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 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Since Ennio Morricone was born in 1928, I think it's interesting to see what Morricone fans might list as their top 28 favorites.

Here's mine:

1. Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero, La (Black Belly Of The Tarantula)
2. Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna, Una (A Lizard In A Woman's Skin)
3. Addio Fratello Crudele ('Tis Pity She's A Whore)
4. The Stendhal Syndrome
5. Giustiziere, Il (The Human Factor)
6. Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo, L' (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage)
7. Poliziotto Della Brigata Criminale, Il (Fear Over The City)
8. Giornata Nera Per L'Ariete (The Fifth Cord)
9. Macchie Solari (Autopsy)
10. Mose' (Moses The Lawgiver)
11. Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (Cold Eyes Of Fear)
12. Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna, Un (A Quiet Place In The Country)
13. Disclosure
14. Wolf
15. The Thing
16. Guns For San Sebastian
17. The Island
18. Corta Notte Delle Bambole Di Vetro, La (Short Night Of Glass Dolls)
19. Two Mules For Sister Sara
20. Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene, Le (Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion)
21. Resa Dei Conti, La (The Big Gundown)
22. Barbablu (Bluebeard)
23. Fraulein Doktor
24. Navajo Joe
25. Chi L'Ha Vista Morire? (Who Saw Her Die?)
26. Figli Chiedono Perche', I
27. Gatto A Nove Code, Il (Cat O' Nine Tails)
28. Pugni In Tasca, I (Fists In The Pocket)


Does anybody have 28 favorites?

(if you've done a top 25 or top 30 on Morricone's titles, then most of the work is already done. smile )

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Smitty   (Member)

Wow, that is quite the undertaking since I am familiar with so many of his works. I'll be a rule-breaker and throw in a top 5 that I am absolutely sure of. Somewhere beyond that five I would throw in Orca, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Exorcist II, Dollars Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in America, Frantic, etc.

1. Days of Heaven
2. Duck, You Sucker
3. Once Upon a Time in the West
4. Cefalonia
5. Gott Mit Uns (The Fifth Day of Peace)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

All right, I'm game.

Shockingly, though I know a lot of Morricone's scores, I discovered recently that I don't own as many as I thought I did - something I'm slowly rectifying. Here then, is my "Top 28," though I must stress that, apart from perhaps the first five, the rest should be viewed as being in no particular order, other than the order in which they came to mind - and I'm sure it'd be a different list if I wrote it out tomorrow or yesterday. Looking at this list, I see it might skew more towards the lyrical and thematic, but I do really, really dig his more avant-garde material, too.

1. Giu la Testa (Duck, You Sucker) [Also my favorite Leone film]
2. Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore (The Devil is a Woman) [I love, love, love this score]
3. Days of Heaven
4. White Dog
5. Cinema Paradiso
6. L'Umanoide (The Humanoid)
7. The Mission
8. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
9. Once Upon a Time in the West
10. Il Giustiziere (The Human Factor)
11. Frantic
12. Navajo Joe
13. Fatti di Gente Perbene
14. Once Upon a Time in America
15. La Storia Vera Della Signora Dalla Camelie
16. A Time of Destiny
17. The Five-Man Army
18. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
19. Guns for San Sebastian
20. Bluebeard
21. Mission to Mars
22. Drammi Gotici
23. Ogro
24. Macchie Solari (Autopsy)
25. Spasmo
26. The Thing
27. Exorcist II: The Heretic
28. The Untouchables (It may not his most inventive score, but I find it incredibly rousing stuff, and I find the low-piano "Strength of the Righteous" stuff constantly playing in my head - much in the same way Jacques Loussier's low-piano writing in "Dark of the Sun" gets stuck in the gaping chasm between my ears.)

That was fun!

Looking back at ToneRow's list, I see I left off "A Quiet Place in the Country," which I think is a really smashing score - some jawdroppingly brilliant material in it. So let's make that my unofficial 29th.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

I guess I am not an experienced listener to name that many but my first soundtrack I ever listened to was A Fistfull of Dollars. And that is still my favorite work from him today. I will mention some obvious choices that I enjoy besides The Dollar Trilogy are The Mission, Two Mules for Sister Sarah, Days of Heaven and Once Upon a Time in the West. I know there are plenty more good ones especially in the foreign market that I have to listen to. I heard some samples of Le Proffessionnel and I have that on order now.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

My top 25 would be similar to ToneRow's. I would include fewer spaghetti westerns, but then I would also include groovy stuff like "Diabolik," "Metti una Sera a Cena," "The Burglars," and others.

This would be a nearly impossible task for me.

There would be no scores after 1974 or so.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Impossible. I have enough trouble getting my head around my top five, and then I always have to put "this week" to emphasize how tenuous these opinions are. But as a compromise here are my top 28 "that are not listed above".

#1 LA CALIFFA (1970)
#2 REVOLVER (1973)
#3 CANONE INVERSO (2000)
#4 IL MERCENARIO (1968)
#5 LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (1978)
#6 IL MAESTRO E MARGHERITA (1972)
#7 CACCIATORI DI NAVI (1990)
#8 QUEIMADA (1969)
#9 SOSTIENE PEREIRA (1995)
#10 METELLO (1969)
#11 DEDICATO AL MARE EGEO (1979)
#12 HORNETS' NEST (1970)
#13 INCONTRO (1971)
#14 LES DEUX SAISONS DE LA VIE (1972)
#15 MUSASHI (2002)
#16 ...E PER TETTO UN CIELO DI STELLE (1968)
#17 ANCHE SE VOLESSI LAVORARE, CHE FACCIO? (1972)
#18 MARCO POLO (1982)
#19 MADDALENA (1971)
#20 LE CLAN DES SICILIENS (1969)
#21 STANNO TUTTI BENE (1990)
#22 ALLONSANFAN (1974)
#23 UNA BREVE STAGIONE (1969)
#24 OCEANO (1971)
#25 NOVECENTO (1976)
#26 LA COSA BUFFA (1972)
#27 L'ASSOLUTO NATURALE (1969)
#28 I PROMESSI SPOSI (1989)



 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Interesting to note how one top 28 can differ from another. Unavoidable I guess with a composer gifted with such style and range.

I could easily name fifty titles, but as most I would be hard pressed to place them in any other order than 'the very best of'.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

The Untouchables (It may not his most inventive score, but I find it incredibly rousing stuff, and I find the low-piano "Strength of the Righteous" stuff constantly playing in my head - much in the same way Jacques Loussier's low-piano writing in "Dark of the Sun" gets stuck in the gaping chasm between my ears.)

Agreed. These tunes have a way of imbedding themselves in our synapses.

Edit: off to listen to DARK OF THE SUN (one of my top five favorite FSM releases and for which I'm eternally grateful to Lukas).

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

My top 28 Morricone: (in no particular order)

BULWORTH
THE UNTOUCHABLES
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
THE WOMAN IN THE LIZARD'S SKIN
SLALOM
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
MY NAME IS NOBODY
THE THING
NANA

RED SONJA
DISCLOSURE
FRANTIC
TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA
DUCK, YOU SUCKER
HUNDRA
THE ALIBI
NAVAJO JOE
FIVE MAN ARMY
ORCA

FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY
VERUSHKA
MISSION TO MARS
DAYS OF HEAVEN
BUTTERFLY
DANGER DIABOLIK
THE MERCENARY
1900

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I was going to say I don't have a single score by him. But reading the other posts I realize I do have one- Red Sonja.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 6:10 PM   
 By:   Microceratops   (Member)


1. The Mission
2. Once Upon a Time in America
3. Cinema Paradiso
4. Days of Heaven
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
6. Giu la Testa
7. Once Upon a Time in the West
8. Uccellacci e Uccellini
9. Fateless
10. The Best Offer
11. Mission to Mars
12. For a Few Dollars More
13. Navajo Joe
14. For a Fistful of Dollars
15. Queimada
16. What Dreams May Come (rejected)
17. My Name is Nobody
18. Allosanfan
19. La Casa Bruciata
20. Five Man Army
21. The Great Silence
22. The Desert of the Tartars
23. Two Mules for Sister Sarah
24. The Big Gundown
25. Wolf
26. Casualties of War
27. Un Genio, Due Compadre, Un Pollo
28. Holocaust 2000

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Why 28? Off the top of my head here are some of my favorites-THE ISLAND, NANA, GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, ORCA, THE RED TENT, TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS, GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTION, SAHARA, DUCK YOU SUCKER, BUTTERFLY,RED SONJA,CINEMA PARADISO,MALAMONDO,ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST,CAT O NINE TAILS,END OF THE GAME, ETC ETC.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 10:01 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Here it is. It is based on the top ~5 best tracks of the soundtracks rather than the listening experience as a whole. As always, I'm surprised by the amount of US movies in other top 10.

01 c'era una volta il west
02 il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
03 gli intoccabili
04 metti una sera a cena
05 una pistola per ringo
06 la donna invisibile
07 le foto proibite di una signora per bene
08 il clan dei siciliani
09 gli scassinatori
10 svegliati e uccidi
11 ...e per tetto un cielo di stelle
12 l'alibi
13 vergogna schifosi
14 la lucertola con la pella di donna
15 come imparai ad amare le donne
16 per qualche dollaro in più
17 il diavolo nel cervello
18 per un pugno di dollari
19 il ritorno di ringo
20 giù la testa
21 sacco e venzetti
22 i malamondo
23 matchless
24 la tarantola dal ventre nero
25 scusi, facciamo l'amore
26 tepepa
27 forza g
28 la banda j&s, cronaca criminale del far west

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Here’s my top 28 in alphabetical order other than my top 2 being THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY and THE BIG GUNDOWN (and which is #1 depends on which one I’m listening to at the moment).
And what a surprise, 20 out of 28 are Westerns!

This is based strictly on the listening experience, not how it works as a score. I have many Morricone CDs of films I've never seen...although there are only 5 on this list I've not seen.

1) Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Good The Bad And The Ugly)
2) La Resa Dei Conti (The Big Gundown)
3) Allonsanfan
4) C’era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon A Time in The West)
5) Butterfly
6) Da Uomo A Uomo (Death Rides A Horse)
7) Exorcist II: The Heretic
8) Faccia A Faccia (Face to Face)
9) Five Man Army
10) Giu’ La Testa (Duck You Sucker)
11) Guns For San Sebastian
12) The Hills Run Red
13) I Crudeli (The Hellbenders)
14) Il Grande Silencio (The Great Silence)
15) Il Mercenario (A Professional Gun)
16) Il Mio Nome E’ Nessuno (My Name is Nobody)
17) The Mission
18) Navajo Joe
19) Occhio Alla Penna (A Fist Goes West)
20) Orca
21) Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu (For A Few Dollars More)
22) Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars)
23) Queimada (Burn!)
24) Tepepa
25) Trio Infernal
26) Two Mules for Sister Sara
27) The Untouchables
28) Vamos A Matar Companeros

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Gorbadoc   (Member)

I never made the exercise of compiling a top list of my favorite composer smile an interesting, but not an easy exercise, and most definitely not resulting in a fixed list, because I will (eagerly) keep working my way through his filmography for years to come.


1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
2. La Resa Dei Conti
3. Navajo Joe
4. Il Mercenario
5. Nostromo

6. Maddalena
7. Giù La Testa
8. Il Grande Silenzio
9. The Five Man Army
10. Metti, Una Sera A Cena

11. Svegliati E Uccidi
12. The Sicilian Clan
13. Revolver
14. Once Upon A Time In The West
15. Una Pistola Per Ringo/Il Ritorno Di Ringo

