Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Gun, a Coffin, and a Guitar (spaghetti western soundtrack compilation)

Out of the spaghetti western soundtrack compilations I’ve listened to I’ve personally found them to be a bit patchy, so I decided to compile my own.

You won’t find Ennio Morricone's music from the Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood trilogies here or Once Upon a Time in the West because those soundtracks are easily available elsewhere. Instead I’ve compiled the harder to find soundtracks which are equally as good as the music from those four films and these, too, include the trademark hoof beat rhythms, whistling themes, and the use of the human voice as an instrument.

On this compilation I’ve included other scores by Ennio Morricone as well as Luis E. Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Nico Fidenco, and most importantly, Bruno Nicolai.

Bruno Nicolai was a close Morricone associate for many years (conducting numerous Morricone scores) and composed some of the best Spaghetti Western music.

Disc One

1. Django (main title song - English film version) - Luis E. Bacalov (Django)
2. Blindman (main titles) - Stelvio Cipriani (Blindman)
3. Death Rides a Horse (main titles) - Ennio Morricone (Death Rides a Horse)
4. Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) - Ennio Morricone (The Great Silence)
5. Buon Funerale Amigos...Paga Sartana (Pt. 6) - Bruno Nicolai (Have a Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay)
6. Sepoltura - Ennio Morricone (Face to Face)
7. Faccia a Faccia (Titoli) (main titles) - Ennio Morricone (Face to Face)
8. Una Pistola per Ringo (Main Titles - Instr.) - Ennio Morricone (A Pistol for Ringo)
9. Vigliacchi Si Diventa - Gianni Marchetti (Taste of Vengeance)
10. Mystic and Severe - Ennio Morricone (Death Rides a Horse)
11. Il Ritorno di Ringo (Main Titles - Instr.) - Ennio Morricone (The Return of Ringo)
12. Lonely Horseman - Stelvio Cipriani (Blindman)
13. E Per Tetto Cielo di Stelle (main titles) - Ennio Morricone (A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof)
14. Faccia a Faccia (Intermezzo) - Ennio Morricone (Face to Face)
15. Un Esercito Di Cinque Uomini (main title) - Ennio Morricone (The Five Man Army)
16. Vamos a Matar Compañeros (main titles) - Ennio Morricone (Companeros)
17. Sequence 2 (main titles) - Bruno Nicolai (Light the Fuse... Sartana is Coming)
18. Sheriff Carson - Ennio Morricone (A Pistol for Ringo)
19. Cemetery without Crosses (main titles - sung by Scott Walker) - André Hossein (Cemetery without Crosses)

Disc Two

1. Texas Goodbye (main titles- sung by Don Powell) - Antón García Abril (Texas, Addio)
2. Navajo Joe (main title) - Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe)
3. The Big Gundown - Ennio Morricone (The Big Gundown)
4. Titoli (main titles) - Marcello Giombini (Sabata)
5. Gli fumavano Le Colt... Lo Chiamavano Camposanto (Seq. 4) - Bruno Nicolai (They Call Him Cemetery)
6. Anger and Sorrow - Ennio Morricone (Death Rides a Horse)
7. Indio Black (main titles) - Bruno Nicolai (Indio Black (aka: Adiós, Sabata))
8. Titoli (main titles) - Carlo Rustichelli (Ace High)
9. Un Uomo Chiamato Apocalisse Joe (Seq. 1) - Bruno Nicolai (A Man Called Apocalypse Joe)
10. Lo Chiamavano Tresette, Giocava Sempre Col Morto (Seq. 8) - Bruno Nicolai (In the West There Was a Man Named Invincible)
11. Main Theme Reprise - Luis.E.Bacalov (His Name Was King)
12. Uomo Avvisato, Mezzo Ammazzato (Seq. 5) - Bruno Nicolai (They Call Him Holy Ghost)
13. Ringo Come to Fight - Bruno Nicolai (One Hundred Thousand Dollars for Ringo)
14. And Crows Will Dig Your Grave (Seq. 3) - Bruno Nicolai (And Crows Will Dig Your Grave)
15. Libertad (section) - Bruno Nicolai (They Call Him Holy Ghost)
16. Sequences - Bruno Nicolai (Arizona Colt Returns)
17. Un Uomo, Un Cavallo, Una Pistola - Stelvio Cipriani (The Stranger Returns)
18. Buon Funerale Amigos! ...Paga Sartana - Seq. 7 - Bruno Nicolai (Have a Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay)
19. Lucas - Gianfranco & Gian Piero Reverberi (Viva Django)
20. Gli fumavano le Colt... Lo Chiamavano Camposanto (Seq. 1) - Bruno Nicolai (They Call Him Cemetery)
21. Main Theme (sung by Stephen Boyd) - Nico Fidenco (Those Dirty Dogs)
22. Sequence 1 - Carlo Savina (And God Said to Cain)

Disc One and Disc Two have been posted here.