Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: il Triellodotdotdotdot
il Triello is a wonderful nod to the spaghetti westerns of Ennio Morricone. It's not covers, but it is much like a tribute to his genius. Three artists contribute three tracks each. Simply excellent!
Picks: Los Fantasticos - Iron Horses, A Hard Day For The Magnificent 7, Last Stand, The Man From RavCon - Echo Canyon, I Live, You Die, The Nematoads - Deadwood Revisited, La Senora del Muerte, The Battle of Gonzales

Track by Track Review

Iron Horses dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Throbbing tremolo and cowboys rhythms create images of haunted cactus rides. Some very cool drum work, as well as several guitar styles and sounds blend for an engaging and invigorating ride. Really cool string swipes add rock torture to the mix.

A Hard Day For The Magnificent 7 dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Sad and proud, "A Hard Day For The Magnificent 7" flows easily across a scene of victory at a high price. Splendid guitar and bass work, and very well thought out drums. Superb!

Last Stand dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Surf guitar and distant Mexican horns create an interesting funeral-like scene, and once the military drums and long bass notes come in, "Last Stand" takes on even more drama. This is a very effective track!

Echo Canyon dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

"Echo Canyon" is a slow moving, mournful number with western written all over it. A very simple arrangement works quite well to support the melody and convey the imagery. Very nice!

I Live, You Die dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Classic spaghetti melody in the Ennio Morricone tradition, including the eventual inclusion of a male chorus. Very cinematic!

Almeria dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This is a slow moving number with a sad feeling and sound. It's very much in the spaghetti groove, with western surf tone and almost spooky, funeral-like imagery.

Deadwood Revisited dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Horns add a Mexican splash to "Deadwood Revisited." It is an interesting arrangement, with a chorus and seriously spaghetti western structures. Only the ambient drums keep "Deadwood Revisited" from another star.

La Senora del Muerte dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Drums slowly rise from the fog, with guitar and horns complimenting each other dramatically. It's clear that a lot of development went into the arrangement and writing. "La Senora del Muerte" has Mexican and spaghetti elements intertwined artfully. I like this a lot.

The Battle of Gonzales dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Feedback mimics church bells peeling while drama oozes in this very sad spaghetti western epic. Big ringing chords are slightly tremoloed, and exuberant celebratory shouts ride amidst strong rock guitar tone. "The Battle of Gonzales" is thoroughly enjoyable, with solid edge, a few double picked lines, and a thick wash of sounds. It meanders between faster and slower segments to add to the cinematic feel. Great track!