Firstly, there are 2 editions of this GDM release - the one I received from Amazon is not the digipack version as seen here, rather it is the limited edition (amount unspecified) jewel case version that sports a completely different cover. The contents, however, are identical.
The GDM version features 17 tracks and negates all previous 8 track versions, many of which bolstered the lamentably short running time with the 8 track score from it's sequel 'For A Few Dollars More'. The pointless Fistful suite (not featured here) combined all 7 tracks into one.
A Fistul Of Dollars was not the first spaghetti western and not Morricone's first western score but it was the first to find success outside it's native Italy. Directed by Sergio Leone and based on Kurosawa's samurai movie 'Yojimbo', 'A Fistul...' was the first of 8 collaborations with composer/arranger Ennio Morricone. Much of the score was composed prior to the movie so Leone could play it on set to choregraph the actors. Together Leone and Morricone effectively changed the way westerns were shot and scored and of course turned Clint Eastwood into a film star.
Although Morricone's use of trumpet and whistling were undeniably influenced by Dimitri Tiomkins scores for both Rio Bravo and Gunfight At The OK Coral, his use of electric guitar (fender stratocaster), whip cracks, hammers, shouting, ocarina and Jew harps sounded unlike anything heard in the history of western scores. Credit must also be paid to the players, some of whom are seminal figures in Italian soundtrack - Franco De Gemini (harmonica) and Alessandro Alessandroni (guitar/whistling) and his (Alessandroni's) vocal group I Cantori Moderni which included sopranist Edda Dell'Orso - her name would later become synomonous with Morricone's.
The 10 bonus tracks are in mono and placed correctly between the stereo ones. Inclusion of the vocal by Peter Tevis, admittedly not included in the movie, would have made the package complete. Sadly, GDM has chosen not to include any sleeve notes which seems like a missed opportunity for such an important and much loved score.
As a footnote, Morricone claimed Fistful was the worst score he ever wote and the worst movie Sergio Leone ever directed. Having heard near enough every Morricone score available, I would have to respectfully disagree with Il Maestro and could name at least 200 scores that would rank beneath it. As for Leone, well he only ever made 10 movies, 7 of which he directed and the others he either co-directed or produced.
on 6 August 2007
I HAVE WAITED A VERY LONG TIME FOR THIS SUPURB RELEASE OF MAESTRO ENNIO MORRICONES EXCELLENT SCORE FOR THE FIRST OF SERGIO LEONE'S DOLLARS TRILOGY.THE CD CONTAINS PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE MUSIC FROM THE FILM WITH THE TRACKS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED IN STEREO AND THE REST OF THEM IN CLEAN CRISP MONO.MORRICONE HIMSELF HELPED WITH THIS RELEASE OF THIS GROUNDBREAKING SCORE AND ITS BEEN WORTH THE LONG WAIT.THE SCORE IS STILL A CLASSIC ALTHOUGH MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER THE SCORE FOR THE GOOD,THE BAD AND THE UGLY(ALSO NOW AVAILABLE IN A COMPLETE FORM)THIS IS STILL WITHOUT A DOUBT A CLASSIC IT CHANGED THE WAY THAT WESTERNS WERE SCORED IN THE 1960'S EVEN DOWN TO THE FACT SOME HOLLYWOOD COMPOSERS ADOPTED THE "SOUND".THE DOMINIC FRONTIERE SCORE FOR HANG'EM HIGH BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE.FISTFUL OF DOLLARS IS AN ESSENTIAL PURCHASE FOR ANY FAN OF SIXTIES FILM SCORING COMPOSED BY A MASTER.HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!!!THE CD COMES IN A NICE DIGI PACK WITH A BOOKLET WITH STILLS FROM THE FILM, FILM POSTERS AND SLEEVES FROM THE DIFFERENT RELEASES OF THE ORIGIANL ALBUM PRESSING.
on 22 June 2014
Ennio Morricone classic soundtrack "A Fistful Of Dollars" the complete definitive CD version at last, the music for this classic Sergio Leone film speaks for itself.
"A Fistful Of Dollars" soundtrack created by Ennio Morricone is fantastic.With over 500 film soundtracks to his name, including Music for Television, Contemporary Classical Music, Original Songs, Orchestral Arrangements, Hit Songs Arrangements, Concert Music and so much more. It has been said about this all time great Classic Composer, Ennio Morricone is pure genius.
And the combination of a great director Sergio Leone and fantastic composer Ennio Morricone, along with the instant star presence of Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name", created a memorable classic film, which was the start of Leone and Morricone legendary work together.
Going on to make "For A Few Dollars More", "The Good The Bad and The Ugly", terrific films with outstanding classic film music. And of course "Once Upon A Time In The West" , "A Fistful Of Dynamite", "My Name Is Nobody" and "Once Upon A Time In America". the amazing music for all these classic films by Ennio Morricone is a must have for your collection. And "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari" the full version is a must have CD in any collection of Ennio Morricone music.
Exploring and collecting the music of Ennio Morricone is an amazing journey of discovery for music lovers of all ages.
Each scene in "A Fistful Of Dollars", as scored by Morricone is perfectly matched, a visual and musical delight. A prolific composer whose work here with "A Fistful Of Dollars" reminds us that Ennio Morricone is a pure musical genius with countless classic soundtracks and more to his name.
In his long career and life in music, Ennio Morricone has received many awards, including an Honorary Academy Award presented by Clint Eastwood, star of the Dollar films, whose screen presence as "The Man With No Name" was brought to life on the big screen in a legendary classic film directed by the unique director Sergio Leone and the amazing classic soundtrack music by Ennio Morricone, "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari". TC
on 12 June 2013
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