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  • Dagored / 2004 / 26:57

One of many spaghetti westerns about the Mexican revolution, Tepepa stars Tomas Milian in the titular role, with support coming from John Steiner as a doctor and Orson Welles (!) as an army colonel.  Ennio Morricone’s fine score is not one of his better-known westerns, but well worth seeking out.  It opens with the Mexicana of the main theme, “Viva La Revolucion” – the melody itself begins gently, becoming increasingly stirring as it goes on.  It’s a really fine piece, (literally) lacking the bells and whistles of the composer’s best-known western themes but wholesome and evocative and really rather wonderful.

The second theme, “Tepepa e Price”, features a warm flute melody and a great deal of character.  “Tradimento Primo” is disarmingly straightforward, guitar strumming over modest orchestral backing, before another wonderful theme appears in “A Meta Strada”, a warm string theme full of nostalgia given a Mexican flavour thanks to the guitar.  “Al Messico Che Vorrei” is a beautiful folk song performed by Christy, whose powerful vocals combine with a terrific trumpet solo.  “Una Rosa” is a brief but flavourful piece of mariachi source music, ushering in the second half of the score which is a little darker than the first, with a couple of effective suspense cues.  This is one of Morricone’s most laid-back western scores, but even without the usual showmanship there is tremendous quality here, and it makes for a simply lovely album which I couldn’t recommend more highly.  There have been a couple of expanded versions since this Dagored album was released in 2004, but this is probably the easiest version to find.  ***** |

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  1. Mastadge (Reply) on Saturday 28 July, 2012 at 22:10

    Thanks for all the recent Morricone coverage. With such of a high percentage of his scores being for foreign films without much domestic exposure, it can be hard for the casual fan to decide what to try.

  2. James Southall (Reply) on Sunday 29 July, 2012 at 01:03

    Thanks for saying that – that’s my intention. I’ve got at least a hundred unreviewed Morricones in the collection – some of them absolutely brilliant – so I hope to review a lot more yet.

  3. Robin Fiander (Reply) on Friday 21 September, 2012 at 07:39

    This should be your main priority in life; it is an essential social service ha ha!

  4. ItaloScores (Reply) on Wednesday 16 November, 2016 at 13:08

    A great little Western score with a killer main title track. Here are my thoughts about the score: