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Title: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Poggle on September 25, 2005, 06:28:49 PM
I've heard some samples of Morricone music from other movies and, to my taste, I haven't found much that matches what he had done in Leone's movies. 1900 was OKAY, but nothing to write home about. By the way, wasn't Liebestraum by Liszt playing in a scene? I thought that was a nice touch.

Are there any soundtracks he has done that you would say could match OUATIA's style, mood and overall catchiness? As interesting as his western ones are I'd like to broaden my horizons with non-western ones. I think maybe it's burnout on his western soundtracks that I'm experiencing. Spanish guitar, electric guitars, etc. I expect them. Though I loved the music for the chase at the end of the The Big Gundown I felt in many instances he didn't go "All the way" in a "Ecstasy of Gold/The Trio" kind of way with the rest of the soundtrack. I heard that sort of "Western fanfare" type music and want more 8)

What would you say is his greatest Italian-style music? Mandolins, etc.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: shango on September 25, 2005, 07:37:41 PM
 I am more familiar with his western soundtracks myself.But I do have 3 of his Giallo soundtracks that I personally enjoy.They are Four flies on grey velvet & Cat o nine tails,Got some cool Jazz/funk 70's style on there if you like that kind of thing and also I have short night of the glass dolls that is for the most part somber and kind of a let down.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Juan Miranda on September 26, 2005, 05:10:08 PM
His soundtrack for CINEMA PARADISO is unashamedly shmaltzy and eagre to please in so many places. BUT! It really works.

I don't watch this film that often (and went through a brief phase of downright hatred for it), as I feel it's absurdly manipulative, but.. I do end up blubbing like a baby when I screen it, and a lot of that is thanks to Ennio.

File under "guilty pleasure"...
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: buff64 on September 26, 2005, 06:10:21 PM
i like the music of the MISSION.great soundtrack.
 I've enjoyed lately Morricone's work with YO-YO-MA.
 Very good album.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: titoli on September 27, 2005, 08:33:43 AM
I've said this already in another topic, but I don't mind repeating it. Morricone is the greatest arranger (with the possible exception of Nelson Riddle) of pop music I know. His arrangements of neapolitan songs (not the ones made in the late '50's for Mario Lanza but those of the early '60's for Miranda Martino) can compare easily with his soundtracks. He also did a lot of other arrangements which remain, to this date, unsurpassed in Italy (even though I would like to make some exceptions for those of Detto Mariano both for Battisti and Celentano).
As Stanley Kubrick is reported to have said to Leone, M. didn't do anything in cinema as good as he did for his former school pal. But the music for other westerns (the mercenary, f.e) is all the way notable. I like also the theme for Indagine, Il clan dei siciliani and something more. but the good things he did, he did in westerns. I think Provvidenza theme has nothing to envy to the best of his production with a few exceptions.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Bill Carson on September 27, 2005, 04:14:18 PM
an interesting MORRICONE work is the soundtrack to John Carpenter's THE THING - it's different to his other scores and I personally think it's very similar to Carpenter's own creepy synth-scores.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Sackett on September 27, 2005, 05:13:27 PM
Morricone is to music what Frazetta is to art.  Both are unique and easily recognizable when either seen or heard.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Harmonica on September 27, 2005, 05:14:53 PM
It's funny that John Carpenter's The Thing soundtrack won a Razzie that year for worst soundtrack of the year.  I personally love the soundtrack, and yes, I think it mimics Carpenter's errie synthisised tunes. (Carpenter is a talent).  I also like DePalma's The Untouchables soundtrack by Morricone.  But still, nothing compares to, IMO, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly title track.  No movie tune in history is more engrained in the brain of pop culture than that one.  It's in commercials, TV shows, other movies, etc.

