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Quartet Records presents two scores written for the same film: the softcore island fantasy Bora Bora (1968), originally produced as a French-Italian co-production in 1968, which was picked up for American distribution by American International Pictures in 1970. As a result, the complete musical score was changed. The score for the Italian version was written by Piero Piccioni, who created a fun, easy-listening exotica score with memorable percussion work. The score was conducted by Bruno Nicolai features contributions by the choir of Alessandro Alessandroni. The American score was written by AIP’s in-house composer Les Baxter, who revisits his early exotica roots.
Le isole dell’amore was an obscure Italian skin flick, which now is remembered for its entertaining and highly addictive soundtrack by Piero Umiliani, who creates a score from the colorful mixture of tribal percussion and a haunting choir. The world of Pacific music is also mixed with Western sensibilities due to a couple of hippies appearing in the story: banjo, saxophone and a Hammond organ are called upon to compliment this portion of the story. The rich tapestry of odd, seemingly distant instruments made the score a big hit among lounge DJs in the 1990s and we’re here to reignite the old flame.
The delicate, full emotional score by Zeltia Montes is impregnated with the Galician roots where it develops the film. A lush, yet ethnically intimate score that seamlessly merges the orchestra of the present with the indigenous instruments from music’s feudal past, among them the dulcimer sounds of a Santur, the viola-like Fidula de arco, and the Medieval Spanish strings of the Vihuela de Mano. Montes abets her striking, time-lost sound with the hurdy-gurdy, accordion, bagpipe, jaw harp and classical and acoustic guitars. Also includes a beatiful original song performed by the Portuguese jazz vocalist Sofia Ribeiro, whose haunting voice courses through her score, much like the life-giving essence of the gods that farmers once worshipped as part of the Earth itself.
The original music was written by the young Portuguese composer Nuno Malo, renowned author of film scores like “The Celestine Prophecy”, “Julgamento” and “Amalia”, for which he won the IFMCA Award in 2010. Nuno Malo has written a powerful, intensely emotional and delicate score, a romantic light in contrast to the horrors and cruelty of the Spanish post-war. The beautiful and sad love theme, written for solo cello, has been performed by the prestigious cellist Tina Guo, with the background of the ever-efficient Budapest Symphony Orchestra.