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Picture - Ennio Morricone - Legendary Italian... Dublin Ireland, Sunday 28th July 2013

Ennio Morricone - Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone received a Volta Award from Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at The Light House Cinema, Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 28th July 2013

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Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review

Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of dusty old desert songs you could imagine. It's a soundtrack that packs just as many punches as his movie and brands those wincingly visceral scenes into your mind as if it was an 'r' on Jamie Foxx's face.

Django Unchained: Soundtrack Album Review

From Ennio Morricone to Rick Ross it's a thrilling OST that somehow manages to modernise the western without completely ruining it in the process, I mean perhaps Rick Ross out of context is a little jarring, but John Legend's 'Who Did That to You?' is the smarmy second gun in Foxx's hand after you think he's all out of bullets. It's drawling guitar line wails with a lone gunman swagger as Legend's R&B vocals cry out with an over the top pulp. This more than any other song on the soundtrack encapsulates your thoughts of not what a Tarantino western is, but what it should be. 

It's difficult to pick out tracks here that are better than the rest, they're all good, but this isn't a record in the usual sense, it's a soundtrack, obviously, and therefore it's about the feeling it brings with it and Tarantino's choices of tracks like 'Freedom' ring with the authenticity of classic slavery hymnals. It's a record that feels as sadistic and redemptive as the tale is on screen and it's a testament to these musicians that you don't need to see the film to understand the tale. It's spliced with some of the finest cuts of dialogue and death from the movie which add an extra layer of texture to this inspired collection and mean that you get to hear Christoph Waltz say, 'five thousand dollar n***a, that's practically my middle name' as much as you bloody well please. 

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Out Now: US Album Releases, Django Unchained OST features Rick Ross, Chief Keef Banks On Hip-Hop Heavyweight Support, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Revisited

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A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop arTIsts new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US album chart is dominated by Taylor Swift, who’s back at the top with Red, Wiz Khalifa, riding high at number two with O.N.F.C. and Rod Stewart’s festive compilation album, Merry Christmas, Baby.

Eric Clapton’s Slowhand gets a 35th anniversary reissue, having been remastered from the original “1/4 tape. There are four album session outtakes, entitled ‘Looking at the Rain,’ ‘Alberta,’ ‘Greyhound Bus,’ and ‘Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.’ A second disc contains a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, from April 27, 1977.

One for the completists, then – and more a case of Clapton’s record label rubbing their hands in glee at a cash in, than any real significant moment in his career. The re-release of Slowhand has hardly set the music press alight and we probably don’t need to fetch any fire blankets for the albums chart, either.

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Morricone Touched By Dion Tribute

Honorary Oscar recipient ENNIO MORRICONE was incredibly moved when CELINE DION sang a new song for him at the Academy Awards last night (25FEB07). Morricone...

Morricone: 'Don't Call Them Spaghetti Westerns'

Composer ENNIO MORRICONE detests the term 'spaghetti western' and wishes movie fans would refer to the long-defunct sub-genre as 'Italian westerns' instead. The 78-year-old legend,...

Morricone: 'I'll Never Retire'

Veteran composer ENNIO MORRICONE insists he will never retire because he can't imagine another way of life. The 78-year-old, who will receive an honorary Academy...

Morricone 'Disappointed' By Honorary Oscar

Hollywood composer ENNIO MORRICONE is disappointed he will receive an honorary Academy Award next month (FEB07), because it was his lifelong ambition to avoid winning...

A Month Of Honours For Morricone

Celebrated movie composer ENNIO MORRICONE will have no problems remembering February, 2007 for the rest of his life - as well as receiving an Oscar...

Morricone Set For Oscar Honour

Legendary movie composer ENNIO MORRICONE is to be feted at the Academy Awards in February (06) with the event's annual Honorary Award. The Italian has...