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Saturday, April 22, 2006

CD REVIEW - Per un Pugno di Dollari + more news from Top Dollar PR

Per un Pugno di Dollari
Music by Ennio Morricone
GDM 2066 (Italy)
17 Tracks 38:12 mins

Although it still seems a brief album at just over 38 minutes, Ennio Morricone's groundbreaking score for the first Sergio Leone western is in fact considerably expanded from the original soundtrack release, and features many more tracks personally supervised by the composer and taken from the original masters. The only slight drawback being that the new tracks are in mono rather than stereo. The sound quality remains very good though.
Among the new delights on offer are the dramatic "Ramon;" "Doppi Giochi," which commences with a variation on the galloping bridge from the main title music and ends with the main title theme itself, arranged for flute and guitar;" the menacing drum-lead dramatics of "Scambo di Prigionieri;" the galloping "Cavalcata;" the relentless march with male choir in "Alla Ricerca dell'Evaso;" and the short variation on the main title music which closes the album, and indeed the film itself.
The album is very attractively presented in digipack form, with an accompanying booklet, which sadly doesn't feature any text, just plenty of full colour stills from the film and original poster artwork.




New York - April 21st, 2006 - Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc. today launches the Halo 2 Volume Two Soundtrack Mash Mixer Contest to celebrate the upcoming release of Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume Two in stores on April 25th. The contest runs on the Global Gaming League (GGL) online gaming network at and offers Halo music fans the unique opportunity to mash-up downloadable mixes from Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume Two and submit their remixes online to win special prizes. Visitors to the site are also able to preview clips of the album from the online listening station and purchase individual tracks or the complete album before its official street date.

To get a head start on the competition, registered users are provided with a music "mash-up" mixer designed and supplied by that will allow you to mix and remix the Halo 2 Volume 2 soundtrack in real-time. The user will be able to match beats, cross fade, loop, DJ and record the finished remix live. Exclusive downloadable 'Stem Mixes' will be available from the Halo 2 Volume 2 soundtrack courtesy of Bungie Studios' Audio Director Marty O'Donnell. New stem mixes will be added to the website on a frequent basis so that fans can mash-up their favourite Halo 2 Volume 2 music tracks. The website also offers a selection of optional musical treatments ranging from break beat to deep house. Submissions will be voted on by the community and a panel of celebrity gamers, composers and musicians will review and select the winners. Special prizes range from Xbox 360 systems and PCDJ Pro-DJ equipment to a signed Fender guitar from veteran music producer and Sumthing Else label founder Nile Rodgers.

The Halo 2 Volume Two soundtrack mash mixer contest is promoted by Sumthing Else Music Works, the industry leader for licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, and the Global Gaming League (GGL) with support from Bungie Studios. The website ( was designed and developed by Intellectual Alchemy (IA) and the Global Gaming League, and the music mix player is provided by Visiosonic Ltd.

Halo(r) 2 is the game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of gamers worldwide. In Halo 2, the saga continues as Master Chief - a genetically enhanced super-soldier - is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. For more information visit

About Bungie
Bungie Studios was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games to achieve its real goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it has produced games such as the "Marathon Trilogy," the first two "Myth" games, and the "Halo" franchise, hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. Released in 2004, the award winning "Halo 2" for Xbox has achieved phenomenal success and has sold more than 7.4 million units worldwide. More information on Bungie can be found at

About Nile Rodgers
Award winning record producer Nile Rodgers is one of the most prolific music producers in history. Nile's production accomplishments include such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The B-52's, David Lee Roth, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger and top selling game soundtracks such as Halo(r) 2 Volume One. Records produced by Nile Rodgers have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. As a founding member of the perennial Rhythm & Blues dance band Chic, Nile co-wrote all of their big hits including "Le Freak" and "Good Times," as well as "We Are Family" for Sister Sledge. In addition to records, he has also scored or produced music for numerous films including "Coming to America," "Thelma and Louise," "The Flintstones," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Rush Hour II," as well as a variety of television shows and commercials. Nile is a board member of several organizations including the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

About Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc.
Nile Rodgers started Sumthing Else Music Works (SEMW) as a nationwide record label and creative outlet for independent artists and unique musical projects. Through its affiliated company, Sumthing Distribution, SEMW prides itself on its ability to rapidly and effectively deliver to the marketplace many innovative products. In view of the successes of its previous game soundtrack releases, the company is now considered the leader in this newly emerging musical genre. Accordingly, SEMW has bolstered its commitment to enhancing gamers' overall experience by acquiring many new titles to complement its current catalog of releases.

Microsoft, Bungie, Halo and Xbox are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries, and are used under license from Microsoft.

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Distribution logos are copyright of their respective companies. All other names of products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Global Gaming League
GGL: Global Gaming League is a worldwide leader in organized competitive online and live video game tournaments and events (V-Sports). GGL services its worldwide community of videogame enthusiasts via its state-of-the-art online gaming network, led by its destination website, its year-round live videogame events, and by providing a broad array of gaming-oriented services and content of deep interest to video gamers in the U.S. and abroad. Through these offerings, GGL creates an immersive entertainment experience for a rapidly growing community of connected gamers. For more information, visit

About Intellectual Alchemy
Founded in 2000, Intellectual Alchemy is a trend-setting multimedia and information technology firm specializing in custom, enterprise-level business solutions and website content management systems. Sound thinking, scalable design, and innovative programming are the hallmarks of IA. Continually blurring the line between form and function, Intellectual Alchemy constantly innovates; forging ahead to provide creative, able solutions to the complex needs of today's businesses. For more information about Intellectual Alchemy, visit

About PCDJ

PCDJ was founded in 1999 and developed the first dual MP3 media mixing software for use by professionals worldwide. PCDJ is recognized as the leader in the mixing and live performance of digital music files. The PCDJ product line has grown tremendously and has developed professional DJ mixing hardware, Video mixing, Karaoke and Club lighting control systems. PCDJ is now used by some of the most influential DJs and clubs all over the world. PCDJ is now in development of a consumer line of product and is aiming to bring fun and creative music mixing software to all the young DJ enthusiasts.


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