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 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

One of the funnest revelations I came across while investigating the works of maestro Morricone is the discovery of his Giallo scores! Stendhal Syndrome really grabbed me, then I went and started a youtube/google endeavor to hear more.

Can anyone tell me their favorites from this side of Morricone's art, and maybe your favorite recordings of such?

I should mention, I do think the Hateful Eight score sounds much more like a horror score than anything else.

Many, many thanks to all who have helped over the months. I haven't had a single bad recommendation, FSM ROCKS!

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

Too many... BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE for starters, a classic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Argento's CAT O' NINE TAILS

One of the key relationships in this film is between a blind man (Karl Malden) and a little girl he takes care of. This makes for one of the gentlest main themes of any of his giallos.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Also for starters (and to complete Argento's "animal trilogy"): 4 MOSCHE DI VELLUTO GRIGIO

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/7929/4-MOSCHE-DI-VELLUTO-GRIGIO-FOUR-FLIES-ON-GREY-VELVET/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   stalemate12   (Member)

I have to admit that I just can't get into Morricone's Giallo scores. I've tried for many years to approach them with an open mind, but they don't do anything for me and I can't listen to a single score in its entirety.

By the way, WagnerAlmighty, have you had a chance to listen to 'My Name is Nobody'? I'm keen to hear your impressions of Morricone's take on Wagner.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

I have to admit that I just can't get into Morricone's Giallo scores. I've tried for many years to approach them with an open mind, but they don't do anything for me and I can't listen to a single score in its entirety.

By the way, WagnerAlmighty, have you had a chance to listen to 'My Name is Nobody'? I'm keen to hear your impressions of Morricone's take on Wagner.


I definitely will check it out, thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Can anyone tell me their favorites from this side of Morricone's art, and maybe your favorite recordings of such?

Morricone is my favorite film composer and I have more by him than any other single composer. I especially love his late-'60s to mid-'70s period for the mix of giallos, westerns, mafia films, counterculture exploitation films, etc. The giallos are among my favorites.

Many of the giallos feature, in addition to the scary dissonant music, a couple of fake-rock tracks, usually with freakout trumpet, and a nice bossa or melancholy ballad.

Where to start? Probably the trilogy he did with Argento: Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, and Cat o' Nine Tails. There was a sampler CD on DRG with selections from all three, but it is going for a lot of money now. It may be cheaper to buy these individually.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Here are most of my favorite albums of Morricone film music.
Some of these titles are not from horror/giallo flicks, per se, but their soundtracks contain atonal passages/dissonance very much in Morricone's giallo mold:

Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero, La (Black Belly Of The Tarantula)
Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna, Una (A Lizard In A Woman's Skin)
Addio Fratello Crudele ('Tis Pity She's A Whore)
The Stendhal Syndrome
Giustiziere, Il (The Human Factor)
Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo, L' (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage)
Poliziotto Della Brigata Criminale, Il (Fear Over The City)
Giornata Nera Per L'Ariete (The Fifth Cord)
Macchie Solari (Autopsy)
Mose' (Moses The Lawgiver)
Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (Cold Eyes Of Fear)
Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna, Un (A Quiet Place In The Country)
Wolf
The Thing
The Island
Corta Notte Delle Bambole Di Vetro, La (Short Night Of Glass Dolls)
Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene, Le (Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion)
Barbablu (Bluebeard)
Fraulein Doktor
Chi L'Ha Vista Morire? (Who Saw Her Die?)
Gatto A Nove Code, Il (Cat O' Nine Tails)
Pugni In Tasca, I (Fists In The Pocket)

I'm glad, WagnerAlmighty, that you are getting into Italian soundtracks.
Besides Morricone, there are plenty of other Italian composers whose music may also appeal.
I'll offer you tons more of non-Morricone album suggestions ... after you rob a bank and have enough leisure money to spend around $5,000 on Italian soundtracks. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2018 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Here are most of my favorite albums of Morricone film music.
Some of these titles are not from horror/giallo flicks, per se, but their soundtracks contain atonal passages/dissonance very much in Morricone's giallo mold:


I have most or all of the earlier titles you listed. "Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion" may be my favorite Morricone score ever.

