The Ecstasy of Gold (3:50)

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“The Ecstasy of Gold” is a musical composition by Ennio Morricone, part of his score for the Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It is played while Tuco (Eli Wallach) is frantically searching a graveyard for the grave that holds $200,000 in gold coins. Metallica has used “The Ecstasy of Gold” as the introductory music for its concerts since 1984; it is included on the live symphonic album S&M. A instrumental metal cover by Metallica (with minimal vocals by lead singer James Hetfield) appears on the 2007 Morricone tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone. This rock version was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance. It was also used in the trailer for and appears in Guitar Hero: Metallica, in its original form as composed by Morricone.


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  • Sikuretho

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! [6]

    29 Jun 10:04pm Reply
  • AlisAman93

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! [5]

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Trent_Jr

    This version is not from S & M

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jennica_med_c

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! [4]

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kikaaRocks

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! [3] I remember the opening of Metallica in Rock In Rio Lisbon, everyone was singing so loud and it was epic. It gives me chills everytime I hear it!

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Aresshia

    Morricone :3

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK


    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frankachu_

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! [2]

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JimMorrisonFCB


    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    A classic and epic song of "The Bad, The Good And The Ugly".

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • camilo_d

    Why bothering in comparing them? The original, the cover and the S&M version are all awesome.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Nargathron666

    this is really one of best intros what i've ever heard :)

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • paulbd

    Excellent Cover!

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Killed-By-Death

    Cover on the We All Love Ennio Morricone tribute album is very good! But can't top the original of course ;)

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • LuanCarvallho

    \m/ foda essa musica up's from brazil

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • filp

    way too fast IMO. but still good.

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • amadeus_ahab

    Awesome cover of a masterpiece.

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • yoru


    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Kale_z

    WichitaQ, what do you mean by "this has nothing to do with Metallica"? This has a LOT to do with Metallica. They have played this song as introductory since 1984. Also, the symphonic orchestra version is from Metallica's gig with San Fransisco Symphony. So, this song is highly related to Metallica, even though they didn't compose it.

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • alan_xD

    Every time I hear it I feel chills! To this day I remember the 30th of January! Metallica <3

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
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