The Ecstasy Of Gold

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  • This orchestral piece was written by Ennio Morricone for the 1966 Clint Eastwood movie The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. The song is associated with a tense showdown.
  • Metallica uses this as an intro to its live shows. They recorded the song with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for their S&M album.
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Comments: 5

  • Mike from Denver, Coepic opening for any show. epic song! i think the original piece sounds better for MetallicA uses it for. plus the original just sounds better :P
  • Hetfield from Port Louis, MauritiusLovely n heart touching music...
  • Dave from Mech., Mdthis song isnt associated with a tense showdown, anyone who's seen the movie would know that. in the movie, this song plays as Tuco excitedly searches through the cemetary searching for the gravestone where the money is. he is feeling ecstasy while searching for gold ;)

    best song ever btw
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyEnnio Morricone's original piece for the movie is magnificent; Metallica does a good rendition, but if you've enjoyed the original first, the rock group's rendition doesn't quite make it. You can compare the two versions on YouTube.
  • Luke from Sydney, Australianice opener
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