Ennio Morricone, Busiest Octogenarian in the Music Industry, Signs New Record Deal

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What? You thought Ennio Morricone was going to stop creating his dolce, dolce music just because he's well into his eighties? Sbagliato! The prolific Italian composer has signed a record deal with Decca, which will release Morricone 60 on October 7. The curated album will comprise new, re-recorded versions of the greatest compositions from his decades-spanning career — such as "The Fortress" from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and "Death Theme" from The Untouchables which were conducted by Morricone and recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. "After the success of The Hateful Eight score, I’m delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal  an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year," he said in a statement. "It’s been a wonderful experience to be able to conduct my scores and to record these with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The quality of their performance of my work is truly outstanding." We're listening to his Oscar-winning The Hateful Eight score once again in celebration.