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Belmondo Morricone Verneuil  - Ennio Morricone (Compilation) - 1971-1975
Label: Play-Time PL970429 (France)
Format: CD
From: Italy
My rating: 7/10

Entered: 09/17/2002
Last updated: 09/17/2002

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This a compilation of the soundtracks to Le Casse and Peur sur la ville. Le Casse will be immediately familiar to anyone who has the Canto Morricone Volume 3 compilation. Its superb themes were sung by both Astrud Gilberto and Mireille Mathieu on that compilation.

To me, much of Le Casse is classic Morricone - sweeping strings, simple, stabbing themes, and spooky sound effects. Other highlights of the score are Astrud Gilberto's bizarre Italian singing on 'Argomenti' and 'Una Donna Che Ti Ama'. 'Ma non troppo erotico' is slow and spooky with a sexy wordless vocal. It sounds like strip-club music, but cooler. 'Rodeo' is also great, starting out slow, bare and atmospheric, and then kicking in with some drums after about a minute.

Peur sur la ville is a very different sounding score - far more jerky and dissonant, and far less pop-oriented. While effective, most of it doesn't stand up so well outside the cinema. One notable exception is 'Défense De Stationner' (aka 'Sosta Vietata'), which is an incredibly beautiful instrumental - classic Morricone with strings, harpsichord and brass. 'Letellier Et Hélène' is similarly beautiful, and recalls some of the great work compiled on Mondo Morricone.

As a bonus, this disc includes 2 Mireille Mathieu versions of songs from Le Casse.
Ennio Morricone recommendations at Musical Taste
   Wanted Dead Or Alive
   La Spiaggia
   Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?
   Autostop Rosso Sangue - M23
   La Lucertola
   Sosta Vietata
   Splash (sung by Peter Bloom)
   Non rimane piu nessuno
   Sweet Susan
   Una voce allo specchio
   Ninna nanna per adulti
   alla luce del giorno
   Una Tromba a Dallas
   magic and ecstacy
   Ninna Nanna per Adulti
   Musical Pocket Watch Theme
   Metti, Una Sera A Cena
   Sole e sogni (Titoli di test
   Wake and Kill
   The Breath of Death
Links for Ennio Morricone
   Canto Morricone: the lost liner notes is a fascinating commentary on the track listings of the four fabulous Bear Family records compilations from the late 1990s.
   Huge online Morricone community.

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