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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Expanded)
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The concluding chapter of director Sergio Leone's epochal Man With No Name trilogy ushered film scorer Ennio Morricone into the pop mainstream courtesy of a hit cover of its main title by American Hugo Montenegro. More importantly, it both showcased the composer's spectacularly inventive range and set him up for even greater triumphs to come with Leone and others. But aficionados of il Maestro Morricone's G,B&U soundtrack knew its original editions contained but the main thematic/musical elements of the spaghetti western epic -- until now. The addition of ten previously unissued cues on this newly remastered edition render the landmark score in its full glory, nearly doubling its running time in the bargain. While some of these new elements are but spare, haunting reworkings of familiar motifs (including Allessandro Allessandroni's trademark guitar riffs and the chilling vocal shrieks the composer used to evoke the howling of coyotes) that help expand its emotional dynamic, others like "Sentenza," "La Missione San Antonio" (a haunting instrumental version of "A Soldier's Story" that effectively presages his elegiac Once Upon A Time in The West and "Il Bandito Monco" significantly add to its expansive scope, firmly restating its claim as Morricone's first true classic. -- Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews:

  • Superb.
    Enrico Morricone composed some spectacular music for the "spaghetti westerns" starring Clint Eastwood. This expanded version of the soundtrack has everything from the movie, revised and improved, and it is simply superb. The emotion that simply listening to the music evokes is almost shocking -- Morricone was certainly a genius. There are other versions that are more complete, but this is a great bargain album....more info
  • The definitive western score on the definitive soundtrack CD
    In 1990, Ennio Morricone's legendary score for the classic western "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" was released on CD - with half the tracks of the Italian CD. While the Italian CD has been available for some time now, it has been pricey and quite hard to find. Now, thanks to the Special Edition DVD release of the film, Ennio Morricone's soundtrack for the film has been re-released on CD, complete and remastered. Quite possibly the greatest western score ever (although Morricone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is a close competitor), it is easily the most famous and referenced. It has such a lonely, powerful, and wandering feeling to it; basically, it completely captures the western feeling. The album begins with the unforgettable title theme and moves through a variety of adventurous and - what shall we call it, "westerny"? - pieces, including "The Sundown" (which was featured in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 2"), "The Death of a Soldier" and the classic, suspenseful finale, "The Ecstasy of Gold". Essential for Morricone fans, western fans, and any one who even begins to call themselves a western collector....more info
  • totatlly cool
    From the moment I finished watching The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I knew I needed the soundtrack!!! It's one of the best things about that awesome movie, which happens to be one of my favourites. It's what makes the movie more cool, and even more fun to watch. The soundtrack includes songs from some of the coolest parts of the movie, and the best part is: it has the main title!!!!!!!!!! ;) What makes this CD even cooler, is that it's remastered!!!This is tooooo SWEET!! It's great to listen to when your chillin' out or on a long drive, or anytime!!!!! In my point of view, this is one of the best soundtracks ever!!! You definitely have to own this one!!!...more info
  • Music That Lives in Your Heart and Mind
    Ennio Morricone is without a doubt the best musician to ever compose a Western Movie soundtrack. I have loved the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ever since I was a child, and it wasn't just the stylish visuals, and the great story, but more so the music that grabbed me, and transported me back to the Old West.

    Every time I listen to this soundtrack, I can't help closing my eyes, and remembering every scene from the movie, and the music stays with me for days afterwards. This expanded version adds to the experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventurous, story-telling music. If you liked the soundtrack from Once Upon a Time in the West, then you will love The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Expanded).

    Chris...more info
  • the ever popular ringtone
    I heard the main theme as a ring tone and I still have not found that as a download. This is all the music from the movie and it is timeless. This is music that is still in use in Hollywood today and it is a common theme in many shows. Tarantino is not the only one that uses it. I would have liked to have all of Morricone's music from Leone's Westerns on one disc but they did not make one or I could not find it. Still this disc is well worth the price and I have some of it on the computer at work and the trumpet is awesome. I get fired up just listening to those songs....more info
  • 4 1/2 rounded up; Great Performance With Some Problems In Recording Quality
    I have always thought of "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" soundtrack as an artwork in itself, apart from the movie--a symphony or tone poem. This expanded version worried me a bit, since the new pieces broke up the order in which I was used to hearing the songs on the old soundtrack. But they seem to blend in seamlessly, not least because the themes established in the first two songs---"Il Buono, il cattivo, il brutto", and "Il tramonto" are repeated throughout. "Sentenza", for example, starts out with eerie strings, evoking shimmering mirages on the desert, changing to variations on the main theme. "Il ponte di corde" revisits a theme from "Il tramonto."

    Another reason the "new" tracks blend in, however, is that they simply belong here. Anyone who has seen the movie a time or two will have no trouble imagining the "Man With No Name" lost in the desert, finding his fate unwittingly chained to the man who brought him there, or the protagonists' attempts to thwart Union soldiers who find them in the wrong place at the wrong time. The soundtrack uses natural sounds to create eeriness, suspense (such as the theme in the sunset/bridge of cord songs), without sounding maudlin or treacley.

    In forty years, I do not think a more effective non-musical (that is, non-theatrical) soundtrack has been written.

