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Friday, February 14, 2014

Flash Strap Presents: Piero Umiliani- Esotico Ossessione


Good news for those of you out there who enjoyed my Roger Roger and Nino Nardini compilation, Obsession Exotique-- I've done a similar thing with that other unbelievable maestro of library exoticisms, Piero Umiliani.  I do hope you find it to be an enjoyable outing.

Umiliani has produced a great wealth of material, much of it exotic in one way or another.  I've done my best to draw from as much of his ouvre as possible (at least what I can hunt down, which is a lot but not everything), and of course a few LPs loom rather large: Continente Nero, Africa, Polinesia, La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna, and L'Isole dell'Amore.  A great many of the best tracks from those albums are present here, along with many others from the wide catalog of Omicron and beyond, both library LPs and soundtrack work.  In an attempt to put them in as interesting and productive a new context as possible, I've collected them in a vaguely narrative order across two sprawling volumes, each concerned with its own themes.  Volume one, Esplorazione, deals in exploration: danger, adventure, mysticism, ethno-encounter.  Volume two, Paradiso, is paradise: sensuality, relaxation, sex, happiness.  Heart of Darkness, followed by Loti's Rarahu.  Each track title is accompanied by a parenthetical concerning the originating album and, when necessary, an English translation (the best I can do, anyway).

Play vol.1 as you canoe down the dark jungle river of madness and immensity, then pop on vol.2 once you land on the beach and start sippin' out of a coconut and smelling the noa noa fragrance of "the islands."




VOL.1
Mondo Inquieto, track 13 (from Mondo Inquieto, "Troubled World")
Viaggio Nel Tempo ("Time Travel"; from Genti e Paesi del Mondo, "Peoples and Countries of the World")
Nel Villaggio ("In The Village" from Continente Nero, "Dark Continent")
Nuove Realtà ("New Realities" from Continente Nero)
Exploration (from To-Day's Sound)
Cantata Per Maryam (from La Ragazza Fuori Strada)
Oasi (from Continente Nero)
Bongos en Suspense (from Percussions)
Erbe magiche ("Magic Herbs" from Polinesia)
Il Santone dell'Isola ("The High Priest of the Island" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna, "The Girl with the Skin of the Moon")
Ultimo Stregone ("Last Sorcerer" from Continente Nero)
Canoe (from Polinesia)
Danza della Luna ("Moon Dance" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Arabian Synthetyzer (from Synthi Time)
Un'Isola Felice ("A Joyful Island" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Lonely Village (from Africa)
Saudade (from Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri)
Rite (from Africa)
Danza Magica (from Polinesia)
Drums Suspence (from Africa)
Viaggio Nel Tempo #2 ("Time Travel" from Genti e Paesi del Mondo)
Pelle di Luna - feat. Edda Dell'Orso ("Moon Skin" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Richiamo del Golfo ("Call of the Gulf" from Polinesia)
Stream- alt. (from Il Corpo, "The Body")
Tropical River (from To-Day's Sound)
Savana (from Il Corpo)
Continente Nero (from Continente Nero)
Stella del Sud ("Southern Star" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Funerailles d'un Heros ("Hero Funerals" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Nostalgia (from La Ragazza Fuori Strada)
 

VOL.2
Desert Island (from Il Corpo, "The Body")
Momento Ritmico (from Effetti Musicali)
La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna ("The Girl With the Skin of the Moon" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Princess - alt. (from Il Corpo)
Le Isole Dell'Amore ("The Islands of Love" from Le Isole Dell'Amore)
La Foresta Incantata ("The Enchanted Forest" from Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri)
Crepuscolo Sul Mare ("Twilight On The Sea" from La Legge Dei Gangsters)
Isola Sperduta ("Desert Island" from Le Isole Dell'Amore)
Desert Island #2 (from Il Corpo)
Sotto le Palme ("Under the Palm Trees" from Polinesia)
Sotto le Palme #2 ("Under the Palm Trees" from Polinesia)
The Body (from Il Corpo)
Synthi Pianola (from Synthi Time)
Venere Creola ("Creole Venus" from Venere Creola)
Addio Isola Felice ("Goodbye, Joyful Island" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Seychelles Isole Dimenticate ("Seychelles, the Forgotten Islands" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Il Tamoure' dei Bambini ("The Children of Bambini" from Le Isole Dell'Amore)
Isola Tuttofare ("Island Handyman" Le Isole Dell'Amore)
Vita Pigra Ai Tropici ("Lazy Life In The Tropics" from Piccola Jam)
Laguna Tropicale ("Tropical Lagoon" from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna)
Blue Lagoon (from To-Day's Sound)
Lady Magnolia (from To-Day's Sound)
Synthi Melody (from Synthi Time)
Plenilunio ("Full Moon" from Polinesia)
Green Dawn (from Africa)
Nuku (from Le Isole Dell'Amore)
Synthi Marcia (from Synthi Time)


VOL.1: esplorazione
VOL.2: paradiso

Notes on the album art: vol.1 has an image from Thor Heyerdahl's Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island (the snake is an unidentified image from an old encyclopedia).  vol.2 features a photo from Bengt Danielsson's Gauguin in Tahiti.  Yes, both authors were part of the crew of the Kon-Tiki, fancy that.

Oh, and here's some great footage from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna:

18 comments:

AmericanSamourai said...

Thanks, FlashStrap!

Your Pal Doug said...

This is great!
I'm listening to Pelle di Luna on this wintery cold night. It warms me up.

Gekko P. said...

thank you for this one. Really love Umiliani's work you share here.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I'm counting on being umilianized again!

Henk Madrotter said...

just wanted to let you know, thought you might be interested, i'm doing a mega xavier cugat post, 5 albums posted now, still 7 albums to go...

http://madrotter-treasure-hunt.blogspot.com/2014/02/blog-post_8860.html

greetings from bandung....

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ana said...

thank you so much! this blog is a treasure :)

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one having problems unzipping the files? I only get the info that the files are either corrupt or unknown!? Already downloaded them twice, but to no avail.

Flash Strap said...

Sorry you're having trouble- everything is working fine on my end though. just downloaded and unzipped both files with no problems.

Rhylon Durham said...

Mr. Strap,

New to the world of rare vinyl blogs, I am absolutely blown away by your musical sense and the spirit of creativity and passion with which you make this site. Truly an inspiration! Thanks so much for the exotic golden slinkiness that you put out into the world!

BOTW said...

You're the best.

Flash Strap said...

Aw, shucks.

Robin Sung said...

Awesome post again. Thank you.
(Unfortunately I can't open the paradiso part, too. But I'll give it 3rd try...)

Robin Sung said...

Now it worked. Keep trying, Mr. Anonymos :)

walkingtrees said...

thanks again!

Dub Me said...

Woah! That's a nice piece of work! Thanks for sharing all these gems... Too much good music :)

Anonymous said...

wow. great job. huge umiliani fan and this is fantastic :)

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!