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Apollo Four Forty — The Man with the Harmonica
Album: Morricone Rmx
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Released: 2001
Length: 5:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 hopper99 wrote:


Nothing beats the original version though. 
 
It's not a question of beating it.
R I P     Ennio Morricone  who scored as many as 20 films a year!  it is said 
Sergio Leone shot scenes based on the music Ennio had pre-written and make
scenes as long as the SCORE DICTATED.    wow.  
Somebody mentioned earlier about Claudia Cardinale being in this movie.  How can anyone forget! 

 rate 8
 ninjacatpuppet wrote:
The original version of this song was spread across the internet during the kazaa/napster days under the title "Last Flowers till the Hospital".  It was supposedly a Radiohead b-side.  For years I thought that was so, until I learned it was actually the theme to a spehgetti western.  Its strange how much the original sounds like a Radiohead track.

I would have guessed  Gorillaz !


It sounds to me like many of these remix things use the same bass line - different notes, maybe, but same rhythm.
 jpeaton wrote:

Great film, great score, and I love this cover, too!
 

Nothing beats the original version though. 
 hayduke2 wrote:

still chilling
 
Great film, great score, and I love this cover, too!
 hayduke2 wrote:


my favorite Henry Fonda flick

 
still chilling
Two covers in a row. (Portishead covered previously)

Bill should do a Only Covers play list one day.

This is good stuff...
 yofitofu wrote:
And has some overtones in the harmonica of Supertramp's School.


 Imkirok wrote:

That's what I thought it was at first, too.

 
  It was brought up a few times in this thread: this song is a cover of Ennio Morricone's "Man With A Harmonica" from the soundtrack to Sergio Leone's 1968 classic film, "Once Upon A Time In The West", which preceded Supertramp's song by several years.  Many of the samples in this song are directly from that soundtrack, including the harmonica.
Can I recommend a follow up?

Harmonicas Are Shite - Fila Brazillia

Don't let the name put you off, it's a good song!
Sounds like the musical overlay on a Cirque du Soleil act...
 yofitofu wrote:
And has some overtones in the harmonica of Supertramp's School.

 
That's what I thought it was at first, too.


The opening is a little Supertrampy.
That bass. . . oh my!
The R-rated Sesame Street song... the one about life on the mean streets, where Mr. Hooper was secretly running an organized crime operation and Oscar was his lookout.
Superb.
 jbuhl wrote:

Yep this movie is a must see.

 
"...when he stops whittling, something's gonna happen."
 OHMish wrote:
Do yourself a favor and see the movie Once Upon A Time In The West, 1968
(this track uses one of the themes) 

 
Yep this movie is a must see.
RP does me a big favour everyday that I listen in. My bank balance thinks otherwise! This track is great stuff.
 
Wow, I really like this. My tastes must be changing. Thanks RP. You're going to cost me even more money in music. 3TB and climbing...
And has some overtones in the harmonica of Supertramp's School.

Do yourself a favor and see the movie Once Upon A Time In The West, 1968
(this track uses one of the themes) 

Mix from one of the best westerns of all time.  If you have not seen Once Upon A Time In The West , check it out


I don't remember ever hearing this, but I previously gave it a 6.
Don't know why, because hearing it now, I really like it. 8.
You had to be there.

And i was. ;-)
good one exciting
Bloody hell. That's the way to sing it
 
 ...and I love it that you say that.!
Bleyfusz wrote:
I love it when music sounds cynical.

 


Yeah, Charles Bronson on his knees before smashing down with his bro over the shoulders ... that is a begining for a great film, everhing else just makes it even better. Agree with your list!
kingart wrote:
the drum with no brain.

I wouldn't say the greatest western ever, yippee. Kai yay.
Shane.
The Searchers.
The Wild Bunch.
To name just a few likely to be mentioned before Once Upon a Time in the West. 

But Henry Fonda is one bad guy you love to hate.  And it certainly is a candidate for the greatest music ever for a movie set in the west. 
 

 


the drum with no brain.

I wouldn't say the greatest western ever, yippee. Kai yay.
Shane.
The Searchers.
The Wild Bunch.
To name just a few likely to be mentioned before Once Upon a Time in the West. 

But Henry Fonda is one bad guy you love to hate.  And it certainly is a candidate for the greatest music ever for a movie set in the west. 
 
 rpdevotee wrote:
This song scares me

 
Ha, that’s too funny  {#Lol}
 hayduke2 wrote:


my favorite Henry Fonda flick

 
Film is a visual medium and music often gets in it's way.  Ennio Morricone's soundtracks do not. 
greatest western ever
Nice ambient take on Morricone. Dig.
This song scares me


my favorite Henry Fonda flick
The Man With No Name checks into Hotel Costes.
 unclehud wrote:

This is not a blatant ripoff.

This album is remixes of Ennio Morricone movie soundtrack tunes.  The "Man with the Harmonica" was the theme song for Once Upon a Time in the West, filmed in 1965 according to IMDB.  (Apparently Gatlinburger and I both failed to read prior comments before posting.)So, it appears this song predated Supertramp by 8 or 9 years, although the remix may indeed have been arranged to mimic Supertramp's soundscape.  If you're suggesting Supertramp ripped off Signore Morricone, well, I completely missed that interpretation of your comment.

