September 14, 2006

The Ecstasy of Gold

One of my favorite musical themes of all time, Ennio Morricone's masterful The Ecstasy of Gold from his soundtrack for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

My favorite version is the one performed by Yo Yo Ma on his Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone album.

Posted by JohnL at September 14, 2006 11:20 PM | TrackBack

Wow, now all I need to complete my morning is a plate of spaggetti and some Huevos Rancheros...

Posted by: T F Stern at September 15, 2006 07:25 AM

I love this music but my favorite was the soundtrack to "Once upon a time in the West" That was the most hauntingly beautiful stuff.

Have you ever heard any music from an Andean group living here in Texas named Runa Paca. there music has the same eerie qualities as Ennio Moriconne.

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Posted by: kyle8 at September 19, 2006 03:57 AM

Nope. The James Bond sendup Casino Royale (1967) had a Herb Alpert theme tune that rocked better than any other movie theme in history. It really was one of the best big band arrangements ever. I did a google search but couldn't locate an online recording of it, but I wore the record out as a kid, and I still remember every note. Hell, I could probably transcribe it by memory, if I put my mind to it.

Not that I'm not a "Man With No Name" fan, of course: I saw those in the original releases at a drive-in theater in San Antonio, for crying out loud (Yes, I'm THAT old!).

Nice find, though.

Posted by: Hucbald at September 24, 2006 08:30 PM

One of the many reasons you rock. Morricone rules.

Posted by: Velociman at September 28, 2006 05:18 PM
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