Monday, 4 February 2013

Ennio Morricone - For A Few Dollars More

This is one of the most memorable film soundtracks ever, a rival for that other great example of the art `The Good, The Bad, The Ugly'. Sergio Leone's direction was a breath of fresh air, and his use of music in his films was an integral part of his style and the films successes.
There was demand for a soundtrack LP from the second movie, especially in the wake of United Artists Records' enjoying a substantial hit with its soundtrack release from the third movie in the trilogy, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. The problem was that Morricone had only recorded 14 minutes of music from For a Few Dollars More. As a result, they assembled a soundtrack album on For a Few Dollars More, which included the six music tracks from that film and repeated the six original tracks from A Fistful of Dollars. It all sounds good, and it's interesting to hear the composer add the sound of an oboe to his distinctive use of trumpet, guitar, and whistling on a new and haunting melodic canvas of western musical landscapes.

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