Ennio Morricone’s music for Giallo films = very disturbing sounds

Ennio Morricone may be best known for his scores for spaghetti western movies, but back in the 1960s, he also created many disturbing and intriguing soundtracks for Italian crime thrillers.

Italian crime thrillers, often known as Giallo, are extremely unique and very stylish. The masters of the genre like Mario Bava and Dario Argento were acutely aware of the impact the music had on the visuals – which led to a very stylized music soundtrack for most Giallo movies.

Ennio Morricone – Crime And Dissonance is a double CD compilation of Morricone’s music created for these types of films back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Listeners will be immediately aware that the music has a distinctive sixties flavour and in fact the individual tracks sounds similar to a psychedelic jazz compilation I possess. The music is very unusual – psychedelic sitars, loads of heavy breathing, screams, screeches, guitar feedback . . . the soundscape is abstract but powerful and disturbing. The mood of the pieces also vary greatly. In fact, the experience of listening to this CD reminded me of some early Pink Floyd soundtracks like More and Obscured By Clouds.

As a side note, the CD includes a very nice booklet printed on glossy paper. The booklet contains shots of some of the movies for which the music was written.

Verdict : recommended for Giallo fans. A very fascinating listen.


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