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Morricone RMX

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Artist: Ennio Morricone
Genre: Movie, Electronica
Release Date: May 2001

Review by DjBatman
4 stars out of 4

For the first time Ennio Morricone, the man whose name is synonimous for Italian film music, allowed a bunch of remixers to put their hands on some of his original tracks. Since the music revival of the last few years started, some folks said it would have been only a question of time before someone remixed Morricone tracks; yet, the risk of committing some kind of blasphemy on the works of the undisputed Maestro of Italian soundtracks was high, especially when dealing with trip-hop breaks Instead, the results are pretty good, since the remixers involved (Apollo 440, Terranova, Nightmares on Wax, Thievery Corporation and more) showed respect for the originals in most of their reworkings, even while attempting to change them into trip-hop anthems. It's curious to notice that while most of the source material is in the hands of EMI (through its Italian film music-oriented EMI General Music) this disc came out on Cinesoundz/Wea. The styles of the remixes may differ one from another (just as the original tracks can be in very different moods) but the only bit that left me perplexed is the housey version of "Here's to you" by Copasetic. It's difficult to have a remix of this one without including the classic Joan Baez vocals. Anyway, most of the track will leave you satisfied, and -oh- there's also the nice bonus of finally discovering (err) the original source of a certain harmonica sample stolen by Norman Cook for a Beats International hit.

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Nicola (Dj Batman) Battista



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