Various Artists

More Delicious Spaghetti Western

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Sequels to popular instrumental compilations often fall prey to the law of diminishing returns, but More Delicious Spaghetti Western proves an exception to that rule. In fact, this compilation of cues from spaghetti western soundtracks manages to improve on its predecessor because it offers a wider selection of composers and film scores. Although its track listing ignores crucial Sergio Leone classics like A Fistful of Dollars and Once Upon a Time in the West, More Delicious Spaghetti Western still manages to present a pretty comprehensive selection of important composers who contributed to this genre. Most importantly, this album includes four tracks by Ennio Morricone, the king of the spaghetti western film score. The best of these tracks are "Il Mio Nome E Nessuno," a flute-led instrumental that blends gentle acoustic guitar accompaniment with a sprightly, playful choral arrangement, and "Vamos A Matar Companeros," a rousing and fast-paced track that is built around Spanish choral vocals but throws in a humorous, head-spinning instrumental break that trots out every spaghetti western soundtrack device in the book (reverbed electric guitar, wailing voices, martial horn blasts, etc.). More Delicious Spaghetti Western also illustrates how musically diverse this style of music could be within its stylistic constraints: "Una Ragione Per Vivere E Una Per Morire" applies militaristic elements that would be at home in a war movie (drum corps-like percussion, reveille-style horns) into its western style, and "Sartana" grafts spaghetti western guitar work onto an organ-driven melody that owes more to 1960s lounge pop than it does to traditional western movie music. All in all, More Delicious Spaghetti Western is a strong and catchy collection music that will appeal to soundtrack lovers and lounge music fanatics alike.

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