Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Around the World on a Night Train

Same theme, two very different movies! In 1974, Raymond Peynet's whimsical book Il giro del mondo degli innamorati di Peynet (or "Peynet's Loves around the World") was adapted as a seldom-seen animated feature. Though the film runs less than an hour and a half, its soundtrack features a huge amount of music with full scores written by both Ennio Morricone and his frequent collaborator (and choir leader), Alessandro Alessandroni (the whistling guy on many Morricone spaghetti westerns). Morricone's pieces are numbered variations on "Forse Basta," with the first a particular standout. Its memorable vocal version, "A Flower's All You Need," is performed in the film by Egyptian-born crooner Demis Roussos, who's still a big international favorite. The score by Alessandroni (who did The Devil's Nightmare around the same time) is equally good, with the stunning "San Pietro" especially worthwhile.

Well, since nobody bothered to see the movie, Morricone was fond enough of the Roussos theme to use it again one year later when he was brought on board for Night Train Murders, a particularly savage and effective Italian riff on Last House on the Left by director Aldo Lado. This time the song plays out over the opening credits, with two ruffians mugging Santa Claus! The other two score cues are eerie stuff, with a harmonica used to particularly chilling effect.

Ennio Morricone
Night Train Murders
1. L'Ultimo Treno Della Notte
2. Coincidenze
3. A Flower's All You Need (Vocal: Demis Roussos)
Il giro del mondo degli innamorati di Peynet
4. Forse Basta 1
5. Forse Basta 2
6. Forse Basta 3
7. Forse Basta (Original Main Titles)
8. Forse Basta 4
9. Forse Basta 5
10. Forse Basta 6
11. Forse Basta 7
12. Forse Basta 8
13. Forse Basta 9
14. Forse Basta 10

Alessandro Alessandroni
Il giro del mondo degli innamorati di Peynet
1. Amore E Birra
2. Sirtaki Die Colonelli
3. I Pattinatori Di Bruegel
4. Invito A Corte
5. I Baronetti
6. Marinara
7. Fiori Gialli
8. Dal Tirolo Con Affetto
9. Deserto Di Elam
10. Serata Al Bolscioi
11. Tramonto Romano
12. Montmartre
13. Bethlem
14. Latino Americana
15. Venerd Santo A Siviglia
16. Chi Vuol Esser Lieto Sia
17. Made In USA
18. San Pietro
19. Piazza Rossa
20. Deserto Di Elam (Movie Version)
21. Sirtaki Dei Coloneli
22. Invito Al Corte (Alternate Version)
23. Bethlem (Alternate Version)
24. Fiori Gialli (alternate version)
25. Made in USA (alternate version - Spaghetti Western)
26. Made In USA (Alternate Version)
27. Made in USA (alternate version)
28. I Pattinatori Di Bruegel (Short Version)
29. Made in USA (alternate version) 2
30. I Baronetti (Alternate Version)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! Didn't even know this existed. I never could get enough of that Morricone theme, and this has certainly taken care of that!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa- your music is the s**t! Out of curiosity, do you happen to have the soundtrack for either 80s comedies National Lampoon's Vacation or Private Bennjamin? Or the 80s horror "Fatal Games." That would be brilliant!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Leon said...

Wonderful post!

Thank you very much :)

1:32 AM  
Blogger Equimathorn Jr. said...

Thanks, I have been looking for this stupid song for ages, even lost all my street cred at local record stores by looking at Demis Roussos LP's.

4:17 AM  
Blogger gspeedlace said...

I'm crazy about this theme, and I had no idea about the NIGHT TRAIN connection. Thanks for the share and the information!

8:56 AM  
Blogger SkunkApe said...

Very awesome on Nighttrain Murders, the theme song is great!

Thanks a lot

9:31 AM  
Anonymous colinr0380 said...

Thanks for the music! I've got the Blue Underground DVD of Night Train Murders, but didn't know about the other score!

Hehe! Reminds me of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party with the incessantly chirpy hostess "Do you like Demis Roussos?"

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please reload these two scores?

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Thanks - and terrific blog!

12:24 AM  

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