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album cover MORNE Asylum (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
We had never really heard of these guys before, fronted by a Polish ex-pat named Milosz Gassan, a legend apparently in the European metallic crust punk scene, having played in Filth Of Mankind (who we had heard of), their debut album apparently a huge favorite of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone, so much so, that they incorporated the Morne logo into the artwork of their Circle The Wagons record!
Joined by a crew including members of Grief and Disrupt, Morne's metallic crust is in a big way beholden to the mighty Neurosis, the same sort of heaving metallic majesty, epic songs, crushing riffs, bellowed angry vox, but laced with plenty of moody melody, just check out the sprawling 17 minute opener, which has everything you could want in a doom crust metal epic, the sound shifting from crushing bombast, to more blissed out piano flecked meander, the guitars unfurling spidery minor key melodies one second, crumbling downtuned riffage the next, the track slipping into some dark psychedelia midway through, a warm whirling low end shimmer, all blurred guitar buzz and delicate melody, minimal muted drumming, slowly building to a a sort of post rock smolder, darkly dreamy, before finally finishing off with a blast of churning, chugging, epic doom sludge pummel.
And so goes the rest of the record, at its core a Neurosis-y doom-sludge, but with the songs drifting in different directions, lots of post rock action, the sounds laced with shimmery drones and meandering rhythms, hypnotic and cyclical, while other tracks slip into something more post punky and gothic gloom, the reverbed plink of minor key piano, the mournful melodies, that transform some stretched into an almost doom pop, and still others get seriously metal, unfurling fierce riffy chug and pounding downtuned crunch, and finally, the almost operatic, chamber music opening of the closer, which too eventually gives way to another bad as bout of surprisingly melodic metallic churn.
Definitely recommended for the usual suspects, fans of post-metal, doom sludge, and all stripes of epic heaviness, think Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, A Storm Of Light, Seidr, U.S. Christmas, VYGR, Mouth Of The Architect, Conifer, Tides and all the rest.
MPEG Stream: "Asylum"
MPEG Stream: "Edge Of The Sky"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing To Remain"

album cover MORNE Shadows (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
Like Asylum before it, the latest from doom crust heavies Morne, featuring members of Grief and Disrupt, owes much to the mighty Neurosis, their sound similarly epic and majestically downtuned, with some Sabbathy swing to it too. Looong songs are of course the rule, the five here ranging from 7+ to 12+ minutes, and they're slow going, in more ways that one, the riffs and songwriting seem to take a backseat to the vibe and the sound, so it sort of depends on your mood - dedictated doom addicts will no doubt dig, but some may find Shadows trance inducing, but perhaps not in the way the band intended...
MPEG Stream: "Coming Of Winter"
MPEG Stream: "A Distance"

album cover MORNING BENDERS, THE Big Echo (Rough Trade) cd 13.98
Watch out Girls (the band!) cause there's another sweet sounding Bay Area pop band we think could be the next big 'breakout' Bay Area band. Well, except for the fact that they've moved away to Brooklyn or someplace already. With Big Echo, their Rough Trade debut, The Morning Benders have created a sweeping and sensational indie pop record that brings to mind a more driving, sunshiney Grizzly Bear, The Shins at their most effervescent, and Death Cab For Cutie at their most triumphant. While there has been no shortage of bands drawing from similar influences, there is something so warm and sincere about The Morning Benders' sound. The songs never feel forced and resonate with an authentic heartfelt quality. The album brimming with totally catchy hooks, the kind that should be blasting all over commercial radio in a perfect world. If (like us) you love exquisite indie pop that stays in your head and just begs to find its way on to a mix tape for your secret crush, you can't do much better than The Morning Benders!
MPEG Stream: "Excuses"
MPEG Stream: "Pleasure Sighs"
MPEG Stream: "All Day Daylight"