    There is some scratchiness heard that was apparently obtained in the transfer from master to CD, and may be because some tracks were, for whatever reason, not recorded in stereo. A pity. Otherwise this soundtrack is perfect. ...more info
  • Skip this and buy the Italian import from GDM.
    First of all, this is a bad reissue of Morricone's classic score. Like the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for"--for eleven bucks I suppose it's not a bad deal. But the sound quality is rather poor. Plus it is missing some tracks from the superior release by GDM. This edition does not include the full version of "La Storia Di Un Soldato." This is the truncated version featured on the original American LP and CD release. The real version has a different introduction and is almost six minutes. To me, this song is one of Morricone's greatest pieces combining haunting melodies, beautiful vocals, and insightful lyrics by Tommie Connor. Its absence on this so-called special expanded edition really discourages any reason to purchase it. Also, the last track on the album is shorter than the Italian release by three minutes. The packaging of this disc is really lame as well. I know this is a minor criticism but a little more thought could have been put in the album's graphics and booklet. I guess many record companies are under the impression that less means more. Well, for a magnificent soundtrack by the maestro Morricone more is better. So, I suggest skipping this "expanded-lite" edition and getting the real thing. It can be found on Amazon under the title "Il Buno, Il Brutto, and Il Cattivo." It will cost more, but if you love the music of Morricone as much as I do, you won't mind paying the extra money. Also you can find it on Footlight.com and Arksquare.com. Happy listening....more info
  • "There's two kinds of people in this world..........
    .......those with a gun, and those who dig. You dig". Ya know, there's not too many soundtracks out there that make you feel like you're in the film when you listen to it. However, when I listen to "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", I feel like I have a cigar in my mouth, a revolver on my hip, and a serious squint. The music is so incredibly perfect for every scene. Simple at times, and dramatic when it needs to be. This expanded edition is also nice because it's remastered, and has nearly twice as many tracks as the original. Don't be tempted by an album full of cover versions of this, or music from another film. This is the real deal right here. I only subtract a star for the lack of dialogue. A little bit of Blondie or Tuco between tracks would have been perfect. ...more info
  • Good Music! Famous Theme Song! This Expanded Edition Rocks!
    Some other reviewers find this Expanded Edition of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY SOUNDTRACK to be inferior to a certain imported version. Whether that is true or not, I don't know; but I do know that I thoroughly enjoy this Expanded Edition CD!

    I am not a hardcore audiophile or soundtrack collector, but I do enjoy a good movie soundtrack on CD, as much as the next guy. I like owning this CD.

    There are so many "bonus" songs on this CD that it is hard to imagine how they could sell this album WITHOUT all the extra songs, which would have made it very brief, indeed. This Expanded Edition has 21 songs, and is 54 minutes long, released in 2004 by Capitol Records and MGM.

    All the music and arrangements are cool. If anything, I would have to remark that the famous theme melody reappears in different variations a bit too often. But that is not too bad, considering that this is one of the most macho-man theme songs ever!

    The CD booklet is very sparse, but very funny and original, in my opinion. There is not much text to read or look at, just a few amusing photos. You will either love it or hate it, perhaps. I think it is one of the coolest CD booklets that I have ever seen....more info
  • the good the bad and thr ugly soundtrack
    this is an excellent representation of the music that should accompany a western of this caliber. ernnio morricone is masterful at creating the exact right mood with his compositions. i will quite likely be purchasing more of his work in the near future....more info
  • The Good The Bad & The Ugly CD
    I Have always been a fan of the movie and loved the soundtrack and i am glad to finally have purchased it. It is excellent quality and sound and a must have for any collection....more info
  • How do you like your spaghetti?
    There's something about cd. Even before I saw "The Good...." I get the visual images of the old west in my head. And hearing it in it's remastered glory is incredible. Feel the wide open spaces and pick up one of the finest pieces of western music ever....more info
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (expanded) CD
    Listening to the music definetly brings back memories of the prison camp, the battle at the bridge & the cemetary scenes. I am very glad I got this to complement the DVD....more info
  • Good to have more tracks
    "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" soundtrack at last sounds like the music most remembered from the film. The earlier soundtrack was more inspired by the Civil War segments than from the Spaghetti Western genre that this film so musically represents. This time they got it right....more info
  • Is it just me...
    ...or does the remastering seem a little uneven? After listening to it a few times, it seems like the original tracks towards the beginning of the album are a bit subdued and/or muffled, while the adjacent bonus tracks are much louder and clearer. I don't remember hearing this towards the end of the album, but it is very noticable in between "The Strong" and "Senteza." Also there is bonus music that I don't remember hearing during the film.

    These are minor quibbles, however. GBU has always been one of my favorite soundtracks, and the addition of 20 minutes or so of new music is long overdue. The expanded album retains the narrative cohesion of the film much more than the original LP, which was more a selection of isolated musical tracks. GBU saw Morricone in top form, and now we can appreciate his genius more than ever before. Well worth the price, even if you already own the original soundtrack (especially since it's only $11)....more info

  • A Classic: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated
    Ennio Morricone is the undisputed champion of Western scores--and surely, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" is not only the most thoroughly enjoyable score from the 'Man With No Name' Trilogy, but a true masterpiece of cinematic scoring. One can easily trace Morricone's 'learning curve' from "A Fistful of Dollars" through "For A Few Dollars More" (both soundtracks contain their gems) but "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" score marks the noted pinnacle in unity of conception, power of theme and, most notably; longevity. Who can forget Allesandro Allesandroni's (yes, that's his name, the whistling virtuoso [and guitarist] who has made unmistakable many of Morricone's finest pieces) plaintive contribution, marking the unforgettable main theme, which is echoed in various forms throughout the score? Yet, thorough listening of this beautifully remastered recording reveals a number of more obscure, simply wonderful pieces that have been the inspiration for many powerful cinematic melodic themes throughout the past 35 years! The majesty of 'Il Forte', the beauty of 'Padre Ramirez' and the joined themes of 'Fine Di Una Spia' reflect the depth of this score--pieces from which have been heard outright in other famous soundtracks. In summary, all are familiar with the classic main theme (Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo) but this score has an intensity and thorough expression of Morricone's considerable talent's that make it the complete package - a soundtrack that one will be able to enjoy forever. ...more info