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Soundtrack LP cover of Nerosubianco (1969) - Tinto Brass
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Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1960) - Bernard Herrmann [Amazon.com]


Generally speaking, the term soundtrack refers to the recorded sound in a motion picture.

In terms of film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound.

The term soundtrack is also commonly used to refer to the music used in a movie, and/or to a record album sold containing that music. Sometimes, the music has been recorded just for the film or album (e.g. Saturday Night Fever), though this is rare. In 1916, Victor Schertzinger recorded the first music specifically for use in a motion picture, and releasing soundtracks of songs used in films became standard in the 1930s. Henry Mancini, who won an Emmy Award and two Grammys for his soundtrack to Peter Gunn, was the first composer to have a widspread hit with a song from a soundtrack.

The Soundtrack on a record can contain all kinds of music (including "inspired by", see the Harry Potter-soundtracks), contained in a movie - the score contains only music by the original Film-composer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundtrack [Apr 2005]

Erotic movie grooves

http://www.moviegrooves.com/shop/by_genre/sexy.htm, Nov 2003. Check Beat at Cinecittą Vol 1 and 2 A sensual homage to the most raunchy, erotic filmmusic from the vaults of italian 60s & 70s cinema

Inside Deep Note: Music of 1970's Adult Cinema (2002) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Inside Deep Note: Music of 1970's Adult Cinema (2003) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Album Description Subtitled - Music of 1970s Adult Cinema. Containing over one hour of sweaty grooves, wah-wah guitars, analog synths, funky horns, and deeply satisfying instrumental delights nicely spiced with entertaining dialogue, Inside Deep Note is beautifully packaged in a deluxe digipak with 16-page full-color booklet containing detailed liner notes and tons of classic (nude) photos. Grammofon. 2003. via Amazon.com

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) - Hubler, Schwab [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Soundtrack to
The Schulmadchen Report/Schoolgirl Report (1970) - Gert Wilden & Orchestra
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Blaxploitation soundtracks [...]

1972 saw the artistic peak of the blaxploitation soundtrack. Several of America's biggest black artists were working on soundtracks simultaneously.

Coffy [SOUNDTRACK] (1973) - Roy Ayers [Amazon US]

1. Coffy Is the Color 2. Pricilla's Theme 3. King George 4. Aragon 5. Coffy Sauna 6. King's Last Ride 7. Coffy Baby 8. Brawling Broads 9. Escape 10. Shining Symbol 11. Exotic Dance 12. Making Love 13. Vittroni's Theme-King Is Dead 14. End of Sugarman
The film that gave Pam Grier her first leading role and vaulted her to queen bee of the blaxploitation movement also inspired a soundtrack that is arguably Roy Ayers's most rewarding work. Grier plays a disgruntled nurse who goes "underground" to exact revenge on the pusher men who put the monkey on her junkie sister's back. Ayers matches her step for gun-totin' step with crisp, percolating drum lines; colorful ripples of electric piano; and his signature, lissome vibe work. Ayers' twin talents--the head-scratching virtuosity of his jazz runs and the ass-shaking grooves of his R&B rhythms--are in full flower on this recording. But Coffy is more than an acid-jazz archetype. The classically inspired solo harpsichord piece and the wack auxiliary percussion freak-out also included here hint at a deeper pool of inspiration that Ayers would rarely return to again. --Matt Hanks for amazon.com [...]

Gert Wilden: Schoolgirl Report and Other Music From Sexy German Films (1968 - 1972)

Sax Rohmer's super-villian Fu Manchu, German pulp novel hero Rolf Torring, James Feninmore Cooper's Leatherstocking and Gunther Hunold's schoolgirls: when their German movie incarnations premiered on the big screen, they were all accompanied by the music of one man: Gert Wilden. --via http://www.chaoskitty.com/t_chaos/shul.html [Dec 2004]


  1. Beat At Cinecitta (Italian Film Score Anthology) - Various Artists - Soundtracks - Anthologies [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    A Sensual Homage to the Most Raunchy, Erotic Film from the Vaults of Italian 60's and 70's Cinema. Composers Featured Are Bruno Nicolai, Riz Ortolani, Roberto Pregadio, and More. A Must for Any Lounge/Cinema Music Fan.

    I just wanted to point out that Honda is using songs from this CD for their latest Civic ads in America. "Lena Sequence" by Roberto Pregadio is the music behind the "Joey, cut it out" aka "legroom" ad where the teenage boy in a car full of girls is trying to brush his legs up against his older sisters friends. "Cheops and Nefertiti" is in another Honda ad. Reviewer: A music fan from San Francisco, CA USA, amazon.com

  2. Irreversible [Soundtrack] [1 CD, Amazon US]
    One half of Daft Punk scores this original soundtrack for the motion picture that is arguably the most controversial film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival ever. Due to the scandal atmosphere that surrounds this movie, Irreversible is by far the most awaited French film this year. Apart from the big hype around it, Irreversible truly has some artistic credibility, it was directed by Gaspard Noe & features cult actors Monica Bellucci & Vincent Cassel. Like the film itself the soundtrack is dark, but reflects a strong sense of estheticism & ...provocation. Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) created 9 new tracks in some kind of a minimalist cyber punk vein! To these creations he added 4 tracks from the wicked Roule EP's 'Tracks On The Rock' 1 & 2 & 'Spinal Scratch' (unreleased on CD).

