation, his light touch and beat music sensibilities make for refreshing arrangements and effective variations on the catchy Barry-esque main theme "Don't Ever Let Me Go."There are certainly stunning atmospheric passages. But there are plenty of upbeat Latinesque dance numbers to liven things up.

This GDM release features the remaster original soundtrack, plus an alternate version of the title track heard above.


Tracklist:
1. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (main titles song) (2:11)
2. Piero Umiliani - chase (2:39)
3. Piero Umiliani - spanish mood (2:28)
4. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (instr.version) (2:01)
5. Piero Umiliani - swing (2:03)
6. Piero Umiliani - mystery (2:17)
7. Piero Umiliani - arabian bistrot (4:33)
8. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (instr.version 2) (2:11)
9. Piero Umiliani - mystery 2 (5:01)
10. Piero Umiliani - discoteque party (2:34)
11. Piero Umiliani - action (1:18)
12. Piero Umiliani - mystery 3 (4:25)
13. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (lounge suite) (3:37)
14. Piero Umiliani - arabian action (2:25)
15. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (end titles song) (1:52)
16. Piero Umiliani - don't ever let me go (main titles song alt. version) (2:21)
17. Piero Umiliani - Requiem Per Un Agente Segreto (Lounge Suite In Stereo) (6:08)

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