Morricone celebrates 60 years at the top

The film soundtrack work of Italian composer Ennio Morricone will be celebrated by Morricone 60, a new collection due in October.

This collection of greatest hits marks Ennio Morricone’s 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and goes right back to Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and is bang up to date thanks to the inclusion of music from Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

This collection is “conducted, recorded and curated” by Morricone himself and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he’s collaborated on major international movie scores.

Morricone signs a new contract with Decca. Left to right: Concert Producer Floris Douwes, Maestro Ennio Morricone, Decca MD Rebecca Allen and Decca executive Dominic Jones

The 88-year old Morricone actually signed to Decca Records earlier this month (see photo above) after his Academy Award winning Hateful Eight soundtrack was put out by the label last year.

Morricone 60 will be issued on CD and 2LP vinyl on 7 October 2016.

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1. The Man With the Harmonica (From ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’)
2. The Fortress (From ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’)
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Main Theme (From ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’)
4. Jill’s Theme (From ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’)
5. A Fistful of Dynamite (From ‘A Fistful of Dynamite’)
6. The Ecstasy of Gold (From ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”)
7. Gabriel’s Oboe (From ‘The Mission’)
8. Falls (From ‘The Mission’)
9. On Earth As It Is in Heaven (From ‘The Mission’)
10. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (From ‘Cinema Paradiso’)
11. Abolisson (From ‘Quemada’)
12. Chi Mai (From ‘Le Professional’)
13. H2S (From ‘H2S)
14. Metti Una Sera a Cena (From ‘Metti Una Sera a Cena’)
15. Croce D’amore (From ‘Metti Una Sera a Cena’)
16. Deborah’s Theme (From ‘Once Upon a Time in America’)
17. Stage Coach to Red Rock (From ‘The Hateful Eight’)
18. Bestiality (From ‘The Hateful Eight’)
19. For a Few Dollars More (From ‘For a Few Dollars More’)
20. A Fistful of Dollars (From ‘A Fistful of Dollars’)
21. La Califfa (From ‘La Califfa’)
22. Death Theme (From ‘The Untouchables’)

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Piece in Popbitch today about how stars, including EM, like to be greeted!

‘But king of them all is Ennio Morricone. Before he does an interview, he has his people send out an email instructing the interviewer to address him only as… “Maestro”.’

Suddenly his album seems less of a priority!


A bit of a letdown of a celebration. This would have been a nice companion to a larger retrospective, but on its own falls a bit short. Something like a big box of his best-known works, with this as the new treat, also available separately.


I’ll be interested in hearing the re-working of ‘Metti Una Sera a Cena’. I assume that Edda Dell’orso will not be providing the orgasmic vocals. Apart from that, this doesn’t interest me that much. I’ve got loads of prime Morricone from when he was at his absolute peak from the late sixties to mid seventies. The album ‘Metti Una Sera a Cena’ is well worth checking as is my favourite Morricone soundtrack, ‘Veruschka’. The ‘Morricone In Colour’ box set from a couple of years ago is worth checking out too.


Basically a nice compilation, but i don’t like the idea that 12 of the 22 tracks stem from only five movies in total. Only 15 movies made it instead of 22 that could have been. I’d wish he would have allowed for more Variation on this Album.


Never, how could he ever beat them? Once Upon A time In The West is maybe the best film soundtrack ever, he should leave it be.


Once Upon a Time in the West is my favorite movie of all time; Leone’s masterpiece!