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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)



Quartet Records, in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises, is proud to present a mammoth 3-CD expanded edition of Ennio Morricone’s iconic score for the no-less iconic 1966 epic western by Sergio Leone: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY features what is probably the most instantly recognizable and famous of Morricone’s themes. But there is much more to admire in this score, such as the inventive motifs, formation of thematic material and adroit orchestrations (which the Maestro considered possibly even more important than the act of composition). The composer created his own genre and utilized the recording studio as an instrument in achieving his vision by layering trumpets and varying echo to create a sense of depth.

This score is a kaleidoscope of nature call-and-response symbols, agonized shouts, grunting male chorus, epic wordless female voice, haunting harmonica, spiritual bugling trumpets, tolling chimes, vivid surf-rock Fender guitar, and sounds imitating gunfire. It is stylized yet cinematic. It is avant-garde yet embraces traditional film scoring—with some cues scored reverently for trumpet, harmonica, strings and chorus.

The original 34-minute album has seen countless releases on LP and CD since 1966. An expanded 55-minute CD edition was released in 2001, but it was still far from including all the material that Morricone had conceived for the film. For this new Quartet release we have included all this material thanks to newly discovered original recording sessions vaulted in mono at MGM, which also include a large number of alternates, revised cues and music that was ultimately not included in the film. The original album has been included on Disc 3 for its historical value, although it has been remastered for the first time from the first-generation stereo master tapes.

The entire collection has been painstakingly restored and mastered by Chris Malone. The package includes a richly illustrated 24-page booklet with liner notes by Tim Greiving, who offers a detailed analysis of the film and score, including quotes from an exclusive interview with Clint Eastwood given especially for this release. This album is a loving tribute to the memory and impressive legacy of one of the greatest geniuses in film music history: Maestro Ennio Morricone.

DISC 1. The Film Score

1. Prologo / Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (titoli) (2:47)
2. Il brutto / Il tramonto (1:21)
3. Morte di Stevens (0:55)
4. Morte di Baker / Il cattivo (0:27)
5. Una taglia sulla testa / Un angelo biondo (0:52)
6. Fuga a cavallo (0:45)
7. Il buono / Il biondo abbandona Tuco nel deserto (0:37)
8. La confessione di Maria (1:14)
9. Il ponte di corde (0:50)
10. Tuco fa la colletta (1:05)
11. Suspense (1:14)
12. I tre desperados / Una cannonata provvindenziale (1:10)
13. Il forte (2:21)
14. All’inseguimento del biondo (2:25)
15. Il deserto (5:16)
16. Il deserto secondo (2:39)
17. Lo stivale (0:59)
18. La carrozza dei fantasmi (2:07)
19. Biondo… non morire! (0:56)
20. La missione di San Antonio / Il mio miglior nemico veglia su di me (2:23)
21. Incontro con Padre Ramirez / Perdonami fratello / Ti aiuterà a difenderti (2:38)
22. Il Canyon dei Morti / Dio è con noi (0:26)
23. Marcetta prima / Marcetta seconda (2:45)
24. Il campo di prigionia di Betterville (1:25)
25. La storia di un soldato (5:34)
26. Un treno per la forca / Partenza del treno militare (1:56)
27. Tuco e Wallace (La storia di un soldato) (3:52)
28. Tuco scappa / Arrivo nella cittadina / Fine di una spia (1:16)
29. Il bandito monco (2:52)
30. Inseguilo! (0:56)
31. Il bagnoschiuma di Tuco (0:46)
32. Due contro cinque / Verso duecentomilla dollari (4:06)


DISC 2. The Film Score (Cont.)

1. Il capitano nordista (3:12)
2. Due assalti al giorno (2:08)
3. Il capitano e’ ferito (1:20)
4. Marcetta senza speranza (1:51)
5. L’ esplosione del ponte (0:48)
6. Morte di un soldato (3:17)
7. L’estasi dell’oro (3:23)
8. In due scaverete più presto! / Il triello (2:50)
9. Il triello seconda parte (2:20)
10. Non e’ uno scherzo, e’una corda / Nella linea del mirino / Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (0:56)
11. Finale (2:01)

Bonus Tracks

12. Titoli (Versione film con cannonata) (2:46)
13. La storia di un soldato (Orchestral Version) (2:54)
14. Il tramonto (Alternate) (0:58)
15. Morte di Stevens (Alternate) (0:54)
16. Fuga a cavallo (Film Version) (0:45)
17. Intermezzo musicale (0:23)
18. Il forte (Alternate) (0:56)
19. Marcetta (Alternate) (2:44)
20. Organo (0:16)
21. Organo secondo (1:33)
22. L’estasi dell’oro (Mono Album Mix) (3:23)
23. Il triello (Alternate) (3:15)
24. Il triello / Il triello seconda parte (Extended Version) (7:13)
25. La storia di un soldato (Alternate) (3:56)
26. Lo stivale (Extended Sustain) (2:17)
27. Uahuah & effetti (2:04)
28. La storia di un soldato (Extended Stereo Version) (7:29)
29. Il triello (Alternate – Stereo Mix) (3:15)
30. La storia di un soldato (Extended Version) (3:55)
31. Titoli (Versione film con cannonata – Stereo Mix) (2:47)