However, I would argue Morricone's classic giallo scores are not defined solely by their atonality and dissonance than they are by the juxtaposition of dissonance along with period rock/pop. That's why the late 60s/early 70s giallos are so irresistible to me. For example, with "Fear Over The City" you get that wonderful Bacharach knock-off with the female orgasms. Who wouldn't want that? It is one of the very best single tracks in Morricone's career!



So I would advise the OP to avoid later schlock like "Wolf" and go right for the good stuff from the late '60s and early '70s.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Although I don't like this specific genre of movies, there are definitely a couple of masterpieces in EM's body of work. The first one that springs to ming and that has already been mentioned is IL GATTO A NOVE CODE: besides the beautiful main theme, it contains two other pièces I do rate highly: the lengthy 1970 and the nervous Placcaggio.

Otherwise, regarding tonal stuff featured in giallo movies (that is usually the main and unique theme), the most beautiful tune I ever heard is certainly MACCHIE SOLARIE's main theme, aka The Victim. What a melody and what a gorgeous arrangement!! Mind that you have to buy the complete release to get it because it has alas been omitted on the first CAM CD, when EM himself made the selection!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Although I don't like this specific genre of movies, there are definitely a couple of masterpieces in EM's body of work. The first one that springs to ming and that has already been mentioned is IL GATTO A NOVE CODE: besides the beautiful main theme, it contains two other pièces I do rate highly: the lengthy 1970 and the nervous Placcaggio.

Otherwise, regarding tonal stuff featured in giallo movies (that is usually the main and unique theme), the most beautiful tune I ever heard is certainly MACCHIE SOLARIE's main theme, aka The Victim. What a melody and what a gorgeous arrangement!! Mind that you have to buy the complete release to get it because it has alas been omitted on the first CAM CD, when EM himself made the selection!


Yes, it is memorable.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...For example, with "Fear Over The City" you get that wonderful Bacharach knock-off with the female orgasms. Who wouldn't want that? It is one of the very best single tracks in Morricone's career!...

I presume you are aware that this track, the one you rate so highly: Sospiri da una radio lontana, is not from the score to Peur sur la ville / The Night Caller / Fear Over the City (1975) even though it features on more than one release of the album ...

... but actually from the score to Crescete e moltiplicatevi (1973) where it is called Scena d'amore 1.

I haven't seen that earlier film; it's a few years since I watched the Jean-Paul Belmondo cop film and don't recall whether that music was heard at all in the film ... if it was, probably as source music from a radio since, confusingly, it is also known under the name Une bouffée de radio ... e.g. I first heard it on the French compilation vinyl album Ennio Morricone - Bandes originales des films (General Music 803 009) where it is so named.

It is far from being my favourite Morricone melody!

As for the score to Peur sur la ville, I recreated it, taking tracks from the Dagored and Play-Time CD releases ... omitting that alien track ... and find the 15 track ~ 38' album one of the most enjoyable of his massive collection of scores.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

It is far from being my favourite Morricone melody!

Like that tune or not, I thought it was important to point out the juxtaposition of styles in many of the early Morricone-scored giallos.

I also thought it was important for the OP to hear from someone who views the giallos as central to Morricone's vast catalog.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

It is far from being my favourite Morricone melody!

Like that tune or not, I thought it was important to point out the juxtaposition of styles in many of the early Morricone-scored giallos.

I also thought it was important for the OP to hear from someone who views the giallos as central to Morricone's vast catalog.


That's exactly what I wanted, but everyone's opinions and input are very welcome.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

That's exactly what I wanted, but everyone's opinions and input are very welcome.

Of course!

 
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