album cover MORNING BENDERS, THE Big Echo (Rough Trade) lp 13.98
Watch out Girls (the band!) cause there's another sweet sounding Bay Area pop band we think could be the next big 'breakout' Bay Area band. Well, except for the fact that they've moved away to Brooklyn or someplace already. With Big Echo, their Rough Trade debut, The Morning Benders have created a sweeping and sensational indie pop record that brings to mind a more driving, sunshiney Grizzly Bear, The Shins at their most effervescent, and Death Cab For Cutie at their most triumphant. While there has been no shortage of bands drawing from similar influences, there is something so warm and sincere about The Morning Benders' sound. The songs never feel forced and resonate with an authentic heartfelt quality. The album brimming with totally catchy hooks, the kind that should be blasting all over commercial radio in a perfect world. If (like us) you love exquisite indie pop that stays in your head and just begs to find its way on to a mix tape for your secret crush, you can't do much better than The Morning Benders!
MPEG Stream: "Excuses"
MPEG Stream: "Pleasure Sighs"
MPEG Stream: "All Day Daylight"

album cover MORNING RECORDINGS Music For Places (Better Looking / Loose Thread) cd 8.98
A few months ago our ears were treated to the newest record from Morning Recordings, The Welcome Kinetic. While it was our first time hearing from this Chicago based project led by Pramod Tummala, it felt like hearing from an old dear friend who you turn to when you need lots of warmth and woozy comfort. Needless to say we've grown so much in love with that record, that we decided we definitely wanted to check out their earlier release, since somehow we missed out the first time around.
Music For Places is another gem of delicately crafted and richly layered mellow and drifty pop that's perfect for daydreams and those mornings when you barely wanna do anything except roll around in your pajamas and sip some delicious tea.
Tummala uses everything from harmonium, vibraphone, optigan, guitar, piano, Hammond organ and his narcotic and soothing voice to create a record that so gently lifts you up and makes you float ever so slightly on cool summer breezes, but with a musical core to the songs that warms you up at the same time. With a bunch of his talented friends from the Chicago scene lending a hand (Fred Lonberg-Holm, Barry Phipps, Jon Hensley, etc.) Music For Places has that same richness and soft touch that reminds us of Yo La Tengo's And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, Red Stars Theory's swan song Life In A Bubble Can Be Beautiful and Bedhead's Transaction de Novo. All beautiful albums, and we can now add Music For Places to that illustrious list. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Airports"
MPEG Stream: "Lake Part 2"
MPEG Stream: "Summer Tapes"

album cover MORNING RECORDINGS The Welcome Kinetic (Loose Thread) cd 12.98
Dreamy. Drowsy. Droney. Dulcet. Aww shucks, we have to admit we're a sucker for anything with hammered dulcimer and vibes. Aren't you!? Those round warm tones just feel so right! But this Chicago band's second album has a lot more goin' on with that our ears are snuggling up close to.
They're distinctly 'Chicago' sounding (the city not the band). We knew as soon as we heard a few bars that they were from the Windy City. In fact, fans of gentle jazzy pop with chops breezers Sea And Cake and Archer Prewitt, take note! This might be your new favorite too! Seemingly equally inspired by '70s soft rock (think: 10CC, Bread, Burt Bacharach), '60s exotica (a la Les Baxter, Martin Denny), '90s slowcore (y'know, Low, Ida, Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley)... yeah, all the good stuff! Hushed, intimate and sweet, Morning Recordings make it seem like they're playing their music just for you. Have you guessed yet that we're pretty smitten with this album? Well, they push our newfound luv over the top when they let it be known that their roster includes Barry Phipps (of The Coctails) and guest singer Edith Frost -- both longtime aQ faves. We could continue gushing, but let's just say, "Wow, what a dreamboat!" So very very recommended!
MPEG Stream: "In Twilight"
MPEG Stream: "Songs From A Hotel Bar"

album cover MORNING SPY Subsequent Light (self-released) cd 9.98
Here's the debut album from this SF sweet sunny group. The male and female lead singers take turns charming the listener with their very dissimilar singing styles. It actually sounds like two completely different bands. The male sung songs sound a lot like Destroyer or Mountain Goats. Very folky and wistful. In sharp contrast, the female sung tunes are much more toothsome 'n' perky. Very much like K Records' Pacific Northwest-y lo-fi pop. It'll be interesting to see on future recordings if either one ends up becoming the dominant sound of the band or if they continue to keep things as markedly split personality.
MPEG Stream: "I Am The Time"
MPEG Stream: "Hey Kirsten"

album cover MORNING SPY The Silver Age (Keep) cd 9.98
If you recall Morning Spy's debut cd Subsequent Light from 2004, you may remember this SF band having something of a split personality (with each side defined mostly by boy versus girl vocals and folksy versus pop styles)... and they still do, although as we predicted, they're leaning more heavily to one side these days (psst, it's the boy-sung side). For those who're unfamiliar with this bright'n'breezy band, here's the lowdown: when the fella sings (on songs such as "Ask Us To Dance"), Morning Spy sound totally like a fine hybrid of Luna and Destroyer (albeit minus Dan Bejar's tweaked lyrics). When the gal sings it's a much more pastel-hued pop affair a la K Records' International Pop Underground circa 1992. A great sophomore release!
MPEG Stream: "Ask Us To Dance"
MPEG Stream: "Voices And Vigils"

