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I Miei Stati D'Animo

Pianist, musician, conductor and composer – Lelio Luttazzi was a multifaceted talent, one of the main innovators in the Italian music scene in the booming times that followed the Second World War. “I Miei Stati D’animo” is one of his finest works.



We are excited to share some hot news with you... 

A new chapter of The Golden Age Of Danish Pornography by Alex Puddu is coming soon!!!

Vol.3 will be available on LP+CD / CD / DIGI

Digital pre-order available on Bandcamp here: http://bit.ly/2aNeU63




Stefano Ghittoni & DJ Rocca

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Both active since the late ’90s, Stefano Ghittoni and Luca ‘DJ Rocca’ Roccatagliati have collected an infinite series of projects, collaborations, records and productions, focusing on the vast world of electronic music in any of its forms and shapes.

Stefano Ghittoniis mostly known for his partnership with Cesare Malfatti in The Dining Rooms, who have just released their latest album “Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?” on Schema Records. He also recently founded a record label called IntervalloDischi, releasing vintage obscure and forgotten library music scores only on vinyl.

On the other hand, DJ Rocca, founder of the Maffia Sound System project back in 1995, is very well known among lovers of electronic music, and his two-decade career can count on collaborations with Howie B, Pressure Drop, Zed Bias, Dimitri From Paris, Jazzanova and Daniele Baldelli among others. He can be found today in projects such as Electric Tree, Ajello, Supersonic Lovers and Crimea X, besides running his own record label Danny Was A Drag King.

Today these two characters have finally been able to work together, and their artistic partnership has given life to the nine tracks of “Atemporal Space Tests”, a haunting collection of electronic jazz-funk songs, from mid to downtempo. It’s a fully instrumental record that plays very rhythmic and groovy, built on both analogic and digital sounds, like a floating and psychedelic soundtrack to a modern science fiction movie. 


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Piero Umiliani

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Considering the incredibly wide range of styles adopted by Piero Umiliani during his career, it will come as no surprise for you to know that he also produced disco. And therefore here we have the long awaited reissue of a record that goes by the explicit title of “Discomusic”. The release was signed as Soundwork Shoppers, a moniker concealing the identities of the Maestro and some of the most talented session musicians of that time, such as Giovanni Tommaso, Dino Piana, Franco D’Andrea, Oscar Valdambrini, Silvano Chimenti and Sergio Carnini to name a few. The compositions instead, had been credited to Rovi (another alias used by Umiliani).

This LP made by ten tracks could have been the perfect soundtrack of a ‘Commedia Sexy All’Italiana’ (a genre characterised by sex-based plots and bawdy jokes). At that time in Italy disco had still an exotic appeal and was considered apt to accompany a genre of movies that was at once erotic and comic. “Discomusic” is some sort of a white version of a sound that is inherently black, a unique record within Umiliani‘s discography.

The track “Discomania” became popular as the closing theme of 90° Minuto, a famous Italian football TV show, bringing Umiliani’s music to millions of Italian households. The cover artwork deserves a special mention: a pop collage by Sandro Lodolo, a director and screenwriter, composer also of TV themes like Rischiatutto (a popular show conducted by Mike Bongiorno).


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The Afro Soul Prophecy

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“The Devil Made Me Do It” is a three-track EP, a homonymous one and two different versions of the same, distributed on the two sides of a 10-inch LP. The music composer is Alex Puddu, longtime Schema Records collaborator with several solo works in a very different music field than this.

In fact, the main source of inspiration of “The Devil ...” is the music of Fela Kuti, with particular reference to the Africa 70 project to which he belonged together with drummer Tony Allen. In its original version, “The Devil Made Me Do It” is pure downtempo afro beat while, for what concerns the other two versions here included, the “Invisible Cosmic Echoes” has a slower pace and is characterized - as the title suggests - by reverberations and space sound, while the “Invisible Astral Wave” is perfect for a DJ remix and has got a slightly accelerated pace, with an emphasis on the percussive / tribal element.

“The Devil Made Me Do It” confirms once again that a handful of notes and chords is more than enough to produce charming and enchanting music; to light the fuse of creativity we don’t need anything else than a bunch of few right tones! 


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The Afro Soul Prophecy

DADDY'S GROOVE / LET ME BE YOUR LOVER
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On the path to a full-length record, which will be released on Schema in the nearby future, and after the introductory afro-dub 10-inch EP “The Devil Made Me Do It”, The Afro Soul Prophecy project welcomes the Spring of 2017 with a series of two exclusive 7-inch records, for a total of four fully instrumental new compositions.

