We talk quite a bit about the early spaghetti themes, especially Morricone, Bacalov, Ferrio, de Masi, Nicolai, etc. But in the latter part of the spaghetti western cycle, the tone and style of the music took a turn toward something more…easy listening? Yacht rock?
It took me awhile to appreciate these themes, I’ll admit, but there are a few to which I’ve warmed. I’m thinking of putting together a mixtape mix CD playlist of some of the best of these to balance my much larger playlist of earlier spaghetti music.
Would you help me out with suggestions? I’ll start with the first three I’ve added:
Oliver Onions / Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - “Trinity Stand Tall” from Trinity is Still My Name (1971), which sort of marks a new start after the first Trinity theme sort of parodied earlier Morricone works.
Luis Bacalov - “Blue Eggs and Ham” from Halleluja to Vera Cruz (1973), which I think has a Paul McCartney feel to it:
Fabio Frizzi, Franco Bixio and Vincenzo Tempera, with vocals by Ken Tobias - “Silver Saddle” from the film of the same name (1978), and much like that film, has trouble landing on a satisfactory tone. But it has sweet guitar, and a striking opening line: “Child of light, now you use a gun very well…”