Before delving into the music on this collection, it's important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter's work, so much as a series of film scores by the great composer Piero Umiliani between 1958 and 1964 on which he is featured either as a soloist or as part of the orchestra. It might better have been marketed to Umiliani fans, but it's tough to fault label Moochin' About for a little creative license when repackaging a previous issue of this music that appeared on Liuto Records – that one was co-billed to the pair. Other than on disc three – where Baker doesn't get to solo until track nine in the score for 1962's Smog, yet is still featured for 20 minutes – there is plenty of him to go around as he works amid his Italian contemporaries.
At The Movies is a 3 CD collection of excerpts and pieces from seven films scored by Keith Emerson covering the years 1981 to 2004. Most of this music is very rare and collectable. Much of it makes its official CD debut in the US. Disc one begins with the complete soundtrack to 1981's Sylvester Stallone suspense thriller Nighthawks. The set features a rare vocal Emerson performance of Spencer Davis hit, I'm A Man. Music from the 1986 film Best Revenge closes the disc with guest vocals from Boston's Brad Delp on the song Playing for Keeps. Disc two covers three Italian movie scores beginning with the 1980 horror film Inferno directed by Dario Argento. Next up is four pieces from 1988's La Chiesa or The Church directed by Michele Soavi. The disc closes with nine tracks scored for the film Murderock released in 1986. Disc three features the score for 2 Japanese films. Harmageddon was an animated film from 1985. Godzilla Final Wars closes the set with 13 tracks which Emerson scored for this 2004 remake of the classic monster movie.
Filiazione del cinema exploitation a base di sesso e violenza, i "mondo movie" sono quei documentari-shock che colpirono e scandalizzarono l'Italia (ma anche l'America e l'Europa) a partire dagli anni Sessanta, mostrando realtà del tutto separate da quelle occidentali attraverso una serie di immagini dure e sconvolgenti: esotismo misterioso e riti violenti, magie ancestrali e nudità integrali, nature selvagge e cerimonie tribali.