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The AMS label released an LP version of Luis Bacalov’s landmark score to Sergio Corbucci’s original Django (1966). Despite the awful cover Art, it is great.

As usual, within the 60’s Spaghetti western circles, Maestro Bruno Nicolai is conducting. He does, this time again, an amazing job with limited means.

Two years after Ennio Morricone made it an all new scoring game with the A Fistful of Dollars OST, Bacalov stepped in to underscore Corbucci’s nihilistic, moody and violent take on the basic outline of a stranger (Django) turning a (near Ghost) town upside down by turning its unwelcome visitors against one another.

Three impressive elements of Corbucci’s Low budget flick,  the endlessly muddy settings, the cartoon-like actions of its characters and the ensuing blood bath that defied 1960’s standards are  musically combined by the composer to near perfection.

Starting with prime cuts that made it to the Unchained OST, including the title (crooner) song opening both Corbucci’s and Tarantino’s films, and the piece Town of silence (track 2), also used by Quentin Tarantino in his own Django rip off, Django‘s  OST offers suspenseful wind section variations on the theme (track 3- Fango Giallo ), your iconic trumpet straight out of Leone’s world announcing an imminent Death (track 7 –La Corsa) and also plays with highly efficient dissonant violin work, etc.

B-side of the LP is mainly filled with interesting alternate takes and incidental music of Tex-Mex mariachi stuff Bacalov Style (The man’s born in Latin America). The composer manages to cleverly add his own voice to the Spaghetti Western genre and shows early in his career what a great composer he is.

Django‘s inspired work! Great OST.

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