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My Name Is Nobody - Soundtrack

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Genre: Soundtrack / Artist: Orignal Soundtrack / Import / Audio CD released at EMI

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      07.02.2008 01:08
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      I have a dream... I just can't remember it.

      The spaghetti western genre was the runaway hit in Italy after the gritty and smudgy A Fistful of Dollars made the type popular, giving an edge that had been missing from the sanitised US westerns for years at the time. From then on, the Italian western flourished from the mid- to late-1960s until the late-1970s at which time the enthusiasm and ideas of filmmakers started to run low. By the turn of the 1980s, spaghetti westerns by and large had run out of steam and very few were made after the turn of the decade. The same also afflicted Sergio Leone, who can ostensibly be said to have fathered the popularity of this new style. By the turn of the 1970s, he was not interested in directing any more westerns, thinking Once Upon a Time in the West to be his magnum opus for that genre, and it was only very reluctantly that he took on to directing Giù la Testa in 1971. However, regardless of his disinterest in directing any more westerns, he did still produce, participate in providing a screenplay and even did a few directorial scenes, for the late 1973 western comedy of Il Mio Nome é Nessuno (aka. My Name is Nobody), starring the western comedy hero Terrence Hill as Nobody (basically reprising his role of Trinity from the film They Call Me Trinity) and Henry Fonda as the retiring gunfighter Jack Beauregard, wanting to be left alone by the ever pestering younger gunfighters eager to prove they are faster than him. Nobody idolizes Beauregard and wants nothing more than to see the older man go out in a blaze of glory against a group of desperados called the "Wild Bunch", doing his utmost to stage his final, great showdown. Largely a comedy, Il Mio Nome é Nessuno does still contain some quite Leonian touches (mostly coming from his participation as the film's head honcho), particularly in the aging gunfighter just wanting to get away from all the violence and the film remains one of the genre's most popular entries after Leone's other major westerns.

      As with the style of the spaghetti western, the music was always a key component to the integrity of the films and the preference of using natural sounds and quirky orchestrations had been cultivated by Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai and Francesco DeMasi among others to something that remained almost a permanent stance in the genre's films throughout the 60s and 70s, as opposed to the more lush, symphonic scores of their US counterparts. As this was essentially a Leone helmed project, it was no surprise that Morricone once again was given the task of providing the score, collaborating with his assistant Bruno Nicolai who would then in a couple of years' time separate from working with Morricone ever again, the reasons to which are still speculative to the extreme as is the actual amount of collaboration Morricone and Nicolai shared over their many projects. For Morricone, Il Mio Nome é Nessuno was one of his last to directly employ the quirky spaghetti western style and the score remains one of the defining masterpieces of the genre. Being a comedy, Morricone quite freely spoofs a lot of the past western conventions from the lighthearted swaggering themes to the cheesy lyrical melodies and tense dramatic interludes, all of this coated in the usual employment of harmonica, electric guitar, operatic soloists and the elemental choir of I Cantori Moderni. The result is indeed a very unique score for Morricone, coming close to topping some of his most insane past efforts.

      The score generally consists of a number of concert like cues that are very theme centric in construction and much of the themes are grouped under the same titles in slight variations. The theme for Nobody is the most lighthearted and comedic of them all, being a bouncy and jolly little ditty that reminds one of the many straight European comedic efforts predominant at the time. Employing the sounds of a banana-flavoured synth and hoppingly whoopsing female voices (I think they actually do say "Ba-HOP"), there is absolutely nothing to hinder the carefree attitude that represents Nobody's enthusiastic character and appears during the titular "Il Mio Nome é Nessuno" tracks most prominently. The theme for the bad guys of the Wild Bunch on the other hand is more directly from the Morricone book of spaghetti western themes, though it again takes an obviously eclectic route by employing the choral voices in the most bratty way possible (you know, like snotty children screaming when wanting ice cream), combined with the harmonica of Franco Di Lelio performing a reference of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries and all of this topped off with a soaring, operatic choral interlude over the familiar riding horses rhythm. It is an extremely quirky theme, but one hell of a fun one, no matter what my description sounds like, appearing directly in the "Mucchio Selvaggio" cues. The theme for Jack is one of nostalgic fondness, a theme that bares quite a lot of similarity to the mature friends' theme in Once Upon a Time in America, a theme for a man nearing the twilight of his life. It is admittedly slightly homey in sound and a bit stuffy, but serves its purpose well enough, this building the foundation to the "Buona Fortuna Jack" cues. One further theme appears in "Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia" that is a generally suspenseful theme, whose middle portion then builds up to a slight spoof on the "Man with a Harmonica" theme from Once Upon a Time in the West, again creating one of those wonderful dirge-like epic duel melodies (at least in sound).