MORODER, GIORGIO E=MC2 (Oasis) cd 14.98
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Soooo wonderfully vacuous! Unabashed rump-shakin' boogie beats, ebullient falsetto vocals... what more do you want from disco king Mr. Moroder? This is the re-issue of his 1979 release of completely electronic dance tracks - one of the earliest examples of such music. Co-produced by Harold Faltermeyer. Oh and just so you know, if you got the Best Of compilation that we reviewed a few lists back, some of those cuts are originally from this album 'cuz they are some of his bestest. Contains the original six tracks, plus two bonuses from '78. Just boogie, baby!
RealAudio clip: "Baby Blue"
RealAudio clip: "Love's in You, Love's in Me"

MORODER, GIORGIO From Here to Eternity (Oasis) cd 14.98
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Incredible reissue from 1977 reminiscent of his production on Donna Summer's "I Feel Love." On his own, he still proves himself as a formidable producer laying down disco grooves that will take you to a place where you are always in polyester, dancing in the spotlight. Highly recommended.

album cover MORODER, GIORGIO Midnight Express (OST) (Casablanca) cd 11.98

MPEG Stream: "Chase"
MPEG Stream: "Theme From Midnight Express "
MPEG Stream: "Istanbul Opening"

album cover MORODER, GIORGIO The Best of... (Repertoire) cd 15.98
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What with the current retro electro boogie wonderkinds like Adult. and Ladytron, this is a more than timely release of that suave disco dance-meister with the bad-ass moustache, Giorgio Moroder. "Best of" may be a bit of a misnomer though as this compilation includes the groan-inducing "Solitary Man" and Flashdance ballad "Lady Lady". Nevertheless, this is a highly entertaining no-holds-barred retrospective. From his silly, bubblegum Ohio Express-ish debut single "Looky Looky" from 1969, to his glammy Spirit In The Sky-esque "Son Of My Father" in '72, and on into the Aqua Velva disco years and beyond. It's not until the fifth track though that the disco rump-shakin' truly kicks in with oozing over-sexed vengeance - "I Wanna Funk With You Tonight"... indeed. The major Moroder highlights though come in mid-cd with the relentlessly groovy "Chase", vocoder-active "E=MC2" and "Baby Blue". His later tracks may raise a few eyebrows (like the aforementioned cringers as well as "American Dream"), but they just might also remind you of a certain recording studio scene in the movie Boogie Nights... which is alright with me. You got the touch!
RealAudio clip: "Stop"
RealAudio clip: "Looky Looky"
RealAudio clip: "I Wanna Funk With You Tonight"
RealAudio clip: "Baby Blue"

MORPHINE B-Sides And Otherwise (Rykodisc) cd 15.98
Morphine rarities, from soundtracks, singles, live radio shows, Japanese bonus tracks, compilations, all that sort of thing.

MORPHINE Bootleg Detroit (Ryko) cd 17.98
A live Morphine gig from '94, on the "Cure For Pain Tour", captured by a fan in the audience and hence admittedly lo-fi, but band-approved, with some of the proceeds from this release going to the Mark Sandman Music Education Fund, in memory of the late Morphine main-man. Includes two 'enhanced' cd-rom tracks.

MORPHINE Cure For Pain (Modern Classics Recordings / Light In The Attic) lp 24.00

MORPHINE The Night (Dreamworks/Ryko) cd 16.98
Posthumous release by Morphine.

