The straightforwardly named Gems of Italian Cinema collects excerpts of scores by Piero Umiliani, Gianni Ferrio, and Piero Piccioni. Ferrio's themes for "Amanda Blues" and "Soliloquio," Umiliani's themes for "Twilight on the Sea," and Piccioni's "Camille 2000" capture the glamorous feel of Italian films from the late '60s and early '70s. Not just for cinephiles and soundtrack buffs, Gems of Italian Cinema is equally enjoyable for mood music fans as well as listeners looking to go beyond Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, and other figureheads of Italian film music.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares