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 Posted:   Nov 11, 2016 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I received this today, first of all, it's a digipak, God I hate these things. It's not even got a plastic tray to hold the disc, you just have to slide or heave it out of a cardboard sleeve (shudder).

Musically it's a good representation of hia 2016 concerts, well it is up to track 19, then it goes a little pear shaped.

For A Few Dollars More has the channels reversed and A Fistful of Dollars is in MONO for goodness sake.

La Califfa and The Untouchables are fine, but I don't understand why they finished the album off with these tracks instead of, maybe, the concert version of The Red Tent.

Maybe that's coming on Volume 2, that is if there is a volume 2.

It's not a bad album, in fact most of it is excellent, it's just let down at the end and I feel Decca could have done better.

 Posted:   Nov 11, 2016 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I thought this release was all new studio recordings, how can a track be in mono?

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2016 - 2:54 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I thought this release was all new studio recordings, how can a track be in mono?

Hi Thomas,

I think that the problem here is that the advertising is a little misleading. I too thought that this cd was being specially recorded in a studio but that's not what it says in the booklet.

It says, recorded in Prague, Dublin, London, Cologne, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Wroclaw!!!!

Mixed at Lead Studios, Rome.

Instead of being recorded in one studio, it appears to have been recorded wherever Morricone was playing a concert.

I may not have been clear about Fistful of Dollars, this is from the original soundtrack (in mono) it is not a new recording. The four tracks 20-23 are all originals and to my way of thinking don't really belong on here, this was advertised as a studio recording of Morricone's concert pieces, NOT a combination of concert/original soundtracks, which makes it a little misleading.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2016 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Thanks Chris. I haven't received my copy as yet, but it seems strange they would add those original versions at the end. Still I look forward to hearing the rest of it, as you have said.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2016 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Hi Chris, Thomas

I bought the deluxe CD yesterday for a birthday present for myself from my wife, so I can't listen to it for a few weeks!

To be honest I bought it more for the DVD that then CD as I am hoping that it will include all of the Abbey Road studio recordings. Did either of you get the deluxe version with the DVD?

Regarding the CD, I may be wrong but all the blurb I read suggested it would be new studio recordings with the Czech orchestra. From what I am reading here it sounds like they are just selected recordings from various concerts? Or do they sound like studio recordings?

I'm also not overwhelmed by the packaging of the CD, however at least there are no errors from what I can see with the tracklist. I looked at the double LP set in my local HMV and noticed that H2S is ascribed to Once Upon a Time in the West, I think there was another error as well. Shameful. Are there any notes about EM in the booklet for the CD?

Cheers Dave

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2016 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)


The recordings sound like studio recordings, maybe they recorded the music at the various rehearsals that they held at each venue, which would explain why the cd was recorded in SEVEN major cities.

As for the booklet, it's EIGHT pages of colour pictures similar to the cover on the cd/record etc plus a tracklisting, recording venues but absolutely nothing about Il Maestro himself, which is a bit of a bummer when you consider that this is supposed to celebrate SIXTY Years of music.

I am left underwhelmed by the presentation of this set, hopefully if there are more to follow, they'll learn from this and make some improvements in their overall presentation of Maestro Morricone's music.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2016 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

The DVD in this set is simply amazing.

At 74 minutes it features the majority of the Abbey Road Live Vinyl session (previously unavailable except for the expensive limited LP set), all with excellent music videos (no intrusion from sound effects etc).

This includes the Exorcist II track, Bestiality and Despair (from The Thing). The Allonsanfan and Battle of Algiers vinyl tracks are not here, but there are additional cues from Hateful 8 and a second version of Despair (which are entirely exclusive to this DVD) and finally there is also Letter to Lincoln, both with and without dialogue.

In between these stunning music videos, there are brief interview segments with Morricone, Tarantino and the recording crew.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2016 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

I like the content much more than the presentation. It's not from concert recordings, but as said above it may just be from rehearsal recordings. The balance is much better than on the various live recordings of similar selections and it's nice to have the concert versions of The Mission and Queimada in particular without all the audience noise and applause that's on every other release of them.

Surely they could have recorded some of the other stuff he does in all the concerts and just filled the CD up with that rather than putting the four arbitrary tracks at the end.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2016 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

My son asked me to buy him the vinyl edition for Christmas; I examined one at my local HMV.

Track listing errors;

Jill's Theme from Once Upon a Time in America
Deborah's Theme from Once Upon A Time In The West
Nuovo from Cinema Paradiso
H2S from Once Upon A Time In The West

Two questions;

1) Does no-one proofread these releases before they are sent out to the shops to sell?
2) Does anyone know if the releases for other countries (not UK) have the same printing errors on them?

Finally, I'd love to know what Maestro Morricone thinks about this.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2016 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

The CD doesn't include those errors, but inside the booklet it does list three choirs performing alongside the orchestra, two of which are the same.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2016 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

The CD doesn't include those errors, but inside the booklet it does list three choirs performing alongside the orchestra, two of which are the same.

There were 2 choirs on the live tour and the Crouch End Choir for the DVD. It's very strange that such a major DVD has been released with so little fanfare except as an "extra" with this CD.

 Posted:   Nov 17, 2016 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Just a minor's a shame they didn't included 'Reagan's Theme' on the CD.
There's a lovely version on the accompanying DVD (Deluxe Version)

 Posted:   Nov 18, 2016 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Milan NS   (Member)

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2016 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

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