It is the Maestro's first Western score in four decades

Ennio Morricone‘s opening theme to Quentin Tarantino‘s new film, The Hateful Eight, has been released.

Tarantino had originally invited Morricone to score 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. However, the composer was already commissioned to work on Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria. Tarantino instead used existing Morricone tracks for both that film and Django Unchained.

Third Man Records will release a vinyl edition of Morricone’s score.

The soundtrack will be released on December 18, 2015.

The standard vinyl edition of The Hateful Eight will be pressed on two 180-gram LP’s house in a tri-fold reversible jacket with soft-touch finish containing a 60″x12″ poster, a 36″x12″ poster, and a 12-page booklet insert with stills from the film. There will be a limited edition version of the soundtrack released in the future.

The CD and digital version of the soundtrack will be available for purchase worldwide via Decca Records.

The Hateful Eight will open in the UK on January 8, 2016.

Meanwhile, Morricone will tour Europe early in 2016. He will perform at:

January 15, 2016: O2 Arena, Prague
January 17, 2016: Papp Laszlo Arena, Budapest
January 19, 2016: Slovnaft Arena, Bratislava
February 14, 2016: 3Arena, Dublin
February 16, 2016: The O2 Arena, London
February 18, 2016: Lanxess Arena, Cologne
February 20, 2016: Sportpaleis, Antwerp
February 21, 2016: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

The January 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring Paul Weller, David Bowie, Best Of 2015, Roger Waters, Father John Misty, Pere Ubu, Robert Forster, Natalie Prass, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Sunn O))), Jonny Greenwood, Arthur Lee & Love, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and more.

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