The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Release date
18 May 2004
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
50:26

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2:45 75,102
2 Once Upon a Time in America: Cockeye's Song 2:26 1,113
3 Once Upon a Time in America: The Man With the Harmonica 2:58 49
4 A Fistful of Dollars: 1st Theme 2:35 77
5 A Gun for Ringo 2:16 8,613
6 Orient Express (Main Train) & El Mercenario 7:45 13
7 Le Professionnel: Chi Mai 3:35 151
8 For a Few Dollars More 3:23 79,246
9 A Fistful of Dollars: 2nd Theme 2:30 54
10 A Fistful of Dollars: Square Dance 2:06 124
11 For a Few Dollars More: Sixty Seconds to What 2:21 49
12 My Name Is Nobody 3:08 38,097
13 A Fistful of Dynamite 4:27 23,181
14 My Name Is Nobody: Good Luck Jack 6:03 197
15 Once Upon a Time in America: Main Theme 2:08 140

About this album

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released in 1966 alongside the western film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone. The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for The Man With No Name, arghilofono for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco. It is widely considered one of the greatest film scores in film history.

The score complements the film’s American Civil War, 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 famous climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of “The Ecstasy of Gold” and is followed by “The Triple Duel”. This epic showdown is considered by many film critics to be one of the most electrifying climaxes ever filmed, and the music is an integral component of the drama.

The main theme was a hit in 1968. The soundtrack album was 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 American musician Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition on the Moog synthesizer was a No. 2 Billboard pop single in 1968.

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