- Once upon a Time in the West (Morricone)
- As a Judgement
- Farewell to Cheyenne
- The Trasgression
- The First Tavern
- Man With the Harmonica
- A Dimly Lit Room
- Bad Orchestra
- The Man
- Jill's America
- Death Rattle
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.
Performance CreditsEnnio Morricone Primary Artist,Conductor
Alex Alessandroni Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Franco DeGemini Harmonica
Modern Singers of Allessandroni Vocals
Alessandroni Human Whistle
Technical CreditsChick Crumpacker Producer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Fred Binkley Liner Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A misfire from both Leone and Morricone. Leone's direction is too languorous, and Morricone's music follows suit. Morricone only seems to come awake in Farewell to Cheyenne. If you can find it, try instead the soundtrack to Duck, You Sucker.
Beautiful. You can picture the Old West by listening to the grand master, Ennio Morricone, composing this wonderful score. 5 out of 5 stars.
IT WHISPERS TO THE UN REAL SOUNDS OF THE DAY AND OF THE NIGHT, THE HAUNTING SOUNDS PLAY A SOULFUL MELODY INSIDE OF YOUR SOUL. YOU AWAKE TO THE SWEET SPIRIT OF THE SOUND THAT PLACES YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF " STATION" AND IT TELLS IN THE SWEET SOUNDS OF O-O-O THAT YOU ARE THERE.