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Bruciatelo Vivo! (Land Raiders)


2011 release. Digitmovies releases on CD the definitive version of Bruno Nicolai's original soundtrack for the 1969 movie Bruciatelo Vivo! (aka "Land Raiders"). Directed by Nathan H. Juran, produced by Charles H. Schneer for Columbia Pictures and starring Telly Savalas, George Maharis, Arlene Dahl, Janet Landgard, and Fernando Rey. After having moved to Forge River, a town in the United States, the Mexican Vincente Jardenas (Savlaas) changes his name to Vincent Carden. The man has become a very rich land owner and fierce enemy of the Indians who is willing to pay ten dollars for every scalp of them. His brother Pablo (Maharis) enters the scene, considered guilty for having killed his girlfriend Luisa. At the end, the Apaches take their revenge, destroy the town and also kill Vincent. Sheriff Mainefield, together with his daughter Kate, the only survivor of the massacre, just before dying confess to Pablo that in fact Vincent was the true culprit of the seduction and death of the ill-fated Luisa. In 1969 a 45rpm single with two tracks and a 33rpm album with twelve selections was issued on the Beverly Hills label, but this OST was released for the first time on CD by the Belgian Prometheus label. Both the vinyl records and the CD feature a weird sound, a hybrid between a mono and fake stereo, but the stereophonic master tapes do not exist at all. Digitmovies' CD was possible thanks to the Nicolai estate which till today has preciously kept the original mono master tapes of the 1969 recording session. Digitmovies present the definitive version of this fabulous OST with twenty-two tracks. Bruno Nicolai has written one of his best OST's for the Western genre with an absolutely unique and recognizable style where an epic main theme -- introduced in "Titoli Di Testa" -- for orchestra, the choir of Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni and the harmonica of Franco De Gemini triumphs. A sad love theme appears as memory of Luisa. It gets alternated with several violent and dramatic tracks which form the background to ambushes, attacks, and bloody battles between cowboys and Indians. As bonus tracks, there are two rarities: the main theme with the film version without choir during the Apache attack and the stereophonic version thanks to the discovery of two tracks with orchestra and choir which had been recorded separately.