I love it when celebrities turn out to be movie nerds. To celebrate his nostalgia for the “Spaghetti Westerns” of the 1960s and 1970s, music producer Danger Mouse (real name Brian Joseph Burton – the one who was half of the group Gnarls Barkley, not the animated spy rodent) recently released a whole album inspired by the music of Ennio Morricone and other Italian film composers of the era – and he lined up some of his celebrity friends to help.
Here’s a promo trailer that helps to explain the concept behind the album ‘Rome’, which was released on May 17th:
And here are a couple of the songs featuring Jack White and Norah Jones respectively:
I love the idea of this, and I like the Norah Jones song quite a bit. I’m less fond of the Jack White song, but then I’m not much of a White Stripes fan to begin with. Honestly, neither song quite captures the feel of the rest of the album. The purely instrumental pieces tend to be the best stuff. You can sample those tracks on the Amazon download page.
This album makes a good listen after watching the new Blu-ray for Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western masterpiece ‘Once Upon a Time in the West‘. I’ve been grooving to these tunes during my morning commute all week.