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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Roy Budd - Diamonds (1976)

1. MAIN THEMES
2. THE THIEF
3. TEL AVIV
4. DIAMONDS
5. DIAMOND FORTRESS
6. BEAUTY AND THE BASS
7. MARKET PLACE
8. HEARTS AND DIAMONDS
9. PARTY PIECE
10. THIEF ON THE PROWL
11. I THINK I'M BEING FOLLOWED
12. ROBBERY!
13. CROWN JEWELS
14. A HANDFUL OF GEMS
15. END TITLES
16. DIAMONDS
17. DIAMONDS

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Only issued in Italy (as 'Colpa Da Un Miliardo Di Dollari', shown here) and the UK, this is without doubt Budd's finest soundtrack. Elements of his earlier work can be clearly heard in the Middle Eastern segments of the LP and use of distinctive instrumentation. The album features music from a surprisingly good heist movie starring Richard Roundtree, shot in Israel. Many of the best tracks were not included in the movie. The album contains raw funk ('The Thief'), jazz ('Party Piece'), an easy listening-with-wah bossa nova ('Brauty And The Bass') and a sentimental soulful theme by the Three Degrees in addition to some excellent atmospheric Eastern-influenced tracks. Look out for Budd's trademark use of deep bass to underpin his dark, menacing funk themes. Quite superb.

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