Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ennio Morricone - Angel Face / Una Pistola Per Ringo 7" (1965)

Okay, here's another rare 7" from Italy.  This one features music by Ennio Morricone written for the 1965 Duccio Tessari spaghetti western "Una Pistola Per Ringo (A Gun For Ringo)" starring babyfaced badass Giuliano Gemma.  Funny enough, I've actually seen this film, however I only saw part of it since my friend and I tracked down a burned bootleg DVD at Movie Madness that was taped of Swedish TV (and had Swedish Subtitles).  Where the story gets weird is about 15 minutes into the film it cuts to Ringo recovering from a gun wound in a rickety shag, nursing himself back to health by eating gross soup. Incase you didn't catch that, the DVD was missing about 40 minutes of the middle of the film, so it starts and then basically cuts to the climax, which was actually quite a funny way to see a film!  After about a forty minutes of watching the film, it ended, then there was about 40 minutes of a really depressing Swedish daytime television movie from the nineties that played for the remainder of the DVD. Talk about a weird double feature, two completely unrelated half-movies for the price of one!  It was pretty funny though.  Thanks for checking your quality Movie Madness!

Anyway, back to the record.  Side a features the soft western ballad Angel Face which features one of my favorite (phonetic) English singing Italian vocalists Maurizio Graf, who as far as I can tell has mostly done western songs.  However, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an entire Maurizio Graf vocal album, I just haven't come across one yet.  The song is very pretty and sentimental with top notch vocals by Maurizio.  A typical Morricone western arrangement, with the big booming drums, twangy guitars, lush string arrangements and choirs backing the whole production.  Side B, although it has an alternate title is basically the same as Side A except it is an instrumental version with the backing choirs more up front and a fuzzy lead guitar playing the melody in Maurizio's place.  Both very nice tunes.  I hope you enjoy them.  Freshly ripped straight from the Cowboy's crates with large cover scans for you digital collectors out there...

A: Angel Face (Vocals by Maurizio Graf)
B: Una Pistola Per Ringo

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