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Once Upon A Time In The West / O.S.T. Soundtrack, Import


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Ennio Morricone, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer and conductor.

He is considered one of the most prolific and influential film composers of his era. Morricone has composed and arranged scores for more than 500 film and TV productions. He is well-known for his long-term collaborations with international acclaimed directors such as Sergio Leone, Brian ... Read more in Amazon's Ennio Morricone Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002W71
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once upon a Time in the West (Morricone)
2. As a Judgement
3. Farewell to Cheyenne
4. The Transgression
5. The First Tavern
6. Man with the Harmonica
7. A Dimly Lit Room
8. Bad Orchestra
9. The Man
10. Jill's America
11. Death Rattle
12. Finale

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After deconstructing the classic American Western by way of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, director Sergio Leone distilled his intentions with 1968's Once Upon a Time in the West, arguably a milestone for both Leone and his musical cohort, Ennio Morricone. For his part, Morricone framed Leone's meditative camera work and mythic narrative with a mix of hauntingly spacious pieces and reconfigured snatches of old-timey tunes. Just within the stretch of the first four pieces here, Morricone evokes the endless expanse of the West with a Copland-esque aria (the main title theme), weaves some twisted grit into the showdown theme with loads of guitar fuzz ("As a Judgment"), ingeniously combines whistling and a clippity-clop rhythm for a respite piece ("Farewell to Cheyenne"), and conjures the surreal end of the cowboy mythos via a wonderfully disjointed serial-style number ("The Transgression"). And whether sounding upbeat or stark, Morricone informs it all with the dry and windswept vacancy of the West. Beautiful and stunning.

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One of the most lyrical western movie scores from one of the all-time greatest movie westerns. Unlike the slightly more cartoonish music (in the Raymond Scott sense) for Sergio Leone's earlier "Man With No Name" westerns starring Clint Eastwood (Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly), Once Upon A Time in the West is epic in scope and elegiac in tone. Composer Ennio Morricone uses a haunting, wordless female vocal on the main theme (and in the equally beautiful soundtrack for Leone's companion gangster epic, Once Upon A Time in America, many years later) that sends chills down your spine and may even bring tears to your eyes. --Jim Emerson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pen on 27 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is such a wonderful soundtrack. It is full of such beautiful music some of it slightly haunting. I discovered this soundtrack when my boyfriend was watching the film. I was working on our laptop and not watching the film but each time a piece of music came on, it made me stop in my tracks and look up. This has not happened to me before and it surprised me that I was so captivated by what I was hearing. The 'finale' really is an amazing piece of music. Go to Amazon.com to hear samples of the CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wayne on 24 Sep 2010
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On time, perfect condition and most importantly, its the real deal - dont fall for the fake remakes - this was genuine with the actual tracks from the film, and at a good price. If its too cheap its for a reason.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Forde on 25 Oct 2010
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Having bought the marvellous original soundtrack for "Once Upon a Time in America" I was reminded of how much I loved the soundtrack for "Once Upon a Time in the West" and Morricone's music in general, so bought this album.

It is as good as I remembered and expected although I could not recall ever hearing track 4 ("The Transgression") in the movie. My only disappointment is, with a running time of less than 40 minutes, the album is a tad short, but it is still worth buying and great value - definitely worth 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2014
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What we have here is yet another haunting soundtrack from Ennio Morricone as he partner’s up with director Sergio Leone, to one the best Spaghetti Westerns of the late 1960s. This OST is excellent meld between the OST and the camera work; which then fuses into its own narrative in an eloquently depict the view of the dust bowl wastelands of the arid American West. The composition is made up of ‘bygone’ old time tunes. There is also inventive use of vocals, in this case whistling which is coupled with the basic percussion rhythm use of coconut shells that eloquently make up ("Farewell to Cheyenne").

Upon release of this 1968's ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ OST, around 10 million copies were sold worldwide.
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Although this is a great CD, think you would have had to see the film to REALLY appreciate the tracks. Item arrived well before promised date, so A++++ to Customer Services
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By howardht on 24 May 2013
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My wife's favourite music and our all time favourite film. This disc is a perfect evocation and rendering of the film experience. An excellent recording.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By edd_pitt@yahoo.co.uk on 31 July 2000
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I have never bought a Western soundtrack before and I am not a particulary big fan of the genre but this score is one of my all time favourites. It is quite simply absolutely gorgeous.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emca on 12 Sep 2013
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Music from one of the greatest film music composers.

Love especially the main theme of the film, so atmospheric, evocative of wild wide spaces and wild wide feelings!
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