Ennio Morricone

L' Essentiel Ennio Morricone

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It's all here. The whistling. The foreboding clang of a faraway bell. And of course, the mournful wail of music that makes you want to squint along with the Man With No Name. L'Essentiel Ennio Morricone isn't, in fact, the most essential retrospective of the composer out there. But it does cover the main points well, offering the memorable themes from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, and even the title music to The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. In between there are classically named Morricone/Hugo Montenegro experiments like "The Vice of Killing" and "Paying of Scores," both of which possess that surging high lonesome sound that will make a tumbleweed roll through your office building. The set even features the Joan Baez/Morricone-penned "Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti." L'Essentiel Ennio Morricone isn't comprehensive, and its titles are in French, which may throw some for a loop. But it's a respectable collection that can effectively serve as the soundtrack to your next spaghetti and Westerns dinner party.

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