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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bruno Nicolai and "Agente Speciale LK"

Born 1926:  Bruno Nicolai studied piano, organ and composition at the Conservatory Of Santa Cecilia.  His teacher for piano was Aldo Mantia, and for composition was Goffredo Petrassi.  While at the Conservatory he met Ennio Morricone who also was studying with Petrassi.  A friendship began that would last many years. 

He has composed for theatre, TV and movies.  Between scoring movies he also conducted scores by Carlo Rustichelli, Luis E. Bacalov and Nino Rota.  He conducted many of Morricone's scores, and played the organ on some of them and also co-scored some with him.   Many of his scores have and are still being released on his Edi-Pan label. 

He gained popularity with his scores for spaghetti westerns, and wrote music for other types of films. He died in 1991 leaving behind his wife and three daughters.

These two tracks ("Main Titles - Lucky Theme Song" and "Gold Glasses/Escape From The Base/Death Of Gold Glasses") are from the soundtrack for the 1967 spy comedy, "Agente Speciale LK" (AKA Lucky The Inscrutable), from cult director Jess Franco. The score provided by Nicolai (Hammond organ, guitar riffs, and catchy vocals), perfectly match this sixties pop-art style movie of secret agents, beautiful women, mad scientists and fast cars.

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