One other bit of nitpicking is that one of the fan releases - post The Fan of Reknown's original exclusive, was the combining of the movie version of "The Trio" with the soundtrack album's re-recording. This made for an awkward and redundant listening experience.(Was the movie version of "Il Trio" included on the expanded U.S. edition?) Yet another bit of trivia is on the original cassette versions of THE GBU. At the conclusion of "Il Trio", the opening acoustic guitar returns for a few seconds and then fade off. It sounds intended and part of the original composition, and not the mistake of the recording engineer. Rumor has it that it was the wide availability of The Fan's initially very limited release that convinced EM and the other powers that be to release - at last! - an official extended edition. I was able ask Morricone himself many years ago about more music from The Dollars Trilogy being released, and he tersely answered - with a dismissive wave of the hand as added emphasis, "that it wasn't needed, or necessary."(So there, you lowly, idiot fan of my western music!)
I too used to purchase those mono versions of lps to save a dollar or so, but after hearing true high fidelity stereo recordings on the then pricey system of a NYC upper east side friend(a '60's 1%er family), I was immediately converted to the pricier stereo releases, though it was tough on my meager weekly allowance.
Nick - Thank you for the response. The version I picked up must be the Fan version you spoke of. It has the shortened drumming tract and the main title with and without effects. Main thing is that... more
U.S. extended release (EMI/UA) has the combine Trio cut 7 minutes long, where the solo trumpet flares, then subsides and the guitar continues tnhe the solo trumpet flares again with the musician... more
Two last bits of trivia re the music for THE GBU: Just in case you don't know, there are two "original" tracks from the film that are either rejected alternate arrangements, or rearranged cues for... more