ENNIO MORRICONE Crime And Dissonance (2005)

Crime And Dissonance(2005)
A Masterful Psych Class On Two CDs

Even longtime lovers of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack work (from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly to The Thing to Once Upon A Time In America to hundreds of lost Italian scores) will marvel at singer Mike Patton’s re-organization of some of Morricone’s ultra bizarre themes, cues and madness for this 2CD release. This isn’t a ‘best of’ in any way, shape or form. It’s a gathering of the composer’s lesser known, often psychedelic, certainly dissonant, punctuations to film soundtracks dating back to the 60s. John Zorn’s liner notes detail Morricone’s love of “the extreme and the experimental; psychedelic sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches and electric guitar feedback.” A seamless compilation accenting the master’s rugged audio experiments with cosmic choruses, untethered percussion and string arrangements molded from clouds of smoke & mirrors. Only the hardcore will know many of these themes, but even they should be awed by this re-sequencing. A guaranteed treat for music lovers who don’t want to know what’s about to happen next. Amazon’s got it, HERE.

Giorno Di Notte (4:44)
Astrtto 3 (1:49)
Corsa Sui Tetti (5:01)
Ric Happenning (3:24)
Memento (2:38)
Ricreazione Divertita (3:00)
Studio Di Colore (1:14)
Forza G (Quella Donna) (2:32)
Placcaggio (2:34)
Seguita (3:15)
Postudio Alla Terza Moglie (2:43)
L’Uccelo Con Le Plume Di Cristallo (Titoli) (1:25)
Il Buio (4:01)
Rapimento In Campo Aperto (1:25)
La Fotografie (1:01)
Spiriti (2:13)
Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri (3:06)
Astrzione Con Ritmo (4:19)
Trafelato (2:30)
Sensi (2:46)
Gli Intoccabli (Titoli) (1:39)
Fondante Paure (2:46)
L’attenato (Alternate Version 1) (2:39)
Fumeria D’oppio (5:54)
1970 (8:40)
Esplicitamente Sospeso (4:43)
Sequenza 10 (2:52)
Paura E Aggressione (Short Version) (1:55)
Folle Folle (3:43)
Un Uomo Da Rispettare (Titoli) (11:39)


  • Willard
    March 23, 2009 - 16:19 | Permalink


  • Pants Elk
    March 24, 2009 - 02:34 | Permalink

    Holy ordures! This is some biscuit you served us here!

  • Pants Elk
    March 24, 2009 - 03:00 | Permalink

    Just clipped this review from Amazon (where I always go for a good laugh):

    "I know a lot of folks with broad musical tastes, but I don't know of anyone who would listen to this CD just for pleasure or even for background music unless one was operating a commercial haunted house or having some kind of themed party."

    I must be having some kind of themed party in the commercial haunted house of my mind, then …

    … and another reviewer weighs in with "Wierd." Google says: "did you mean wired?"

    I find this stuff extremely listenable, musical, enjoyable … and definitely (hey! "wierd" guy! I bet you spell that "definately", right?) psychedelic.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 24, 2009 - 04:33 | Permalink

    What a riot, Pants. I had to read it myself and saw that "Kurt" is a serial reviewer. He must feel his opinions are pretty important, since he's spewed nearly a thousand "insights" all over Amazon. He actually asks "why anyone would sit around and just listen" to unusual music. Jeez.

    Obviously, Morricone isn't for everyone. Hell, most people don't even care for soundtrack music outside the confines of a movie. Still others think they're genuine music reviewers when they log in over at Amazon. Takes all kinds, I guess.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2009 - 09:06 | Permalink

    Mike Patton…I'm in then!..

    … this has got to be interesting without "Kurt"s role in reviewing it ….not you sure Willard its not Walter Kurtz

    …Odd that!

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2009 - 10:07 | Permalink

    only flicked thru a couple of tracks but it sparkles for me! Wonder how Patton came to be involved [incidentally my random play has just segued Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri from this album into the alt. el goodo from yr big star post & its great!


  • Capt. Willard
    March 24, 2009 - 15:18 | Permalink

    If you're a Patton fan, you know how all over the map that guy is. And, if it's outside the mainstream, John Zorn's already been there. Of course, "The Big Gundown – John Zorn Plays The Music Of Ennio Morricone" is highly recommended. But, if you want to explore the Zorn/Patton connection further, head over to Zornography (http://zornography.blogspot.com/) and pop Mike Patton in the search box in the top left corner. You'll need Google translator for the words and an open mind for the music. Of course… it's all "unusual," and Kurt (who has no interesting friends) will wonder why you're listening to it.

  • annmargretfan
    June 17, 2009 - 01:18 | Permalink

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Great album. Very Zappa too.

  • Capt. Willard
    June 17, 2009 - 01:25 | Permalink

    The one track is… the rest defies classification. Hope you like it.

  • 8mmbolex
    August 12, 2009 - 14:36 | Permalink

    amazing record! here's another morricone gem:

  • 3410
    October 10, 2011 - 23:25 | Permalink

    “… dozens, if not a hundred, lost Spaghetti Western scores)…”

    I think the number of EM’s Western scores is about 30-35, with only two that I can think of post-’73. BTW, the “reissue” market has been very strong in the last ten years; there are likely to be now only a handful of his Westerns that remain unreleased. That said, a great many of those CDs are limited editions of 500, 1000, or 3000, and are often Italy-only (or even Spain-only, Sweden-only, etc.) releases. To complicate matters further, many titles have had two, three, four or five editions, with progressively more bonus tracks.

    Total number of Morricone scores – yes, he’s still going – is now well over 600.

    The most essential resource for keeping track of this stuff is:


    but make sure you spell your searches exactly right, including accents!

    Fun fact:
    In the decade between 1966 and 1975 Morricone composed an average of one complete film score every… two weeks!


    PS. For those who are obssessed with Morricone’s “avant-garde” material – ie the “Crime & Dissonance” -type stuff, see also his group:

    Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza :


    • Willard
      October 11, 2011 - 08:12 | Permalink

      Thanks for doing the legwork, 3410. I would have put the spaghetti western scores at higher than 35, though, there may have been more unreleased. Thanks for the links.

  • October 14, 2011 - 12:50 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willard, for this dally dilly.

  • TSB
    February 13, 2014 - 21:20 | Permalink

    I’ve played this a number of times now and find it quite remarkable. The music itself is incredibly original and the compiler did a great job of organizing all the bits and pieces together into a great collection. Brilliant compilation all around. Thanks so much for making this available. Probably wouldn’t have ever gotten to hear it otherwise.

    • Willard
      February 13, 2014 - 23:42 | Permalink

      Glad you got it. We just re-upped it and are posting another Ennio in the next few days. This one REALLY is something special.

  • Hank
    February 16, 2014 - 05:42 | Permalink

    Thank you Captain. Great stuff.

  • Anonymous
    February 29, 2016 - 20:48 | Permalink

    Thanks very much. Great to see the Oscar awarded while he’s still around to receive it.

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