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Listen to Ennio Morricone's 'Hateful Eight' Opening Track "L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock"

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Dec 17, 2015 12:46 PM EST
European Film Awards 2013 Ennio Morricone attends the European Film Awards 2013 on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo : Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight might be the first time the filmmaker left the musical duties to someone else. That someone else is actually Ennio Morricone, a famous spaghetti western scorer, who just debuted the opening title track to the film, entitled "L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock." So sit back and get ready to listen to the first sound of the movie.

For Morricone, the process may not have been any different from other films he has worked on. The Hateful Eight, which is released in the U.S. Christmas Day, appears to be rooted in that big Western genre. Obviously a familiar endeavor for the composer, Tarantino is famous for his use of music in his films.

But as the title track proves, the score takes on the Tarantino hue quite seamlessly.

However, there is some discrepancy with the score for the movie as it has been scrapped together with pieces from Morricone's previously unreleased work for The Thing.

 Collider reports that "It's a tremendous piece of work, and it's exciting to see exactly what an original score for a Quentin Tarantino movie sounds like-although Morricone also uses portions of his unused orchestration of his score for The Thing, which could very well make this spectacular piece of work ineligible for Best Original Score consideration at the Oscars."

Regardless of awards consideration, Morricone was able to blend his talents seamlessly with the film (or so it would appear).

In accordance with the release date, Mr. Morricone and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra captured a live straight-to-vinyl recording of the score at Abbey Road studios for a limited release.

If you pre-order the soundtrack, you will be eligible to win one of the limited edition, hand-stamped copies of the Abbey Road sessions. Also on the soundtrack are the White Stripes, Roy Orbison and David Hess.

Take a listen to the opening track below.

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TagsThe Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino, Ennio Morricone

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