Ennio Morricone, Il Vizietto (La Cage aux Folles) [OST] (1978)
I can remember – back about nearly-20 years ago now – a mate of mine was in some semi-regular correspondence with one of the guys that had played guitar for Faith No More – this guy was also the guitarist in Mr. Bungle. My mate would call him up, have yarns, record them. They’d talk guitar. One of the stories I remember was that this FNM/Bungle guy had something like 300 recordings by Ennio Morricone – now, maybe it wasn’t quite that many, maybe it was more – but I remember finding that to be astonishing. Then I found out that Maestro had written/arranged/produced/conducted music – or some or all of those things – for at least double that number of films. At the time I had recently been introduced to Morricone’s music – I knew the name, and as I heard several of the pieces via a double-disc collection I realised I had in fact already known a lot of them. But that was it for me. And then ever since that he was one of the names (Morricone, that is) that I would always look out for in the movie credits when I watched something at the cinema or at home with a video – and then DVD. The only version of this film that I have seen is the tacky American remark – The Birdcage – but when I saw this LP I knew I had to have it. Gorgeous and wonderful and slightly kitsch – and, as my wife said, a bit “elevator-ish” – I sure hope she meant that as a compliment, it’s how I understood it. I won’t get close to 300 LPs of Morricone’s music but I can see how it’s something to aim for. After all, you’ve got to have goals.
Sample Track: Prima Dello Spettacolo
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