http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQGGQ-FCe_w Few scores are as iconic, as instantly recognisable, and as exceptionally cool as Ennio Morricones sweeping orchestral score for The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. For most people, the iconic main theme will immediately spring to mind having not only become the archetypal soundtrack to the spaghetti western genre, but also a hit pop single back in the day. However, its the rest of the soundtrack which continues to give the film such a grandly epic and operatic feel. Take Ecstasy of Gold which excitedly builds alongside Tucos spirited run through the graveyard, or the breath-taking Il Triello, which perfectly complements Sergio Leones taut direction during the heart stopping final showdown. Wonderfully majestic as well as hauntingly sombre, Morricones soundtrack for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is a timeless masterpiece. Stephen Leigh
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