Ennio Morricone - ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

First performance: 25/10/1980


Coverinfo

Once upon a time in the west was used multiple times as a prelude or midsection for other Bruce songs.
 
It also was used as opener for a lot of Italian shows ( not played by the band or by Bruce ) but to welcome the band.
 
For the first time used as a prelude to "The River" and as a bridge between that song and "Badlands"
 
Opener 
 
 
As prelude or midsection ( It is Roy who always played the preludes and or midsections )
 
  • The repeated harmonica riff in "Outlaw Pete", the opening track to 2009 album Working on a Dream. (from 3:40)
  •  Bruce also used the melody of "Once Upon a Time in the West", as the theme of farewell at the end of every concert tour of The Ghost of Tom Joad.
  • Bruce also covered the song on an official 2007 tribute album "we all love Ennio Morricone",  honoring noted film composer Ennio Morricone. Bruce won the Grammy Award Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his version of "Once Upon A Time In The West". The album sold over 120,000 copies in Italy alone.
 
 
 
Track listing " we all love Ennio Morricone"
 

Songinfo

"Once Upon a Time in the West" is a soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone, from the 1968 western film of the same name directed by Sergio Leone, released in 1972. The film score sold about 10 million copies worldwide. The soundtrack features leitmotifs that relate to each of the main characters of the movie (each with their own theme music), as well as to the spirit of the American West. The theme music for the Claudia Cardinale character has wordless vocals by Italian singer Edda Dell'Orso. It was Leone's desire to have the music available and played during filming. Leone had Morricone compose the score before shooting started and would play the music in the background for the actors on set. 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1996-04-10 - AUDITORIUM SANTA CECILIA, ROME, ITALY 
 
Both artists met backstage at the Bruce concert in Rome in 1996, which was attended by Morricone . Bruce declared at that moment that in between 2 shows , he used to listen to Ennio's music and that he got a lot of inspiration from from Ennio's music. Ennio declared that Bruce's music is very cinematographic because he tells the story of the characters of people...
 
 
 

Lyrics

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