Published Oct 16, 2020While the world continues to mourn late soundtrack great Ennio Morricone, the maestro is being treated to a new posthumous album — complete with a series of previously unreleased tracks.
The collection is called Morricone Segreto — or "Secret Morricone" — and it will arrive via Decca/CAM Sugar on November 6, just a few days before what would have been the composer's 92nd birthday on November 10.
Spanning material composed from the late '60s to early '80s, the 27-track set promises to show off "the hidden dark-tinged and psychedelic side of the Maestro." While a tracklist has yet to be revealed, seven of the songs included are previously unreleased.
A press release adds that Morricone Segreto is "an acid-tinged sonic journey through mysterious voices, fuzz guitars, airy strings, eerie synths and modern grooves from the composer who was always ahead of the trend, dictating style in his own way."
The set was compiled by Italian music expert and producer Pierpaolo De Sanctis. Speaking to Variety, De Sanctis addressed the fact that Morricone has been treated to mountains of reissues in the last decade, though he said not enough attention has been paid to Morricone's more forward-thinking and experimental side.
"I am talking about electronic music, hip hop, alternative rock," De Sanctis said. "The idea was to go look at why Morricone today is still considered so hip in music circles that are very far-removed from the world of film soundtracks."
As such, expect a heady dose of mondo Morricone, with tracks culled from his various works for giallo, poliziotteschi and more experimental films. A few of tracks teased by De Sanctis on the collection are "La Smagliatura," "Tette e Antenne, Tetti e Gonne" and an alternative version to Morricone's classic theme for "The Sicilian Clan."
While there have been some questionable Morricone reissues in recent years, Morricone Segreto comes with the full support of the Morricone family.
"They are wonderful tracks," Morricone's son Andrea told Variety of the collection. "In general they belong to a very important historical period, because the 1970s where such a great laboratory.
"I believe that lots of papa's masterpieces in various ways reflect the energy of that period."
Pre-order Morricone Segreto. It will be available digitally, on CD and vinyl.
Watch an album trailer below.
As previously reported, Morricone's Dimensioni Sonore — the 10-volume set made alongside longtime collaborator Bruno Nicolai — will be treated to a lavish vinyl box set on October 30 via Dialogo.