Ennio Morricone

Once Upon a Time: The Essential Ennio Morricone Film Music Collection

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The two-disc Once Upon a Time: The Essential Ennio Morricone is a serviceable but unexciting overview of some of the highlights of the Italian soundtrack master's enormous catalog. Because it's designed for the newcomer and the casual fan, the play list consists almost entirely of songs that will be overly familiar to those who have been following Morricone's career for some time, with the umpteenth iteration of the spaghetti Western themes filling nearly the entirety of the first disc while ignoring the more obscure but equally interesting work the composer did in other musical and cinematic styles during the same period. However, disc two is a nicely varied collection of songs from Morricone's '80s and '90s work, a mature period in his musical career with essential highlights like the lovely, haunted "The Mission" and the sentimentally nostalgic "Cinema Paradiso." Because of the ongoing interest in Morricone's earlier work, his equally fine later scores are too often ignored, and disc two of this collection is a solid starting point for those who want to move on from "A Fistful of Dynamite: Duck, You Sucker." Again, however, established fans will find little they're not already familiar with.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Once Upon a Time in the West, film score
1 3:53
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari), film score
2 3:27
For a Few Dollars More (Per qualche dollaro in più), film score
3 3:25
Days of Heaven, film score
4 2:56 Amazon
Un Esercito cinque uomini (The Five Man Army), film score
5 2:49 Amazon
Once Upon a Time in the West, film score
6 6:06
7 3:01 Amazon
Guns for San Sebastian, film score
8 3:48 Amazon
Two Mules For Sister Sara, film score
9 5:19 Amazon
Giù la testa (Duck, You Sucker), film score (aka "A Fistful of Dynamite")
10 4:08
Il Mio Nome è Nessuno (My Name Is Nobody), film score (aka Lonesome Gun)
11 3:10 Amazon
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo), film score
12 2:52
13 3:07
Nuovo cinema paradiso, film score (aka Cinama Paradiso)
14 3:33
Once Upon a Time in America, film score
15 4:43

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Untouchables, film score
1 2:23 Amazon
The Red Tent, film score
2 3:37 Amazon
Le Clan des Siciliens (The Sicilian Clan), film score
3 4:07
Exorcist II "The Heretic", film score
4 2:39
Moses the Lawgiver, television film score
5 3:53
In the Line of Fire, film score
6
feat: Mark Ayres
4:04
The Thing, film score
7 4:28
Joss, Il Professionista, film score (aka Le Professional)
8 5:37
Hamlet, film score (1990)
9 2:38
Novecento (1900), film score
10 3:31
Casualties of War, film score
11 3:52
Marco Polo, television mini-series score
12 2:39
The Mission, film score
13 2:57
14 2:20
15 2:32
16 3:31
17 1:42
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