FILE UNDER: RARE ITALIAN SOUNDTRACK BARCODE: CD: 8018344029467 LP: 8018344029464
BLUE MARVIN ORCHESTRA - CODICE D'AMORE ORIENTALE label: SCHEMA (SCEB-946)

 

 

Tracklist

01 God Is Love play button
02 Kamasutra play button
03 Mara-Jat’s Love play button
04 Sawadi play button
05 Nude Love play button
06 Hayng and Yutia
07 La Cortigiana
08 Thai Pop
09 Narai and Lakshmi

“Codice d’amore orientale” had been often labelled as one of the lowest points reached by the
b-movies from the ’70s. Essentially, it is just a genuine attempt to exploit the success of the erotic
genre, very popular at the time: the movie tells the story of two young lovers, running away from
their families that were against their union. The two are given shelter by a minister of love, who
introduces them to the secrets of Kamasutra.
Definitely not an art-house film, and surely director Piero Vivarelli will be remembered for other
works, for instance the cult movie “Il Dio Serpente” featuring Nadia Cassini (1970) and “Il Decamerone
Nero”; or for his activity as a songwriter: in fact he signed classic Italian pop tunes
such as “24.000 baci” and “Il tuo bacio è come un rock”, sung by the pop star Adriano Celentano.
Nonetheless, the movie featured a great soundtrack, as most of them were in those years - we’re
talking about 1974 here -, written by Alberto Baldan Bembo (here under the moniker of Blue Marvin),
an excellent composer and pianist, older brother of the way more famous songwriter Dario.
Consisting of nine tracks, the soundtrack spans several genres and lingers between Italian popular
music and orchestral pop, Asian influences (couldn’t have been different), breakbeat, funk
and some experimentalisms. The highlights of the album are “Narai and Lakshmi”, the splendid
“Sawadi”, “Nude Love” and of course the most famous track of the score, “Kamasutra” – a funk
and wild piece that had been sampled by Stereo MC’s in 2001 for their hit “Running”. Not to be
missed from any self-respecting DJ’s selection!