This second 45rpm of the series consists of the main track “Daddy’s Groove”, a catchy funky song with a wah-wah guitar in support of a long saxophone middle section, paired with the slow- paced “Let Me Be Your Lover”, a perfect music companion for the most heartfelt and romantic moments.

Once again, the longtime Schema Records collaborator, composer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Puddu has lent his creativity and put his music signature on these tracks, for an exciting and charming result! 


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The Afro Soul Prophecy

REDLIGHT DISTRICT / THE GAME OF LOVE
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On the path to a full-length record, which will be released on Schema in the nearby future, and after the introductory afro-dub 10-inch EP “The Devil Made Me Do It”, The Afro Soul Prophecy project welcomes the Spring of 2017 with a series of two exclusive 7-inch records, for a total of four fully instrumental new compositions.

This first 45rpm in the series consists of the main track “Red Light District”, a rare groovy funk effort tinged with catchy brass melodies, backed with the slower, mellow and sensual “The Game of Love” – yes, the title says it all!

Once again, the longtime Schema Records collaborator, composer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Puddu has lent his creativity and put his music signature on these tracks, for an exciting and charming result! 


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Zalla (Piero Umiliani)

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Listening today to Piero Umiliani’s music is an experience that we wouldn’t hesitate to define ‘totalizing’ and ‘revealing’. Totalizing, because Umiliani’s has touched a multitude of genres; revealing, because any listener can immediately realize how his extensive production was way ahead of its time and still very fresh today, now that a few decades have passed.

“Produzione” is the LP “Problemi d’oggi” opening track, originally released in 1973 on Umiliani’s Liuto Records label under the pseudonym of Zalla, one of many under which the artist used to hide at that time. The track can be found in its original version at the beginning of side B: it’s an amazing mix of acoustic percussion and electronic experimentation, considered by some as the first example of techno / trance music ever recorded.

This song, along with “Attività”, another excerpt from “Problemi d’oggi”, has been reworked by Gerardo Frisina, who cleverly extends the original content by mixing it with contemporary electronic sensations.The result, packaged in an artwork inspired by the original 1973 release, are two tracks in which the ’70s avant-garde and today’s music blend with surprising ease. 


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Marvin Parks

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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s jazz scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the African-American jazz crooner tradition. While having his roots in gospel and considering jazz singers from the’50s and ’60s such asKing Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams an inspiration, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today.

A debut album that shines new light on some well-known standards but also features original compositions, Marvin Parks’ first opus has been produced by Nicola Conte, who backed Marvin’s light baritone with a combo of amazing musicians.

The album has been recorded in Italy in two main sessions. The first one took place at Sorriso Studio in Bari, where Nicola Conte recorded all his albums, with a fantastic line-up including Daniele Tittarelli (alto saxophone), Francesco Lento (trumpet), Pietro Lussu (piano), Luca Alemanno (double bass), Nicola Angelucci (drums), Pierpaolo Bisogno (percussion) and, of course, Nicola Conte himself (guitar). The second session took place in Milan, at Schema Records’ Blue Spirit studio, with the same rhythm section and a very special guest: Logan Richardson (alto saxophone).

While the first session reminds the classic Blue Note sound of the ’60s, the second one casts a sound with African influences and moods that evoke the historical Coltrane / Davis quintet playing in Paris in 1960… Paris, which by coincidence is Marvin Parks’ hometown in these days. 


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Mario Biondi

STAY WITH ME / NEVER STOP DREAMING
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“Handful of Soul”, Mario Biondi’s debut album – triple platinum at the time – and to this day still by far his greatest success, was released in the Fall of 2006: a bolt from the blue that immediately reached the top positions of the charts. To celebrate ten years of his recording career, the Sicilian singer has come back last November with a new project: “Best of Soul”, a 2-CD set that combines songs spanning throughout his entire discography and seven unreleased tracks produced by Schema Records.

Since the very beginning, Mario’s songs proved to be a perfect material for an electro / dance / dub rework, and “Stay with Me”, the first single from "Best of Soul", is no exception: in fact, the A-side of this 12-inch EP is covered by two different versions of that song produced by Luca Trevisi a.k.a. LTJ Xperience, legendary DJ and producer, active since the 80’s in the central Italy clubbing scene and today one of the greatest names in the electronic music scene.

