Bruno Nicolai

The Case of the Bloody Iris

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Also known as What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?, The Case of the Bloody Iris remains a key giallo favorite among Euro-horror fans for its sumptuous Bruno Nicolai soundtrack as well as actress Edwige Fenech's memorable role. The instrumental score was recorded in July 1972, taking only two days to complete at the famous Ortophonic Studio in Rome -- where the likes of Goblin, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Vangelis have all recorded -- and is a prime example of Nicolai's compositional techniques. With beat-driven basslines and a memorable recurring psychedelic motif, The Case of the Bloody Iris sweeps between gentle cinematic soft pop and avant-garde improvisations, with the latter aspect recalling Morricone's score for Gli Occhi Freddi della Paura. Such flexibility of styles deftly demonstrates what a talented composer Nicolai was, and thanks to Finders Keepers' fantastic series of releases, collectors and fans can celebrate that the underrated Italian composer's much sought-after works are finally available in all their bloody glory.

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