Crime and Dissonance

Author or Artist

Ennio Morricone
Crime and Dissonance

Summary

The liner notes for this compilation of lesser-known film works by Ennio Morricone call him "probably the most famous film composer of the 20th Century". Certainly his best known score, for The Good The Bad and the Ugly, is among the most iconic in film history. But as great as that score is, it's just a piece of the incredibly prolific Morricone legacy. Wikipedia lists a mind-boggling 518 film scores to his credit. This two-disc set is lovingly compiled from twenty-some soundtracks from his late-'60s/early-'70s heyday. If all you're familiar with are his spaghetti western scores, you may be surprised by the prevailing aesthetic here, which is something like fusion-era Miles Davis meets Igor Stravinsky for a drug-damaged night at the Italian discotheque, with a sprinkling of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Aaron Copland, some creepy Draculesque pipe organ and quasi-orgasmic vocalisations thrown in for good measure. So, you know, if that sounds like your kind of thing.... I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone with an adventurous sense of taste. But the thing is, you don't even have to be that adventurous. It's much easier to like than any description would make it sound. It's like pop music intercepted from outer space. If I was a hip-hop producer (which, surprise!, I'm not), I'd be sampling all over this.