On the flip side, the original version of “Stay with Me” is accompanied by another unreleased track, “Never Stop Dreaming”, also coming from the recording sessions of “Best of Soul”; it perfectly fits Mario Biondi’s unique style: a music background suspended between soul and rhythm’n’blues, in support of a warm, deep voice, carrying its distinctive and instantly recognizable tone.

This EP is therefore a must for both fans of Mario, as it contains the only ‘physical version’ of the song “Never Stop Dreaming”, and for any dancefloor DJ, who’ll find outstanding material for their mixes in LTJ Xperience’s work.


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Luca Mannutza Quintet

THE REMEMBERING
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Luca Mannutza is among the finest Italian jazz players today, who even released two albums on the legendary Blue Note with the High Five Quintet. “The Remembering” is pure American-rooted jazz, rich in experimentation by a rhythmic point of view, which fully reflects the personality of its composer in its elegance and refinement, never over the top or self-indulgent. Apparently simple and immediate, despite its inherent complexity, it will satisfy much more than just a set of jazz music listeners.


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Gerardo Frisina

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This new mini-LP by Gerardo Frisina should have been called “Olympia - Part II”, since it ideally restarts where the previous EP “Olympia” had arrived. It’s been recorded with the same line-up of musicians: John Guerretti (piano and Hammond), Ernesto Lopez (drums and percussion), Hendrickson “Pucci” Mena (trumpet), Domenico Mamone (baritone and tenor saxophone), Alessandro Marcado (bass) and Gilas (flute).

Looks like a classic jazz ensemble; however, a strong passion for afro and Latin sounds, combined with abundant dose of electronic music, leads to a completely different result. Frisina’s trademark hasn’t actually changed: jazz house music contaminated by Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin-jazz elements, all made fluid, compelling and above all... Danceable!

It is almost impossible, in fact, not to associate Frisina’s music to a dance floor environment, and “Blue latin” is no exception: conceived, as its predecessors, as the ideal musical accompaniment to a packed dance hall, also this record reinterprets a musical genre – jazz, of course! - which even decades ago was considered the dance music ‘par excellence’, and delivers it, extremely modernized, to the present day.

Among the six tracks from “Blue Latin”, exclusively printed on LP, there’s a personal rework of “Na- quela Base” João Donato, where the original piano melody is played by wind instruments, and the almost-meditative “Incanto”, which combines spiritual jazz influences and African atmospheres. 


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Luciano Michelini

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There is only a tiny Wikepedia page about Luciano Michelini, and is written in German. A fact that should make us think on how he is still virtually unknown and unappreciated in Italy. After graduating from the conservatory, the pianist and composer started working as a teacher, while pursuing a more creative career  as a composer. From 1964 to 1982 he also worked as a manager for RCA and left his mark primarily as the author of Italian film soundtracks. Among his best-known scores are worth mentioning “Il Decamerone ne-ro”, “La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide”, “La città gioca d’azzardo” and, above all, the beautiful “L’isola degli uomini pesce”, written for the eponymous sci-fi horror film by Sergio Martino.
 
His true masterpiece, however, was composed in 1969 and is titled “La Conquista di Luna” (The Moon’s Conquest), one of the rarest and most sought Italian soundtracks, virtually impossible to get without spend-ing a fortune. Michelini and his orchestra produced this imaginary sci-fi soundtrack enriched by the pres-ence of the legendary singer Edda Dell’Orso on some tracks.
 
Drawing its structure from classical and orchestral soundtracks, the album is tinged with prog elements ahead of their time, soft psychedelia and moments of sheer genius: more than 40 years after its first re-lease, it still guarantees a jaw-dropping listening experience. 
 
It is almost impossible, for example, to listen to “Tycho” without thinking of the following decades of or-chestral pop production and how a song like that could and should have exerted its influence. Better late than never…

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Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

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Way ahead of their time, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza were an experimental collective fully based on improvised music. It was the only European group exclusively made of composers, instead of simple performers. The Group tried to break the schemes by making use of new instruments and electronic effects, reinventing new timbres, using the voice in an unconventional way. They were also known for the presence of Ennio Morricone on trumpet who, at the same time (1966), was also working as a soundtrack composer for Sergio Leone’s western movies!
 