  3. Hable con Ella - Talk to Her (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Continuing the rewarding collaboration begun on 1995's The Flower of My Secret, composer Alberto Iglesias infuses director Pedro Almodóvar's 2002 meditation on love, obsession, and loss with a score of quiet, sophisticated grace. It ranges from the evocative Spanish guitar, violin, and vocal flourishes of "Hable con Ella" (showcasing contemporary flamenco stars Vincente Amigo and El Pele) and Brazilian vocalist Caetano Veloso's gorgeously spare rendition of the international hit "Cucurrucucu Paloma" to the Latin classicism of Ellis Regina and Tom Jobim's "Por Toda a Minha Vida" and a slate of moody string-driven, autumnal orchestral cues. The eight-minute "El Amante Menguante" for string quartet features compelling, almost playful modern flourishes while tracks like "Trincheras/Decadence" and the tense "A Portagayola" suggest a rewarding Spanish take on Hitchcockian romance and suspense. That it all meshes almost seamlessly with Purcell's closing "The Plaint: O Let Me Weep" is ample testimony to the transnational flavor and ever-subtle mastery Iglesias brings to bear here. --Jerry McCulley for amazon.com

  4. Vampyros Lesbos Sexadelic Dance Party [SOUNDTRACK] [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    1. Droge CX 9 2. The Lions And The Cucumber 3. There's No Satisfaction 4. Dedicated To Love 5. People's Playground Version A 6. We Don't Care 7. People's Playground Version B 8. The Ballad Of A Fair Singer 9. Necronomania 10. Kamasutra 11. The Message 12. Shindai Lovers 13. The Six Wisdoms Of Aspasia 14. Countdown To Nowhere

    For diehard fans of low-budget cult cinema, Jess Franco is among the great directors--his style somewhere between European versions of Roger Corman's Mondo sexploitation and Andy Warhol's hardcore improv. His films Vampyros Lesbos, The Devil Came from Akasava, and Mrs. Hyde, She Kills in Ecstasy--all made in 1970 and starring Franco's doomed Spanish seductress Soledad Miranda--perfected "horrotica," Franco's melange of B-grade horror and twisted erotica. Collecting original music from the films' soundtracks, Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party pays tribute to Franco, Miranda (who died in a 1971 car crash), and the films they made together.

    German composers Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab (recording as Vampires' Sound Incorporation) created music sufficiently groovy and go-go to accompany Franco's freaked-out vision. Their crazy sounds are a speed-hopped swinger's bash of blaring trumpet, booming trombone, slinky organ, and spacy sitar, with a beefy foundation of mod guitar, bass, and drums. Eccentrically titled instrumentals like "The Lions and the Cucumber," "Droge CX 9," and "The Six Wisdoms of Aspasia" manage to be psychedelic in the way of both the Doors' haunting rock and the Fifth Dimension's up-up-and-away pop. Music ripe for revival, Sexadelic Dance Party falls somewhere between the glorious lounge orchestrations of Esquivel and the cheap Casio-funk porn music championed by bands like the Beastie Boys. It's just one more nugget mined from the overflowing heaps of past decades' trash culture. --Roni Sarig for Amazon.com

Express Way (2004) - Troublemakers

Express Way (2004) - Troublemakers [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Coming from the land of fine wine and romance is the electronica trio Troublemakers, and like their French counterparts such as AIR and Dimitri From Paris, this eclectic group of musicians composes a selective sound when it comes to defining dance music. DJ Oil, Fred Berthet, and Arnaud Taillefer first met at the Friche-Belle in Marseille in 1998, and quickly the three got along, thanks to their appreciation for '60s and '70s jazz and funk and film scores. This in turn created the basis of jungle, hip-hop, and house elements to fuse together for the Troublemakers. Each musician has individual experiences as well: DJ Oil, a mainstay within the jungle scene in Marseille, has been perfecting his funkadelic grooves since the early '90s and has held a residency at the famed Radio Grenouille since 1996. Taillefer preferred photography, graphic design, and movie soundtracks, aside from tackling music full-time, and Berthet, who is a Parisian DJ, issued several releases during the '90s while working with worldbeat music. Together the Troublemakers mold a unique vibe and maintain a loyal fan base around Europe. In early 2001, their debut Doubts & Convictions was released on Guidance. --MacKenzie Wilson, Allmusic.com

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