I remember it was about sixteen years ago now, that someone introduced1 me to the spaghetti western genre.
This is how I came across the “dynamic duo“ of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. I had watched fragments of them, but hadn’t quite seen them as movies that had anything in common, and I certainly never knew that these were Italian movies, not Hollywood ones (!)
Having seen one I had to see more, but what stuck with me more was their music, and since then, of these movies2, I’ve heard more soundtracks than seen the movies3.
It’s a distinctive sound, and I keep going back to a few favorites every few months. In his memory4, then, here are some of them:
- I’m usually the one introducing someone else to something new, so this doesn’t happen often, and I have a special respect for this person ↩︎
- Wikipedia ↩︎
- although, the slow takes are a good antidote to some of the fare on offer today ↩︎
- 1928-2020; he passed away a week ago ↩︎
- with the lead-in. Yes, I heard the Metallica version first. Yes, I like the original better ↩︎
- though, tbh, only the first half, with the epic whistling ↩︎