 
Yes, and aside from the fact that Supertramp's arrangement was influenced by the work of Ennio Morricone, three notes played on a harmonica does not constitute "a blatant rip-off".  More importantly: why would anyone bother ripping off Supertramp?
 Gatlinburger wrote:
EXACTLY!  I've been listening to 'Supertramp's' "Crime of the Century" since 1974, when it first came out , I believe, or shortly thereafter.  Granted, the harmonica was/is probably the best part...  Someone tell me that this isn't a BLATENT RIP-OFF!!!
 
This is not a blatant ripoff.

This album is remixes of Ennio Morricone movie soundtrack tunes.  The "Man with the Harmonica" was the theme song for Once Upon a Time in the West, filmed in 1965 according to IMDB.  (Apparently Gatlinburger and I both failed to read prior comments before posting.)

So, it appears this song predated Supertramp by 8 or 9 years, although the remix may indeed have been arranged to mimic Supertramp's soundscape.  If you're suggesting Supertramp ripped off Signore Morricone, well, I completely missed that interpretation of your comment.
EXACTLY!  I've been listening to 'Supertramp's' "Crime of the Century" since 1974, when it first came out , I believe, or shortly thereafter.  Granted, the harmonica was/is probably the best part...  Someone tell me that this isn't a BLATENT RIP-OFF!!!
 MsJudi wrote:
Fools me every time, I think it's School, by Supertramp. {#Sad}

 
Exactly! And I would love to hear that now. {#Yes}
Fools me every time, I think it's School, by Supertramp. {#Sad}
Harp riff was also used in a fantastic song by an Australian band from the 1990's called The Clouds.  The song in question (Pocket) is from a terrific album called Penny Century - well worth a listen if you can find it.
 Bleyfusz wrote:
I love it when music sounds cynical.
 

Perfect. And I'm sure the intro was used by The Orb. Little Fluffy Clouds if I'm not mistaken.
Watched the movie very recently. So atmospheric (if a little over done).
I love it when music sounds cynical.
good vibe!!
 
 tallboy1968 wrote:

Harmonica is sampled from Supertramp, yes?  I think it's the opening riff from "School" from Crime of the Century (1974).

Either that, or Supertramp sampled from the same harmonica?

Any experts on this one? 
 
Um, if it sampled it is from 'Once Upon a Time in the West', a Sergio Leone movie with Charles Bronson (as The Man with the Harmonica), Jason Robards, Henry Fonda, Jack Elam, and Claudia Cardinale (drool...)
Awesome!
I immediately thought Ennio Morricone's 'Untouchables' soundtrack from the first wail.
 meauclaire wrote:
Sounds Supertramp-ish
 
Harmonica is sampled from Supertramp, yes?  I think it's the opening riff from "School" from Crime of the Century (1974).

Either that, or Supertramp sampled from the same harmonica?

Any experts on this one? 
 MinMan wrote:
Unless I'm mistaken, the introductory synthesizer tone on this re-mix sounds just like the start of KC's "One More Red Nightmare" on Red.
 

Also sounds like a Radiohead song, can't think of name right now. I think they are both using the exact harmonica sample or something.
Unless I'm mistaken, the introductory synthesizer tone on this re-mix sounds just like the start of KC's "One More Red Nightmare" on Red.
 More_Cowbell wrote:


Is this a comment remix?
 
This is a remix comment comment. A remix comment. A remix comment remix.

Toss
Sounds Supertramp-ish
Nice mix - sort of 'spaghetti dub' :o). 7 from the Nottingham jury.
 milchschnitte wrote:
actually, this gate looks a little bit "placed". {#Lol}

 

 

I guess you'd say, he's bell hung.
MUSIC FOR CINEMAS,
NOT FOR RP.
It's hard to get excited about a loop-based instrumental these days, but given the release date, I'd say this track has aged well.
 doctec wrote:
I always wondered where the little harmonica lick at the start of "Little Fluffy Clouds" (The Orb, 1991) came from!!!
 
omg — thank you!  i was having the hardest time placing the familiarity.....  knew i had heard it somewhere before 
Nah, gotta think back.................waaaaay back to the "Strand" cigarettes adverts in the early 60's for that intro.
And yes, they were discontinued, attributed to the 'too lonely' advertising music.
There is such a thing as irony.

NB I did like this after the intro however, plus the Harlem Nocturne following.

ti quoto anch'io!!!

 
lucanecchi wrote:

I quote myself!!!

 


dmax wrote:

   
I can see you in the morning on your way to schooooooooool....

 
fingerpin wrote:

Haaaaaaaaaaaa! My thought exactly! {#Cowboy}
 

Which reminds me of my second trip to Morocco, way back in summer of '89. Me and my friends were sitting outside a café in the blistering heat, dust clouds rolling by and all, and made comments on each other's faces which where clearly based on certain cinematographic references. And eventually, the owner of the, well: saloon, had nothing better to do than putting on a Supertramp tape.

During the intro, we sat there almost petrified. And then ordered another coffee.



