Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's 'Dimensioni Sonore' Gets First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

The towering library masterpieces will be packages together in a sprawling 10-LP box set

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Aug 20, 2020

While Italian soundtrack legend Ennio Morricone may have left us in body last month, the composer's work will live on forever. And just for a little proof of that, some of his most obscure and highly sought-after works will at last be reissued, as his Dimensioni Sonore output will be collected together once again in a vinyl box set.

Made alongside longtime collaborator Bruno Nicolai for RCA in 1972, all 10 volumes of Dimensioni Sonore — the pair's highly ambitious series of library albums — are being assembled to make for their first-ever collective vinyl reissue. The extensive set is arriving via the Dialogo label, with copies expected to ship out in late September.

For the unfamiliar, Dimensioni Sonore is described like this:

Among the most important figures in 20th century Italian music, Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai each forged distinct and unexpected creative paths that were entirely tuned to the eras through which they worked; radical and forward thinking composers, who activated vast new worlds of possibility via the mediums of film and television. Morricone has long held legendary status for his soundtrack and library music work, as well as his explicitly avant-garde and experimental endeavours within the seminal collective, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, but Dimensioni Sonore — a sprawling body of recordings originally issued by RCA in 1972  — holds equal distinction as a historically prescient illumination into the slightly lesser known efforts of Nicolai, and their groundbreaking importance of his work. 

Two versions of the set will be made available: a deluxe box set and a 10-LP vinyl bundle.

As a pre-order now live on Soundohm explains, the deluxe box set includes the following:

- 10 vinyl LPs, replica of the original RCA LP
- 10 CDs 
- a 48-page sewn-bound large book (LP size)
- 1 large poster on high-quality paper
- screen-printed tote printed on an ethically-produced 100% cotton
- handmade linen box set 
- Original liner notes include writings by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Leone, Elio Petri, Giuliano Montaldo, and Gillo Pontecorvo and a new article by renowned musicologist Maurizio Corbella exploring in detail this edition. Carefully remastered from the original analogue tapes and coming in a lavish presentation, this is an essential release which fully showcase the state of the art of Library Music in Italy during the early '70s, and nothing less than a timeless masterpiece.

The deluxe version is limited to 200 copies, while the 10-LP bundle will be limited to 300. You can now pre-order the deluxe edition, as well as the regular bundle, now via Soundohm, where you can also listen to sound samples from the set.

As previously reported, Morricone passed away on July 6 at the age of 91. Nicolai, meanwhile, passed away in 1991 at age 65.

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