The Godfather Theme – Original Oscar Winner and Slash’s Guitar Solo

The Godfather Theme Song is an elegant orchestral masterpiece from 1972 that instantly conjures up images of Michael, Sonny, and Don Corleone. The Godfather theme song is known for the rich piano melody, but it’s actually original title was “Speak Softly Love” with lyrics. It was the instrumental version that took home the Academy Award in 1972 and became such a huge pop culture moment.  In addition, director Francis Ford Coppola’s father, Carmine contributed to the soundtrack. As you may remember there was only vocal track on the album, Al Martino’s “I Have But One Heart” sung during the opening’s wedding reception scene.

“THE GODFATHER THEME” – Composer Nino Rota

Twenty years after the movie premiered a very unlikely huge fan of the film brought the movie to new audiences by featuring it on one of the biggest rock tours of the early 90s. During Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion Tour, Axl Rose got a little break on stage and Slash took centerstage for a guitar solo.  His version of the Godfather Theme maintained the elegance of the original version and injected some heavy metal power into the timeless classic.  When Nino Rota composed the version for the soundtrack to the 1972 motion picture, he created such a beautiful aural experience that you’re instantly takes you back in time no matter which version you’re listening to at the moment.