The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack)

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Ennio Morricone
Released 1966 (original album)
2004 (remastered, expanded)
Genre Contemporary Classical
Length 33:13 (original release)
53:03 (2004 re-release)
Label EMI America
Capitol Records
Producer Ennio Morricone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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SoundtrackNet 5/5 stars link
Music from the Movies 5/5 stars

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released in 1966 alongside the Western film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone. The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for Blondie (Man With No Name), Arghilofono (Ocarina) for Angel Eyes, and human voices for Tuco.[1][2]

It is widely considered[3] as one of the greatest and most original film scores in history.

The score complements the film's American Civil War, containing the mournful ballad, "The Story of a Soldier", which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes.[4] The film's famous climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of "The Ecstasy of Gold" and is followed by "The Triple Duel". This epic showdown is considered by many film critics to be one of the most electrifying climaxes ever filmed, and the music is an integral component of the drama.

The main theme was a hit in 1968. The soundtrack album was on the charts for more than a year,[2] reaching No. 4 on the Billboard pop album chart and No. 10 on the black album chart.[5] The main theme was also a hit for American musician Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition on the Moog synthesizer was a No. 2 Billboard pop single in 1968.[6][7][8]

The album was remastered and re-released on Capitol Records in 2004, which had 10 additional musical cues from the film. A European release by GDM music in 2001 contains even more music, with a running time of 59:30.[7][8]

Track listings[edit]

All works composed by Ennio Morricone.

Original Release[edit]

Original Release Date: December 29, 1967

Audio CD Release Date: October 25, 1990

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (main title)"   2:38
2. "The Sundown"   1:12
3. "The Strong"   2:20
4. "The Desert"   5:11
5. "The Carriage of the Spirits"   2:06
6. "Marcia"   2:49
7. "The Story of a Soldier"   3:50
8. "Marcia Without Hope"   1:40
9. "The Death of a Soldier"   3:05
10. "The Ecstasy of Gold"   3:22
11. "The Trio (main title)"   5:00

Extended Release by GDM CD Club[edit]

Release date: 2001

  1. "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (Titoli)" - 2:38
  2. "Il Tramonto" - 1:14
  3. "Sentenza" - 1:39 *
  4. "Fuga A Cavallo" - 1:05 *
  5. "Il Ponte Di Corde" - 1:51 *
  6. "Il Forte" - 2:19
  7. "Inseguimento" - 2:22 *
  8. "Il Deserto" - 5:14
  9. "La Carrozza Dei Fantasmi" - 2:06
  10. "La Missione San Antonio" - 2:13 *
  11. "Padre Ramirez" - 2:36 *
  12. "Marcetta" - 2:49
  13. "La Storia Di Un Soldato" - 5:30
  14. "Il Treno Militare" - 1:22 *
  15. "Fine Di Una Spia" - 1:12 *
  16. "Il Bandito Monco" - 2:43 *
  17. "Due Contro Cinque" - 3:45 *
  18. "Marcetta Senza Speranza" - 1:48
  19. "Morte Di Un Soldato" - 3:07
  20. "L'Estasi Dell'Oro"
  21. "Il Triello" - 7:14 (the last part of this tune is in mono)

(*) previously unreleased on the original album issued in 1966

Enhanced and Extended Release[edit]

Release date: May 18, 2004

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Il Buono, Il Cattivo, Il Brutto (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) (Main Title) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   2:41
2. "Il Tramonto (The Sundown) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   1:15
3. "Sentenza"   1:41
4. "Fuga A Cavallo"   1:07
5. "Il Ponte Di Corde"   1:51
6. "Il Forte (The Strong) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   2:22
7. "Inseguimento"   2:25
8. "Il Deserto (The Desert) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   5:16
9. "La Carrozza Dei Fantasmi (The Carriage of the Spirits) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   2:09
10. "La Missione San Antonio"   2:15
11. "Padre Ramirez"   2:36
12. "Marcetta (Marcia) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   2:52
13. "La Storia Di Un Soldato (The Story of a Soldier) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   3:53
14. "Il Treno Militare"   1:25
15. "Fine Di Una Spia"   1:16
16. "Il Bandito Monco"   2:45
17. "Due Contro Cinque"   3:46
18. "Marcetta Senza Speranza (Marcia Without Hope) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   1:40
19. "Morte Di Un Soldato (The Death of a Soldier) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   3:08
20. "L'Estasi Dell'Oro (The Ecstasy of Gold) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   3:23
21. "Il Triello (The Trio - Main Title) (2004 Digital Remaster)"   5:02

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b Edwards, Mark (2007-04-01). "The good, the brave and the brilliant". London: The Times. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  3. ^ The Police, Queen, Morricone Honoured At Grammy Hall Of Fame, Uncut, 1 December 2008
  4. ^ Yezbick, Daniel (2002). "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Gale Group. Retrieved 2006-05-23. 
  5. ^ "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly charts and awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Hugo Montenegro > Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  7. ^ a b Torikian, Messrob. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  8. ^ a b Mansell, John. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Music from the Movies. Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 

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