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Canto Morricone - The Ennio Morricone Songbook, Vol. 1: The 60's
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
The great film composer Ennio Morricone began his career as a composer, arranger, and conductor of pop songs in his native Italy. Il Maestro frequently utilized those skills and sensibilities in his film work, especially i... more »
The great film composer Ennio Morricone began his career as a composer, arranger, and conductor of pop songs in his native Italy. Il Maestro frequently utilized those skills and sensibilities in his film work, especially in European productions of the '60s and '70s, but those songs have been at best spottily represented on previous Morricone compilations. Bear Family's Canto Morricone series is a long-overdue examination of this wonderfully adventurous body of music. Volume 1 covers a gratifying and eclectic mix of songs from his early European comedies, dramas, and action-adventures. Morricone explores a dizzying array of styles here, from quirky cocktail pop and goofy spy rock to flamenco-tinged balladry and smoky Continental jazz--all of it infused with his melodic genius and impish arrangement instincts. Many of the performers and performances here may be unfamiliar to American ears (though some, like Mina's "Se Telefonando" were huge Italian pop hits), although the Sandpipers, jazz great Astrud Gilberto, and actresses Françoise Hardy and Catherine Spaak are all represented as well. It's a warm and welcome volume that may surprise even the most ardent Morricone admirer (though you'll find the liner notes long on film art and short on track and artist information). --Jerry McCulley
21electrifying tunes morricone collaborates with singers
old rotten widescreen | usa | 10/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is awesome, morricones'signiture sound is all over these songs. the collaboration with Italian singers can transport you to another time with emotion and compfort. cant wait to get vol's 2 & 3."
Up there with the best CDs ever issued
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Honestly, this is a real winner. Dramatic orchestral pop at its best. Also Great, but not mentioned in the review above, is Christy's 'Deep Down', from the film Danger:Diabolik. The great thing about the entire Canto Morricone series is that it focuses on his really great themes, such as 'malamondo', 'se telefonando' and 'metti una cena a cera'."