Review: Ennio Morricone Remixes, Vol. 2

Various Artists
“Ennio Morricone Remixes, Vol. 2”
(Compost Records)

Setting the mood for a high noon gunfight is the drifting, floating 2-CD remix album of spaghetti western scorer Ennio Morricone.  The remixes touch on scores for My Name is Nobody and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and beyond.  It is “Il Bruno, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo” from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as remixed by Hird that really stands out here.  The accentuated Western sounds take on an almost jungle atmosphere while the plaintive melody still wistfully rolls on like a tumbleweed.  There are a lot of moments like that on this album, such as the breathy vocalizations and disco beat on Swell Session’s take on “A Lidia”.  Other remix artists present include Chicken Lips, Tom Middleton and more.