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1960′s and 1970′s Album Track Gems
Top 13 “Spaghetti Western” Instrumentals
A Tribute To Ennio Morricone
Being a little Rocker in the late ’50s early ’60s 00individual’s view of TV and Movie Cowboys ranged from John Wayne and Gary Cooper on the big screen to James Garner as Maverick and James Arness as Matt Dillon on the little screen. We were conditioned to believe that what we saw was pretty close to the way things were.
But reality never really took hold when everyone’s clothes were clean, men’s faces were freshly-shaven, and even dirt towns had a somewhat deliberate Disneyland cleanliness to them. The only way you could tell a bad guy was that he wore black as the good guys wore white – except in 1966 when it was postulated by The Standells that “Sometimes Goodguys Don’t Wear White”.
00individual’S Dad worked as a cinetechnician and precision machinist at MGM studios in Culver City and participated in the tooled parts of the build of the “three-in-one camera” for the Cinerama filming process.
He got tickets for a sneak preview at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood (now Arclight) for the movie, “How The West Was Won” which was filmed for the wide curved Cinerama Dome screen.
This was an epic and impressive film for 1962 both in literal scope and historic scope that stuck to facts and portrayed a realistic image of life over several generations – but it was still meant as a Hollywood money-maker and thus had the era’s acceptable overall colorful and glossy look.
Then in 1964 the first realistic Western was made, “A Fistful of Dollars”.
Directed by an Italian movie-maker, Sergio Leone, and starring Clint Eastwood fresh from his U.S. TV western series “Rawhide” as Rowdy Yates – this movie proved to be history-in-the-making on many fronts that would create not only a distinct film-making style and ground-breaking soundtrack music, but spawned successful careers and created a genre.
It took Sergio Leone, an Italian, to depict America’s Spirit and Symbols of the Wild West truthfully, or at least in comparison to most of all that came before, and what we all subconsciously knew was really underneath the Hollywood veneer.
Thus the Spaghetti Western was born and from that day on, gritty, violent realism, haunting surf rock opera/orchestra soundtracks, iconic laconic loners, and the genre’s standard crowd-pleaser – the surrealistic sounds and ricochets of Spaghetti Western’s Heavy Metal Gunfire, set the standard for westerns. This new genre and style of films reigned for nearly a decade.
And if this quantum leap was not enough we were gifted with the musical genius of Ennio Morricone’s epic and unique soundtracks that were seamlessly prominent and quickly became known as a featured “character” in every movie he scored.
Morricone triggered a genre unto himself – a creative tidal wave of imitation of style that reverberates to this day and to which this “Top 13 Spaghetti Western Instrumentals” post is dedicated.
These 1960′s and 1970′s Instrumental Album Track Gems were hand-picked by 00individual as
Classic Soundtracks of the Spaghetti Western Vibe:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
OH WELL part two
TEN YEARS AFTER
THE BAND WITH NO NAME
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
LEAVING SHIRE – THE OLD FOREST – FOG ON THE BARROWS
THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN
– and the best for last –
Nitzsche and Morricone: Sharing the same Vibe since ’63!
THE LONELY SURFER
A Mini-Majestic Masterpiece Movie Soundtrack complete with the Hero riding off into the sunset.
There are many attributes to the Spaghetti Western genre and apart from the music’s exquisite mix of surf guitar, operatic flares, heart-rending movements, ambient noises, heroic brass, driving rock beats and gorgeously orchestrated compositions; 00individual’s favorite part is something that we all want to see happen and that is, no matter what, justice will be served by the righteous
with a bullet – or a stick of dynamite.
We had never seen anything like this before!
Dig Eastwood’s sardonic bad-ass persona and delivery –
he created an empire from that squint and smile-to-sneer attitude.
00individual grew up with Clint – saw all of his ’60s and ’70s movies opening day.
Eastwood (the Persona and the Man) is Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Enjoy these other trippy ’60’s and ’70’s
ALBUM TRACK GEMS
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