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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Location: Tabernas - El Condor Finale


Part 4 of 4

For the last location post, we look at the actual finale sequence of El Condor, where Luke shoots Jaroo in the courtyard of the fortress.










 "What am I doing here?"





The last gold at El Condor (1969 vs 2015)



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Soundtrack Release - Stranger & Gunfighter


Just released by Beat Records in Italy, The Stranger & The Gunfighter (Là dove non batte il sole) makes it soundtrack debut.

Product information from Beat Records below-

We are pleased to release the OST by Carlo Savina for the Spaghetti Westerns ''The Stranger and the Gunfighter'' (original title: ''Là dove non batte il sole'')and ''An Animal Called Man'' (original title: ''Un animale chiamato uomo'')for the absolute first time on CD, in complete edition. 
THE STRANGER AND THE GUNFIGHTER SOUNDTRACK
Carlo Savina wrote an enjoyable OST lasting 40:08 minutes, dominated by three main themes. One is a vibrant orchestral motif in Western-style beat for the character of Dakota, the mature gunslinger played by Lee Van Cleef. It is introduced in the opening credits (Tr.1) and reprised in Tr.10, Tr.13, Tr.21. The second is an oriental style theme for the character of young Wong-Kiang (Lo) with sounds which are sometimes dramatic and heroic (Tr.2, Tr.6, Tr.7, Tr.8, Tr.15). And finally a pleasant love theme for Wong-Kiang and the beautiful Lia-Kua, where the wonderful voice of Edda Dell'Orso (Tr.9, Tr.12) chimes in. There is also no shortage of lounge music like a pop bossa (Tr.3), action music (Tr.19) and the guaranteed saloon pieces (Tr.11, Tr.18). For this recovery and preservation, the stereo master tapes from the original recording session were used. 

TRACK LIST
LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE
01. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Titoli) 1:39
02. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Mistero orientale) 2:24
03. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Bossa nel Far West) 1:29
04. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Momento struggente) 1:13
05. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Atmosfera mediterranea) 1:12
06. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Come in un sogno) 1:25
07. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Sacro e solenne) 2:09
08. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Ho Chiang) 3:42
09. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Tema d'amore in Pop) 3:01
10. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Lo straniero e il pistolero) 1:37
11. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Saloon piano) 1:21
12. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Attimi d'amore) 1:08
13. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Due strani eroi) 1:08
14. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Nuove avventure) 1:18
15. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Sfida mortale) 3:02
16. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Bossa nel West 2) 1:45
17. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Momento struggente 2) 1:11
18. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Saloon orchestrina) 1:29
19. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Pallottole e Karate) 4:03
20. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Chitarra al tramonto) 0:31
21. LÀ DOVE NON BATTE IL SOLE (Ultima sfida e finale) 2:29

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Location: Tabernas - El Condor Fortress - Interior


Part 3 of 4

After checking out the exterior and courtyard, it was time to venture into the most recognizable building of the El Condor set; Chavez's Quarters.  This interior was part of the location set, and featured the downstairs office with fireplace that led to the "gold", as well as the upstairs bedroom know for Marianna Hill's infamous striptease.

Chavez's Quarters


I carefully checked out the bottom floor in 2015, and it was in complete ruin after 45 years.  Much of the set was very recognizable, but had been modified numerous times over the years for subsequent productions that took place at this location.  I did not attempt to go upstairs as it looked like the floor was about to collapse.

Some comparisons below-


 Jaroo enters from outside


 Chavez tells Jaroo where the gold is


 The staircase to the bedroom


Opposite side of the fireplace; the entrance to the gold cave


Pictures of the bottom floor as it appears now.  Click to enlarge.










Although I could not get to the upstairs, here is a comparison shot of the outside window where the infamous striptease appeared.



The fireplace as it appeared in A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die (1972)



Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Location: Tabernas - El Condor Fortress - Courtyard


Part 2 of 4

Following up on the report on the El Condor exteriors, now we move inside the former walls and into the courtyard.  Here we find things in a little better shape.  Two main buildings remain (as seen above).  There are also some traces of the upper wall that meet the last tower.



Chavez's Quarters from El Condor


El Condor carnage - 1969 vs 2018


"Let's just draw!"



Below are the photos of how the location looks today (2015 and 2018).  Click to enlarge.










Panoramic shots.  Click to enlarge.





A few shots from other films-

 A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die (1972)


 A Man Called Noon (1973)


March or Die (1977)



Finally, sunset on the last standing tower of El Condor from 2015... now gone in 2018...




Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Location: Tabernas - El Condor Fortress - Exterior



Part 1 of 4

The fortress of El Condor, was the central set piece for the film of the same name.  Designed by Julio Molina de Juanes and built in 1969, this set outlasted the production of the film and was used heavily throughout the 1970's, and sporadically thereafter, as the set deteriorated over time.  Most of El Condor is gone now, but there is much left that is recognizable from the film.

I visited this location in 2015 and 2018, and the photos showcased are over both trips.

Located very close to the Sweetwater ranch from Once Upon a Time in the West, the fortress took up a large amount of space in the desert.  Despite the appearance of stone, the set itself was made primarily of wood, bamboo, and plaster.  Nearly all of the outer walls are now gone, leaving only a few internal structures intact.


Wide shot of the fallen walls (click to enlarge)


comparison of changes to the terrain


LVC even returned to this location 4 years later for The Stranger & The Gunfighter as seen in the comparison photo below-



Some shots of how it appeared in El Condor-






Below is a gallery of the perimeter of what was once the walls of El Condor as it appears today-








Finally some shots of the exterior from other films-

 A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die (1972)

 A Man Called Noon (1973)

Conan The Barbarian (1981)

2018


Additional reporting will include; the courtyard, interiors, and finale sequence from El Condor.