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 Posted:   Mar 9, 2013 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I just received this and thought I would say a word about it.
First let me say all the criticisms about it are true. The printing looks like xerox, the English grammar is sometimes unreadable, there are typos and mislabeled pictures and there is some repetition and little new that you can't find on the internet.

That said this is truly a labor of love! The editor Wenguang Han is a retired chief chemical engineer in China. He brings some of that engineering disciplines to this book. It is written from the Chinese perspective and the last 40 some pages are of him, his friends, family and travels (including meeting American president Clinton outside the White House). But the meat of this 340 page book is from page 80 to 225 where you find a discography with two color images from every film Morricone has scored up to 2008, with track listings. This is indeed meaty and where he found two images (including the 45 RPM covers) of things like I MARZIANI HANNO DODICI MANI/ THE TWELVE-HANDED MEN OF MARS I'll never know, but I do appreciate them. He also does comparative statistics such as how many times Morricone worked with various directors, the IMDB number of films scored by him (506) vs. the official site's numbers (401) plus many more.

Since my old musicography ended in 1990 and it was cumbersome to update this will probably be my go-to physical reference for Morricone from now on. Han has done his best to make this book as deluxe as he could, with tissue covered title page, glossy covers and all pictures in color.
Thank you for your dedication and hard work, Han!

http://vip.morricone.cn/ns-notes/ns-notes-006-eng.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2013 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sounds like a great book to read, because it is REAL, which is more i can say for so much flashy junk with nothing on the inside done by people who don't even feel or love the topic they are doing or know about it much. All they have is connections and they kiss a--.. then they think their somebody.As we know we have some of those types roaming around here, don't we.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

But the meat of this 340 page book is from page 80 to 225 where you find a discography with two color images from every film Morricone has scored up to 2008, with track listings. This is indeed meaty and where he found two images (including the 45 RPM covers) of things like I MARZIANI HANNO DODICI MANI/ THE TWELVE-HANDED MEN OF MARS I'll never know, but I do appreciate them.


This I find interesting as Morricone's output is so extensive and his scores often have multiple releases I find myself lost in translation. Not to mention so many european movies are unattainable and obscure and my knowledge of Italian I picked up from Argento & Fulci movies does not allow me to comprehend much of the liner notes big grin

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Not to mention so many european movies are unattainable and obscure and my knowledge of Italian I picked up from Argento & Fulci movies does not allow me to comprehend much of the liner notes big grin

I bet Francis knows the word "formaggio"! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


I bet Francis knows the word "formaggio"! smile


Sadly for my cholesterol level yes, many casualties of war. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

But the meat of this 340 page book is from page 80 to 225 where you find a discography with two color images from every film Morricone has scored up to 2008, with track listings. This is indeed meaty and where he found two images (including the 45 RPM covers) of things like I MARZIANI HANNO DODICI MANI/ THE TWELVE-HANDED MEN OF MARS I'll never know, but I do appreciate them.


This I find interesting as Morricone's output is so extensive and his scores often have multiple releases I find myself lost in translation. Not to mention so many european movies are unattainable and obscure and my knowledge of Italian I picked up from Argento & Fulci movies does not allow me to comprehend much of the liner notes big grin


Actually the translations beyond the Italian/English ones are better found at chimai.com. But much else is available in this wonderful book. I know all about this confusion since early on I would buy the same scores with Japanese, French, Spanish and various other pressings without knowing I was doing so. Thank goodness IMDB and varoius other sources help clear that up.

 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2013 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I know all about this confusion since early on I would buy the same scores with Japanese, French, Spanish and various other pressings without knowing I was doing so.

Cor been there henry, know that one!! I remember even going to my Spanish/Italian teacher at school and asking him to translate Luc Van De Ven's catalogue for me, but still got caught outa few times! Put the LP record on and go: "Wait! I know this!"

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I know all about this confusion since early on I would buy the same scores with Japanese, French, Spanish and various other pressings without knowing I was doing so.

Cor been there henry, know that one!! I remember even going to my Spanish/Italian teacher at school and asking him to translate Luc Van De Ven's catalogue for me, but still got caught outa few times! Put the LP record on and go: "Wait! I know this!"


Yes!
And that other old red herring like ILONA UND KURTI. Where a Morricone score is announced and a soundtrack is released and you learn (too late) that it consists of previous released scores dropped into the film by the filmmaker ala Tarantino.
But I never did get rid of these. That shows we are hardcore collectors!

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

There were a lot of traps in the early days, henry. Most of which I fell in head first!
Also a lot of dis-information, speculation, rumour and, quite frankly, total bollocks spouted among collectors - mostly because with no internet and only record shops to meet in, phone calls to other collectors you met at filmfairs, or writing letters. The information hotline back then in the 60s and 70s was a bit scarce. Thankfully in the last 20 years we have had more accurate information, more access and collectors themselves have become more knowledgable. And this information is more easily shared.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2013 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   qilingren   (Member)

Hello everyone. I am the webmaster of "Morricone Fans" and the editor of the book "Ennio Morricone Fans Handbook". I've seen all the comments and opinion here and other forums. My response has been published in here
( http://vip.morricone.cn/ns-notes/ns-notes-006add2-eng.htm ),
you are welcome to visit and further discussion. Thank you

 
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