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A Fistful Of Film Music: The Ennio Morricone Anthology
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
There is much more to Ennio Morricone than his soundtracks for spaghetti Westerns. The moody Italian has managed to create some of the most atmospheric and macabre work in movie music history. This double-disc represents ... more »
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There is much more to Ennio Morricone than his soundtracks for spaghetti Westerns. The moody Italian has managed to create some of the most atmospheric and macabre work in movie music history. This double-disc represents the composer's vast stylistic palette. There are the cannoli cowboy themes from A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but the collection delves into his lyrical "Chi Mai" from the 1981 film, The Professional, and the spooky choral experiments on the theme to The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (arguably his best work). The first disc is stronger than the second, since the latter is taken up with more lackluster work from such films as The Untouchables and Bugsy. There are some vocal tracks by Joan Baez and a notable one by Domenico Modugno. --Joseph Lanza
Fistful of unusual sounds, instruments
Corozand | bloomington, IN | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that the 1st disc is better than the 2nd, but the 2nd disc does have music from the mission which is spectacular and I love the flute theme from bugsy. My first impressions of this collection were not good, like another reviewer here I expected to hear a lot more spaghetti western music. The original tracks from the man w/no name trilogy are priceless to me, I hate the Hugo Montenegro remakes and others like that. These original recordings are incredible. They alternate from beauty to power to vocals that make you cringe to instruments that aren't usually used as such. Morricone is first and foremost in my mind an experimenter, a trailblazer, an original, he takes risks and this collection is a reflection of that, particularly the 70's stuff from movies that one reviewer had "never heard of". Guess what this isn't about the movies, its about Morricone's career and what a career it has been. Can't recommend this enough and feel very fortunate to have purchased it ten years ago when it was still easily available. Sorry for disjointed review but this compilation pulls tracks from 30 years of films, there is no easy way to describe it, it is many different things, brilliant music that can expand the mind of someone who listens only to "popular" music for sure."
Atmosphere To Burn
Squid | Clarksburg, WV | 12/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of Sergio Leone's so-called "Spaghetti Westerns", I have to admit I always found the film music "strangely complimementary" to films that are "strangely western" and I mean by this an outsider's look (Leone's) of the Old West. One must remember this is "film music", tracks that were used at certain points in the various films they represent. While I won't go into citing specific films and their appointed titles, suffice it to say that this is, to me an "ambiance" or "atmospheric" disc. Those who were 18 in the early 70's know what I'm talking about. This is just a great collection of songs composed by Ennio Morricone for use in films by Sergio Leone, and they represent the essence of the films. I'm not goanna go into a long discourse about the virtues of each song and the films they represent. The later stuff, "The Untouchables" and "Once Upon A Time In New York City" are best left to the individual to address. If you want a great 2 CD collection to pass a Sunday afternoon at home, or if you're out cruising, or actively listening to every instrument in every song, I think you'll find this to be off the beaten path as far as "soundtrack" discs go. If you are any fan at all of the Sergio Leone movies, this is an excellent companion to the DVD's. Buy It."
Dad will love it!
Mother Tereasa | Washington State | 07/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this for my Dad as a Father's day present. It was in perfect condition & now we both have the music we love as I already owned a set."