It's interesting if you listen to some of the Special Features on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly DVD it talks about how Morricone got the "Wha Eee Wha Eee Ayyya" sound from.  From a coyotes howl.  Leone knowing this put in a couple of howls of coyotes in the opening scene in GBU and right after the opening credits and as they are closing in on Tuco you can hear the coyotes howling, and if your listening for it, you can hear the resemblence in the coyotes howling and Morricone's title track...  
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Tim on September 27, 2005, 07:04:48 PM
  buff already said it, but The Mission is a soundtrack well worth picking up.  I've always liked Morricone's soundtrack for The Untouchables as well.  I love the title sequence as the the titles roll across the screen with Morricone's score blaring.  Good movie besides though with some good performances by Costner and Connery.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: jerkface on September 28, 2005, 10:22:52 AM
I happen to love the score he did for ORCA. Watching it is a strange experience because the music is ten times better than the film. Really, that movie sucks. I thought it was awesome when I was ten years old. When the soundtrack kicks in, for a split second you start to feel the movie. Then you realize you're being manipulated by Morricone, and it all falls apart.

Am I the only one who really likes this one? Am I crazy? I drove around for days listening to it non-stop. It got me in character. I'd tell people, "I was that whale's drunk driver."
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Groggy on September 28, 2005, 03:23:20 PM
I'm listening to the swingin', ultra-cool "Speakeasy" track from OUATIA right now after bawling my eyes out listening to "Deborah's Theme".  Morricone is simply a f-ing genius.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: dave jenkins on September 28, 2005, 04:22:05 PM
I second the notion that Morricone's best work was for SWs. Besides the ones for SL's films (and I include My Name is Nobody here), the soundtracks that really make we want to stand up and salute are those for The Mercenary, Face to Face, and especially Companeros. The main title theme for Companeros is equal, IMHO, with the title theme for GBU.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Tim on September 28, 2005, 07:23:41 PM
  jerkface( i feel a little funny saying that), i'm a big fan of morricone's score for orca.  The beginning with the shots of the two whales jumping out of the water superimposed against that sunset shot are amazing.  And the movie is pretty horrible, although Richard Harris is always cool.

  When the woman is singing, it sounds similar to Jill's Theme from OUATITW.  Not identical but similar enough that you know its a Morricone score.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: jerkface on September 29, 2005, 01:38:48 PM
  jerkface( i feel a little funny saying that), i'm a big fan of morricone's score for orca.  The beginning with the shots of the two whales jumping out of the water superimposed against that sunset shot are amazing.  And the movie is pretty horrible, although Richard Harris is always cool.

  When the woman is singing, it sounds similar to Jill's Theme from OUATITW.  Not identical but similar enough that you know its a Morricone score.

Please, call me jerkface.

Richard Harris IS always cool. It's amazing to me how many elements of ORCA are good, and yet it adds up to nothing. Bad script I guess. It's not even bad enough to be enjoyable. However, I maintain that Morricone's score is great. It's quite different from his western scores, but it's obviously still him.

What's this talk of Morricone getting a Razzie for THE THING. What a bunch of utter horseshit. It's definitely not his best work, but it's not by any means bad either. It's especially galling in light of him getting shafted out of other awards. To hell with all of these awards ceremonies. They mean nothing.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Franks Harmonica on September 29, 2005, 09:00:09 PM
I personally love the scores for
The Sicilian Clan
Chai Mai
What Ever Happened to Solange
White Dog
Macine Gun McCain
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: shango on September 30, 2005, 07:32:48 AM
Blue Underground has Dario Argento's Bird With The Crystal Plumage dvd coming out on tuesday 10/25.The dvd has a feturette called ( The music of murder ) that has an interview/feature with Ennio Morricone.
 Figured some here might be intersted in that bit of info.I will be getting the disk and will let you know how it is once it arives. ;)
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: The Smoker on October 01, 2005, 07:25:03 AM
Will be getting this.

Isolated scores don't seemed to be so prominent on dvd these days. Alot of morricone late 60s/early 70s scores could of been served well on DVD. Specially soundtracks that are hard to find.

Paramount's recent Danger Diabolik DVD is proberly the best quality way to listen to his soundtrack to date.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: quesodiablo on December 02, 2005, 07:49:30 PM
Hey all,

I am new here and am enjoying reading everyone's opinions.  I was just going to throw in my two cents and give a big thumbs up for Morricone's work in _Two Mules for Sister Sara_.  By far some of Morricone's best SW music (that is aside from his work with Leone).

