Il Mercenario

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(Movie) Sergio Corbucci (1968) Open in IMDb

The Mercenary
A Professional Gun
El Mercenario, un tueur professionnel France
Mercenario: der Gefürchtete Germany
Salario para matar Spain
Originals Performed Released
1 2:10 Il Mercenario (1968) Il mercenario (Ripresa terza) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1968
2 2:30 Il Mercenario (1968) Paco Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1968
3 2:13 Il Mercenario (1968) Bamba vivace Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
4 4:43 Il Mercenario (1968) L'arena Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
5 2:28 Il Mercenario (1968) Sueño mejicano (1) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Jose Voltolini Lyrics;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
6 2:15 Il Mercenario (1968) Suspense Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
7 1:34 Il Mercenario (1968) Il mercenario (Ripresa seconda) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
8 2:06 Il Mercenario (1968) Estasi Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
9 3:11 Il Mercenario (1968) Canto a mia tierra Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Jose Voltolini Lyrics;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
10 2:20 Il Mercenario (1968) Il mercenario (Ripresa prima) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
11 0:55 Il Mercenario (1968) Fiesta (Mariachis) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
12 2:20 Il Mercenario (1968) Ricciolo Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
13 1:45 Il Mercenario (1968) Fiesta (Valzer) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
14 1:45 Il Mercenario (1968) Sueño mejicano (2) Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Jose Voltolini Lyrics;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
15 4:10 Il Mercenario (1968) Libertà Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1969
16 3:45 Il Mercenario (1968) Mercenario Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 1972
17 1:19 Il Mercenario (1968) Notte di nozze Ennio Morricone Composer;Ennio Morricone Arranger;Bruno Nicolai Conductor; 1968 2002

Ennio Morricone Composer; Ennio Morricone Composer; Ennio Morricone Arranger; Ennio Morricone Arranger; Bruno Nicolai Conductor; Bruno Nicolai Conductor; Jose Voltolini Lyrics; Jose Voltolini Lyrics;

