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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

I have long been a fan of the spoken word releases coming out of Cadabra Records, and here we have a true return to form. Canadian actor Anthony D. P. Mann again provides the role of narrator, reading the classic story with great prowess and feeling. Musically, this is the label’s second collaboration with famed composer Fabio Frizzi, who is best known as the composer to such classic genre films as ‘The Beyond’, ‘The City Of The Living Dead’, and ‘Zombi 2’ by film maker Lucio Fulci. More recently Frizzi has scored ‘Kill Bill 2’ and ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’. Frizzi studied classical guitar, piano and composition. In love with his profession and eclectic in nature, he has had a great deal of experience in many different areas of music. From 1974 to 1979, he was a member of the trio Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera, but the flagship of Frizzi’s career is certainly his lengthy occupation in the field of movie scoring, with over eighty films and many TV series, working with many popular directors. He has written music for many different film genres, from comedy to romance, action movies, westerns, and more.

His orchestral approach, swelling and moving, with a plucked harp often in a prominent position, provides the perfect backdrop for the story. As the story swells, a phased and distorted electric guitar makes its presence felt, providing a feeling of discordant presence. Yet again this is an essential release from Cadabra, and the one that gave me the most disquiet (not sure if that was down to the story, narration or music, but it combines well together). Available in two different vinyl versions, this is one for the audiophile.

Rating: 8/10

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Track list:
The Black Cat

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Links:
http://www.cadabrarecords.com

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