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Once Upon a Time in the West [Original Soundtrack]
     

Once Upon a Time in the West [Original Soundtrack]

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by Ennio Morricone
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078635473629
catalogNumber:
4736
Rank:
8857

Tracks

  1. Once upon a Time in the West (Morricone)
  2. As a Judgement
  3. Farewell to Cheyenne
  4. The Trasgression
  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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Once Upon a Time in the West [Original Soundtrack] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. You can picture the Old West by listening to the grand master, Ennio Morricone, composing this wonderful score. 5 out of 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago