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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Expanded)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
The concluding chapter of director Sergio Leone's epochal Man With No Name trilogy ushered film scorer Ennio Morricone into the pop mainstream courtesy of a hit cover of its main title by American Hugo Montenegro. More... more »
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The concluding chapter of director Sergio Leone's epochal Man With No Name trilogy ushered film scorer Ennio Morricone into the pop mainstream courtesy of a hit cover of its main title by American Hugo Montenegro. More importantly, it both showcased the composer's spectacularly inventive range and set him up for even greater triumphs to come with Leone and others. But aficionados of il Maestro Morricone's G,B&U soundtrack knew its original editions contained but the main thematic/musical elements of the spaghetti western epic -- until now. The addition of ten previously unissued cues on this newly remastered edition render the landmark score in its full glory, nearly doubling its running time in the bargain. While some of these new elements are but spare, haunting reworkings of familiar motifs (including Allessandro Allessandroni's trademark guitar riffs and the chilling vocal shrieks the composer used to evoke the howling of coyotes) that help expand its emotional dynamic, others like "Sentenza," "La Missione San Antonio" (a haunting instrumental version of "A Soldier's Story" that effectively presages his elegiac Once Upon A Time in The West and "Il Bandito Monco" significantly add to its expansive scope, firmly restating its claim as Morricone's first true classic. -- Jerry McCulley
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Skip this and buy the Italian import from GDM.
Jeremy Pilarski | Naples, FL United States | 05/30/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, this is a bad reissue of Morricone's classic score. Like the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for"--for eleven bucks I suppose it's not a bad deal. But the sound quality is rather poor. Plus it is missing some tracks from the superior release by GDM. This edition does not include the full version of "La Storia Di Un Soldato." This is the truncated version featured on the original American LP and CD release. The real version has a different introduction and is almost six minutes. To me, this song is one of Morricone's greatest pieces combining haunting melodies, beautiful vocals, and insightful lyrics by Tommie Connor. Its absence on this so-called special expanded edition really discourages any reason to purchase it. Also, the last track on the album is shorter than the Italian release by three minutes. The packaging of this disc is really lame as well. I know this is a minor criticism but a little more thought could have been put in the album's graphics and booklet. I guess many record companies are under the impression that less means more. Well, for a magnificent soundtrack by the maestro Morricone more is better. So, I suggest skipping this "expanded-lite" edition and getting the real thing. It can be found on Amazon under the title "Il Buno, Il Brutto, and Il Cattivo." It will cost more, but if you love the music of Morricone as much as I do, you won't mind paying the extra money. Also you can find it on Footlight.com and Arksquare.com. Happy listening."
Excellent expansion of the score (with a few cautions...)
Ryan Harvey | Los Angeles, CA USA | 05/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Timed with the release of the special edition DVD of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," this soundtrack presents an expansion of Ennio Morricone's score with ten previously unavailable tracks and a running time of 55 minutes. The sound has also been excellently remastered, making a huge improvement over the poor quality of the old LP and CD. Any fan of the film or the music of Morricone will want to grab this right away.A few cautions however: nowhere on the CD packaging or in the enclosed booklet is the listener informed that the new tracks are in MONO, not stereo (stereo masters do not exist for the new tracks). The mono sound quality is clear and well done, but it does clash significantly with the original stereo tracks. I don't think this should prevent anyone from purchasing this CD, but buyers should be aware that the sound varies tremendously between tracks. Also, the enclosed booklet contains no liner notes or information on the music. It does contain three spreads showing close-ups of the eyes of the main characters -- a cool design idea -- but the album producers missed a golden opportunity for presenting background data, restoration notes, and track-by-track commentary. A score of this historical importance certainly deserves this sort of treatment!With this score, Morricone pushed to its limits his rough, weird style of Western music that he developed in his two previous Westerns for Sergio Leone. The famous "Main Title" sums up Morricone's approach perfectly: bizarre instruments, jagged changes in sound, and a thunderous tempo. This main theme appears throughout the score in many variations, depending on which member of the unholy trinity it is describing. The other tracks found on the old CD outline the other important themes: the slow `war theme' heard in multiple bugle calls in "The Strong"; the ethereal female vocal in "The Carriage of the Sprits"; the sprightly dance tempo of "Marcia," which later becomes a slow, grim lament with a wordless male chorus in "Marcia without Hope"; and the vocal piece "The Story of a Soldier," sung by a chorus of imprisoned confederates, and later made into the most touching piece on the album, "The Death of a Soldier." The score concludes with two incredible musical pieces. "The Ecstasy of Gold" is a swirling, gradually building piece dominated by a soaring female solo voice; it casts an incredible hypnotic spell to match the title -- this is true `ecstasy'. "The Trio" covers the tense showdown, and will make your heart pound out of control as the music crescendos with drums, Spanish trumpet, and guitars hammering away at each other. Here's what you'll find on the new tracks."Sentenza" (the Italian name for the character Angel Eyes, played by Lee Van Cleef), "Fuga a Cavallo" (Escape on Horseback"), and "Inseguimento" ("Pursuit") utilize new different versions of the famous theme. "Sentenza" is eerie and played on electronic guitar and low woodwinds, while the other two versions are action-oriented. "Il Ponte di Corde" ("The Rope Bridge") features some of Morricone's most bizarre and comic orchestration. "La Missione San Antonio" is a rare moment of laid-back beauty in the score, using the theme heard in "The Story of a Soldier" as its base. "Padre Ramirez" is a sad and beautiful Spanish guitar lament, another bit of touching music amidst the musical ferocity (although the main theme explodes at the finale). "Il Treno Militare" ("The Military Train") returns to the "The Story of a Soldier" theme, but played slowly and with a martial drum beat underscoring it."Fine di Una Spia" ("End of a Spy") starts with the a soft version of the main theme, then switches over a version of "The Carriage of the Spirits." "Il Bandito Monco" ("The Bandit Monco") and "Due Contro Cinque" ("Two Against Five") are suspense pieces using heavy, punctuated percussion and only hints of any of the film's themes.I hope that some music label will get around to re-mastering and expanding Morricone's greatest score, "Once Upon a Time in the West," with the same care done here!"
They pulled a fast one on us
Gabriel A. Garcia | Tennessee | 02/18/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is one of, if not the greatest score ever composed for a film. But this new "expanded" and enhanced CD is a travesty.
It's pretty unbelievable that this "expanded" version still contains the 5-minute version of "Il Triello" (The Trio) that cuts off abruptly and without any proper buildup or denouement at the trumpet fanfare. And considering that "Il Triello" is one of the defining pieces in the entire score, and represents perhaps THE defining moment in the movie, it's also unacceptable.
My advice is simple: Skip over this one and order the Italian import version, which is easily available from Amazon. It's titled under the movie's Italian title, "Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo." It may cost more, but it is well worth it almost for the complete "Il Triello" alone, as well as the complete 6-minute "Story of a Soldier.""