Up until now all the works have been the fruit of a composer and that this «open» form was in reality still «closed» to a still greater opening.
It was the presence in Rome of one of its principal members, the composer Larry Austin, that encouraged the formation of the IMPROVISATION GROUP OF THE NUOVA CONSONANZA, which is the only group in Europe formed exclusively of Composers.
The members of this group intercalate the instruments into various formations, from a minimum of two instruments, to a total formation. The essential element of the group is a sense of good understanding, which is the base for finding a fertile field first for discussion and then for performance. 
This is the first time in the history of western music that more than one composer get together playing various instruments, where the result is no longer the result of an individual effort but of a joint effort.
For all this, it is clear that the GROUP makes an effort to surmount the limits of this system, and despite these limits, in some cases, gives glimpses of new horizons, of a new system, with the use of new instruments. The continual invention of timbres, and also the use of some electronic effects, for example the use of voices as impulse-phonemons, puts the group in a position of actuality, where contemporary composers of subjective vision have yet to arrive.
All the pieces in this collection are absolutely «improvised» and are not the result of «editing». The most interesting thing is that the actual duration of the piece for the listener is the same as that taken for its production, that is an «effort» of few minutes. The art of improvisation is fascinating and this way of «composing together» results in an internal and external tension of great sensitivity, and I think that this is the only magic still possible in the music of to-day, no longer written, and completely deprived of all myth in front of that personage once called Author.

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Brugnolini / Torossi

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‘Musica per commenti sonori’ is a cult series within the diverse world of Italian library music. In the late sixties and seventies, the small record label Costanza Records has published several releases precisely focusing on ‘background music’, including works of great composers such as Peppino De Luca, Roberto Pregadio, Franco Micalizzi, Vito Thomas, Giancarlo Thomas Puccio Roelens, Riccardo Luciani, and by the 
protagonists of this long-time due reissue: Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi.
 
The two musicians, who had also worked together on the masterpiece “Feelings” (1974), have often collaborated and delivered some of the best Italian library music of all time. “Musica per commenti sonori” is certainly one of the most interesting. On the two equally split sides of this LP, the first for Torossi and the second for Brugnolini (but it seems that this partition was exclusively dictated by legal demands), there are twelve amazing tracks that will excite lovers of the wildest funk, producers in search of rare breaks, and those with a penchant for the psycho-beat atmospheres of the sixties.
 
Among the most heated tracks featured on Torossi’s side, we can’t pass over the amazing “Sweet-Beat”, “Interrupted” (perhaps the best track of the album) and “Repetition” while “Polyphony”, “Motuproprio” and the closing track “Flyer” shine on Brugnolini’s. Virtually impossible to find, even at astonishing prices, this reissue puts back into the market one of the best examples of ‘The art of Italian library music’: a genre worldwide envied and collected.

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Zalla (Piero Umiliani)

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Among all the aliases used by the great Piero Umiliani, M. Zalla is perhaps his most rich and surprisingly multifarious: mainly used to produce experimental records that had little commercial appeal, this nom de plume (along with Moggi) is tied to memorable episodes of his career, releases such as “Problemi d’oggi” (literally “Today’s Problems”), “Mondo inquieto” (i.e. “An Unsettling World”), and also “Suspense”, now reissued by Schema Records.
 
And if titles such as those mentioned above may somehow disguise the musical content (electronic music, by the way), “Suspense” perfectly anticipates what you will hear in its seventeen songs. A full-black front cover, the title written with yellow coloured typeface (it couldn’t be any different) for an album that promises tension, gloomy atmospheres, mystery and, needless to say, suspense elements that convey anxiety and distress. Thanks to the clever use of Moog and keyboards, combined with magnificent orchestral arrangements, the tracks rapidly flow one after another in a crescendo that leaves you breathless, to cite the title of one of the best tracks.
 
And, speaking about the titles of the tracks, what better way to introduce this reissue to the public other than quoting “Suspense notturna”, “Paura sul fondo”, “Killer”, “Inquieto”, “Suspense angosciosa”, “Evasione notturna” and my favourite one, “Suspense atomica”. A treat for your ears, and another fundamental piece to reconstruct the story of a Master of Italian music. Lean back in your chair and turn off the light...

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Alex Puddu

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DANISH PORNOGRAPHY VOL.3
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Alex Puddu did it again! 

