Music you can’t listen to and music you can

When I saw Ennio Morricone at Blenheim Palace a couple of weeks ago he played some of the music from his score for the film ‘The Red Tent’. I’d never really heard of it, the film or the music, and I enjoyed it so much I decided I would get myself a copy of the soundtrack, or at least listen to it again. Neither of these things proved to be easy. The full soundtrack doesn’t appear to be available on any streaming service, well, I checked Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Prime and it wasn’t there. The main theme is, but there’s more to it than that and I wanted to hear it all. In particular, there is a track called “Others, Who Will Follow (Altri, Dopo Di Noi)” which is over 22 minutes long and takes up the whole of Side B of the soundtrack album.

Please bask in the glory of this album cover for a moment:

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Label: Paramount Records ‎– SPFL 275
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1971
Genre: Electronic, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Experimental

Tracklist
A1 Love Theme From “The Red Tent” (Tema D’Amore) 3:31
A2 Do Dreams Go On 2:30
A3 Death At The Pole (Morte Al Polo) 4:11
A4 A Love Like The Snow (Un Amore Come La Neve) 2:12
A5 Message From Rome (Messaggio Da Roma) 1:40
A6 They’re Alive (Sono Vivi) 1:39
A7 Farewell (Addio) 2:51
B Others, Who Will Follow (Altri, Dopo Di Noi) 22:20

So I ended up buying it from Ebay, it arrived yesterday, and have since discovered it cheaper on discogs, ah well, my own fault.

Here is the main theme from the film, with a lovely vocal, it’s one of the few tracks available to listen to:

The 1969 film was a joint Soviet/Italian film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. It’s based on the story of the mission to rescue Umberto Nobile and the other survivors of the crash of the Airship Italia. Sean Connery plays Roald Amundsen, though I haven’t seen the film and can’t find any clips of it I think it safe to assume that Connery’s Norwegian accent is distinctly Scottish. Peter Finch plays Nobile, he probably sounds very English.

S0, June 23rd 2016 , Ennio Morricone at Blenheim Palace. The weather was good, a few spots of rain but barely noticeable. I didn’t take many pictures really as I only had my mobile with me but this gives an idea of the setting and whatnot, and not all the pictures are mine:

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The internet is strangely quite on the subject of this concert. I can’t seem to find a review or post concert news anywhere. I do know that the M40 motorway was closed so a lot of people didn’t turn up until after the interval, which meant we had loads of room during the first half, which was nice.

Here is somebody’s phone video they posted on youtube from the actual concert, which is quite good quality. I was in the second row, and paid handsomely to sit there, but it was actually better to sit about 20 rows back I think as the stage was so high you couldn’t see everything and, as I was off to the left, I don’t think we got the full effect of the orchestra, although the view was much better than in this video.

I don’t have the set list from Blenheim but a couple of days later there was a concert in Ghent, and as the program was probably pre-printed for the tour, I’m going to go with the one below, until I can compare with my program and see if it’s the same, it won’t be far off:

  1. Volti e fantasmi (from “The Best Offer”)
  2. The Legend of the Pianist (from “The Legend of 1900”)
  3. Ribellione (from “Baaria”)
  4. Chi mai (From “Maddalena”)
  5. H2S (from “H2S”)
  6. Metti, Una Sera a Cena (from “Metti, Una Sera a Cena”)
  7. Croce d’amore (from “Metti, Una Sera a Cena”)
  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  9. C’era una volta il west (Jill’s Theme) (from “Once Upon a Time in the West”)
  10. Giù la testa: (Sean, Sean) (from “A Fistful Of Dynamite”)
  11. The Ecstasy of Gold

    INTERMISSION

    It was at this point that I went off and purchased a Gin & Tonic from one of the concessions that was set up in the grounds. It was a lovely G & T, but it was £10, which is ridiculous, but I could have just not bought it I suppose.

