Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
Just wondering if there are any other people who like listening to film soundtracks (film scores). I don't really mean the songs but the stuff written by composers. I think the first composer I really noticed was Jan Hammer with the music for Miami Vice. The music was so good. Then I got into Hans Zimmer a lot and John Williams and James Horner. There is still good film music out there if you look for it. I like Dear John recently by a composer called Deborah Lurie. I liked the movie and the score is really good to listen to.
Anyone else into film soundtracks? What are your favourites?
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
Oh yes, absolutely.
For me movie soundtracks became a clearly recognizable part of the experience when Star Wars came out and they've been a big part of my music interest ever since.
Recommended soundtrack albums:
• Blade Runner (it provides at least half of the experience there!)
• The Empire Strikes Back (best of the 6)
• Dinosaur (brilliant adventure score)
• How to train your Dragon (just a lot of fun)
• Cutthroat Island (the quintessential pirate score!)
• Coming to America (yes, the Eddie Murphy movie: forget the soundtrack – the actual score is great!)
• The Hunt for Red October
• Dances with Wolves
• Koyaanisqatsi (minimal music - hypnotic!)
• Princess Mononoke
• James Bond theme
• The Pink Panther
• Miss Marple Theme (the old black&white ones with Margret Rutherford!)
• Jurassic Park
• The Persuaders
• Angels in America
• Chuck (end credits)
skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
I am a die-hard John Williams fan, but I occasionally branch out and listen to some Jerry Goldsmith, or anyone else that captures my attention.
-- Seven Years in Tibet (Love the dynamics. While most of Williams' music tends to run on all 8 cylinders, this entire album is laced with soaring themes and then quiet piano/cello duets. A brilliant work.)
-- Indiana Jones (The Raiders March theme)
-- Jurassic Park (Great brass)
-- Born on the Fourth of July (Best trumpet piece I have ever heard)
-- Schindler's List (Itzhak Perlman on the violin... so good.)
-- E.T. (Flying Theme... a very light-hearted work).
And just to prove that I do look beyond Williams on occasion:
Star Trek: First Contact (Ending Credits. Strings and French Horn like none other. Jerry Goldsmith at his best)
Master and Commander (The entire album. Great mix of folk and classical music. One of the main themes is an adaptation of a Boccherini quintet.)
Casino Royale (The theme is great, of course, but I can't get over how good the "City of Lovers" track is. Beautiful strings.)
Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman's music fits the movie like a glove. A great departure from the average score...the Bollywood influence makes for an interesting listen.)
Swadesh (Another A.R. Rahman work. The music is more Indian classical than techno, making it a great listen, if you like that sort of music. Great vocals.)
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5135 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Anything by the late composer John Barry is golden. Barry made the Bond series along with Sean Connery. His successor, Tom Arnold (not sure of first name) is improving and sounding more like Barry for each Bond film. Interestingly enough, in my opinion the worst Bond movie also had the worst soundtrack Live and Let Die. Beatle's producer George Martin had the ball in his court and dropped it. Barry's music carried many of the mediocre 1970's and early 80's Bond films. Of course Barry did plenty of other films including Dances With Wolves. If I ever wrote a novel, had it published and made into a movie I always dreamed of the soundtrack being composed by John Barry.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Many thanks for all the replies. I really didn't think there would be many people who listen to film music in here. I like many of the soundtracks listed. John Barry was very cool. My favourite bond movies and music too were the Living Daylights with Aha and View to A Kill with Duran Duran. I really liked the way Barry took the song and made it part of the orchestral music too. I also really like the Titanic music by James Horner and Deep Impact. I used to listen to it while studying at university a lot.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
Quoting zippyjet (Reply 13): Go on You Tube and also check out the "John Barry 7." They had some cool Ultra-Lounge type late 50's and early 60's instrumentals prior to 007!
Many thanks. I've heard of the John Barry 7 but never checked them out so will do so. I think John Barry used to play brass (though I'm not sure) which is why it features so prominently in his music. I loved the way he did his strings too, kinda blocky but so his style and it worked so well.
petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
For me pretty much anything from John Williams, although it often does sound alike. James Bond as well, often though I find that the best Bond movies have the worst music, but the worst movies the best music. Maybe that's just me. Pirates of the Carribean is good as well.
The Star Trek themes are very good as well. And speaking of TV sci-fi, Christopher Franke's Babylon 5 score is really good as well. And every episode scored seperately for maximum effect, unlike a lot of series (including Star Trek) where the same tune is used for whatever kind of emotion is needed.
For international movies Das Boot (DE) and Soldaat van oranje (NL) are really good as well!
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5135 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
Quoting petertenthije (Reply 16): For me pretty much anything from John Williams, although it often does sound alike. James Bond as well, often though I find that the best Bond movies have the worst music, but the worst movies the best music. Maybe that's just me. Pirates of the Caribbean is good as well.
Please elaborate, break it down for us. Did you mean John Barry. This is the stuff of a spin off thread but, I'd like have your breakdown of the Bond movies; worst movies/best soundtracks and vice verse.