MORRICONE, ENNIO 4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio (Dagored ) lp 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

MORRICONE, ENNIO Classic Italian Soundtracks (DRG Movies) cd 15.98
Soundtracks to the films of Dario Argento composed by Ennio Morricone. Contains tracks from the films "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage", "The Cat o'Nine Tails" and "Four Flies On Grey Velvet". Also contains a 5 minute interview track Dario Argento.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Crime And Dissonance (Ipecac) 2cd 19.98
Ok, this has been a tough one to do. I mean, Italian soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone is such a world reknowned genius of the genre, what can you say? And if someone isn't all that familiar with his music, how to explain the wonder and weirdness of it all? Maybe it would be best to make them a really good Morricone compilation to listen to...hey that's just what this is! So, buy this double cd and acquaint yourself. Even if you're already a Morricone connoisseur, you probably don't have every single film score that's been plundered here, so you're gonna want this too. These are all gems from classic soundtracks mostly circa 1969-1973, pretty much all from thrillers and suspense films, hence the title Crime And Dissonance. At any rate, we don't think there's any of his spaghetti western stuff here. So this isn't meant as any sort of comprehensive, "essential" Morricone overview, but it does provide plenty of Morricone's best, most edgy, thrilling compositions in one handy package. It's a clastrophobic collage of slinky grooves, avant-garde electro-acoustic textures, exotic melodicism, and shocking funk and free jazz. Taken together, this collection could be the soundtrack to the most suspenseful, intense and freaky movie never made!! Highly, highly recommended.
One thing: this could have done with more in the way of liner notes. The necessary credits are provided but no track-by-track or movie-by-movie discussion (something we don't have the space or the expertise for here, either, by the way), only a brief one-paragraph commentary by noted Morricone appreciator John Zorn which is certainly well meant but for some reason is mainly about how much Zorn's pal and Ipecac label boss Mike Patton shares certain aspects of Morricone's brilliance. Let us quote: "Mike Patton has pulled together a rare collection of Morricone tracks that reflect his connection to the Maestro via a shared passion and commitment ot the extreme and experimental. Psychedelic sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches, electric guitar feedback... much of Morricone's language here keenly intersects with the abstract metal soundscapes of Patton's own music, giving us fresh insights into their deeply powerful and uncompromising aesthetics."
All well and good (and nicely descriptive of the wilder aspects of Morricone's music as highlighted on this collection), but we're a little surprised that Mike Patton would want Zorn drawing such flattering comparisons, if only for modesty's sake. Plus, it gives the impression that Patton himself selected these tracks from his own collection, at the very least. But a glance at the fine print tells otherwise: this was in fact compiled by none other than Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls!! Which is cool with us. But it makes one wonder why Mike Patton should play such a large part in Zorn's liner notes. Though Patton, as much as Zorn, certainly does make his Morricone influence apparent in his music, and this disc certainly points that out! Anyway, with Alan Bishop picking the tracks, you could regard this as sort of like a Sublime Frequencies volume devoted to the sounds found in the moviehouses of early '70s Rome. Radio Morricone, maybe? Many of the soundtracks excerpted here are out on cd, so this is a good sampler towards further purchases, and certainly a great mix by itself!
MPEG Stream: "Gli Intoccabili (Titoli)"
MPEG Stream: "Fumeria D'Oppio"
MPEG Stream: "Esplicitamente Sospeso"
MPEG Stream: "Sequenza 10"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Danger: Diabolik (OST) (Sycodelic (M.D.W.C.G.C.G.)) cd 17.98
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One of the early filmworks from Mario Bava (best known for his horror flicks), Danger: Diabolik is a spectacular, unusual and campy romp of a movie. From 1967, it's an Italian comic book come to life complete with wonderfully mad leaps of logic, a bevy of foxy ladies, and a suitably sexy musical accompaniment. Move over Batman! James Bond, step aside! You're no match for Diabolik who we should mention is no super-hero. He's a super-criminal wrapped in skin-tight black leather and latex. This soundtrack offers up a smattering of gleefully stilted dialogue snippets including the fab "Dry up, stupid!" line, but the seemingly relentless revisiting of the main track "Deep Down"- slinkily kitten-crooned, perky horns, slow'n'wistful, sly Peter Gunn-esque and oh so many more - may quickly wear on your nerves without D:D's swoonful eye candy. FYI: Even if you've yet to see the film, you might already be familiar with its kitschful flair. Mike Patton (in Fantomas) and the Beastie Boys have both plundered this amazing film for it's seriously astounding set designs and stunningly sleek wardrobe.
