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Il Mercenario

(Movie) Sergio Corbucci, 1968

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Category: Western – Political User Rating: 7.3/10 4 stars Vote
Soundtrack
Originals PerformedReleased
1 2:10 Il mercenario (Ripresa terza) 1968 Il Mercenario (Vinyl-7'' United Artists UA 3153 - Italy - 1968) 1968
2 2:30 Paco 1968 Il Mercenario (Vinyl-7'' United Artists UA 3153 - Italy - 1968) 1968
3 2:13 Bamba vivace 1968 Dollar Hits - The Best of Ennio Morricone (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS 29002 I - Germany - 1969) 1969
4 4:43 L'arena This track has been performed several times. Click here to see the other performances of the same arrangement. 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
5 2:28 Sueño mejicano 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
6 2:15 Suspense 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
7 1:34 Il mercenario (Ripresa seconda) 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
8 2:06 Estasi 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
9 3:11 Canto a mia tierra 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
10 2:20 Il mercenario (Ripresa prima) This track has been performed several times. Click here to see the other performances of the same arrangement. 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
11 0:55 Fiesta (Mariachis) 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
12 2:20 Ricciolo 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
13 1:45 Fiesta (Valzer) 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
14 1:45 Sueño mejicano 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
15 4:10 Libertà 1968 The Mercenary (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005XO - Germany - 1969) 1969
16 3:45 Mercenario 1968 Great Western Film Themes Volume Three (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS 29482 - United Kingdom - 1972) 1972
17 1:19 Notte di nozze 1968 Il mercenario (CD GDM CD Club 7010 - Italy - 2002) 2002
Show Cover Versions (21)
Credits
Ennio Morricone Composer Arranger; Bruno Nicolai Conductor;
Except:
5, 9, 14: Ennio Morricone Composer Arranger; Jose Voltolini Lyrics; Bruno Nicolai Conductor;
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Member Credits
‣19/11/2017 Bob Hendrikx Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 1)
Director: Sergio Corbucci (1926-1990) link
Certified: 17 December 1968 link
First screened: 20 December 1968 link

Composer, Orchestrator: Ennio Morricone
Conductor: Bruno Nicolai
Opening credits: "Music by Ennio Morricone and (printed much smaller) Bruno Nicolai". No conductor credit listed. jpg
The original vinyl releases occasionally list composer credit jointly to Morricone and Nicolai, but the individual 15 tracks are in all cases credited to Morricone alone.
The 2002 CD clearly states: "Composed and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone – Conducted by Bruno Nicolai".

Lyricist (tracks 3,6,9 on 2002 CD): José Voltolini [real name: Giuseppe Voltolini] link
Vocals (tracks 3,6,9): Not credited
Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
Whistling: Alessandro Alessandroni (MSV #87, page 58)
Guitar: Bruno Battisti D'Amario (MSV #87, page 58)
Organ: Giorgio Carnini (Maestro #13, page 62)

Over the years the same 15 tracks have appeared – taken from the album master, not the original session tapes.
The IL MERCENARIO soundtrack was not issued in Italy initially.
A German, French and Japanese edition did get released in 1969. Information coming with these 3 LP's is insufficient, contradictory and flawed, but despite the difference in titles, lengths and sequencing, they contain the same 15 pieces sourced from the album master.

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Part 2: link


‣19/11/2017 Bob Hendrikx Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 2)
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Two tracks were first released on an Italian vinyl single in 1968:
Il mercenario / Paco – United Artists UA 3153 – Italy – 1968 link
Front sleeve: "Musiche di Ennio Morricone" – No mention of Bruno Nicolai. jpg
A-side label: "1968 – Musica originale di Ennio Morricone" – No mention of Bruno Nicolai. jpg
B-side label: jpg
The length of the "Il mercenario" track on the German 1969 single is 3:45, meaning two tracks released as one? jpg

The 1969 German LP:
The Mercenary – United Artists UAS 29005 I – Germany – 1969 link
Front: "Ennio Morricone" – No mention of Bruno Nicolai. jpg
Back: jpg
A-side label: All tracks ascribed to Morricone. No mention of Nicolai. jpg
B-side label: jpg

The 1969 French LP (no track lengths listed):
El Mercenario (A Professional Gun) – United Artists 2C 062-90891 (UAS 29005) – France – 1969 link
A-side label: All tracks ascribed to Morricone. No mention of Nicolai. jpg
B-side label: jpg
Compared to the German and Japanese LP, tracks B5 and B6 (or only the titles?) are reversed.

The 1969 Japanese LP (second-hand information):
A professional Gun – United Artists SR-328 – Japan – 1969 link / link / link
"Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai" – Sold at eBay for $520. link

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Part 3: link


‣19/11/2017 Bob Hendrikx Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 3)
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The initial 15 tracks plus an inedit piece [track 10, "Fiesta (valzer)"]:
2:14 – 01 – Bamba vivace (titoli di testa)
2:01 – 02 – Estasi
2:30 – 03 – Sueño mejicano [vocal]
0:55 – 04 – Fiesta (mariachis)
2:07 – 05 – Il mercenario – Play: mp3
3:12 – 06 – Canto a mia tierra [vocal]
1:33 – 07 – Il mercenario
4:13 – 08 – Libertà
1:46 – 09 – Sueño mejicano [vocal]
1:44 – 10 – Fiesta (valzer)
1:20 – 11 – Notte di nozze – Play: mp3
2:09 – 12 – Il mercenario
2:15 – 13 - Suspense
2:29 – 14 – Paco
2:25 – 15 – Ricciolo – Play: mp3
4:45 – 16 – L'arena
Released on CD:
Il mercenario – GDM CD Club 7010 – Italy – 2002 link
Back card: "Composed and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone – Conducted by Bruno Nicolai – Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni – Lyricist: Voltolini – Sourced from the album master. – Track 10 is an inedit." jpg
16 tracks – Total time: 37:38 – All tracks in stereo.

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Director Sergio Corbucci & Composer Ennio Morricone:

1966 – NAVAJO JOE
1966 – I CRUDELI
1968 – IL GRANDE SILENZIO
1968 – IL MERCENARIO
1970 – VAMOS A MATAR, COMPAÑEROS
1972 – CHE C'ENTRIAMO NOI CON LA RIVOLUZIONE?
1972 – LA BANDA J. & S., CRONACA CRIMINALE DEL FAR WEST


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Member Comments
‣08/10/2017 WebMaster Re: Notes on IL MERCENARIO [1968] [Part 1]
Bob, I don't really agree with the comparison with NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO and LA BATTAGLIA DI ALGERI. In those 2 cases, there was a clear contribution of a second composer (Andrea Morricone and Gillo Pontecorvo, respectively).
Didier

‣14/10/2017 Bob Hendrikx Re: Re: Notes on IL MERCENARIO [1968] [Part 1]
Didier,

That was four years ago, this is now: link

Bob


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