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Ennio Morricone: Il Gatto A Nove Code (Cat O Nine Tails)

Il Gatto A Nove Code (Cat O Nine Tails)

Ennio Morricone

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  • Release Date 02 December 2016
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Product code
AMSLP77
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
AMS

The Cat o' Nine Tails (Italian: Il gatto a nove code) is a 1971 giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento. Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. "Il gatto a nove code" (The cat o'Nine Tails), filmed in 1971, is the second film by Dario Argento, a horror thriller still distant from his horror works for which he will later become famous on an international level. The collaboration with the composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, already known for his work on Sergio Leone's western movies, is here renewed after the success of "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", and will continue with the third installment of the 'zoological trilogy', "Four Flies on Grey Velvet".

When the previous soundtrack for Argento's first movie had proved to be a really tough listen, here Morricone goes even further, creating a really dissonant and avant-garde sound, with practically one single basis theme in the form of a few essential bass guitar notes. In those same years, after all, the Maestro was part of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, and the films of Dario Argento provided the perfect terrain where Morricone could experiment, without any boundaries. Like many other soundtracks of those years, "The cat o 'nine tails" had to wait more than 20 years to see the light in its entirety, with a single 45rpm released at the time! Today, this score is reissued by AMS Records in LP format with gatefold cover.

Although it is the middle entry in Argento's so-called "Animal Trilogy" (along with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Four Flies on Grey Velvet), the titular "cat o' nine tails" does not directly refer to a literal cat, nor to a literal multi-tailed whip; rather, it refers to the number of leads that the protagonists follow in the attempt to solve a murder. Though successful in Europe, it was dismissed in the United States.

Tracklisting
1. Ninna nanna in blu
2. 1970
3. Sottintesi
4. Parabola del paradosso
5. Parabola prima
6. Parabola seconda
7. Dissociazione
8. Dissociazione seconda
9. Passeggiata notturna (movie version)
10. Metafora finale
11. Placcaggio
12. Passeggiata notturna (original single version)
13. Placcaggio (alternate version)
14. Ninna nanna in blu (movie takes variation)

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