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CD No: CDDM153
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Format: 1CD

Digitmovies releases for the very first time on CD the complete OST by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino for the movie “Toto d'Arabia” (Aka “Toto of Arabia”) directed in 1964 by Spanish director Jose Antonio De La Loma with screenplay and scenario by Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi and starring the great Italian comedian Toto (stage name of Prince Antonio De Curtis) and Nieves Navarro (aka Susan Scott), Fernando Sancho, Georges Rigaud, Mario Castellani, Luigi Pavese. In the movie Toto plays a former Italian soldier who is now working as a servant at the British intelligence service and is then upgraded to secret agent with the name of Agent 008 with the purpose to persuade the ruler of Shamara, sheik Ali El Buzur to yield oil to the United Kingdom. After a short stay in Barcelona to get further informations, Toto moves to Kuwait where he succeeds in defeating the Egyptian, Turkish and Russian secret services. To outdo the CIA, Toto uses the thirty wives of the sheik who at the end he will adopt and as El Buzur II he will run Shamara's refinery from Naples. The movie is a parody of the David Lean classic with similar situations and settings, and M°Lavagnino himself has written a theme which in a burlesque way quotes the famous motif by Maurice Jarre. For this CD (total duration about 59') we have used the original session master tapes recorded in mono sound, but we have also discovered two tracks which were mixed in stereo and which we could add as coda to the mono OST. After an introduction that quotes the theme by Jarre, a theme for harpsichord and orchestra with a Spanish flavour appears (Tr.1). Lavagnino has written a very varied OST: A theme a la James Bond (Tr.4) and several suspense tracks performed by few instruments, but very effective at the same time (Tr.4,Tr.7,Tr.13,Tr.15,Tr.Tr.17,Tr.21,Tr.25,Tr.26) for mystery and spy scenes, alternated with tracks of various genres like funny little marches (Tr.5,Tr.8), Spanish music for the scene placed at Plaza del Toro in Barcelona (Tr.6), a sad western deguello (Tr.10), romantic music for orchestra (Tr.9,Tr.18,Tr.20,Tr.23), belly dances (Tr.12,Tr.14,Tr.19).The movie and our CD close with the “Finale” which after a romantic intro features a merry Tarantella as a tribute to the mythic Toto. With our CD we want to update the rather small OST discography from the movies where Toto is the main protagonist and which include very few records like the LP “Toto di notte N°1” by Trovajoli (issued at that time by C.A.M. and later re-issued on CD) and “Toto,il principe della commedia satirica”, a three CD anthology with themes from the Toto movies also issued by C.A.M. Let's hope that after this CD of “Toto d'Arabia” by Lavagnino the Toto OST discography will grow steadily with many more till now unreleased OSTs.

Track List

01. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.1-Titoli) 2:19
02. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.2) 1:25
03. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.3) 2:12
04. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.4) 1:57
05. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.5) 1:09
06. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.6) 6:33
07. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.7) 1:11
08. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.8) 1:21
09. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.9) 1:16
10. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.10) 2:05
11. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.11) 1:22
12. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.12) 1:15
13. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.13) 0:59
14. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.14) 3:35
15. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.15) 5:27
16. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.16) 1:25
17. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.17) 1:29
18. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.18) 4:11
19. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.19) 1:43
20. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.20 - damaged) 1:59
21. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.21) 2:30
22. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.22) 2:16
23. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.23) 2:12
24. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.24-Finale) 1:37
bonus tracks (stereo)
25. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.5 - Stereo mix)1:57
26. TOTO D'ARABIA (Seq.21- Stereo mix) 2:30