Digitmovies releases Robby Poitevin’s “The hired killer” (aka “Tecnica di un omicidio” – “Ich heiße John Harris” – “Technique d'un meurtre” – “Técnica de um homicídio”) OST on CD, for the very first time in complete edition.
Robby Poitevin (24-10-1926 / 3-10-2003) represents the Italian Film Music school, very close, for its lounge sounds, to that of his American colleagues, such as Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones and Hugo Montenegro. Other than being an extremely valid arranger and orchestra leader, Maestro Poitevin composed jazz, blues and swing themes, like those for “The hired killer”, which is part of the police and spy current. For this genre, the composer also created other remarkable soundtracks, like “Assassination”, “L’uomo del colpo perfetto”, “Quella carogna dell’ispettore Sterling”, “A.D.3 Operazione squalo bianco”. In 1966 RCA published an
LP for the promo series SP (SP 8017), which had nine selections for a total running time of 19:06 minutes. In 2009 GDM Music printed out this OST, for the very first time on CD (GDM 4018), with three extra tracks, pairing it with “Quella carogna dell’ispettore Sterling”. Original recording session’s mono masters allowed us to use
all that was previously recorded, plus eleven unpublished tracks, which bring the running time up to 47:58 minutes. Robby Poitevin composed an elegant music, inspired by jazz, blues and American swing, creating calm and mysterious atmospheres as well as pure action ones. Among hired assassins, bullets and homicides there is also a love theme, arranged in different versions such as Bossa and sung by female voice.
Clint Harris, expert assassin, is hired to settle the score with Frank Secchy. After having betrayed his partners, he got a major plastic surgery and hid in Paris with a new face. Determined to retire, Harris accepts the job instead, after seeing his brother get killed before his very eyes, in a trap settled by some unknown enemies.
Harris leaves for France with young Tony Lobello. After long and dangerous investigations, the avenger finally finds Secchy, disguised as doctor, and arranges a meeting at the American Club’s pool. This is the final showdown; the rival and his men die under Harris’ fire, who gets injured. Now Tony Lobello reveals his real duty: eliminate killer Clint once mission is accomplished.
The original album
01. TECNICA DI UN OMICIDIO (Titoli) 2:41
02. MY MAN 2:48
03. CENTRAL STATION 1:22
04. CLINT IN AGGUATO 3:05
05. ALBA A NEW YORK 1:38
06. MY MAN (#2) 2:37
07. L’ULTIMA VITTIMA 1:55
08. BASSIFONDI 1:21
09. CLINT IN FUGA 1:21
10. MY MAN (vocal) 3:16
11. TECNICA DI UN OMICIDIO (#2) 5:12
12. MY MAN (#3) 2:16
13. CLINT IN AGGUATO (#2) 1:22
14. CENTRAL STATION (#2 - original version) 1:40
15. MY MAN (#4) 1:48
16. TECNICA DI UN OMICIDIO (#3) 2:07
17. CLINT IN AGGUATO (#3) 1:38
18. MY MAN (#5) 1:17
19. CLINT IN FUGA (#2) 0:55
20. MY MAN (#6) 2:17
21. BASSIFONDI (#2) 1:01
22. TECNICA DI UN OMICIDIO (#4) 1:19
23. CLINT IN AGGUATO (#4) 2:05