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 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

A SKY FULL OF STARS FOR A ROOF (1968)
...E Per Tetto Un Cielo Di Stelle
AMIGOS
Rustic Morricone #17


This series is inspired by a controversy thread where someone posited the idea that besides THE MISSION and some Sergio Leone westerns Ennio Morricone hasn't written anything great. Rather than making my usual comment that most of Morricone's great scores are from Italy and trying to get Americans to listen to them is like getting them to see movies with subtitles, I decided to take another tact. Since I am at an age where I will only be able to make my case a finite number of times I decided to turn this into a series presenting each great score one at a time, sort of like recordman.

It's funny that I have been accused of presenting mainly obscure scores because when I started collecting Morricone LE DUE STAGIONI DELLA VITA, this score and the next one were all considered highly revered scarcities that you paid extra money for. Hexacord who released the CD in 2002 called it one of the most requested scores they've had. Now it seems like an archaeological find.
I can totally justify picking this release if just based on the whistling theme he wrote for the opening. For me it is one of the best whistled themes ever written by anybody:





As much as I love all of Morricone's westerns at a certain point they have a sameness about them. This one sticks out. In fact if it wasn't for the electric guitar piece you wouldn't know it was Morricone. The whole thing has solo banjo, fiddle, piccolo, rinky-tink piano and whistling. All extremely simple but it has grown on me.
Now this is a good time to introduce one of THE most important people in Morricone's career. Alessandro Alessandroni whistled, played guitar, did "coyote" voices, and practically everything else for most of the early Morricone scores. He worked for practically every Italian composer out there including the great Nino Rota way before Ennio. A composer in his own right he led the "I Cantori Moderni" where Edda, Gianna Spagnuolo and many others performed all those great Morricone vocals. Just listening to this score it has pure Alessandro Alessandroni performances heard the most distinctly.
The film story involves a conman and his dupe and has some funny moments. It is directed by Giulio Petroni who did LABBRA DI LURIDO BLU, TEPEPA, CRESCETE E MOLTIPLICATEVI, LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE? and DEATH RIDES A HORSE with Morricone.
Maybe the film is far from great and perhaps the score but it is unique amongst Morricone westerns and I give it a special place.


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 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

I'm with you all this way on this one. Much deserving of another CD issue, and with maybe a better sounding source for the expanded version than what Avanz/Japan did: using the Cometa vinyl source for the stereo tracks and that "expanded" CD that's been floating around for the rest of it. With any luck this will be another of the expanded Cometa CDs from Italy.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I bought this score on Lp years ago, it's a great score, how I wish they could release a fully remastered version.

The remastered theme (from the original STEREO masters) appeared on the Ennio Morricone Complete Edition (15 Cd Box) and it sounded wonderful.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

A really beautiful theme. The Avanz goes for $37 at SAE.

It might be worth waiting for a remastered edition, from what others are saying.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Love Alessandroni's whistling and do enjoy this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Issac   (Member)

One of my favourite Morricone-Western themes.

Not familiar with the rest of the score however.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   plindboe   (Member)

One of my favourite Morricone-Western themes.

Not familiar with the rest of the score however.


The rest of the score is great as well. Here's the main title, with another catchy whistling tune and the main action theme:



Peter smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2011 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)



Have just finished listening to this one again the music in Henry's clip is such a lovely piece of music it is not the same as what is on the cd maybe I have missed it but don't think I have.

Think this cd suffers from 7 weak tracks out of 25.
# 3,5,7,10,11,12,13

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

As far as I can tell, it's the exact same track as "Harry's Ranch - Main theme" (track 20) on the Hexacord CD. The music plays a little bit faster in the video clip posted by Henry though.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

As far as I can tell, it's the exact same track as "Harry's Ranch - Main theme" (track 20) on the Hexacord CD. The music plays a little bit faster in the video clip posted by Henry though.

Thanks I was thinking that was the closest last night but for whatever reason never heard the guitar playing until about 4 mins odd in can hear it now though sound is very low had to crank the volume way up.

Certainly could do with being remastered. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Issac   (Member)

I LOVE Harry's Ranch smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I LOVE Harry's Ranch smile

That is a really great track I love that one too smile it's a pity that the sound is so poor on that track in particular.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

plindboe's clip from the rest of the score is also excellent. Definitely a little known gem of a score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2011 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I thought I knew his westerns, but this one is new to me. Love the clips. Wish there was a n Italian western channel on my cable!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 12:29 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I enjoy the harsh guitar and usual elements of this score but as a complete listen it does tire a little. Others suggest that they sometimes make a shorter album out of a full score for listening pleasure; I haven't been tempted to do this and now regularly play my music (streaming) on random ... and must admit that this is a score that I haven't selected to play in quite some time.

I do recall that the sound quality isn't perfect but then this score isn't unique in that area.

NP: I'm going to cancel random (presently: Piero Piccioni's Main Theme from Un Modo Di Essere Donna) and choose to play ... E Per Tetto Un Cielo Di Stelle

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

As far as I can tell, it's the exact same track as "Harry's Ranch - Main theme" (track 20) on the Hexacord CD. The music plays a little bit faster in the video clip posted by Henry though.

Thanks I was thinking that was the closest last night but for whatever reason never heard the guitar playing until about 4 mins odd in can hear it now though sound is very low had to crank the volume way up.

Certainly could do with being remastered. wink



I have the original Cometa LP as well as the Hexacord CD and I can tell you that the sound quality of the LP is superior. Also, the guitar and the whistle are louder on the Lp than on the CD. So yes, this score certainly needs to be remastered.

 
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