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More Mondo Morricone  - Ennio Morricone (Compilation) - 1966-1977
Label: Colisseum 34.8058 (Germany)
Format: CD
From: Italy
My rating: 9/10

Entered: 09/17/2002
Last updated: 12/17/2010

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This is a great follow-up to the original Mondo Morricone. I was also happy to note recently that there's a third volume coming out. It seems that they are also reissuing the first two volumes with extra tracks.

The mood of the compilation is quietly menacing. Even the most beautiful tracks, such as 'Alla Serenita', sound rather sad and delicate.

Almost every one of the 16 tracks here is a highlight; of particular note is the 9 minute 'Come Maddelena' suite, which is utterly stunning, mixing spare, jazzy drumming with church organs and wordless vocal choirs. Interestingly, I recently came across a disco version of this (with overlaid bass and drums) on the B-side of the early 80s UK 7" single of 'Chi Mai'.

'Amore come Dolore' (aka Ridebi) is another long (6 minutes plus) moody piece, and is quite exquisite, with classic Morricone instrumentation. 'Sospiri Da Una Radio Lontana' is notable for it's stereo wordless vocals and sex noises.

There are also more disturbing, discordant tracks, like 'Svegliati E Uccidi' and 'Citta Violenta', and pretty straight-up beat tracks like 'Svota Definitiva'.

However, it's beautiful pop/atmospheric material like 'L'Ultimo' and 'Um Bacio' that really slays me.
Ennio Morricone recommendations at Musical Taste
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   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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