Equally praised for their narrative twists and compelling visual flair, Dario Argento’s films are equally iconic for their soundtracks, with Mondo confirming today that they will be releasing the soundtrack for his film giallo. The bird with the crystal plumage on vinyl. One of Argento’s first films, it marked a partnership with iconic composer Ennio Morricone, with this new release being limited to 1,500 units. This new pressing of The bird with the crystal plumage the original vinyl soundtrack will be on sale this Wednesday August 11 at Mondo Record Store from 12 p.m. CT.
Per Mondo, “Italian gialli fanatics of the 1970s take note …
“See the true assortment of sounds from Ennio Morricone’s score to Dario Argento’s debut film, The bird with the crystal plumage (a.k.a L’uccello slab piume di Cristallo) . Considered one of the gold standards of the giallo genre, Maestro Morricone’s mind-blowing sound work is a masterful accompaniment to the knife-wielding images onscreen. This colorful, yet somber sheet music features the il maestro brand’s scat vocal harmonies, beautiful melodies, and obligatory sinister themes – perfect music for this wonderfully stylistic Giallo masterpiece.
“The first in Argento’s ‘animal trilogy’ series, the music on The bird with the crystal plumage is a nice mix of bossa infused with strings with more tense and instrumentally sparse passages that Morricone does so well. Just be sure to handle the piumaggio crystallino with care (we suggest you wear your black gloves).
“Music by Ennio Morricone. Artwork by Luke Insect. 2×140 gram crystal vinyl housed inside a mirror panel gatefold sleeve. One-time press of 1500 units. $ 35”
One of the defining voices of Italian horror, Argento has long impressed audiences with his musical partnerships, which include not only Morricone, but also frequent collaborations with Goblin. After years away from the horror genre, Argento claimed last year that he was enlisting Daft Punk to mark his latest project.
“They are my admirers, they know all my cinema,” Argento revealed to Republic on the duo’s involvement, for The cinema scene. “They heard from French friends that I was making a new movie and called me [to say], ‘We want to work with you.’ ”
However, since those comments were made, Daft Punk has broken up, so it’s unclear if the two musicians will collaborate with Argento on the new project under different aliases or if collaboration plans have been scrapped entirely.
You can enter the soundtrack for The bird with the Crystal plumage Wednesday August 11 at Mondo Record Store from 12 p.m. CT.
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