Crime of the century.
But where's the guitar sample from?
This should be part of the soundtrack for Stephen King's The Gunslinger - Part One of the Dark Tower series movie
 lucanecchi wrote:

I quote myself!!!

 

Is this a comment remix?
 doctec wrote:
I always wondered where the little harmonica lick at the start of "Little Fluffy Clouds" (The Orb, 1991) came from!!!
 
And now we know!

 lucanecchi wrote:
Why not the original from Ennio Morricone??

(remix sucks!)
 
I quote myself!!!

 oldviolin wrote:

Great, except he wasn't in this movie.

  And he never rode a burro. Except, MAYBE, in 'Two Mules for Sister Sarah'.


 dmax wrote:
I can see you in the morning on your way to schooooooooool....
 
Haaaaaaaaaaaa! My thought exactly! {#Cowboy}
A very nice rendition for the younger generation!
The original version of this song was spread across the internet during the kazaa/napster days under the title "Last Flowers till the Hospital".  It was supposedly a Radiohead b-side.  For years I thought that was so, until I learned it was actually the theme to a spehgetti western.  Its strange how much the original sounds like a Radiohead track.
Why not the original from Ennio Morricone??

(remix sucks!)
that harmonica takes me Right in the center of the song, into the layers of some odd universe
actually, this gate looks a little bit "placed". {#Lol}

 

 Tattoo wrote:
Grandissimo MORRICONE
 

Indeed
Grandissimo MORRICONE
tobstar wrote:
normally I'd say not as good as the original but quite franky anything that makes me think about Once Upon A Time In The West is a good thing

Oh man yes. That scene where you first see Claudia Cardinale, sticking her head out the window of the train? Holy smokes that woman was hot!

The opening scene, with Jack Elam and the fly, is priceless too. Great movie.

c.

not porcupine tree?

tobstar wrote:
normally I'd say not as good as the original but quite franky anything that makes me think about Once Upon A Time In The West is a good thing
:high-five:
healyf52 wrote:
This is the harmonica riff from the movie "Once Upon A Time in the West". Charles Bronson played this riff as he hunted down the men(Henry Fonda) that killed his dad.
Actually, it was his brother, and the scene (recurring nightmare) where his brother is perched on young Bronson's shoulders with a noose around his neck plays out in the end and the significance of the harmonica is revealed is chilling and vintage Leone.
normally I'd say not as good as the original but quite franky anything that makes me think about Once Upon A Time In The West is a good thing
thewiseking wrote:
Clint needs to ride in here on his burro and blow some muthafuckas away
Great, except he wasn't in this movie.
It's a nice, smooth interpretation. I like it. But doesn't reach the original, which gets more and more haunting as the music goes on - until the climax with the guitar/tubular bells combination.
Clint needs to ride in here on his burro and blow some muthafuckas away
Faith-o-gram wrote:
Once Upon a Time in the West
:yes: That's the one! Thanks! :cowboy:
Once Upon a Time in the West
Great reference! Loved that spaghetti western. Anyone remember the name?
Anything that evokes memories of Claudia Cardinale is a very, very good thing.
The man with the harmonica needs to step away from the microphone, he's driving me crazy!
I always wondered where the little harmonica lick at the start of "Little Fluffy Clouds" (The Orb, 1991) came from!!!
mememu wrote:
Techno-morricone, yeah!
Me likey!
Bought this CD a while ago, and it's amazing. I suggest you pick it up.
Oh yeah, that harmonica blast does it for me everytime, no matter in what shape or form. Bring it on! :devil_pimp:
It's so good to get a really large burst of harmonica - rather than just an enticing little piece peeping out from amongst the other instruments.
healyf52 wrote:
This is the harmonica riff from the movie "Once Upon A Time in the West". Charles Bronson played this riff as he hunted down the men(Henry Fonda) that killed his dad.
LOVE that movie! Especially the LONG opening scene, where you see a close-up of Jack Elam (!!) being bothered by a fly. Priceless. Oh yeah, Claudia Cardinale was pretty hot too, if you happen to LIKE stunning Italian beauties... c.
Fools me everytime... my mind is ready for Supertramp, "I remember..." (OK, maybe I don't... but... there's a song in there somewhere...) :cheesygrin:
I can see you in the morning on your way to schooooooooool....
takes out the mood of the masterpiece. :snooty:
Don't always care for this sort of thing but I think this one actually builds nicely on the mood of the original, rather than cutting and pasting it into oblivion.
Sounds like a video game SNDTRK
froggerwood wrote:
hahahahaha :lol:
This is the harmonica riff from the movie "Once Upon A Time in the West". Charles Bronson played this riff as he hunted down the men(Henry Fonda) that killed his dad.
Not annoying, but it isn't my cup of tea
stevo_b wrote:
Um, no.
But Yes!
Um, no.
nuggler wrote:
Supertramp...?
School
nuggler wrote:
Supertramp...?
funny, I got a weird Supertramp vibe for a moment there too.
Techno-morricone, yeah!
''On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball...''
very good one! :clap:
The harmonica sample is in use on ORB's "Little Fluffy Clouds" as well...it would be cool to follow with it for that reason.