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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Oh no, not another thread devoted to the Maestro! Hopefully, this one's a little different ...

I've been a fan/collector of his works for almost as long as I have been buying music, my first exposure being Geoff Love's less than wonderful (but still enjoyable) covers of the main titles from Per un Pugno di Dollari and Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo on his 1969 album Big Western Movie Themes (my first LP), though I'd also got to know Hugo Montenegro's cover - hit 45rpm - of that latter tune, too.

A few LPs followed and in the mid-80s I converted to CDs. My first Morricone score on CD was the original release of Once Upon a Time in America - I recall waiting ages for the CD to arrive smile - and over the next 15 years I bought a handful of other scores and compilation albums. I also converted my various vinyl albums to CDr (with mixed results).

And then came the internet! From summer 2003 onwards, for 8 - 9 years, I bought over 300 Ennio Morricone CDs (some of which were upgrades) and then in 2011, after getting FSM's White Dog (1982) - to replace the awful Mask release - I stopped and realised I wasn't buying for enjoyment, but as a collector. Okay, with less to choose from I couldn't keep buying at this rate anyway but since then I've added only another 15. Clearly, I'd o'd'd on these scores smile

Anyhow, now looking through SoundtrackCollector.com I've sought to identify scores I either overlooked or couldn't get (sometimes down to price) and here's my list of missing Morricone ... it is probably not complete and it doesn't include his pop song releases or scores which have taken one or two tracks from other sources.

Duello Nel Texas (1963)
Fidanzata Del Bersagliere, La (1963)
Due Evasi Di Sing Sing, I (1964)
Matchless (1966)
Streghe, Le (1966)
Italia Vista Dal Cielo, L' (1967)
Sardegna (1972)
Fräulein Doktor (1969)
Opposte Esperienze (1971)
Tre Nel Mille (1971)
Controfase (1972)
Uomo E La Magia, L' (1972)
Rappresaglia (1973)
Giro Del Mondo Degli Innamorati Di Peynet, Il (1974)
Mussolini: Ultimo Atto (1974)
Space: 1999 (1975)
122, Rue De Provence (1978)
Prigioniero, Il (1978)
Buone Notizie (1979)
Ogro (1979)
Pianeta D'Acqua, Il (1980)
Si Salvi Chi Vuole (1980)
Chiave, La (1983)
Scarlet And The Black, The (1983)
Via Mala (1985)
Couteau, a (1986)
Promessi Sposi, I (1988)
Fat Man And Little Boy (1989)
A Eva Fischer, Pittore (1992)
Merci Ma Tante/Tuez Le Veau Gras Et Faites Le Rotir (1993)
Tutte Le Donne Della Mia Vita (2007)
I Demoni Di San Pietroburgo (2008)
Come Un Delfino (2011)

So - question: are there any of the above which I should be looking to obtain? I know a few are readily available now so perhaps I should simply buy and cross them off my list. But I am trying to resist the collector mentality which has dominated. Is there any standout score which is, perhaps, distinct from other scores. Thanks,
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I would definitely recommend Fat Man and Little Boy (stupid name for a movie!) and Come Un Delfino from that list. The latter in particular has some lovely solo voice and choral in a few cues.

I also have Fraulein Doktor, but if I remember the sound quality on my release is fairly bad.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 3:17 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Don't Get Space 1999 !!! smile smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Duello Nel Texas (1963) for historical reason.

Matchless (1966) is one I like quite much.

Italia Vista Dal Cielo, L' (1967): I am not sure this exists? The 1967 documentary was composed by Giancarlo Gazzani and the 1968 ones by Francesco de Masi and Piero Piccioni.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 3:39 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

When I first started collecting soundtracks/scores on LP, I did own a fair few Morricone LP's, from the obvious and classics like Spaghetti westerns, The Mission, Untouchables, The Thing, Red Tent, OUATIA and a few odd ones like Butterfly, Thieves After Dark, Rampage, Red Sonja (plus others).
When I transferred over to CD, I re-bought the obvious ones but didn't upgrade the lesser known titles until the last 5-10-15 years (as the current state of scores generally withered and died).
I was shocked to see, quite recently, how many EM scores I actually do own on CD (from either E-bay/Amazon bargains to sampled based liking of's).
I must admit to grabbing a few more, these past few weeks, with the news of his passing and re-ignited interest.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