      The score, like so often with Morricone's music, is mostly centering on these themes in lengthy presentations that are mostly variations on each other, but despite this, many of the cues feature such variations as to not make the score feel too repetitive. For some greater deviations, the cue "Con i Migliori Auguri" opens with a regular cacophony of trumpets that lead to one of the most heroic presentations of Nobody's theme, still bouncy as ever, but much more flamboyant and with a magnificent, epic coda. The "Un Strano Barbiere" cues, as well as "Una Insolita Attesa", are almost purely suspense cues in which Morricone once more suspends time for an expectant prelude to something greater, while "Balletto Degli Specchi" is unbelievably silly with its flailing around over Nobody's theme. But, apart from all of these unbelievably strange musical sounds, one such effect does stand up as a recurring element that I do find quite irritating, and that is the incessant ticking of a clock, appearing initially in "Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia" and appears often to the extent that it really makes my tick do a tock in the clock of a jock. Thankfully it does not dominate, but does get a little too much from time to time. The albums for Il Mio Nome é Nessuno originally existed as a ten track album issue amounting to some 30 minutes, but in 2000 the score was re-released and expanded to around 70 minutes, consisting of the original album sequence first and including a further 13 unreleased tracks as "bonus" tracks. This album was subsequently re-released by the GDM label in 2004 and it is this version that is perhaps the easiest one to find today, while it is good to note that the sound quality on the expanded issue is absolutely perfect. Essentially, Il Mio Nome é Nessuno is Morricone on overdrive for creative cookiness and despite perhaps sounding way too strange for many, it is at its heart still a very traditional spaghetti western score with all the bobs and switches thrown in. And most of all, it is just plain fun. This is creativeness you don't get to hear too much anymore and for any Morricone or spaghetti western fan, this is an essential purchase. Spoofy, but in a good way spoofy, like Nobody's bouncy whoo-HOPs.


      Original 1993 release
      1. My Name is Nobody (3:14)
      2. Good Luck, Jack (5:08)
      3. The Wild Horde (2:42)
      4. My Fault? (4:50)
      5. With Best Wishes (2:05)
      6. A Dangerous Barber (7:01)
      7. Valkyries (2:21)
      8. An Unusual Welcome (2:05)
      9. Duel in the Mirror-Cabinet (1:32)
      10. The Bird's Tale (1:45)

      Expanded 2000/2004 release
      1. Il Mio Nome è Nessuno (3:08)
      2. Buona Fortuna Jack (5:04)
      3. Mucchio Selvaggio (2:38)
      4. Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia (4:45)
      5. Con i Migliori Auguri (2:02)
      6. Uno Strano Barbiere (6:56)
      7. Più delle Valchirie (2:17)
      8. Una Insolita Attesa (2:01)
      9. Balletto Degli Specchi (1:30)
      10. La Favola dell'Uccellino (1:46)
      11. Il Mio Nome è Nessuno #2 (3:12)
      12. Buona Fortuna Jack #2 (1:51)
      13. Mucchio Selvaggio #2 (1:17)
      14. Uno Strano Barbiere #2 (3:02)
      15. Il Mio Nome è Nessuno #3 (2:19)
      16. Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia #2 (7:19)
      17. Buona Fortuna Jack #3 (5:26)
      18. Mucchio Selvaggio #3 (1:13)
      19. Uno Strano Barbiere #3 (3:07)
      20. Mucchio Selvaggio #4 (3:32)
      21. Il Mio Nome è Nessuno #4 (1:30)
      22. Mucchio Selvaggio #5 (2:32)
      23. Se Sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia #3 (4:31)

      Music Composed and Orchestrated by Ennio Morricone
      Conducted by Bruno Nicolai
      Vocal Soloists: Edda dell'Orso & Franco Cosacchi
      Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
      Instrumental Soloists: Marianne Eckstein, Franco di Lelio, Gino Agostinelli, Bruno Battisti d'Amario, Silvano Chimenti, Arnaldo Graziosi, Giorgio Carnini & Vincenzo Restuccia
      1973 / Alhambra, 1993 (A 8918)
      Screen Trax, 2000 (CDST 330)
      GDM, 2004 (GDM 0159042)

      © berlioz, 2008

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Mein Name Ist Nobody
      2 Viel Gluck
      3 Wilder Haufen
      4 Meine Schuld
      5 Mit Den Besten Gluckwunschen
      6 Gefahrlicher Barbier Ein
      7 Walkuren
      8 Ungewonlicher Empfang
      9 Duell Im Spiegelkabinett
      10 Fabel Vom Vogel Die