Sunday, February 15, 2009

A / V Connection: Knopfler / Morricone ?


Tonight, while preparing and cooking a pizza, I listened to Morricone's soundtrack to "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". The piece entitled "Padre Ramirez" (Track 11) struck me as having a chord progression and general sensibility that might have influenced Mark Knopfler's early compositions for Dire Straits. Never thought about that before. Then it struck me that the first track on DS's "Communique" album is called "Once Upon a Time in the West", so Knopfler might indeed be a spaghetti Western fan, which would tie it all up. To my knowledge, he doesn't appear on the Morricone tribute album anywhere-- which is too bad.

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