A new Ennio Morricone album is on the way, featuring unheard “psychedelic” tracks and rarities

The compilation collects odder, psychedelic cuts from the late composer.

Ennio Morricone

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A new compilation entitled Morricone Segreto has been announced, a posthumous release of Ennio Morricone pieces that’s set to arrive next month.

The compilation features 27 songs, seven of which are previously unreleased. These were recorded across the ’60s and ’70s. Notes on the album’s artwork describe the music as “the hidden dark-tinged and psychedelic side of the Maestro.” Watch a trailer for the album below.

Morricone died in July at the age of 91. He was best known for his work with the director Sergio Leone on his spaghetti-western classics such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West. His approach to scoring spaghetti westerns originated from budget constraints – unable to make use of grand orchestration, his scores instead relied on clean, reverb-soaked electric guitars, whistling and sound effects such as whip cracks and gunshots.

Morricone received Oscar nominations for his scores for Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Roland Joffe’s The Mission, Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Barry Levinson’s Bugsy and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena. In 2007, Morricone received an honorary Oscar, celebrating his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”.

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