Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone: The Soundtracks

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The price is as right as the content on Ennio Morricone: The Soundtracks, a budget double-CD set, which gathers together a lot of Ennio Morricone's best soundtrack work, mostly from his westerns -- though it also encompasses The Exorcist II and The Mission -- in a reasonably coherent whole, all drawn from the original recordings from a multitude of European labels. None of it is in chronological order, starting as it does with the three "Man With No Name" western scores and jumping back later on to Morricone's pre-Sergio Leone westerns; and the booklet accompanying the set doesn't really contain any information, but it all sounds very good and the overview presented is better than one will find on any single-disc anthology. And any Morricone compilation that includes even one track of his glorious score for A Fistful of Dynamite -- Morricone at his most sublimely beautiful, witty, and tragic -- deserves a place on one's shelf.