In 1987, director Brian De Palma ('Scarface', 1983) released a second gangster flick. This one, of course, was 'The Untouchables', which told the real-life story of Chicago mob boss Al Capone (the true 'Scarface') and Eliot Ness, the Treasury agent who brought him down. Ness, James Malone, Oscar Wallace & George Stone were aided in their mission by Ennio Morricone ('Orca: The Killer Whale', 'The Island', 'The Mission'), whose fine score told the men when to duck, move, run, and evade.
For the record, this is the complete score, presented in chronological order. A substantial amount of unused cues are also presented here, in addition to the previously unreleased music. Some of the most notable previously unreleased cues include 'A Mother's Plea', heard as the young mother whose little girl fell victim to one of Capone's bombs comes to meet Eliot Ness; 'In the Elevator', as the witness arrested by Malone, along with Oscar Wallace, are ambushed & murdered in the police building by Capone enforcer Frank Nitti; 'Nitti Harasses Ness', and 'Send Family Away', as the Treasury Dept. agent is threatened by Capone's enforcer and hustles his family out of the city to avoid retaliation by Capone's thugs; 'Nitti shoots Malone', heard as Capone's enforcer ambushes and fatally wounds Malone after another henchman is cornered by Malone after breaking into the policeman's home; 'Nitti's fall' and 'He's in the car' as an angry Ness plans to arrest Nitti after cornering him on a rooftop, then pushes Nitti to his doom after the smug enforcer taunts Ness that he (Nitti) will never be convicted.
Morricone uses a few prevalent themes throughout the score; the first one, heard in the 'Main Title', is a blustering, bellicose motif using low strings, brass, and percussion along with a sinister harmonica cue. The 'Death Theme', heard after Wallace's death in the elevator, is a melancholy saxophone cue. Ness's young family also has its own theme; a somewhat sad flute melody which subtly portrays Ness's strong dedication to nailing Capone as well as his devotion to his pregnant wife (Patricia Clarkson of 'The Dead Pool'), and his young daughter.
This is a fantastic addition to any soundtrack collector's addition. Get this one before it becomes too outrageously priced!