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May 20, 2010
Game: Red Dead Revolver
Song: Lo chiamavano King (aka His Name was King)
Composer: Luis Bacalov
Above: Lo chiamavano King from Red Dead Revolver
This week's release of Red Dead Redemption has put us on something of a Western kick lately, and with good reason: it's an amazing game. As amazing as it is, however, there's one thing from its predecessor, Red Dead Revolver, that we really miss: the soundtrack. While it wasn't heavily advertised at the time, one of the original Red Dead's coolest features was that its music was licensed from old spaghetti-western and exploitation films. And while we don't normally cover licensed tunes in this feature, the game had such a uniquely badass sound - and used such relatively obscure tracks - that we think we can get away with it, just this once.
At the centerpiece of the game was its awesome opening theme, which immediately set the game's grim-yet-ridiculous tone and gave us dramatic introductions to every major character.
As it turns out, the Red Dead Revolver theme is also the opening theme to a 1971 Italian western called Lo chiamavano King (translated as "His Name was King"), which starred Klaus Kinski. And being a theme, there are several versions of it floating around, one of which even has vocals. In RDR, it was joined by music lifted from nearly 30 different films (not all of them westerns), all of which we assume were hand-picked by Rockstar for their memorable awesomeness, like this theme from Suor Omicidi (translated as "Killer Nun"), composed by Alessandro Alessandroni.
Above: Ignore what the title splash says, it's wrong
Great as the music was, though, there's one piece that we're a little sad didn't make the cut, even though it was featured in one of the first trailers for the game (back when it was still a Capcom project): the theme from "Vamos a Matar, Companeros!," a 1970 film with a kickass trailer of its own and a title that translates to "let's go kill, companions!," making its Ennio Morricone-composed theme song a perfect (if somewhat shrill) accompaniment to every action game ever.
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