Sunday, October 9, 2011

Package Opening: Guns for San Sebastian OST

Just got a really awesome package in the mail from our good old friends, Film Score Monthly, and figured I'd share the joy of unboxing the contents with you. For those who don't know, FSM is a periodical magazine about everything soundtracks, and back in the late 90s they started their own label (which is sadly ending in Spring 2012). This label has been a collector's seal of excellence throughout its run, and they've released many different film scores both famous and obscure in high quality editions with complete original recordings whenever possible, beautiful packaging, and nice liner notes to boot. Naturally, you can understand my excitement about receiving such a package.

And here it is...

The most awesome fridge magnet ever.

Oh, and they included a CD too. Huh, nice of them.

Okay, just kidding. The glory you are beholding is FSM's Silver Age Classic release of Guns for San Sebastian, a phenomenal soundtrack by the grand master himself, Ennio Morricone. The score is at times thrilling, romantic, epic, intimate, rough-and-tumble, and just plain beautiful. Other than saying that, I really can't do justice to the music on this CD, so I'll just provide a link and shut up about it:

As far as this release goes, in addition to containing 59 minutes and 56 seconds of raw, unadulterated awesome, it has some other cool things of note. There are two alternate versions of tracks on the album: specifically, The Chase (containing some great vocals simulating the Indian threat onscreen) and the Love Theme (an album version of Leon Tells His Love). Also included is a booklet. In said booklet you will find a nice essay on the movie and its production, and then a piece describing Ennio Morricone's work in the film. Following that we get liner notes for every track on the album, and as a bonus they also included the Original LP liner notes, and a reversible cover with the LP artwork. Very classy indeed...

All told this is a highly recommended soundtrack album. It's $19.99 without shipping on FSM's website, and well worth it. I've listened and relistened to this CD ten times at least since I've received it, and loved every second. The booklet's nice, and the sound quality is quite good as well. To sum up, this is a great release from a great label, and a must-own for anyone looking for some fantastic film music.

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