RealAudio clip: "Driving Decoys"
RealAudio clip: "Criminal / Justice Solution"
RealAudio clip: "Charading Chauffeurs In Wait"
RealAudio clip: "Deep Down"
RealAudio clip: "Valmont (Underworld Don) Philosophies"
RealAudio clip: "Money Orgy"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Days Of Heaven (OST) (Film Score Monthly) 2cd 23.00
Arguably director Terence Malick's best film, Days of Heaven from 1978, is an incredibly rich and atmospheric period piece starring Richard Gere, Brook Adams, Sam Shepard and the always amazing '70s cult child actress, Linda Manz (Out of The Blue, The Wanderers). Like the dusty, brooding, moodiness of a Faulkner novel, the story centers on the complicated triad relationship of a young migrating farmhand couple posing as brother and sister (Bill and Abby played by Gere and Adams) and the rich dying farmer (Shepard) they work for who has taken a fancy to Abby. Seeking opportunity, Bill convinces Abby to marry the farmer to reap the benefits of the dying man's will, but not everything goes as planned...
It is said that Malick abandoned his script during the middle of filming to force the actors to "seek out the plot" on their own, through their characters. This gives the film a dreamy circuitous quality that unfolds slowly but naturally. Though the incredible cinematography of the vast Texas prairie and the period atmospherics are engaging enough to watch without the need to be driven by a central storyline. Truly a cinematic masterpiece, it took Malick 20 years before he could make another film.
One of the first big scores of his Hollywood period, Ennio Morricone, delivers a beautiful cinematic score largely based on Saint-Saen's Aquarium sequence from The Carnival of The Animals (the go-to classical piece to depict an alluring, but ominous wonderment), which is also included here. Largely parlor music pieces of haunting piano, harpsichords and strings that eventually swell into larger orchestrations as the drama unfolds: devastation of crops by swarming locusts, a barn fire, a young couple's desperation to either speed up their plans or lose their relationship forever. Also features pieces by Leo Kottke and Doug Kershaw as well as an excerpt from Linda Manz's keen-eyed narration.
This is a special 2 disc set that features the full soundtrack on disc one and the various film cues used in the picture on disc 2. Highly Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "We Used To Do Things"
MPEG Stream: "Harvest"
MPEG Stream: "On The Road"
MPEG Stream: "The Locusts and The Fire"
MPEG Stream: "Ghost Voices"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Ecce Homo (Dagored) cd 15.98
Yet another in the seemingly endless stream of Morricone soundtracks released on Italian label Dagored. This cd contains the previously unreleased original film versions of all 16 tracks of Venuta Dal Mare (the main titles through to the finale) as well as the concert suite version. This is Morricone in his suspenseful strings and flute mode. Perhaps a little too suspenseful? It just seems to go on and on and on. For completists only.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Forza G (Cinevox) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The soundtrack to a 1971 Duccio Tessari film about from what I can gather competitive airplanery and romance. The synopsis: "A Young Guy Fascinated by life in the clouds becomes a pilot in the Italian flying team, the Frecce Tricolori. His Dream to become a successful pilot leads him to experiment hightly dangerous feats, which enable him and the rest of the team to beat the English team in an international flying competition." Hmmmmm, looking past that moronic plot, I listened to the music with an open mind cuz I love love love Ennio Morricone. The music is very light and whimsical in a '70s optimistic sort of way. Plucking string sound, tinkling bells. He does a version of the theme music in his signature western style, with the horns and all. Happy and light, appropriate for an ironic tea party or listening with your mom. Certainly for the Morricone completist, but not by any stretch of the imagination his best.
RealAudio clip: "Sospesi Fra Le Nuvole"
RealAudio clip: "Forza G"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Four Velvet Flies / Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio (Cinevox) cd 16.98
Was this film a comedy or a thriller? It's hard to tell from the soundtrack, which was composed by our favorite score maestro Ennio Morricone. (Did anyone else see him at the Academy Awards? He's such a legend that I was kind of surprised he's still alive.) This half hour slip of a score for "Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio" ("The Four Velvet Flies" or "Four Flies On Grey Velvet" depending on who's doing the translating) starts out all pop-like with psychedelic piano, wailing guitar, and wordless vocalizations, all bespeaking some sort of '60s madcap caper film, then these quickly devolve into sinister rumblings and tense atmospheres.
RealAudio clip: "4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Giornata Nera Per L'ariete (Dagored) cd 14.98