16. La Luz Prodigiosa
17. Città Violenta
18. Casualties Of War
19. My Name Is Nobody
20. I Figli Chiedono Perché

21. Malèna
22. Mosè
23. For A Few Dollars More
24. A Fistful Of Dollars
25. The Untouchables

26. Tepepa
27. Queimada
28. La Banda J.S.: Cronoca Criminale Del Far West

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

i would love to be familiar with 28 Morricone scores that I liked, but as it stands I'm intimidated by the number of foreign releases he has, and with going through samples of each to find out which ones would suit me, which is specific enough to be awkward - i love the moodier tracks on Treasure of the Four Crowns, but dislike most fanfare themes and upbeat stuff, I really like L'Humanoide but I always start it at track three, etc etc..
top 3, and these would be in the running for my top ten of any artist of all time - The Thing, Lolita, Frantic - love those albums from start to finish, I'm sure there's a few others out there that belong in that group, but finding them is another matter.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Whilst I think about which titles to include/exclude, I've looked through those titles listed - 236 so far (incl. repeats) / 138 excl. repeats and am amused at some of the choices - as compared with my own choices. e.g. I could not include Queimada - it's just too repetitive for my liking, whilst a distinct favourite, Il Clan dei Siciliani, has only 3 votes to date.

The most popular titles, so far, are: C'era Una Volta Il West with 9 votes, followed by Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo and Giu' La Testa, each with 8 votes

As anyone who collects this Maestro's works knows, it's almost impossible to keep up with the releases and although I have a large-ish Morricone collection (340 scores dependent upon how one counts them) I find there are 6 titles mentioned which I don't have. frown Oh well ...

Back to thinking of the 28 titles ...

I'm just glad he wasn't born in 1899 ... smile

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Okay, in no particular order, my favourite Ennio Morricone scores are (well: include ... smile):

L'Agnese Va A Morire (And Agnes Chose to Die) 1976
Spogliati, Protesta, Uccidi! (Quando la preda è l'uomo) 1972
Sostiene Pereira (According to Pereira) 1995
La Resa dei Conti (The Big Gundown) 1966
C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) 1968
Il Clan Dei Siciliani (The Sicilian Clan) 1969
Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (What Have You Done to Solange?) 1972
Disclosure 1994
La Donna Della Domenica (The Sunday Woman) 1975
Le Due Stagioni Della Vita (The Two Seasons of Life) 1975 ... excluding some of the bonus tracks!
e la Donna Creò L'Uomo (Full Hearts and Empty Pockets) 1964
Ecce Homo (I Sopravvissuti) 1969
Senza sapere niente di lei 1969 ... as merged with Lui per Lei 1971
Guns for San Sebastian (La Bataille de San Sebastian) 1968
Tre Colonne in Cronaca 1990 ... possibly my favourite!
Incontro 1971
La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano (The Legend of 1900) 1998
Peur Sur La Ville (Fear Over the City/The Night Caller) 1975 ... but only when the different releases are merged!
Libera, Amore Mio! (Libera, My Love) 1975
Lucia 2005
Svegliati e Uccidi 1966
Maddalena 1971
Menage all'italiana (Menage Italian Style) 1966
Mosca Addio (Farewell Moscow) 1987
Nanà 1999 - as opposed to the 1983 version!
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso 1998
Tre Donne-Correva L'Anno Di Grazia 1870 1972
La Provinciale 2006

Far more difficult than I thought ... with many others knocking at the door.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

A difficult list to put together. There's a Top 7 list in order followed by the rest of the 28 in alphabetical order.

1 - Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo
2 - Per Un Pugno di Dollari
3 - Per Qualche Dollaro In Più
4 - The Thing
5 - C’era Una Volta Il West
6 - ¡Vamos a Matar, Compañeros!
7 - Orca

Addio, Fratello Crudele
Da Uomo a Uomo
El Greco
Il Mio Nome è Nessuno
Il Ritorno di Ringo
Il Segreto
L'Assoluto Naturale
La Cosa Buffa
La Resa dei Conti
La Storia Vera della Signora delle Camelie
Mosè
Navajo Joe
Professione Figlio
Questa Specie D'amore
Red Sonja
Revolver
Sepolta Viva
The Untouchables
Una Pistola per Ringo
Windows
Wolf

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


I'm just glad he wasn't born in 1899 ... smile

Mitch


big grin

Although it would be easier to choose 99 than 28...

 
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