Once Upon A Time In The West: The Original Soundtrack Recording Soundtrack
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So I give this release 3 stars, but would give the newer release 5.
"Once Upon a Time in the West" was a brilliant movie. From the insanely haunting title track to the soft beauty of "A Dimly Lit Room", this soundtrack will touch you. Listen to "Death Rattle" and you'll imagine yourself standing in the middle of the desert with the hot sun beating down on you - waiting for something bad to happen. Your mind will play tricks on you. Is that... is that a mirage off in the distance or.. are they coming for you? Can you feel it all around you - the smell of death?
One of the best soundtracks. Period.
Amazingly, Morricone composed the film score by reading the screenplay by Leone and Sergio Donati, and doing this before a single frame of film was exposed by Leone himself. This meant that Leone could choreograph the main characters' movements in the film. Thus, you get certain sound elements weaving throughout the score--a lush, haunting score (with a wordless female voice) for Claudia Cardinale's frontier widow character; a stinging electric guitar for the ruthless railroad killer portrayed by Henry Fonda; a jaunty banjo for Cheyenne, the outlaw portrayed by Jason Robards; and an ominous, tuneless harmonica for Charles Bronson's character.
One element that is strangely never mentioned when it comes to Morricone's scores for either this film or the "Dollars" trilogy is how attracted he is to minor keys. The themes attached to the Bronson, Robards, and Fonda characters are all in the key of A Minor (the famous "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" is in D Minor). It is this penchant that Morricone has for the minor keys in his composing that gives his western scores the ominous and deadly charge they have.Read more ›
I couldn't agree more regarding the chill and tears. I have tears in my eyes each time I listen and there is NO movie so far that brought to life the true drama of the Wild West in more vivid way. This music will stop you from doing whatever you are doing, forcing you to really really listen. I can't believe that they didn't give Morricone an Oscar for this - what a shame!!!!
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not bad but i prefer the actual movie soundtrack used in the moviePublished 1 month ago by randall augustine
I really love Ennio Morricone's western soundtracks. His other work is beautiful, and compelling, but his work on these is masterful and influential. I love this album!Published 1 month ago by Nicholas J. Nuttall
Magnificent music for a magnificent movie. The collaboration of Producer/Director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone produced numerous works of art culminating in this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg Smith
Excellent score of perhaps THE best western movie made. Fans of Henry Fonda will enjoy his performance.Published 3 months ago by Duane C. Anderson