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Gli Intoccabili (Dagored) cd 14.98
Although "Gli Intoccabili" ("The Untouchables") is the soundtrack to a 1968 gangster thriller starring John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Britt Ekland, this is not the most exciting of Ennio Morricone's soundtracks. In fact, the main theme "La Ballata Di Hank McCain" is a mellow pop song straining towards epic portents of doom for the main character, apparently. It's a dark thrill of a song, like Scott Walker if produced by Burt Bacharach. The rest of the album, however, is merely quiet and nice, slightly melancholy, slightly sweet -- tasteful E-Z listening.
RealAudio clip: "La Ballata Di Hank McCain"
RealAudio clip: "Defilee"

MORRICONE, ENNIO Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (Dagored) cd 14.98
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At long last, this rather legendary soundtrack album shows up on cd in our racks. Morricone appreciators, "kosmigroov" junkies, and experimental improv fans have all been salivating over rumors of this re-issue, and all that eager anticipation is quite justified. Genius Italian soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone is best known for both his lounge-style pop music for Italian sex kitten comedies and other flicks, and also of course for his stunning, atmospheric (and archetypal) soundtracks to Westerns such as For a Few Dollars More. Here at AQ, we worship Morricone.
So what a pleasant thrill discover that this soundtrack to a 1971 erotic thriller called The Cold Eyes of Fear does indeed live up to its reputation, and instead of those usual expected Morricone sounds, we're treated to complex, sinister jazz strikingly similar to '70s electric-era Miles Davis circa "Live/Evil" and "Get Up With It". We can't imagine what must be going on in the film while this deliciously avant garde material is playing. There's simmering trumpet (blown by Morricone himself!), catwalking bass, pell mell drumming and other weird atmospheric percussive effects. It makes sense that the soundtrack was performed by Morricone's own outfit of musical innovators, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza who've themselves been the subject of two recent and highly-regarded reissues. This soundtrack takes the Gruppo's 20th century chamber-improv and adds some definite grooves, although there's plenty of totally free sounding moments as well. Highly recommended!
RealAudio clip: "Seguita"
RealAudio clip: "Evaporazione"

MORRICONE, ENNIO Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (Dagored) lp 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
At long last, this rather legendary soundtrack album shows up on cd in our racks. Morricone appreciators, "kosmigroov" junkies, and experimental improv fans have all been salivating over rumors of this re-issue, and all that eager anticipation is quite justified. Genius Italian soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone is best known for both his lounge-style pop music for Italian sex kitten comedies and other flicks, and also of course for his stunning, atmospheric (and archetypal) soundtracks to Westerns such as For a Few Dollars More. Here at AQ, we worship Morricone.
So what a pleasant thrill discover that this soundtrack to a 1971 erotic thriller called The Cold Eyes of Fear does indeed live up to its reputation, and instead of those usual expected Morricone sounds, we're treated to complex, sinister jazz strikingly similar to '70s electric-era Miles Davis circa "Live/Evil" and "Get Up With It". We can't imagine what must be going on in the film while this deliciously avant garde material is playing. There's simmering trumpet (blown by Morricone himself!), catwalking bass, pell mell drumming and other weird atmospheric percussive effects. It makes sense that the soundtrack was performed by Morricone's own outfit of musical innovators, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza who've themselves been the subject of two recent and highly-regarded reissues. This soundtrack takes the Gruppo's 20th century chamber-improv and adds some definite grooves, although there's plenty of totally free sounding moments as well. Highly recommended!

MORRICONE, ENNIO Holocaust 2000/Sesso In Confessionale (Spalax) cd 14.98
Soundtracks to two Morricone-scored films, on cd for the first time.

MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Buono, Il Brutto E Il Cattivo (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) (AMS) lp 37.00
If you're gonna own any Morricone soundtracks, or Spaghetti Western ones, or heck soundtracks in general, you gotta have this one - With its famous whistling theme, a motif which recurs throughout, Morricone's bombastic, evocative music for Sergio Leone's 1966 epic Western is what helped make it a classic - along with the performances of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as the titular characters, of course. Morricone's soundtrack too is a classic, and a good example of many aspects of the maestro's music that have had a big influence in various ways on such disparate artists as Sun City Girls, Grails, Barn Owl, John Zorn, and Bjorn Olsson.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (OST) (EMI / Edel) cd 17.98
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly! An amazing classic. It took a little while for us to list this baby since it was rereleased last year, but that doesn't mean we don't absolutely adore it!!! The film features incredible scenic shots and notable performances by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Mario Brega, and was directed by Sergio Leone. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo could be the one film that really transcended the spaghetti western. You can aaaaaalmost forget while watching that it was made by Italians in Spain.
A brilliant and epic soundtrack utilized that whistle of "doo-da-doo-da-doo" that came to iconify the mood of the film for generations of movie-watchers. Used over and over again throughout the soundtrack in intricate ways over a variety of instruments, it is never cheesy or lack-luster. Some great tension building moments here with an impressive orchestration that maintains that sort of Italian sexiness. Incredible!
This version is the 2004 Italian rerelease with some engineering and musicians notes as well as some pretty awful photoshop butchery from video stills. We love it! If you don't already have a copy, definitely pick this one up.
MPEG Stream: "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly"
MPEG Stream: "Il Triello"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Mercenario (Gianni Dell'Orso) cd 16.98
This is the Ennio Morricone soundtrack to the 1968 film "Il Mercenario', a story about a Mexican General of the Revolution and his corrupt hired mercenary. Stereotypically spaghetti western stuff (lots of whoops and yee haws). Creepy whistling amidst dramatic reverb percussion and western acoustic guitar, interspersed with drunken rowdy songs sung in Spanish. There are some extremely beautiful and lonely guitar n' organ moments on this soundtrack, and it is at these times you can tell there is some sort of love story amidst all the fighting. The chorus with trumpet in the finale places this in ranks of other Morricone western greats like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
RealAudio clip: "Bamba Vivace"
RealAudio clip: "Il Mercenario"

MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Poliziotto Della Brigata Criminale (Dagored) cd 14.98
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One of Morricone's FINEST soundtracks, this is from an obscure 1975 French crime thriller starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Dreamy, almost unearthly female vocals, clear and high remind us that Morricone not only did spaghetti westerns, but made space age pop as well. Intense arpeggiated piano accented with wailing sax, and some of the creepiest swirling swarms of violins I have ever heard (think Gorecki). This will definitely appeal to fans of another bestselling soundtrack here at Aquarius: "The Taking of Pelham 123". Very, very cool.

MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Prefetto Di Ferro/Il Mostro (Spalax) cd 14.98
Soundtracks to two Morricone-scored films, on cd for the first time.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Serpente (Dagored) cd 15.98
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In terms of listenability on its own, without filmic images, Il Serpente is one of Morricone's better soundtracks, and thus it's a nice surprise, as it's been hard to keep track of all the reissues. Although the 1972 Italian / French production (released in the USA as "Night Flight from Moscow") is a cold war spy thriller starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, and Dirk Bogarde, the theme song nevertheless sounds like a love theme -- and one of the most moving love themes Morricone ever composed, with alternately plucked 'n soaring strings and a woman's wordless siren song. Fucking gorgeous! (It's the first sample below.) Several of the following tracks echo that theme in melody and tone, yet there are also healthy doses of wah-wah guitar and pychedelic organ (no doubt for a chase scene), funereal organs, a martial parade interlude, avant percussive playfulness (let's see, I'm thinking empty warehouse filled with life size statues of Stalin), and lots more. The contrast between the theme song and the other more sprightly touches make this an interesting, winning listen all on its own. Really well done. A Windy fave.
RealAudio clip: "Canzone Lontana"
RealAudio clip: "Nadine"

MORRICONE, ENNIO Il Serpente (Dagored) lp 15.98
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In terms of listenability on its own, without filmic images, Il Serpente is one of Morricone's better soundtracks, and thus it's a nice surprise, as it's been hard to keep track of all the reissues. Although the 1972 Italian / French production (released in the USA as "Night Flight from Moscow") is a cold war spy thriller starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, and Dirk Bogarde, the theme song nevertheless sounds like a love theme -- and one of the most moving love themes Morricone ever composed, with alternately plucked 'n soaring strings and a woman's wordless siren song. Fucking gorgeous! (It's the first sample below.) Several of the following tracks echo that theme in melody and tone, yet there are also healthy doses of wah-wah guitar and pychedelic organ (no doubt for a chase scene), funereal organs, a martial parade interlude, avant percussive playfulness (let's see, I'm thinking empty warehouse filled with life size statues of Stalin), and lots more. The contrast between the theme song and the other more sprightly touches make this an interesting, winning listen all on its own. Really well done. A Windy fave.

