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 Posted:   Jul 22, 2020 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

My last LLL order appears to be.... "lost in the post" (last tracked at Los Angeles airport about a month ago!) So I'm reluctant to order right now. Unless this pops up at Music Box in France or something...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2020 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   John Chambers   (Member)

Unfortunately the USA seems to have had its international post affected much worse than anywhere else (Internally it seems fine as I got a number of packages sent to my brother in Boston and they moved very quickly). I had an order from LA sit in LA for six weeks, then a week in Salt Lake city, then 2 weeks in Detroit and then delivered within a couple of days of arriving in the UK. In the same period I had a package from San Francisco arrive in the UK within a couple of weeks though so it seems to be luck of the draw but I have heard about a lot of packages sitting for long periods in LA so I hope yours gets moving again soon. I'm keen to get 'Two Mules' but am going to wait for a few more things of interest to be released and hopefully by then the system will be coping better.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2020 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Two Mules arrived in Lancashire today, although tracking still showed it to be in London!!!

It's a beautiful package and the sound is magnificent, I've waited 50 years to hear the complete score, it's marvelous.

A fabulous tribute to the late Maestro, many thanks La La Land.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2020 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   spectrum   (Member)

Waiting....waiting...waiting...

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2020 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

My shipment arrived early! Disc 1 of Two Mules was the first thing I’ve tackled so far and guys...it is so, SO good! I loved every cue. I absolutely don’t consider this a lesser Morricone western. It’s 100% fantastic. I was riveted the entire time. Absolutely worth the $30. GET IT.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I have the old CD. The sound quality on this new one is nothing short of amazing. Very pleased!

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2020 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Has anyone got access to Jon Burlingame's liner notes to this yet? Many of us who were there in the 70s were perplexed by the Musical Supervision credit to Stanley Wilson on this movie, which led to many mad nonsensical theories about Two Mules being recorded in the U.S.A, Stanley Wilson conducting instead of Nicolai etc etc.

One hundred per cent this score was recorded in Rome with Ennio's usual performers, especially Bruno D'Amario on guitar and Cantori Moderni choir, - you can even hear edda and gianna as choirgirls, so the smart money is that Wilson acted either as a music editor in the U.S when the score arrived, or Wilson came to Rome for the recording sessions so he knew what was what when he went back with the tapes. Given this was 1969 and travel wasnt as easy as it is now, its quite likely he simply handled the score at the U.S end. I just wondered if with access to tapes and stuff whether such details can finally be confirmed and put to bed for certain.


Hi Bill
I totally agree on you thinking that this was recorded in Rome. It just doesn't have the sound of an American studio orchestra about it. I was reading recently that Morricone along with Piccioni, Travajoli and Bacalov founded Ortophonic recording studios in 1969. As the Two Mules score was thought to be recorded in the last quarter of 1969 it is quite likely that it was recorded there. The studio is located underneath a church and apparently there is a facility to directly link the church organ to the studio. Morricone recorded many of his scores there throughout the years. Jon Burlingame in his notes say the score was recorded in Rome but that no documentation remains. On the subject of Stanley Wilson I agree that his involvement was in a supervisory capacity and not as a conductor (although he had conducted many scores from the late 40's onward). I would imagine that he flew to Rome to oversee the recording and perhaps return the tapes to the U.S. Maybe one day we will get the whole story.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2020 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Thanks Pollyanna, like i said, there is no music editor credited for Two Mules, so i think thats effectively what Wilson was. He witnessed the score being recorded so he knew what went where. The confusion is just made muddier by the credit that uses the word Supervisor. I guess they were just making his role sound grander, as it sounds better than Music Editor and Tapes courier! smile

I think the Orthophonic studios became the Forum studios, no? Built under the Sacro Cuore di Maria church.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2020 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Thanks Pollyanna, like i said, there is no music editor credited for Two Mules, so i think thats effectively what Wilson was. He witnessed the score being recorded so he knew what went where. The confusion is just made muddier by the credit that uses the word Supervisor. I guess they were just making his role sound grander, as it sounds better than Music Editor and Tapes courier! smile

I think the Orthophonic studios became the Forum studios, no? Built under the Sacro Cuore di Maria church.


Spot on Bill! i think the name changed in 1979. l would love to visit it some day. Can you imagine the vibe that would be in there. All those great musicians and composers that recorded there!

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2020 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I believe there used to be a virtual tour you can do of the Forum but when i looked i couldnt find it.

The Forum is on Ennio's doorstep, Piazza Euclide Rome. Marco Patrignani is the main man there and he started there when he was 18.

http://www.forummusicvillage.com/studios/regia-a/

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2020 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Andy C   (Member)

Ha! My copy has arrived! I'm in the south of England so it got here much faster than my last order from LLL which took a month. Looking really forward to listening to it this evening.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Ordered at last. Now it's the waiting game...

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2020 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Just finished playing my copy, sound is fantastic. Also it only took 7 days to reach the sleepy Hamlet of Whiston, in N/W England.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Mine arrived yesterday (with Shore's SLIVER and Rubinstein's WarGames). Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet (except for the Main Title), but boy am I glad to finally have a copy of this score... Don Siegel was sure the score would win an Academy Award, though it did not even get nominated. But it should have. This is a Morricone western score as good as they come. Ever since I first saw that movie as a teen I wanted to have that music.... now I finally do.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Then again..no Academy Award for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST...THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY...PSYCHO...GOLDFINGER..the list is endlesssmile


So the score is in good company.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I have mine today!! big grin

Yes, good clean up by Mattessino - seriously did anyone expect anything less? The usual high standard.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Then again..no Academy Award for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST...THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY...PSYCHO...GOLDFINGER..the list is endlesssmile


So the score is in good company.


Yes, indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2020 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Just finished playing my copy, sound is fantastic. Also it only took 7 days to reach the sleepy Hamlet of Whiston, in N/W England.

Lucky. My latest order from LLL to NW England is 7 WEEKS and counting. The tracking says its still at LA airport so...

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Having listened to this thru, its a nice playlist with original score on disc 2, doesnt get repetitive at all.
I like it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)



Lucky. My latest order from LLL to NW England is 7 WEEKS and counting. The tracking says its still at LA airport so...

My last order from LLL took eight weeks. So I ordered two mules from intrada. I understand that things can be slow but orders from both places go to LA, so why does LLL's take so long?

 
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