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Diamonds Roy Budd Bradleys BRAL 2000, 1976
Diamonds album cover

Only issued in Italy (as 'Colpa Da Un Miliardo Di Dollari', shown here) and the UK, this is without doubt Budd's finest soundtrack. Elements of his earlier work can be clearly heard in the Middle Eastern segments of the LP and use of distinctive instrumentation. The album features music from a surprisingly good heist movie starring Richard Roundtree, shot in Israel. Many of the best tracks were not included in the movie. The album contains raw funk ('The Thief'), jazz ('Party Piece'), an easy listening-with-wah bossa nova ('Brauty And The Bass') and a sentimental soulful theme by the Three Degrees in addition to some excellent atmospheric Eastern-influenced tracks. Look out for Budd's trademark use of deep bass to underpin his dark, menacing funk themes. Quite superb.

Overall Rating: 5
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reissue: Cinephile
CD: CIN CD 003


Track listing:

Main Titles | The Thief | Tel Aviv | Diamonds (with The Three Degrees) | The Diamond Fortress | Brauty And The Bass | Market Place | Heart And Diamonds (The Three Degrees) | Party Piece | Thief On The Prowl | I Think I'm Being Followed | Robbery! | Crown Jewels | A Handful Of Gems | End Titles (The Three Degrees) |


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