So I was discussing this with someone on Facebook earlier in the week, going over all of the various Eurocrime soundtrack comps which have been released over the years, and how the market for crime scores seems to have dried up in recent months/years.
Although Alessandroni's score to "Knell, Bloody Avenger" was recently released, it seems as if the major soundtrack companies (Beat, Digitmovies, GDM, etc) continue to put out soundtracks to spy, drama, comedy, peplum and western films with little to no attention paid to the multitude of crime films still awaiting official score release on CD.
Why do you think this is? Is there a scarcity of master tapes out there from which to work? Do companies think there isn't as much interest in the often funky, urban feel to many of the crime scores when compared to the "classic" orchestral/beat/shake/western motifs of other Italian genres? Is there less interest in soundtrack releases in GENERAL, thanks to the rise of digital music?
As a soundtrack buff, I wish there were more Eurocrime scores available, as I've acquired nearly all of the commercially available sets, plus many unofficial rips from the Interwebs. I still purchase so much music, but I'll admit to being depressed at the lack of variety these days from the major CD reissue companies. I want some new Eurocrime scores, dammit!
What's everyone's thoughts on this subject? Would it be wise for Raro open up a musical division, similar to what Dagored did for a brief time, or would it be a waste of money? Maybe include the soundtracks with the DVD/BD release, similar to what Grindhouse has been doing with The Big Gundown and Cannibal Holocaust?