Milano Calibro 9
01. Prelude (4:10)
02. Tema (4:50)
03. Variatione 1 (2:15)
04. Variatione 2 (4:58)
05. Variatione 3 (1:38)
06. Variatione 4 (1:31)
07. Variatione 5 (2:10)
08. Variatione 6 (2:49)
09. Variatione 7 (1:28)
10. Canzona (4:54)
- Elio D'anna / flute, piccolo, tenor sax, baritone sax
- Lino Vairetti / vocals, 12 string guitar, harmonica, hammond organ,synthesizer
- Danilo Rusici / guitar, 12 string guitar, pipe organ, electronics
- Lello Brandi / bass
- Massimo Guarino / drums
In my opinion you can't really appreciate this album (also known as "Tema, Preludio, Variazioni e Canzona") without watching the film and it would be unfair to define this work just as a sequel of the collaboration between Bacalov and New Trolls... Director Fernando Di Leo was very impressed by the album "Concerto Grosso per i New Trolls" and asked Luis Bacalov to compose the soundtrack for his film "Milano Calibro 9": Osanna were chosen to perform the soundtrack interacting with an orchestra and, according to an interview with Lino Vairetti, they recorded the music while watching the film and for them this was a new exciting experience... "Preludio" and "Tema" were composed by Luis Bacalov and seem to come out from "Concerto grosso"... The seven short variations, featuring a more aggressive mood, were composed by the band and arranged with Luis Bacalov. Then they re-recorded the whole soundtrack for the discographical market adding a composition of Luis Bacalov based upon a poem of Thomas Elliot, "There Will Be Time" (that can't be found on the original soundtrack)...
The film "Milano Calibro 9" (Milan Calibre 9) is a "noir" inspired by some short stories of the writer Giorgio Scerbanenco (Kiev, 28 Jul. 1911 - Milan, 27 Oct. 1969) and it was conceived by Fernando Di Leo as a kind of "vehicle to express his sociological, anthropological and philosophical point of view" about the world of crime and the turmoil of Italy in the early Seventies. This film is the first chapter of a trilogy that includes also "La mala ordina" (Manhunt) and "Il boss" (The boss) and it features an excellent cast of actors like Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf, Philippe Leroy, Barbara Bouchet and Lionel Stander. During the movie you can listen to some delicate and very suggestive themes like "Preludio" and "Tema", while on the screen images of an almost surrealistic violence flow with Milan in the background...
The blending of baroque music and progressive-rock commenting the crucial passages of the plot contributed to the successful final result of the film and only having watched it you can associate the music to the "shaking and dancing" images of the cruel and beautiful character interpreted by Barbara Bouchet or to a merciless killing (it's the case of "Variazione VI", a fiery "tarantella rock")...
Well, although this work is probably not an essential one in a prog collection, it's a really good one and it is worth listening to... Recently the film "Milan Calibre 9" has been released on DVD (restored, remastered and with "bonus stuff" including an interview with Luis Bacalov) in Original Italian version with removable English subtitles and English version... Don't miss it!