The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – 1968
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, the main theme from the movie of the same name, was a hit in 1968 with the soundtrack album on the charts for more than a year, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard pop album chart and No. 10 on the black album chart. The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition was a No. 2 Billboard pop single in 1968. AND inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009.
This was a request – and I loved doing it. I have always played around with the themes from the song – but I have never played the entire song – UNTIL NOW!!
I have to put a level 4.5 at least – because the basses are easier than a level 5.
About the Song:
The score is composed by Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling (by John O’Neill), and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote (which blends in with an actual coyote howl in the first shot after the opening credits), is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters.
A different instrument was used for each: flute for Blondie, ocarina for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco. The score complements the film’s American Civil War setting, containing the mournful ballad, “The Story of a Soldier”, which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. The film’s climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of “The Ecstasy of Gold” and is followed by “The Trio.” Today, the iconic theme is considered one of the greatest instrumental film scores of all time.