No mention of his greatest score ever, DANGER: DIABOLIK, the masters of which are apparently lost.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   brofax   (Member)

Promessi Sposi, I (1988) stands out in that list or me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

L'Italia vista dal cielo is indeed a TV series for Italian TV (RAI, funded and sponsored by Esso Italiana) that had many programs with different composers (recently Beat issued a CD with Piccioni scores for 'Emilia-Marche' and 'Sicilia' (1968-1970). In 1972 Morricone scored an episode on Sardegna, it was released on Cometa and this title is on your list. I like it quite a lot, although it contains some repetition (e.g. Sardegna vers. 1-6) as often happens with complete soundtracks. However I think this score is well worth having as it contains some quite spooky music with organ and choir and beautiful versions of the Sardegna theme and mysterious music with solo voice (e.g. Tra la foresta e il mare). The wind is another element that plays a part in the soundtrack as it does apparently on the island of Sardegna. The sound quality is excellent and you really get a feel for this ancient and mysterious place. Today it's a very hot and sunny summer day here in The Netherlands and your post inspired me to take this CD out and play it, perfect music for these weather conditions.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Many thanks for the contributions. I do pick up the odd score so may be influenced.

Danger: Diabolik (1968): I bought the Sycodelic release in May 04 ... that's why it isn't listed. Sorry, Onya ... not recommended!

L'Italia vista dal cielo ~ Sardegna: I'm grateful for the clarification. I had looked to buy that score (in my basket at least once) but failed ... I shall consider it, thank you

Duello Nel Texas (1963): I have the song A Gringo Like Me by Peter Tevis from one compilation CD album. You can hear why Sergio Leone didn't want Morricone to score his revolutionary film in that manner smile And to buy it for historical reason is surely to feed the collecting habit.

Space 1999 (1975): I was never a fan of the TV series and I've read too many questionnable reviews ... but: never say never

Matchless (1966), Fat Man And Little Boy (1989) and Come Un Delfino: (2011) as with Sardegna ... a year before and they'd have been in my collection but instead they went in and out of my shopping basket numerous times

Fräulein Doktor (1969) always seemed pricey for what was supposedly poor sound quality

Promessi Sposi, I (1988): I know it's highly recommended ... it's also highly pricey! I have the theme Addio Monti from the Arena Concerto (2004) album and also the Taro Hakase recording on the We All Love Ennio Morricone (2007) album. It's a typical EM melody which I would no doubt enjoy more as part of the complete score.

I've omitted L'isola (2012) from my list - another that never moved forward from my basket ... oh well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Many thanks for the contributions. I do pick up the odd score so may be influenced.

Danger: Diabolik (1968): I bought the Sycodelic release in May 04 ... that's why it isn't listed. Sorry, Onya ... not recommended!


Do you mean that release is not recommended - it is taken directly from the film's audio - or that the music is not recommended?

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Danger: Diabolik (1968): I bought the Sycodelic release in May 04 ... that's why it isn't listed. Sorry, Onya ... not recommended!

Do you mean that release is not recommended - it is taken directly from the film's audio - or that the music is not recommended?

Subtle! If there was a legitimate release with good quality sound I would re-assess it (especially as I now own a decent Hi-Fi) but it wasn't a score that took me ... The title song - Deep Down - is too repetitive and looking at the three longest cuts on that release: In the Cave starts quite well but soon becomes the title track; and Valmont's Go-Go Pad is a re-hash of material he used in Ad Ogni Costo a year prior. Underwater Wah-Wah is fun but it's not enough to hold my interest in the score.

In this genre, I prefer his 1966 score Agent 505 - Todesfalle Beirut (La Trappola Scatta A Beirut) and, from 1965, Slalom but I don't think any of these matched the spy/action works of his contemporaries. Operation Kid Brother (OK Connery) was another which doesn't work for me ... some of it is fun but it becomes tedious.

I tried watching Danger: Diabolik a year or two ago (lovely PQ with vibrant colours) ... I couldn't take more than a few minutes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I tried watching Danger: Diabolik a year or two ago (lovely PQ with vibrant colours) ... I couldn't take more than a few minutes.