Commercial Albums
1-15,17 Il mercenario Il mercenario (CD GDM CD Club 7010 - Italy - 2002) +re-released
1-15 El Mercenario El Mercenario (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS29005 - France) +re-released
1-15 Il Mercenario - Faccia a faccia Il Mercenario - Faccia a faccia (CD ViViMusica VCDS 7018 - Italy - 1995)
4,8,12 Ennio Morricone Kill - Spaghetti Western Magic From The Maestro Ennio Morricone Kill - Spaghetti Western Magic From The Maestro (CD Cherry Red ACMEM38CD - United Kingdom - 2005)
1,3-4 I Western vol.2 I Western vol.2 (Vinyl-LP RCA NL 33066 - Italy - 1978)
3-4,7 I Western / The Italian Western I Western / The Italian Western (3Vinyl-LP RCA ML 31543(3) - Italy - 1983) +re-released
1-2 Il Mercenario Il Mercenario (Vinyl-7" UA 25.972) +re-released
1,3 Dollar Hits - The Best of Ennio Morricone Dollar Hits - The Best of Ennio Morricone (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS 29002 I - Germany - 1969)
1,4 L'arena L'arena (Virtual Single EMI - Italy - 2013)
3-4 The Macaroni Western 30 The Macaroni Western 30 (Virtual Album Ward Records WRDDG-10011 - Japan - 2009)
4,10 Musiques de films - Colonne sonore - Original Soundtracks -- 1964-2015 Musiques de films - Colonne sonore - Original Soundtracks -- 1964-2015 (18CD Decca ELC-0600753892374 - France - 2019)
3,16 Great Western Film Themes Volume Three Great Western Film Themes Volume Three (Vinyl-LP United Artists UAS 29482 - United Kingdom - 1972)
4',10' Quentin Tarantino Movies Quentin Tarantino Movies (CD Recording Arts Kinf Of Blue 10036 - Italy - 2009) +re-released
4',10' 100 Geatest Movie Hits 100 Geatest Movie Hits (5CD Recording Arts Déjà Vu 5X059 - Italy - 2012)
4',10' Quentin Tarantino Unchained Movies - The Complete Ennio Morricone Scores Quentin Tarantino Unchained Movies - The Complete Ennio Morricone Scores (2CD Recording Arts - Italy - 2013)
4',10' A Morricone/Tarantino Feature - Tarantino Starring Morricone A Morricone/Tarantino Feature - Tarantino Starring Morricone (Virtual Album Recording Arts - Italy - 2014)
4',10' Quentin Tarantino Unchained Movies - The Complete Ennio Morricone Scores Quentin Tarantino Unchained Movies - The Complete Ennio Morricone Scores (Virtual Album Recording Arts - Italy - 2014)
8 The Ultimate Collection, Vol. IV The Ultimate Collection, Vol. IV (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2013)
8 The Best, Volume IV The Best, Volume IV (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2013)
8 The Original Sound of Ennio Morricone, Vol. 1 The Original Sound of Ennio Morricone, Vol. 1 (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2013)
4 The good, the bad and the ugly - Mercenario, der Gefürchtete The good, the bad and the ugly - Mercenario, der Gefürchtete (Vinyl-7" United Artists UA 35905 - Germany)
4 La musica di Ennio Morricone La musica di Ennio Morricone (6CD Reader's Digest RDCD 127 - Italy - 1991) +re-released
4 Un' ora con Ennio Morricone Un' ora con Ennio Morricone (CD Replay RMCD 4063 - Italy - 1993)
4 Queimada (Burn) Queimada (Burn) (CD ViViMusica VCDS7020 - Italy - 1996)
4 Spaghetti Westerns - Volume Three Spaghetti Westerns - Volume Three (CD DRG 32929 - United States - 1999)
4 The Great Music of Ennio Morricone The Great Music of Ennio Morricone (3CD Replay - Italy - 1999)
4 Kill Bill vol.2 Kill Bill vol.2 (CD Maverick - United States - 2004) +re-released
4 50 Movie Themes Hits - Gold Edition 50 Movie Themes Hits - Gold Edition (3CD GDM Edel 0160592 - Italy - 2005)
4 C'era una volta il Western C'era una volta il Western (2CD Cinevox CD MDF 604 - Italy - 2005)
4 Morricone Western Morricone Western (CD Cinedelic AMK 5006 - Italy - 2006)
4 100 Movie Themes Hits - Super Gold Edition 100 Movie Themes Hits - Super Gold Edition (6CD GDM Edel 0168292 - Italy - 2006)
4 50 Movie Themes Hits - Gold Edition 50 Movie Themes Hits - Gold Edition (3CD EMI 0166272ERE - United Kingdom - 2006)
4 Gold Edition - Best Film Classics Gold Edition - Best Film Classics (3CD Sony - Korea - 2007)
4 Morricone Gold Morricone Gold (3CD Universal 5300524 - 2007)
4 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 1 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 1 (CD Famiglia Cristiana/San Paolo - Italy - 2007)
4 The Complete Edition The Complete Edition (15CD GDM 0194392ERE - Italy - 2008)
4 Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone (Virtual Album Replay - Italy - 2010) +re-released
4 The Ultimate Collection, Vol. II The Ultimate Collection, Vol. II (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2012)
4 The Best, Volume III The Best, Volume III (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2013)
4 Collected Collected (3CD Universal 535 085-7 - United States - 2014)
4 Great Original Movie Themes Great Original Movie Themes (5CD GDM 60075 - Italy - 2016)
4 Themes - Western Themes - Western (2Vinyl-LP Music On Vinyl MOVATM257 - The Netherlands - 2020)
4 De Sergio Leone à Quentin Tarantino De Sergio Leone à Quentin Tarantino (4CD Universal - France - 2020)
15 Western Graffiti Western Graffiti (2CD GDM 583 502-2 - Italy - 2002)
15 The Ultimate Collection, Vol. III The Ultimate Collection, Vol. III (Virtual Album Bacci Bros Records - Italy - 2013)
3 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 4 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 4 (CD Famiglia Cristiana/San Paolo Morri04FC4107 - Italy - 2007)
13 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 5 La colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni 5 (CD Famiglia Cristiana/San Paolo - Italy - 2007)
16 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Vinyl-7" United Artists UA 35905 - Germany - 1968)
4' The Soundtracks - 75 Themes from 53 Films The Soundtracks - 75 Themes from 53 Films (5CD Recording Arts Déjà Vu 5X031 - Italy - 2007)
4' Cinema Italiano - The Music of Italy - Ennio Morricone vol. 4 Cinema Italiano - The Music of Italy - Ennio Morricone vol. 4 (Virtual Album Recording Arts ITA086 - Italy - 2008)
10' Complete Spaghetti Westerns Complete Spaghetti Westerns (5CD Recording Arts 5X057 - Italy - 2012)
10' Best of the West - The Other Spaghetti Westerns Best of the West - The Other Spaghetti Westerns (Virtual Album Recording Arts - Italy - 2014)
4' The Essential Ennio Morricone Film Music Collection The Essential Ennio Morricone Film Music Collection (2CD Silva Screen SILCD 1516 - United Kingdom - 2016)
4' The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - The Essential Film Music Collection The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - The Essential Film Music Collection (2Vinyl-LP Silva Screen - United Kingdom - 2020)

