Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ennio Morricone, Kiriakos Sfetsas|
U Turn: Music From The Motion Picture
Genres: Country, Pop, Soundtracks
Say what you want about Oliver Stone's U Turn (we know, it probably won't be nice). Call it gory, call it derivative, call it a waste of time. But check out the soundtrack. Musically, U Turn, is a great collection of count... more »
Say what you want about Oliver Stone's U Turn (we know, it probably won't be nice). Call it gory, call it derivative, call it a waste of time. But check out the soundtrack. Musically, U Turn, is a great collection of country classics, coda'd by a memorable Ennio Morricone score. Of course, most of these tunes merely serve as cheery background music to contrast the violence found in the film's scenes. Cuts by Peggy Lee, Webb Pierce, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Ricky Nelson all give the disc a Southwestern mood. Give it a listen; as long as you're not headed to Superior, Arizona, it makes for a fine record to take on the road. --Jason Verlinde
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Inspector Gadget | 01/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The songs featured on the CD are amiable enough but Morricones score is n absolute belter. Track 20 (Old Family Souvenirs) is tragically erotic and tracks 21 and 22 are bizzare. Like the rest of the score, but very listenable and coherent."
A Rare, schizophrenic soundtrack.
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 08/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll try to improve on the crappy review I wrote over 3 and a half years ago. But I'll repeat what I said originally. The first 10 tracks of the CD are country songs from the likes of Pasty Cline (how come she don't put out no more records?) and Johnny Cash. Even if you are not a fan of such music they are easy going and don't get on your nerves. With the exception of 'More and More' by Webb Pierce. Morricone's score is very weird indeed. Tracks like Grace (and the reprise), U-Turn, Dialogue with the Indian and A Banjo in the Desert really help set the mood for the zillion degrees location of the movie. These tracks almost make you see heatwaves.The tracks Against and Hallucination Walk use screeching violins to scary and menacing effect. While tracks like Go on...kill Grace, End of Sheriff and Fall and Rise seem sarcastic and crackpot with a touch of nervous tension.But the standout track is definitely Old Family Souvenirs. This music is haunting and creepy. A woman's voice humming sad sounding tune. I said before that I would describe this track as being 'tragically erotic'. And I stick by that, you can deny that description when the violin comes in halfway through for the most tear-jerking solo ever. I mean this music is worth the purchase of the CD on it's own. And I would go as far as saying that it is even better than Ennio Morricone's own theme for 'The Mission'. Buying this CD is a wise move. It's a classic. No doubt."
Masterpiece in the movie. Less interesting on CD.
Peter Lindboe | Copenhagen N. Denmark | 01/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD starts with a rather nice mix of 10 songs. Mainly country songs, some old jazz songs and a mexican song. My favorites are the two jazzy songs "It's a good day" and "Speaking of happiness".Being a fan of Morricone, his score is the reason I bought this CD in the first place, so I'll concentrate my review on his 42 minute contribution. This is one of the examples of a score which works absolutely terrific in the movie, but is less interesting on CD. At times the score is either erotic, hypnotic, paranoid, dark or just plain silly. It makes your adrenaline pump, makes you sad and even makes you laugh. It has two absolutely wonderful cues; the main title called "U-turn" plus the track "Old family souvenirs", which I personally believe is two of the best film score cues from 1997. They are both melancholic and sad, especially the latter of these, which has the Morricone trademark; Edda Dell'Orso as wordless soprano. The score could have been incredible had these two cues worked as themes and provided the basis for the entire score, but considering the movie, there really was no place to do so. The rest of the score is rather interesting, but sadly more interesting than listenable. Morricone is very original in this score(as he always is), and use a very untraditional mix of instruments. Acoustic and electric guitars, a harmonica, panpipes, a banjo, a jew's harp and wordless soprano. I recommend buying this CD, especially for the two wonderful cues mentioned above. If you are prepared on the fact that it's not all melodic and listenable music, I don't think you will be disappointed."