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Ennis Morricone's The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - The Audiophile Man
Label: Parade (1960)/United Artists (1967) Year: 1966 How did it happen? Here we have a seemingly obscure foreign cowboy film. It doesn’t come from the USA, it’s not big budget, it’s packed with English and non-English speaking actors and there’s some odd dubbing going on for English speaking territories. Ok, Clint Eastwood’s in it. But then, plenty of Hollywood stars have featured in obscure films before which have sunk without trace or reputation. Yet the film, the director and the whole genre becomes a massive hit world-wide. Not only that, the soundtrack goes ballistic. The theme of the film creeps into the very fabric of our culture. It’s everywhere. It’s in the charts, it’s on TV adverts, it’s in the office, in the playground, it even becomes part of the acts of several TV comedians. Born in 1928, in Italy, and a school friend of the film’s director, Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone is the major film composer of modern times. His CV is staggering, with around 550 film soundtracks to his credit, then there’s the 40 or so TV soundtracks and his theatre work, his additional conductorial roles, his musical director responsibilities and so on. His work on The Good, The …