Ennio Morricone

Crime and Dissonance

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This two-disc anthology assembled by Mike Patton is, after the spaghetti Western soundtracks and themes, essential Morricone. Never has his music from the strange films he scored in the 1960s and '70s been showcased in such an original and powerful way. Patton has looked closely into the experimental nature of the maestro and found plenty here to offer as well as to crow about. Many of the scores he chose from would be known only to cineastes of minor and obscure Italian films. Yet, Patton understood that Morricone loved his own process and treated crime and exploitation flicks like L'Anticristo and Forza G with the same delightful sense of adventure that he approached The Godfather and The Mission with. Here, all manner of strangeness is on offer: from psychedelic guitars and tripped-out wordless vocals to sitars, layers and layers of percussion, acid-drenched strings, an Echoplexed celeste, toy pianos, psychotic operatic voices in chorus, and more. And this is no novelty compilation. It is sequenced with taste and depth. Most of the music here was conducted by the great Bruno Nicolai, and thematically moves from dark to ecstatic to just plain weird in a seamless fashion. In presenting Crime and Dissonance in this manner, Patton has given listeners a much wider view of Morricone not only as a composer, but as a sonic experimentalist. This is one of those must-haves for just about everybody interested in music just off the beaten path enough to conjure strange dreams and perhaps even nightmares.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna, film score
1 4:43
Veruschka, film score
2 1:48
L' Uccello dalle piume di cristallo, film score
3 5:00
Metti una sera a cena, film score
4 3:23
L' Istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi, film score
5 2:38
Cuore di Mamma, film score
6 2:59
L' Assoluto naturale, film score
7 1:13
Forza 'G', film score
8 2:32
Il Gatto a Nove Code (The Cat o' Nine Tails), film score
9 2:33
Gli Occhi freddi della paura, film score
10
3:15
Barbablu', film score
11 2:43
L' Uccello dalle piume di cristallo, film score
12 1:25
L' Anticristo, film score
13 4:00
La Moglie piu' bella, film score
14 1:24
Veruschka, film score
15 1:01
Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna, film score
16 2:12
Cuore di Mamma, film score
17 3:06
Il Serpente, film score
18 4:19
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