I don’t know about you all, but whenever I’m listening to spaghetti scores, there’s one thing I skip every time—no, not the work of Carlo Rustichelli, but those saloon songs, banged out on a honky-tonk piano and a brushed snare. Even in the hands of the masters, those songs all run together for me. I understand the need for them in the diegetic world of the films in which they appear, but when they’re isolated on an album or in a playlist, I’m almost always moving on quickly to the next track.
I rewatched The Big Gundown this week, though, and was reminded that I really like the track that’s most like that on this Morricone score, “Square Dance Nuziale,” played at the wedding near the opening of the film.
So, spaghetti experts: What other tracks of this ilk stand out from the bunch? Which should I reconsider?