DISC 3. Original Soundtrack Album

1. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (2:42)
2. Il tramonto (1:16)
3. Il forte (2:23)
4. Il deserto (5:18)
5. La carrozza dei fantasmi (2:08)
6. Marcetta (2:50)
7. La storia di un soldato (3:54)
8. Marcetta senza speranza (1:52)
9. Morte di un soldato (3:10)
10. L’estasi dell’oro (3:24)
11. Il triello (4:57)

https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-3-cd/

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:39 AM   
 By:   RED SHIRT BASIL (or looks like...)   (Member)

3CD not 2

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   JGouse0498   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.


Well...it is from 1966, so...yeah, not sure why that's a surprise it's mono.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Quartet has scored a "BULLSEYE " on all 4. Wow !

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   John Chambers   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.


What a rude first comment. This is an extremely exciting release and I have no doubt Chris Malone will have worked wonders to make this sound incredible!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   AlainC   (Member)

My Christmas present...

Many many thanks Quartet

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   ROBERT Z   (Member)

OH LA LA LA LA !

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.


Well, Quartet cannot release it in stereo if the original recording session tapes are in mono. :-)

I am actually wondering why the album tracks are in stereo? Where they recorded separately and specifically for album release?

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

BLOODY HELL.

This release batch is the most amazing of the release batch announcements this year.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

BLOODY HELL.

This release batch is the most amazing of the release batch announcements this year.

Cheers


Totally agree. My initial reaction seeing all the releases today was unprintable - HOLY F'N SH'T!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Halloween_Jack   (Member)

Gadzooooks!

Ordered! I honestly never thought we’d get a complete release of this Grail! With Chris Malone behind it it should sound better than ever too! Looks like a stunning release all round. Very exciting! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   Halloween_Jack   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.


Well, Quartet cannot release it in stereo if the original recording session tapes are in mono. :-)

I am actually wondering why the album tracks are in stereo? Were they recorded separately and specifically for album release?


Curious about that too, whether the album was a re-recording done at the time?

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

In mono ?!
No, thanks.


Well, Quartet cannot release it in stereo if the original recording session tapes are in mono. :-)

I am actually wondering why the album tracks are in stereo? Were they recorded separately and specifically for album release?


Pretty much. Every expanded release of TGTBTU has been a mix of stereo album masters and mono film mixes, sometimes shifting between the two on the same track (see The Trio on GDM). In this case, you're getting a nice even mono presentation on discs 1 & 2, and all the stereo tracks on disc 3.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

Since I'm not that into expanded/complete releases and I have the 55 minute edition of the score first I thought, "OK, Idon't need another expansion". But since Morricone is my absolute favourite composer and this score is a milestone in his oeuvre I thought at least I would listen to the samples. What can I say? I was convinced in a minute. Great alternates and never before heard tracks in fantastic sound! Congrats Quartet, count me in!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

Lord Dalek beat me to it. The album has never been 100 percent stereo. If its mono or nothing, i’ll take whatever is on offer. Ordered along with MC & ABTF

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

This is one of the best scores ever and I am of course very grateful for the definitive edition.

My only worry is that there is no Sugar owned score in this batch (e.g. Nino Rota, other Morricone scores) and I would be very sad if that series of releases, with 40+ great Quartet CDs in the past, has come to an end.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Lord Dalek beat me to it. The album has never been 100 percent stereo. If its mono or nothing, i’ll take whatever is on offer. Ordered along with MC & ABTF

Yes, I know, that is true, I got the expanded EMI release and it is only partial stereo. That's why I was wondering whether the stereo cues were specifically recorded for the soundtrack release.

Now this looks like as a definitive edition as this score will ever see... so... while I wanted to kick the habit of buying CDs of stuff I already have... well, my willpower is not strong enough... I don't think I can resist this. big grin

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Halloween_Jack   (Member)

“... also include a large number of alternates, revised cues and music that was ultimately not included in the film.”

This really is a dream of a release! Looking forward to hearing all these extras!

Fingers crossed they managed to uncover original session tapes for the other two scores too perhaps.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

Lord Dalek beat me to it. The album has never been 100 percent stereo. If its mono or nothing, i’ll take whatever is on offer. Ordered along with MC & ABTF

Yes, I know, that is true, I got the expanded EMI release and it is only partial stereo. That's why I was wondering whether the stereo cues were specifically recorded for the soundtrack release.

Now this looks like as a definitive edition as this score will ever see... so... while I wanted to kick the habit of buying CDs of stuff I already have... well, my willpower is not strong enough... I don't think I can resist this. big grin


Interesting question, maybe it will be addressed in the liner notes!

 
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