MORRICONE, ENNIO Indagine Su Di Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra (Dagored) lp 14.98
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MORRICONE, ENNIO Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra De Ochi Sospetto (Cinevox) cd 16.98
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MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Antichristo / Sepolta Viva (Spalax) cd 17.98
Soundtracks to two Morricone-scored films, on cd for the first time.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Assoluto Naturale (Cinevox) cd 16.98
The plot, as best I can tell, of the 1969 Mauro Bolognini film "She and He" involves a man who's looking for true love but chooses a woman who just wants sex, when it doesn't work out, he plots to have her kill him with a car. The warped sex and frustration is evident in this soundtrack. The music is beautiful, classy and sooooo '60s.
RealAudio clip: "L'Assoluto Naturale"
RealAudio clip: "E' facile"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Attentato (Dagored) cd 14.98
Il Maestro Morricone's score to a 1972 French/Italian political thriller movie starring Roy Scheider and Jean Seberg, although not having seen the film I would have thought it was some sort of Dario Argento horror/occult flick, based on the music. True, there's some typically cinematic/romantic interludes between the "suspense" parts, but many of the tracks employ a scary Tony Conrad-worthy string drone, which on track five ("Sinfonia Per L'Attentato") acts as a backdrop to ominous, syncopated Goblin-style minimal "funk" vamping, resulting in something that sounds almost like AQ-fave post/krautrockers Kammerflimmer Kollektief playing music from "Psycho".... Dramatic and intense, indeed. LP is 180 gram vinyl, gatefold cover.
RealAudio clip: "Sinfonia Per L'Attentato"

MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Attentato (Dagored) lp 14.98
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Il Maestro Morricone's score to a 1972 French/Italian political thriller movie starring Roy Scheider and Jean Seberg, although not having seen the film I would have thought it was some sort of Dario Aregento horror/occult flick, based on the music. True, there's some typically cinematic/romantic interludes between the "suspense" parts, but many of the tracks employ a scary Tony Conrad-worthy string drone, which on track five ("Sinfonia Per L'Attentato") acts as a backdrop to ominous, syncopated Goblin-style minimal "funk" vamping, resulting in something that sounds almost like AQ-fave post/krautrockers Kammerflimmer Kollektief playing music from "Psycho".... Dramatic and intense, indeed. LP is 180 gram vinyl, gatefold cover.

MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Istruttoria E'Chiusa: Dimentichi (Dagored) cd 16.98

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Christallo (Cinevox) cd 16.98
Originally released in 1969, this is the soundrack for Dario Argento's "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", which is rumoured to be an amazing movie. The soundtrack starts with a creepy Rosemary's Baby feel -- tinkling bells and reverby girl vocals. The soundtrack has a light 'n' soft 'n' romantic feel, eerie yet poppy overall with some goofy songs strewn about. A few sexy noisy songs with hectic drums. Crazy and often beautiful.
RealAudio clip: "Piume di Cristallo"
RealAudio clip: "L' uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo"

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO La Califfa (OST) (Dagored) cd 15.98

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO La Corta Notte Delle Bambole Di Vetro (Dagored) cd 15.98
Another moody, beautiful film score by Morricone for this 1971 thriller by Aldo Lado, also known as Short Night of the Glass Dolls. It's about a guy who's girlfriend (a young Barbara Bach) disappears, he finds himself "awake" in a comatose state trying to figure out what happened, and tries to come out of it before they autopsy him. The score, as you can imagine, is a little spooky of course though it also features lots of moaning. Profondo Italiano.
MPEG Stream: "Valzer"
MPEG Stream: "Notte E Bambole"

MORRICONE, ENNIO La Donna Invisible (Dagored) cd 14.98

MORRICONE, ENNIO Metti Una Sera A Cena (Cinevox) cd 16.98
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MORRICONE, ENNIO Millennio (Hexacord) cd 8.98

MORRICONE, ENNIO Morricone 2000 (Dagored) cd 15.98

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