Something Saxy by Fausto Papetti will always have a special place in my heart. I have listened to this record so many times while hanging out with my friends in college. Back in 2011 I got this record in a bargain bin at some record store that has since closed its doors. It was really cheap and I really didn't expect much. I listened to it a few times and forgot about it. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I heard it again. My roommates really took a liking to it and soon I realized that it was indeed a gem. I would listen to this record every day after class while smoking with my friends and talking about the conspiracy theory du jour. This is one of the few Fausto Papetti albums not to feature a sexy lady on the cover, this is something he was known for. That being said I really like this cover, though it lacks a sexy lady it features a sexy sax. Fausto Papetti's Saxophone is elegant and crisp and the band accompanying him sounds distinctly Italian. Most of the songs on this album are covers of Jazz and pop standards, now I'm not usually one to listen to cover albums but Fausto Papetti's reimaginings of these songs is a nice change of pace from the usual set of boring covers. Papetti adds his own unique flare to each of the songs without straying too far from the original to render it unrecognizable.
This is a vinyl rip that I ripped myself, I've gone through and cleaned up most of the really noticeable pops but there are still a few artifacts as you would expect.
Sorry for the three year absence guys. Gee has it really been that long? Well I can't say I will be posting regularly anymore but I really wanted to share this album as it is the soundtrack to my favorite Federico Fellini film Toby Dammit.
Toby Dammit is such a wonderful little gem that is relatively obscure. It is a forty minute film made in 1968, is one of three short films adapted from stories by Edgar Allan Poe that were distributed together in Italy as Tre Passi Nel Delirio, in France as Histories Extraordinaires, and in England and the U.S. as Spirits of the Dead. The other two short films are William Wilson and Metzengerstein adapted by Louis Malle and Roger Vadim respectively. Fellini’s film is an adaptation set in contemporary Rome of Poe’s Never Bet the Devil Your Head published in 1841. Poe’s work is a brief comic satire of the transcendentalist movements that were then popular in Europe and America. Fellini’s work takes two elements from Poe’s story: First the plot of a drunk who confronts a mysterious stranger on a bridge and bets him his head; the man fails to see that the stranger is the devil who subsequently wins the bet. Second Fellini takes the name Toby Dammit, Toby being an English slang term for ass in Poe’s time. In short Toby Dammit is a dammed ass.
The soundtrack is what I am sharing with you and it is truly remarkable. It was composed by Nino Rota who composed the scores to most of Felini's films. He also composed the score to the first two Godfather movies. A lot of this score is different variations of the same few themes but they are enchanting themes that mimic the dreamlike quality of the film.