Boomkat Product Review:
Having already been described by the Wire magazine as "murderously brilliant", the second Morricone retrospective in as many days has been lovingly and painstakingly compiled by Mike Patton - focusing on the less known experimental, orchestral, minimal and frankly more brilliant side of Morricone's prolific recording career. The John Zorn liner notes detail the connection between Patton and Morricone's love of "the extreme and the experimental; psychedelic sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches and electric guitar feedback". Spread over two discs, highlights include a number of tracts culled from 1971's 'Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna' which exhibit a predilection not dissimilar to Merzbow, the distressing juxtaposition of 'L'Uccello Con Le Piume Di Cristallo (Titoli)' (frantic female breathing) and 'Il Buio' (taut violins followed by a hushed & mournful string section), and the angelic choral work for 'Cuore Di Mamma'. If all soundtracks had the breadth, profundity and musical sagacity of that conjured up by Morricone, I might just go to the cinema more often. Incredible.