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Soundtrack review: Sabata 2 (Marcello Giombini and Bruno Nicolai)

The second movie of the “Sabata trilogy” was titled “Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di…”, roughly translated as “Indio Black, you know what I’m going to tell you … You’re a big son of a ….”) and Yul Brynner took the title role from Lee van Cleef who starred in the first and third movie. Sabata is hired by a guerrilla leader to steal a wagonload of gold from the Austrian army. However, when Sabata and his partners obtain the wagon, they find it is not full of gold but of sand, and that the gold was taken by someone else. Sabata plans to steal back the gold. The score was written by Bruno Nicolai.

The score for the first movie was a really nice surprise and I’m expecting big things from this one as well. Contrary to that first score this one opens very traditionally with whistling and vocal inserts. The riding rhythm and the horns follow in what becomes a classic western main theme. It’s textbook but that doesn’t make it less enjoyable. It’s surprising to me that the extra little things that made the first Sabato work so well are gone here. I like the score but based on nostalgia because it sounds just like my favorites western scores, almost note for note. If I would have stumbled upon a cue like “Main theme #2” without knowing who wrote it I could have bet it was Morricone.

The main theme is catchy as hell though and fits so well with my spaghetti western ideal that I don’t really care that it’s not original. It’s also present in sever different variations on this release. There aren’t many different themes in “Sabata 2”, just versions of the main one, the action theme or the suspense motif.

I won’t be able to tell this score from the more famous ones in the genre but I was looking for a good old fashioned western composition and I cannot complain; this is exactly what I got here. I am having fun listening to this even if even the vocal inserts calling “Indio black” sound and feel exactly like the similar parts of “For a few dollars more”. I think what happened was that nobody had high expectations of the first movie and the composers were allowed to just come with their own beautiful vision of the music. Sabato 1 was a hit and they even changed the title of the sequel to make sure people knew it came from the same franchise and I suppose they asked the composers to come up with a score that will sound like “The dollars trilogy” to help audiences connect.

Cue rating: 91 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 28 / 59

Album excellence: 47%

Highlights:

The big fight

Main theme #2

Suspence sequence

Main theme #4

Stompede

Main theme #5

Main theme #6

Main theme #7

Pastorale

Action sequence #2

End theme

Theme – piano version

Side B

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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