Wow. I think it's a cinematic masterpiece.

I particularly love films that you can have on mute in the background at a party. Danger: Diabolik and Camille 2000 are tops in this category.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I can't stand the movie either I'm afraid. It's been shown a few times now on Film 4 in the UK. I stuck with it but thought it ridiculous. I bought the rerecording of the score when it came out. Sounds good but it's somewhat repetitive. It was released with a rerecording of For a Few Dollars More (I think).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

I would definitely recommend Fat Man and Little Boy (stupid name for a movie!) and Come Un Delfino from that list. The latter in particular has some lovely solo voice and choral in a few cues.

I also have Fraulein Doktor, but if I remember the sound quality on my release is fairly bad.


Fat Man and Little Boy were nicknames for atomic bombs. Not so stupid after all.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

I would definitely recommend Fat Man and Little Boy (stupid name for a movie!) and Come Un Delfino from that list. The latter in particular has some lovely solo voice and choral in a few cues.

I also have Fraulein Doktor, but if I remember the sound quality on my release is fairly bad.


Fat Man and Little Boy were nicknames for atomic bombs. Not so stupid after all.

Sorry for the double post.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I would definitely recommend Fat Man and Little Boy (stupid name for a movie!) and Come Un Delfino from that list. The latter in particular has some lovely solo voice and choral in a few cues.

I also have Fraulein Doktor, but if I remember the sound quality on my release is fairly bad.


Fat Man and Little Boy were nicknames for atomic bombs. Not so stupid after all.



Well I'm aware of that, they were named after Churchill and FDR. My point is it's a silly name for a film like that. Sounds like a comedy double act. They should have kept the original name, as even the booklet notes allude to. They even changed it when it was distributed in Europe.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Some brief comments from me on those I would most highly recommend:

Sardegna (1972) - I would also, like couvee, strongly recommend this score, it has a powerful organ theme with choir (Un Organo Nel Vento), the main theme which evokes the folkloristic side of the island and the quite wonderful long descriptive track Tra la Foresta E Il Mare. This was an episode of the series L'Italia Vista Dal Cielo, other episodes being scored by Piccioni and De Masi. I am not sure on the availability of the Cometa CD.

122, Rue De Provence (1978) - this is a varied and attractive score all the way through, the main theme is very similar to the Cinema Paradiso theme. The theme Encore Loin is gorgeous. You may have trouble getting this on CD as both the GDM and Music Box are OOP, it was one of the first EM LP's I bought.

Ogro (1979) - again a very varied symphonic score that improves with each listening, there are themes that evoke and use Spanish folk music, powerful action themes, ominous suspense music and themes that have a religious feeling (like Street of Tebes from the Morricone's score to the same directors BATTLE OF ALGIERS) Morricone later used a very similar piece to the main theme, Atto di dolore, in BUGSY. The expanded Digitmovies CD is great.

Scarlet And The Black, The (1983) - Only available on LP, worth waiting for a CD reissue. Powerful main theme with church organ, lovely end theme with chorus, some nice themes in between as well as suspense.

Opposte Esperienze (1971) - this was a Cometa library album, the first 7 tracks of the LP are from the movie Attenti Al Buffone, later Cometa released the album on CD but with additional tracks from this movie. The other music is from Sans Mobile Apparant and other scores. This has a great eccentric quasi classical Morricone main theme with chorus and some gorgeous romantic themes, try to get the expanded Cometa CD.

Pianeta D'Acqua, Il (1980) - the main theme is sweeping and orchestral, as is the romantic theme, but there is a delicate flute led elegiac theme, the expanded Cometa CD is recommended.

I would also recommend the already recommended I PROMESSI SPOSI, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY and COME UN DELFINO.

Some notes on the a few of the others:

Due Evasi Di Sing Sing, I (1964) - this score to a Lucio Fulci movie is only available on a super rare Italian library LP 'Musiche per commento'

Streghe, Le (1966) - only about 8 minutes of mandolin music released from the score on the Pasolini albums. Rest of score to other episodes by Piero Piccioni.

