The size, the dimension, the calibre is exactly 35 mm, that is the film format used to screen movies in cinemas.
You immediately guess that this musical project gets its lifeblood from the soundtracks of those movies, where calibre 9 and 38 guns shoot their bullets to mark a kind of cinema which outlines a true picture of Italy and its political and social scene in that peculiar period of the 70's, in the years of kidnappings, slaughters, street violence and robberies... years where the terrorism was at its height. And you are right.
Gunfights and cracking pace chasings are supported by the overwhelming and all-involving soundtracks by the likes of Franco Micalizzi and the De Angelis brothers and by the most famous Stelvio Cipriani, Luis Bacalov, Armando Trovajoli and Ennio Morricone, Piero Umilian, Riz Ortolani, who, ranging from jazz to funky, from psychedelic to progressive rock, signed off the Italian film production sheet music that reached the top and stood out in the world as an example of Italian excellence.
The Italian detective film genre was soon called Poliziottesco, in order to underline the fact that the key role character was the protagonist policeman ready to revenge and take the law into his own hands
The music of Calibro 35 is a delicious combination of original 60’s & 70’s theme songs and contemporary compositions of their own.
“Ritornano Quelli di…Calibro 35” was recorded in Milan in January-June 2009 by Tommaso Colliva and mixed in Milan in December 2009 by Tommaso Colliva. The album contains 5 covers, 4 of which are soundtracks to famous Italian cop movies composed by some of the greatest Italian film composers, and 8 original songs.
The cover versions are: "Cinque Bambole per La Luna di Agosto" by Piero Umiliani (from the 1970’s Mario Bava movie with the same title, starring William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech), "La Morte Accarezza Mezzanotte" by Gianni Ferrio (from a movie directed by Luciano Ercole), "Il Consigliori" by Riz Ortolani (from the 1973 Alberto De Martino movie with the same title), "Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare" by Ennio Morricone (from the 1974 movie directed by Umberto Lenzi. The other cover song SweetBeat" is a 1979 library track composed by Stefano Torossi.
But “Ritornano Quelli di…Calibro 35” not only contains covers of the themes and the atmospheres of the detective films' soundtracks with a personal interpretation, extremely precise and heading for improvisation, it also shines with some original tracks composed by Calibro 35, which would have fit particularly well in those 1970’s movies and the band shows they can easily move along funk, rock jazz and improvisation.
The artwork of the cd was conceived by Giuliano Nistri, one of the biggest Italian cinema poster designers (Fellini, Antonioni, Kubrick, De Sica).
2) La Morte Accarezza A Mezzanotte
4) Convergere in Giambellino
5) Il Ritorno della Banda - Parte I
6) Il Ritorno della Banda - Parte II
7) Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Puo' Sparare
8) Cinque Bambole per La Luna D'Agosto
9) Piombo in Bocca
10) Sospesi Nel Traffico
11) Gentilsesso e Brutali Delitti
12) Il Consigliori
13) Si Dicono Tante Cose