I seem to remember I was at school...probably 1968 ish (I would be around 15 or 16) and a whole bunch of us getting hooked on the trilogy. We used to take a small tape recorder into the cinema to record the soundtracks (still got them somewhere and we even used to pinch the posters which were put up around town advertising the films. We used to think Ennio was God and searched everywhere for the records and LP's. The first was by "the Hollywood soundmakers"...rubbish really but brilliant at the time...check it out here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTb9PdaDTLs
We then found the GBU soundtrack then the RCA Camdem Soundtracks for FOD/FAFDM all readily available now but like gold then. Then "The Best of Ennio Morricone". It really came into its own with the advent of Video VHS and you could then get the films from TV...brilliant.
Ah! so nostalgic....they were brilliant exciting times.....we didn't need drugs or computer games or tv's in every room to have fun....