Couteau, a (1986) and Merci Ma Tante/Tuez Le Veau Gras Et Faites Le Rotir (1993) - I don't recognise these.

A Eva Fischer, Pittore (1992) - I believe this is all pre-existing music.

I Demoni Di San Pietroburgo (2008) - this is a dark score but it has some good moments.

Controfase (1972) - this is library music not from a movie, not as difficult to listen to as you might think, but still only recommended to those who like challenging music.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   JC   (Member)

I have Intermezzo's Fräulein Doktor in my collection and I play it more often than all the other albums on your list. I like the contrast of the romantic and the dissonant tracks. The piece accompanying the mustard gas attack is excellent. The sound quality of the CD isn't stellar, but it never prevented me from enjoying this score.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Some brief comments from me on those I would most highly recommend:

Sardegna (1972) - I would also, like couvee, strongly recommend this score, it has a powerful organ theme with choir (Un Organo Nel Vento), the main theme which evokes the folkloristic side of the island and the quite wonderful long descriptive track Tra la Foresta E Il Mare. This was an episode of the series L'Italia Vista Dal Cielo, other episodes being scored by Piccioni and De Masi. I am not sure on the availability of the Cometa CD.

122, Rue De Provence (1978) - this is a varied and attractive score all the way through, the main theme is very similar to the Cinema Paradiso theme. The theme Encore Loin is gorgeous. You may have trouble getting this on CD as both the GDM and Music Box are OOP, it was one of the first EM LP's I bought.

Ogro (1979) - again a very varied symphonic score that improves with each listening, there are themes that evoke and use Spanish folk music, powerful action themes, ominous suspense music and themes that have a religious feeling (like Street of Tebes from the Morricone's score to the same directors BATTLE OF ALGIERS) Morricone later used a very similar piece to the main theme, Atto di dolore, in BUGSY. The expanded Digitmovies CD is great.

Scarlet And The Black, The (1983) - Only available on LP, worth waiting for a CD reissue. Powerful main theme with church organ, lovely end theme with chorus, some nice themes in between as well as suspense.

Opposte Esperienze (1971) - this was a Cometa library album, the first 7 tracks of the LP are from the movie Attenti Al Buffone, later Cometa released the album on CD but with additional tracks from this movie. The other music is from Sans Mobile Apparant and other scores. This has a great eccentric quasi classical Morricone main theme with chorus and some gorgeous romantic themes, try to get the expanded Cometa CD.

Pianeta D'Acqua, Il (1980) - the main theme is sweeping and orchestral, as is the romantic theme, but there is a delicate flute led elegiac theme, the expanded Cometa CD is recommended.

I would also recommend the already recommended I PROMESSI SPOSI, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY and COME UN DELFINO.

Some notes on the a few of the others:

Due Evasi Di Sing Sing, I (1964) - this score to a Lucio Fulci movie is only available on a super rare Italian library LP 'Musiche per commento'

Streghe, Le (1966) - only about 8 minutes of mandolin music released from the score on the Pasolini albums. Rest of score to other episodes by Piero Piccioni.

Couteau, a (1986) and Merci Ma Tante/Tuez Le Veau Gras Et Faites Le Rotir (1993) - I don't recognise these.

A Eva Fischer, Pittore (1992) - I believe this is all pre-existing music.

I Demoni Di San Pietroburgo (2008) - this is a dark score but it has some good moments.

Controfase (1972) - this is library music not from a movie, not as difficult to listen to as you might think, but still only recommended to those who like challenging music.


Thank you, David, very useful. I'm still kicking myself for failing to get Sardegna and a couple of others when they were at their release prices. I have the mandolin track from Le Streghe but hadn't realised there wasn't any more Morricone. And I recall considering A Eva Fischer, Pittore when buying from IM back in 2004-10 but passing it by on the basis that I couldn't identify quite what it was.

I've bought and listened to more Morricone than is sensible (so much other music to appreciate) but I may look to reduce that list of missing scores. Cheers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Not familiar with all the scores on the original list by any means, but as others have said, I Promessi Sposi is a must-get. It's in my Morricone top five in fact.

Via Mala is also really good, and rarely mentioned. Main theme is a real beauty.

 
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