1-CD with 10-page booklet, 21 tracks, Playing time 68:34 Minuten.
Canto Morricone - Songbook, Volume 2, Western Songs And Ballads
BCD 16245 AH
The second volume of our Morricone tribute is devoted to the composer's western songs and political ballads from the Sixties and Seventies. They told heroic stories, and fought for social justice in a dramatic, effective, yet always musical way.
Christy is, together with Edda Dell'Orso, Nora Orlandi and Lydia Mac Donald, one of the most impressive female voices of the Cinema italiano. She has been featured on Canto Volume 1 and opens this collection with the revengeful Al Messico che vorrei from the 1968 film by Giulio Petroni, 'Tepepa'. It's a ballad about the social turbulence in revolutionary Mexico. Christy's high and clear voice returns with Corri uomo corri (Run man run) from the soundtrack of Sergio Sollima's film 'La resa dei conti (The Big Gundown)' in 1967. Raoul, singer on most of Francesco De Masi's western soundtracks and another well-known voice of the genre, performs the English language version of Da uomo a uomo, the leitmotif written by Morricone (with words by Attanasio) for the film of the same name by Giulio Petroni.
Three very typical western ballads are included from Peter Tevis, an American singer who moved to Rome during the Sixties. A Gringo Like Me was from the film 'Duello nel texas' directed by Riccardo Blasco in 1964, Lonesome Billy was from 'Le pistole non discutono' directed by Mario Caiano in 1964, and Per un pugno di dollari was based on the main theme written by Ennio Morricone for Sergio Leone's hit from 1964. The catchy upbeat Mexican-flavoured title track Vamos a matar companeros is from the classic 1970 Sergio Corbucci western. It is justly considered a classic of the genre.
Three more monumental songs belong here. They are performed by Maurizio Graf, perhaps the most famous Italian western singer, and they are Angel Face from 'Una pistola per ringo'. We also have the title song from its sequel, 'The Return of Ringo' as well as Eye For An Eye from the classic soundtrack of 'Per qualche dollaro in piu' directed by Sergio Leone in 1965.
The second part of this volume of Canto Morricone features mostly non-western, political ballads. The spiritual U pa Ni Sha sung by Rocky Roberts for the Sergio Giordani-directed TV series 'L'Uomo e la magia', dates from 1971. It's followed by Sergio Endrigo's classic La Canzone Della Liberta (words by film director Lucignani) from the 1968 film 'Alibi'. It was recorded later by Milva, among others.
The 1969 mobster movie 'Gli intoccabili' gave us Ballad Of Hank McCain sung by Jackie Lynton, and the political trilogy The Ballad of Sacco And Vanzetti, written and performed by Joan Baez from Giuiano Montaldo's 1970 masterpiece 'Sacco E Vanzetti'. Scott Walker's magical voice dominates another version of this song, taken from his LP 'The Moviegoer.' It is one of the few non-Morricone orchestrations presented in the 'Canto' series. Another is the French language version of the hymnic Here's To You by chansonnier Georges Moustaki. It was arranged by Hubert Rostaing, and makes an interesting comparison with the Joan Baez original included as a coda to our second volume of the Ennio Morricone songbook.