Cheers
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Banjo on December 03, 2005, 07:58:34 AM
I very recently picked up The Exorcist DVD from Ebay having already seen and enjoyed The Exorcist 3 on television recently which was written and directed by William Blatty,author of the original book.On the DVD is a trailer to Exorcist 2:the Heretic including a pretty wild soundtrack which i just discovered is by Morricone.The film isn't meant to be very good,but i'm hoping this will show up on TV soon if only to hear some more Morricone.
Has anyone seen this movie who could comment on the soundtrack?
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: indio on December 04, 2005, 12:40:20 AM
i saw this about a year ago but i don't really remember the soundtrack even though i knew it was morricone i guess that says something.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Banjo on December 04, 2005, 01:28:28 AM
I've had the Untouchables on tape for years and i went back to watch it recently on hearing Morricone did the soundtrack and its not particularly memorable.
I do like his score though in Frantic starring Harrison Ford-even with Grace Jones singing!!
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Leone Admirer on December 04, 2005, 05:55:47 AM
Grace Jones singing  :-X. She should stick to Bond films.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Banjo on December 04, 2005, 08:53:57 AM
I know what you mean about Grace Jones but it does actually suit this film which is largely based around the seedier side of Paris.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Banjo on December 07, 2005, 07:00:05 AM
Thanks Derringdo,i think i'll wait patiently for it to come on the telly again!
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Banjo on December 08, 2005, 03:42:43 AM
I'm not really into buying compilations from any artist because these never seem to flow very well,and you inevitably end up duplicating tracks you already own.
I have to say that the Exorcist 2 does look really good in the trailer,but i'm definately not going to risk buying the DVD for fear of disappointment after seeing the original and Blatty's official follow-up Exorcist 3 aka Legion.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Le Bon on December 08, 2005, 11:43:31 AM
There is a new extended OUATITW Soundtrack out. Does anyone know where you can get it online. I have checked a few sites but no luck so far.
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Cusser on December 08, 2005, 12:09:02 PM
Mine is European CD, with 20 tracks I believe, got it in 2000 or 2001.  However, I noticed this at intrada.com, but they say they're out of stock (I've purchased from them in the past).

http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.ACCT67745/sc.2/category.2045/it.A/id.4631/.f

Search for GDM 2062
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (DEFINITIVE EDITION)

Label: GDM 2062
Date: 1968
Tracks: 27
Time = 65:01

CD from Italy

Newly-expanded original soundtrack from landmark Sergio Leone western with Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson. Ennio Morricone bucks his own western tradition, fashions main theme not with plethora of rhythms, snaps but with grace, tranquility. With meld of strings, female voice, major-key melody slowly rises, winds about, penetrates. One of the most elegiac themes in cinema history. But there's much more. Morricone fashions secondary theme in minor-key, sliding solo harmonica motif for Charles Bronson character, rocking melody for Cheyenne highlighted by sudden "break" during line, many other ideas. Classic film merges image and sound like few others have done, Morricone responds with enough themes for three movies! GDM expanded release adds 7 more tracks to previously-expanded issue, bringing total number of tracks to 27. Remastered stereo sound and all-new packaging are further assets. Ennio Morricone conducts and scores a bullseye!

1. C'era Una volta Il West (3:43) 2. L'Uomo (1:03) 3. Il Grande Massacro (2:40) 4. Arrivo Alla Stazione (0:55) 5. L'Orchestraccia (2:55) 6. L'America Di Jill (2:47) 7. Armonica (2:27) 8. La Posada N.1 (1:39) 9. Un Letto Troppo Grande (1:32) 10. Jill (1:47) 11. Frank (1:52) 12. Cheyenne (1:16) 13. La Posada N.2 (1:33) 14. La Posada N.3 (1:19) 15. Epilogo (1:14) 16. Sul Tetto Del Treno (1:19) 17. L'Uomo Dell 'Armonica (3:30) 18. In Una Stanza Con Poca Luce (5:08) 19. L'Attentato (4:41) 20. Ritorno Al Treno (0:57) 21. Morton (1:36) 22. Come Una Sentenza (3:08) 23. Duello Finale (3:35) 24. L'Ultimo Rantolo (1:44) 25. Nascita Di Una Citta' (4:25) 26. Addio A Cheyenne (2:38) 27. Finale (4:08)
Title: Re: Morricone soundtracks
Post by: Le Bon on December 08, 2005, 01:56:32 PM
yes... that's the new one i am after. Thanks for that Cusser.