Ennio Morricone
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Label ©  Capitol
Release Year  1966
Length  54:52
Genre  Soundtrack
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  E-0066
Bitrate  ~168 Kbps
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    Track Listing:
      1.  
      Il Buono, Il Cattivo, Il Brutto (The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly) (Main Title)  
       2:42  
      2.  
      Il Tramonto (The Sundown)  
       1:15  
      3.  
      Sentenza  
       1:41  
      4.  
      Fuga A Cavallo  
       1:07  
      5.  
      Il Ponte Di Corde  
       1:51  
      6.  
      Il Forte (The Strong)  
       2:22  
      7.  
      Inseguimento  
       2:25  
      8.  
      Il Deserto (The Desert)  
       5:17  
      9.  
      La Carrozza Dei Fantasmi (The Carriage Of The Spirits)  
       2:09  
      10.  
      La Missione San Antonio  
       2:15  
      11.  
      Padre Ramirez  
       2:37  
      12.  
      Marcetta (Marcia)  
       2:53  
      13.  
      La Storia De Un Soldato (The Story Of A Soldier)  
       3:53  
      14.  
      Il Treno Militare  
       1:25  
      15.  
      Fine Di Una Spia  
       1:16  
      16.  
      Il Bandito Monco  
       2:45  
      17.  
      Due Contro Cinque  
       3:46  
      18.  
      Marcetta Senza Speranza (Marcia Without Hope)  
       1:40  
      19.  
      Morte Di Un Soldato (The Death Of A Soldier)  
       3:08  
      20.  
      L'estasi Dell'oro (The Ecstasy Of Gold)  
       3:23  
      21.  
      Il Triello (The Trio) (Main Title)  
       5:02  
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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

      Review by Steven McDonald

      A major influence on Western scores right into the nineties, Morricone's music utilizes quite a remarkable array of musical tools. There's a traditional element of Western underscore, with a brassy feel to it, but this is joined throughout by thundering percussion that includes a lot of bells, various arrangements of voices, clanging acoustic and electric guitars, and even a prepared piano. Aside from the famous title track with its Shadows influences, there's a lot here to recommend this particular score -- there are moments of intense drama and incredible beauty that are rarely heard in motion picture underscore, giving the work a classical feel. A cover of the title track provided Hugo Montenegro with a major British hit. [In 2004 Capitol released an expanded and re-mastered edition that re-integrates nine tracks that were omitted upon the album's initial release.]
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