by Bob Hendrikx on 28/07/2020:
Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 1)

Director: Sergio Corbucci (1926-1990) link

Certified on 17 December 1968. jpg
Premiered in Italy on 20 December 1968. link

Composer, Orchestrator: Ennio Morricone – Conductor: Bruno Nicolai
Opening credits: "Music by Ennio Morricone and (listed much smaller) Bruno Nicolai". No conductor credit. jpg
The 1968 Italian vinyl single, German 1969 LP and French 1969 LP ascribe all tracks to Morricone. No mention of Nicolai.
The Japanese 1969 LP (mistakenly?) says the tracks were composed and conducted by Morricone and Nicolai.
An Italian release of the LP did not take place until 1985.

Lyricist (tracks 3,6,9 on 2002 CD): José Voltolini (real name: Giuseppe Voltolini) link
Vocals (tracks 3,6,9): No info
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 only 15 cues were released, sourced from the album master, not the original session tapes.
Despite the difference in titles, lengths and sequencing, the released tracks contain the same material pulled from the finished album master.





by Bob Hendrikx on 28/07/2020:
Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 2)


2:09 – A – Il mercenario (track 12 on 2002 CD)
2:29 – B – Paco (track 14)
First released on vinyl single:
Il mercenario / Paco – United Artists UA 3153 – Italy – 1968 link
Front: "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. jpg

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

The 1969 French LP:
El Mercenario (A Professional Gun) – United Artists 2C 062-90.891 – 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 just the titles?) are reversed.

The 1969 Japanese LP:
A professional Gun – United Artists SR-328 – Japan – 1969 link / link / link
A-side label: "Composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai" jpg
B-side label: jpg





by Bob Hendrikx on 28/07/2020:
Notes on IL MERCENARIO (1968) (Part 3)


The 15 tracks from the album master, plus an obscure inedit:
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) [inedit, lifted from the film?]
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
Front: "Music by Ennio Morricone" jpg
Back: Music composed and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone – Orchestra conducted by Bruno Nicolai – Lyricist: Voltolini – Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni – Taken from the album master – Track 10 "digitally restored" jpg
16 tracks – Total time: 37:38 – All tracks in stereo.

Director Sergio Corbucci & Composer Ennio Morricone:

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




by WebMaster on 08/10/2017:
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




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

Didier,


That was four years ago, this is now: link

Bob