  12. L’ultima diligenza di Red Rock(from “The Hateful Eight”)
  13. Bestiality(from “The Hateful Eight” and “The Thing”)
  14. Deborah’s Theme (“from “Once Upon a Time in America”)
  15. Addio Monti
  16. Thème de Vatel (from “Vatel”)
  17. Per le antiche scale (Preludio)(from “Per le Antiche Scale”)
  18. Irene-Dominique (from “L’eredita Ferramonti”)
  19. Do Dreams Go On (from “The Red Tent”)
  20. They’re Alive (SOS) (from “The Red Tent”)
  21. Other Who Will Follow Us (from “The Red Tent”)
  22. Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission)
  23. Falls (from “The Mission”)
  24. On Earth as It Is in Heaven (from “The Mission”)

    ENCORE

  1. Abolisson (From ”Queimada”)
  2. The Ecstasy of Gold
  3. On Earth as It Is in Heaven (from “The Mission”)

My mission at present is to get myself copies of the Soundtracks from which each of the tracks was taken. Some of them really aren’t cheap as they are out of print, but I’ll be patient and wait for bargains. I have ‘The Red Tent’ of course and I also have recently picked up a copy of ‘The Hateful Eight’, which is just brilliant. I also have Music From The Original Sound Tracks Of “A Fistful Of Dollars” & “For A Few Dollars More” but that still leaves me with 10 or 11 to get.

I have yet to see the film ‘The Hateful Eight’, but I will at some point and I am currently in the position of knowing the soundtrack really well (I’m about 30 plays in by now) but not the visuals. It’s a double and comes with a poster (which is nice but I never use them, they just sit inside the cover forever). Here it is:

H8tful

I stole this image from the internet but this is the cover I have, although there appear to be a few different versions.

Label: Decca ‎– 4769494
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 2015
Genre: Stage & Screen

Style: Soundtrack, Score

Tracklist

A1 Ennio Morricone L’ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Versione Integrale 7:30
A2 Ennio Morricone Overture 3:11
A3 Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh “Major Warren Meet Daisy Domergue” 0:34
A4 Ennio Morricone Narratore Letterario 1:59
A5 The White Stripes Apple Blossom

Written-By – Jack White 

2:13
A6 Tim Roth, Kurt Russell “Frontier Justice” 1:50
A7 Ennio Morricone L’ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – #2 2:37
B1 Ennio Morricone Neve – Versione Integrale 12:16
B2 Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen “This Here Is Daisy Domergue” 1:01
B3 Ennio Morricone Sei Cavalli 1:21
B4 Ennio Morricone Raggi Di Sole Sulla Montagna 1:41
B5 Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson “Son Of The Bloody Ni**er Killer Of Baton Rouge” 2:43
C1 Jennifer Jason Leigh Featuring Kurt Russell Jim Jones At Botany Bay 4:10
C2 Ennio Morricone Neve – #2 2:05
C3 Samuel L. Jackson, Demián Bichir, Walton Goggins “Uncle Charlie’s Stew” 1:41
C4 Ennio Morricone I Quattro Passeggeri 1:49
C5 Ennio Morricone La Musica Prima Del Massacro 2:00
C6 Ennio Morricone L’inferno Bianco – Synth 3:31
C7 Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell The Suggestive Oswaldo Mobray 0:47
D1 David Hess Now You’re All Alone

Written-By – David Hess

1:30
D2 Ennio Morricone Sangue E Neve 2:05
D3 Ennio Morricone L’inferno Bianco – Ottoni 3:31
D4 Ennio Morricone Neve – #3 2:02
D5 Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen Daisy’s Speech 1:32
D6 Ennio Morricone La Lettera Di Lincoln – Strumentale 1:41
D7 Ennio Morricone, Walton Goggins La Lettera Di Lincoln – Con Dialogo

Written-By [Letter] – Samuel L. Jackson

1:46
D8 Roy Orbison There Won’t Be Many Coming Home

Written-By – Roy Orbison, William Dees

2:44
D9 Ennio Morricone La Puntura Della Morte 0:27

Morricone provided 7 or 8 pieces to Tarantino who had a sound engineer rebuild these into what appears on the Soundtrack, which, apparently, is quite normal. The ‘Overture’ for example, was one of these Cut & Paste pieces. The soundtrack won the 2015 Oscar beating these composers to the prize:

  • Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
  • Carol – Carter Burwell
  • Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams

So, yes, if the Oscars are to be believed (and it’s debatable sometimes whether they are) then this is the best Soundtrack released in 2015 (on this occasion I agree).

There’s a very nice video for Neve below (Disk 2, Side 1, Track 2)

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