The record you are holding in your hands is the third (and final?) instalment of the soundtrack composed by our hero for the third chapter of the DVD series “The Golden Age of Danish Pornography 1970-1974”. The project began in 2011, with the release of a collection of twelve 8mm vintage hardcore short movies from the early 70s directed by the pioneer of Danish porn cinema Freddy Weiss. A second DVD published by Jan Schmidt's Pink Flamingo Entertainment followed in 2014. 

But the thing is that this third DVD has never been produced, and never will be… 
So what’s the deal with this soundtrack? 

So to boil it down, some of the tracks Alex was working on were almost completed; it took him little effort to finish those/ polish them off and add some outtakes originally thought for the first two albums and there we go! 

Enough? Absolutely not! 

So here's "Black Orgasm" (previously published only on 7” with the b-side "Naughty girls at the wild party" on Schema), "Sex Bar", "XXX Action" and "Feeling Saxy": for the first time these 4 tracks, which appeared only on a single or as CD bonus tracks on Volume 1, are now pressed on vinyl! 

This ‘circle of pleasure’ comes to a closing, at least for what concern the soundtrack. 

In fact, the guy behind this project is Jan Schmidt: a close friend of Alex, sharing his taste for Italian movies from the 60s and 70s and a love for their unparalleled soundtracks, Jan is the same old friend that produced Alex at the beginning of his solo artist career, with Alex Puddu and The Butterfly Collectors, right after the success of the Puddu-Varano duo. 
When Jan decided to produce this DVD series and started to restore the original films, he realised that the original audio was lost forever, and immediately thought of involving Alex in writing a new soundtrack. He loved Alex’s groovy porn sound so deeply to feel compelled to write the liner notes of his second volume of tracks for The Golden Age of Danish Pornography. 

And there is in fact a leitmotif that subtly connects these three X-rated albums, a red light that glows and illuminates the faces of the actors, a recognisable mark deriving from the perfect knowledge of the sound that made Italian library music and soundtrack famous in the past decades. And even this time, Alex is doing (almost) everything by himself – writing, arranging producing and performing by himself with little help from a few trusty friends.

 

Digital pre-order available via Bandcamp here: http://bit.ly/2aNeU63


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Stefano Ghittoni & DJ Rocca

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Piero Umiliani

DISCOMUSIC
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Zalla (Piero Umiliani)

PRODUZIONE (GERARDO FRISINA REWORK)
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Mario Biondi

STAY WITH ME / NEVER STOP DREAMING
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Luca Mannutza Quintet

THE REMEMBERING
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Gerardo Frisina

BLUE LATIN
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Fabio Fabor

MR. DIABOLICUS - MR. MYSTERIOUS
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Rocchi / Chiarosi / Fabor

DRAMATEST
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Brugnolini / Carnini

BEAT DRAMMATICO UNDERGROUND POP ELETTRONICO
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Lelio Luttazzi

I MIEI STATI D'ANIMO
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Coscia / Formini

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Fabio Fabor

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Puccio Roelens

MUSICA PER COMMENTI SONORI
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Blue Marvin Orchestra

CODICE D'AMORE ORIENTALE
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Luciano Michelini

LA CONQUISTA DI LUNA
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Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

NUOVA CONSONANZA
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Brugnolini / Torossi

MUSICA PER COMMENTI SONORI
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Zalla (Piero Umiliani)

SUSPENSE
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Zalla (Piero Umiliani)

THE FOLK GROUP
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Piero Umiliani

QUESTO SPORCO MONDO MERAVIGLIOSO
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Piero Umiliani

LA RAGAZZA DALLA PELLE DI LUNA
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Piero Umiliani

SVEZIA, INFERNO E PARADISO
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Jay Richford and Gary Stevan

FEELINGS
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Piero Umiliani

PSICHEDELICA
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Dining Rooms, The

DO HIPSTERS LOVE SUN (RA)?
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The Afro Soul Prophecy

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
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The Afro Soul Prophecy

DADDY'S GROOVE / LET ME BE YOUR LOVER
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Edith Peters

THIS IS THE MOMENT
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The Afro Soul Prophecy

REDLIGHT DISTRICT / THE GAME OF LOVE
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Andrea Balducci

SPOOKY / HURT SO BAD
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Mario Biondi

STAY WITH ME / NEVER STOP DREAMING
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Gerardo Frisina

BLUE LATIN
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Gerardo Frisina

OLYMPIA
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