I was skeptical about writing this review, as my first thoughts were, "Ennio Morricone. . . I've heard of him. Italian soundtracks, right?" Upon further investigation, I was relieved to know that not only had I heard of Morricone, but I am quite a bit more familiar with his work than I'd thought. With over 400 titles under his belt, Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific film score producers of all time. He is the man behind the music of films such as "The Phantom of the Opera", "The Untouchables", "Once Upon a Time in America", and the famed Clint Eastwood western trilogy, "A Fistful of Dollars", "A Few Dollars More", and "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly". In addition, he has scored numerous Italian language films.
Given Morricone's stellar reputation in the music-making community, and the tremendous influence his work has been for so many of today's young music producers, it was only a matter of time before the underground electronica heavy-hitters got the go-ahead to do a remix project of Morricone's work.
Available now from Germany's Compost Records, is the first of a two-volume CD and LP set of Morricone remixes by the likes of Alex Attias, Butti 49, Raw Deal, The Amalgamation of Soundz, Need, Kabuki, Swell Session and many more.
The verdict? Stylistically, the remixes range from Kabuki's atmospheric drum-n-bass treatment of "Dal Mare", and Attias' rollicking bass-heavy broken-house-ish "Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene", to Raw Deal's Zero 7-esque interpretation of "Ninna Nanna In Blu", and Kid Sundance's "Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto" done with a hip-hop beat and a reggae bounce. In toto, though it lacks a little bump and spunk, it's a very tasteful and respectful tribute to a master of musical composition.