Ennio Morricone

The Ennio Morricone Anthology: A Fistful of Film Music

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Whittling the output of a composer with approximately 500 soundtracks to his credit down to two CDs rules out the possibility of a truly definitive career retrospective. Still, with 45 tracks spanning the mid-'60s to the early '90s, this is the best Morricone compilation of its sort available, though Film Music Vol. 1 & 2 certainly have a lot of worthwhile material. Disc one is dominated by highlights from the '60s soundtracks, particularly the spaghetti Westerns, that remain his most famous; disc two is more eclectic, with a greater concentration of both his orchestral works and compositions utilizing a greater variety of electronic instruments, although the hints of electro-pop and Europop on some of the tracks can be aggravating. Comes with an excellent 36-page booklet of biographical liner notes.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 1:49
3 2:19
4 2:17
5 3:06
6 2:50
7 2:50
8 2:41
9 3:24
10 2:29
11 2:25
12 2:54
13 3:05
14 2:22
15 2:53
16 3:31
17 2:39
18 3:45
19 2:11
20 5:16
21 3:29
22 2:25
23 5:25
24 3:09

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:38
2 4:55
3 4:22
4 2:24
5 3:11
6 4:09
7 3:03
8 3:42
9 3:08
10 1:39
11 4:20
12 2:15
13 5:06
14 4:50
15 4:22
16 3:51
17 2:55
18 3:11
19 3:26
20 2:44
21 3:14
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