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Joshua Gizelt
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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.


GUN AND SUN
Music for the Westerns of Sergio Leone

78:15

Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by

ENNIO MORRICONE

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

Featuring
UNIONE MUSICISTI di ROMA - CINEFONICA ITALIANA - CANTI MODERNI di ALESSANDRONI
EDDA DELL'ORSO, Voice - FRANCO DE GEMINI, Harmonica - ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI, Whistles, Guitar, Choral Direction
GIOVANNI CULASSO and MICHELE LACERENZA, Trumpets - BRUNO BATTISTI D'AMARIO, Guitar


1.
Main Title (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:35
2.
The Musical Pocket Watch (For A Few Dollars More) 1:06
3.
Harmonica (Once Upon A Time in the West) 2:21
4.
Mexico and Ireland (Duck, You Sucker!) 4:54
5.
Father Ramirez (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:32
6.
The Chase (A Fistful of Dollars) 2:21
7.
Once Upon A Time in the West (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:30
8.
For A Few Dollars More (For A Few Dollars More) 2:40
9.
The Rope Bridge (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 1:48
10.
Almost Dead (A Fistful of Dollars) 1:37
11.
Jill (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:42
12.
The Vice of Killing (For A Few Dollars More) 2:21
13.
The Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 3:18
14.
Overture (A Fistful of Dollars) 2:53
15.
Cheyenne (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:12
16.
Goodbye, Mexico (Duck, You Sucker!) 0:47
17.
Without Pity (A Fistful of Dollars) 0:32
18.
Setenza (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 0:08
19.
Morton (Once Upon A Time in the West) 1:32
20.
For A Fistful of Dollars (A Fistful of Dollars) 1:44
21.
The Carriage of Spirits (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 2:05
22.
As A Judgement (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:02
23.
The Aftermath (Duck, You Sucker!) 3:18
24.
The Desert (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 4:58
25.
Finale (Once Upon A Time in the West) 4:03
26.
Goodbye, Colonel (For A Few Dollars More) 1:41
27.
The Sundown (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 1:10
28.
The Man With the Harmonica (Once Upon A Time in the West) 3:24
29.
Sixty Seconds To What? (For A Few Dollars More) 2:56
30.
The Trio (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 7:12
31.
Farewell To Cheyenne (Once Upon A Time in the West) 2:38



Maestro Morricone
Tags: ennio morricone, film music, my mixes, sergio leone
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