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Puppet on a Chain

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Music Composed and Arranged by Piero Piccioni

A masterpiece of suspense and no-holds barred action, Puppet on a Chain was adapted from Alistair Maclean’s 1969 novel and released in 1971. Directed by Geoffrey Reeve and starring a granite-jawed Sven-Bertil Taube, the film’s signature boat chase (lasting eight minutes!) along the canals of Amsterdam was rumoured to be the inspiration for the similar sequence in Bond’s Live and Let Die.

The action is underpinned by Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Piccioni’s blistering Hammond-heavy score. Piccioni composed around 300 soundtracks over four decades, but was most prolific during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, when he was sought out by directors including Francesco Rosi, Mario Monicelli, Alberto Lattuada, Luchino Visconti, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica and Lina Wertmuller. A talented self-taught jazz musician, Piccioni’s soundtrack to Puppet on a Chain retains effortless style, portraying a decadent 1970’s Amsterdam overrun with drugs and organised crime.

01 Puppet On A Chain (Main Titles)
02 Drug Dealers
03 Psychedelic Mood
04 LSD Party
05 Narcotics Bureau
06 Escape
07 Night Club
08 Drugs Hypnosis
09 The Search
10 Mystery / The Discotheque
11 Troubles In The Big City
12 Chase
13 Fear
14 Love Theme
15 Big Action
16 Obsession
17 The Funeral
18 Puppet On A Chain (Finale)