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Name: FILM SCORE MONTHLY
Number: FSM1216

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The Five Man Army (1969)
Complete Morricone Western Score
Composed by: Ennio Morricone

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On the heels of Guns for San Sebastian, Navajo Joe and The Hills Run Red comes another classic Ennio Morricone spaghetti western: The Five Man Army (1969). Long believed to be lost, the complete score is presented in clean monaural sound (given a light stereo reverb for listenability) from a 35mm music stem in the Warner Bros. vaults.

The Five Man Army was an attempt to capture the popularity of Mission: Impossible (then riding high on television) in a spaghetti western, particularly through the casting of Peter Graves as the leader of a small team of mercenaries and misfits (the Magnificent Seven model) who band together for “one last job” that ends up benefiting the local Mexican population (the Wild Bunch model—though The Wild Bunch had yet to be produced). American Don Taylor directed the film, which was shot with synchronized sound (Italian-produced films were typically dubbed).

Little needs to be said about the colossal output of the legendary Ennio Morricone, whose westerns alone have made a titanic impact in film and pop music history. Everybody can conjure the “spaghetti” template (famous from A Fistful of Dollars) of whistling, whip-cracks and a pop beat—but Morricone’s actual western soundtracks are astonishing in their richness and diversity. The Five Man Army is no exception: from the heroic, rollicking main title theme (complete with bizarre sounds and quirks) to the tender, elegiac “Cinque Amici, Cinque Eroi” (“Five Friends, Five Heroes”) and peasant anthem “Muerte Donde Vas?” (“Death Where You Go?”)—plus the usual setpieces for action and suspense—this is a major work from an important period in Morricone’s career.

The Five Man Army was previously released on a short LP and CD (always in monaural sound), and the main title was released in true stereo (also presented here) on a Morricone collection in the 1980s. FSM presents the complete score in film order. Liner notes by Italian film music authority John Bender flesh out the customary detailed booklet. 

track list

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    The Five Man Army

    Music Composed by Ennio Morricone, Conducted by Bruno Nicolai

     

  1. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (Main Title, stereo) 2:53
  2. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (The Chicken Farm/The Mining Colony) 2:04
  3. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (The Circus/To Morales) 2:42
  4. Muerte Donde Vas? (The Execution) 2:32
  5. I Bambini e i Fiori (Flowers and Food) 1:17
  6. A Cinque Amici, Cinque Eroi (Introductions) 2:18
  7. Muerte Donde Vas? (The Journey) 2:49
  8. A Cinque Amici, Cinque Eroi (Interrogation)/Muerte Donde Vas? (Captured) 1:46
  9. Tension Theme (Escape) 3:31
  10. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (Maria’s Goodbye/Pursuit) 2:13
  11. Muerte Donde Vas? (Rebel Aid) 1:23
  12. Heroic Theme (The Train) 0:33
  13. Comic Theme (Ambushing the Truck) 0:12
  14. Harmonica Source (To the Station House) 0:42
  15. A Cinque Amici, Cinque Eroi (Already Dead) 2:17
  16. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (Departure/Army in Disguise/Underneath the Train) 1:57
  17. Comic Theme (Close Call)/Tension Theme (The First Move)/Tension Theme (The Next Move) 2:51
  18. Una Corsa Disperata (Samurai Runs) 4:14
  19. Contro il Tempo (Surprise Guests)/Contro il Tempo (Mesito Prepares) 0:58
  20. Contro il Tempo (Out of Time) 4:25
  21. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (Success) 1:02
  22. Muerte Donde Vas? (The Dutchman’s Cause) 2:44
  23. Tension Theme and Muerte Donde Vas? (New Recruits) 4:59

    Total Time: 53:10

    Bonus Tracks

     

  24. Un Esercito di Cinque Uomini (Main Title, mono) 2:54
  25. Muerte Donde Vas? (album track) 4:11

    Total Time: 7:06

    Total Disc Time: 60:23

     


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