Ennio Morricone ‎– Danger: Diabolik

Sycodelic ‎– SYCO 0011
CD, Album, Unofficial Release



Track 31 & 32 were released by Italian label Parade in 1968.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OTHR-1968 Ennio Morricone Danger: Diabolik(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Pallottola Foro OTHR-1968 Italy 2001 Sell This Version

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July 29, 2018

Not exactly an obscure soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, but a very difficult one to obtain. Only available as a bootleg, and always on a CD. Seeing "Danger: Diabolik" is not that difficult in the world of the format DVD. Still, Diabolik was a master thief who operated outside the law to do justice. There was or is something extremely fetish about his lifestyle as well as his love life. He was devoted to his girlfriend/wife, with a sexual passion that is almost heated as his body suits, just exposing his eyes. Influenced by Fantomas, but very much part of the James Bond world, Diabolik was also an Italian comic book. I do have some copies that were translated into English. A guilty pleasure of sorts, but on the other hand, Morricone's score/incidental music for the film is fun.

If there is a hit song off this, it would be "Deep Down" sung by Christy, who I suspect was sort of an Italian Yé-Yé singer, who worked with Morricone as well as with Piero Piccioni. The story behind the soundtrack is that the master tapes were destroyed from a warehouse fire, and what we have here is the actual music and dialogue from the film itself. So, the quality is not that hot, and there is a lot of dialogue added here as well. Personally, I just want the music, but I can understand that there are people out there who insist on studying the Diabolik film.

Morricone is a composer of many styles. "Danger: Diabolik" is the easy listening side of Morricone, a jazz tinge existence with great sound effects. For the record, it's not my favorite Morricone score, but for those who prefer the Bachelor Pad music era, it is a must and a high point in that world.