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Double Dose of ‘Scorpion’s Tail’ on Vinyl from Mondo and Death Waltz

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Continuing their never ending streak of bringing you vinyl soundtracks to great, old films, Mondo and Death Waltz have paired up to bring you The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail by Bruno Nicolai and Assassinio Al Cimitero Etrusco (aka The Scorpion with Two Tails) by Fabio Frizzi, the latter of which Fulci fans may be familiar with. Both will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th at noon, with The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail going for $30 and The Scorpion with Two Tails going for $25.

We’re insanely excited to bring to you, for the first time on vinyl, one of the greatest Giallo scores ever recorded, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, by Bruno Nicolai. It’s absolutely immense and everybody should have it in their collection. We have an exclusive colorway for our store and our copies include an exclusive reproduction of the original Italian poster. Also for the first time on vinyl this week, Assassinio Al Cimitero Etrusco (aka The Scorpion with Two Tails) by Fabio Frizzi, again long awaited by fans.

Death Waltz Recording Co. is ecstatic to shock and thrill you with another classic slice of senseless violence and beautiful melodies from the Giallo playbook with Bruno Nicolai’s score to the 1971 Sergio Martino mystery, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (aka La Coda Dello Scorpione).

After Lisa Baumer’s husband dies in an airplane explosion, she becomes the beneficiary of a huge life insurance payout in his name; but things are never as they seem. After being confronted by her husband’s mistress demanding a cut, Lisa is murdered, leaving an insurance detective and crime scene photographer to solve the titular whodunnit.

Doubling the film’s effectiveness is the hypnotic score by Nicolai, who himself was a master veteran of the genre with soundtracks for All the Colours of the Dark, The Case of the Bloody Iris, and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Scorpion’s Tail opens with the main theme, a haunting melody on guitar that repeats while a thick bass lurks in the background to underline the hard edge that comes with the genre tropes. A beautiful jazzy waltzing piece on strings and piano brings some real class, while electronics and brass provide nail-biting tension, which Nicolai capitalizes on with avant-garde jazz techniques, the omnipresent bass grounding the more surreal and dissonant elements. A soundtrack enthusiast’s wet dream, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail is one of the greatest Giallo scores ever recorded.

And finally, Assassinio Al Cimitero Etrusco. Check out that killer artwork from Graham Humphreys.

Long awaited addition to our Fabio Frizzi collection. This one-off pressing of 500 features Fabio’s trademark lush strings with darker percussion based tracks. Please note there is no retail edition of this release.