June 11th, 2005

Tuco (The Good the Bad & the Ugly)

When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!

As both a filmmaker and a film music enthusiast, the films of Sergio Leone are a source of great inspiration. By adapting the much more cynical approach of Akira Kurosawa's samurai films and applying it to the American Western, Leone created a new standard for the genre. From the sun-drenched widescreen vistas to the tight, sweaty close-ups, this was bold and expressive cinema. Leone's Westerns are irresistible because of his style; it is the perfect combination of nihilism, morality and the best macho bullshit.

All of Leone's films were scored by Ennio Morricone, and the collaboration between the two is often hailed as being on a par with that of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. Leone would often have Morricone compose music before shooting so that he could play it on the set for the actors. Morricone had two main talents: a gift for melody and a penchant for musical exploration. This meant that in addition to beautiful long-form themes, there is also a streak of weirdness that runs through his music that keeps these scores, some now close to forty years old, fresh and engaging.

I'd wanted to make this mix for a while, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a straight up music mix or something a bit more along the lines of my Pure Bond CD, which features dialogue and whatnot. In listening to the scores, however, I began to feel that while I could probably put together a nice album along those lines, it wouldn't have fit this project. For one thing, the Pure Bond CD has different kinds of music from different artists on it, not just John Barry, and for another some of the more lyrical pieces would definitely have clashed with the pithy lines. Furthermore, the expanded releases of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon A Time in the West featured so much wonderful music that wasn't available on the original albums that showcasing the music seemed in order.

The original title for A Fistful of Dynamite was Gui La Testa!, which translates into Duck, You Sucker!. Because of the fact that the film was always referred to by the latter name when I was at school - and because I think it's funnier - that is the title I've used here. I also didn't include any selections from the wonderful My Name Is Nobody despite its connection to Leone's oeuvre (he produced and co-wrote the film and it follows through on many of the ideas introduced in the the Dollars trilogy and Once Upon A Time in the West). I decided to restrict the scope of the album to Westerns Leone himself directed, which also eliminated Once Upon A Time in America, a beautiful score to be sure, but one that wouldn't necessarily have fit on this CD.

Music for the Westerns of Sergio Leone


Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by


Except selections from "For A Few Dollars More" "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Conducted by BRUNO NICOLAI

EDDA DELL'ORSO, Voice - FRANCO DE GEMINI, Harmonica - ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI, Whistles, Guitar, Choral Direction

Main Title (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:35
The Musical Pocket Watch (For A Few Dollars More) 1:06
Harmonica (Once Upon A Time in the West) 2:21
Mexico and Ireland (Duck, You Sucker!) 4:54
Father Ramirez (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:32
The Chase (A Fistful of Dollars) 2:21
Once Upon A Time in the West (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:30
For A Few Dollars More (For A Few Dollars More) 2:40
The Rope Bridge (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 1:48
Almost Dead (A Fistful of Dollars) 1:37
Jill (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:42
The Vice of Killing (For A Few Dollars More) 2:21
The Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 3:18
Overture (A Fistful of Dollars) 2:53
Cheyenne (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:12
Goodbye, Mexico (Duck, You Sucker!) 0:47
Without Pity (A Fistful of Dollars) 0:32
Setenza (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 0:08
Morton (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:32
For A Fistful of Dollars (A Fistful of Dollars) 1:44
The Carriage of Spirits (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:05
As A Judgement (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:02
The Aftermath (Duck, You Sucker!) 3:18
The Desert (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 4:58
Finale (Once Upon A Time in the West) 4:03
Goodbye, Colonel (For A Few Dollars More) 1:41
The Sundown (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 1:10
The Man With the Harmonica (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:24
Sixty Seconds To What? (For A Few Dollars More) 2:56
The Trio (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 7:12
Farewell To Cheyenne (Once Upon A Time in the West) 2:38

Maestro Morricone
Conan the King (Conan the Barbarian)

Turnabout is fair play...

aerolyndt did a meme I put her down for, so here's Collapse )

I am currently engaging in a video chat with Steven and Zach. I had an old internet camera that I got with my DSL years and years ago. I plugged it into the USB port on the laptop and it came right up.

The effect is that it makes me more self-concious about multitasking. I'm blogging, burning CDs, printing out the artwork, chatting and the whole time I'm being watched.

Because my mother was playing with the voice thing on her IMs, I was forced to send her Collapse ) routine.
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Conan the King (Conan the Barbarian)


A meme yoinked from jenvargas

LiveJournal Username
Your favorite Star Wars character?
Your favorite Star Wars movie?
What color is your lightsaber?
How do you weild your lightsaber(s)?
What is your signature force power?
And now the big question... Light Side or Dark Side?
Is pretty fly for a Jedi.rhakka
Bustin' out flips and jumps that'd make Yoda jealous.amorpoeta
Is first to get killed in battle... How embarrasing.megthelegend
Manages to chop off one of their own hands. Ooops!montyy0
Wields a lightsaber like second nature.mrhinelander
Uses force lighting in the battle... CHEATER!neurotic_jen
Comes out from the battle victor.pnuttiness
Chance you leave this battle with all of your limbs in tact.
This Fun Quiz created by Rob at BlogQuiz.Net
Scorpio Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

Okay, now about the yellow lightsaber thing... as a child, I was always perplexed as to why the Kenner Star Wars toys were so fucked up. Artoo-Detoo, for example, had one big round scope in the middle of his head, looking nothing like that iconic character's actual face. One of the weirdest ones was that Luke's lightsaber (the one he inherited from his father) was always portrayed as being yellow, when in the films it was blue. There were three Luke action figures from Star Wars and Empire, and each one had a yellow lightsaber (the figure of Luke from Jedi had the green lightsaber that you see in that film).

Now that I don't collect these things anymore the action figures and toys have all been corrected. This means that you can walk into a toy store and buy a blue lightsaber, just like the one Luke had in the movies. After playing Knights of the Old Republic, which had yellow lightsabers in it, I realized that, while it certainly wasn't accurate, a yellow lightsaber looked pretty cool.

And yes, in that game I opted for the two lightsabers.

And I did try to play the game as a bad guy. I just don't have it in me.

Well, I'm off to hang out with aerolyndt.
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    Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Ennio Morricone
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