Cinevox Opens Its Vaults for Sprawling Italian Soundtrack Box

'Tidbeats' will contain 161 unreleased tracks by Piero Piccioni, Stelvio Cipriani, Armando Trovajoli, Piero Umiliani and more
Cinevox Opens Its Vaults for Sprawling Italian Soundtrack Box
Cinevox Records stands as one of Italy's most famed producers of cinematic music, releasing countless soundtrack classics over the label's many decades. Now Cinevox is cracking open its archives to release an impressively large box set of previously released material.

Called Tidbeats, the sprawling set will collect a huge array of unreleased tracks by some of Italian cinema's biggest names. Included are such esteemed maestros as Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovajoli, Stelvio Cipriani, Francesco De Masi, Piero Umiliani, Gianni Ferrio, Giorgio Gaslini and Riz Ortolani, among many others.

All together, the box set will contain 161 tracks, which will be spread across four vinyl LPs or inside a 2-CD set. The vinyl version will feature "a lush transparent plastic slipcase," with the records being pressed on 180-gram wax and with each containing an OBI strip and a 30×30cm inner sheet. The vinyl version arrives on either black or coloured vinyl.

As a press release confirms, the title Tidbeats "means 'music bars' but it reads also as tidbits." The box was compiled by Alessio Santoni, "who discovered, restored and brewed them in a single linear score."

The set is further described like this:

A surprising mosaic composed of 161 never-heard-before takes, for a total of two hours of listening, that also sometime include, between one song and another, unexpected cameos in the form of the authors' hands-free voice, giving instructions to the musicians, captured in the original Studer recorders tracks. A rigorous philological work and at the same time a skilful work of stitching on a rhythmic and tonal basis. Themes, variations, breaks, interludes: unique finds handled as precious fragments of a collective dream to be recomposed, as highly valuable pieces of a new overture. Thus, after a year of seclusion between the shelves of Cinevox and the recording rooms of Trafalgar Studios, the path was finally traced for a dreamy musical pilgrimage along the golden seasons of Italian Cinema.

The Tidbeats box will arrive as a collaborative release between Cinevox and AMS Records. It's set to arrive on February 28 in North American via Light in the Attic, though pre-orders are also live via U.K. retailer Juno, as well as at other retailers.

Down below, you can watch a promising teaser for the box set.