Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2127 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, 20901 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2090 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 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2066 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, 4742 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2036 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 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2028 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 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2020 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, 3239 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1997 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, 4742 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1931 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.
AviRaider From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 165 posts, RR: 0 Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
I love listening to soundtracks, it really is the silent hero, pun intended, of the movie experience, if done properly. I would say in general I like themes that are more about action than say love themes or slow moving themes. Here's my list, at least what I can think of.
The Hunt for the Red October
The Dark Knight
Crocodile Dundee (Such a fun score)
Delta Force (The score is the star of this movie)
Star Trek First Contact
The Last of the Mohicans
Death on the Nile
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
The Boy in Striped Pajamas
The Never Ending Story
Naked Gun Series
North by Northwest
Robing Hood Men in Tights
How the West Was Won
To Kill a Mockingbird
Paint Your Wagon
Indiana Jones series (especially like the Last Crusade)
Around the World in 80 Days
Dances Wth Wolves
Back to the Future series (I like the third the best)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Thelma & Louise
Rookie of the Year
The Right Stuff (one of my favorites of all time)
Air Force One
Clear and Present Danger
Sum of All Fears
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
The Perfect Storm
The Lion King
Toy Story series
Passenger 57 (Awful movie but great score)
The Magnificent Seven
The Three Amigos
The Alamo (1960 version)
Back to School
Planes Trains and Automobiles
Born on the Fourth of July
Days of Thunder
Strategic Air Command
Coming to America
Master and Commander
Lawrence of Arabia
Flight of the Phoenix
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of OZ
Gone With the Wind
Driving Miss Daisy
Band of Brothers
National Lampoons Vacation series
Joe Versus the Volcano
Courage Under Fire
Dinner for Schmucks
A League of their Own
Angels in the Outfield
Wild Wild West
Mr. Holland's Opus
northstardc4m From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 40 Reply 27, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
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One of my favorite instrumental songs is from the closing credits to Dune, Take my Hand by Toto (like everything else in the movie), though the entire soundtrack is one of my favorites.
Also have had a soft spot for Live and Let Die for most of my life, best Bond theme song ever.
Top Gun sound track, especially the anthem and Highway to the Dangerzone.
A few honorable mentions for themes (no real order...):
Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back would be the best overall score wise)
Classic bonds: From Russia with Love, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (All the time in the world, not the opening credits), Diamonds are Forever, A View to a Kill, Man with the Golden Gun and License to Kill
"new" bonds: Goldeneye and Casino Royale, but neither would hold a match to the classic ones IMHO.
Earth Star Voyager (don't ask why, I just have a thing for synth sci-fi)
Star Trek IV
The Great Escape
Theres probably alot more... but I need to get some work done.
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Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 20901 posts, RR: 55 Reply 28, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1863 times:
Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 27): One of my favorite instrumental songs is from the closing credits to Dune, Take my Hand by Toto (like everything else in the movie), though the entire soundtrack is one of my favorites.
Also a good one that gets a little underrated in part because Randy Edelman had to step in to help Trevor Jones finish the soundtrack after the decision was made to go from an electronic score to an orchestral one. My favorite tracks off that soundtrack:
rampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2871 posts, RR: 7 Reply 40, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1695 times:
Great question and topic! I'm a longtime movie score maven.
My recent favorite CD is a collection of scores from Westerns, "The Wild West" from quite old to very recent, recorded by The Prague Symphony (of all things!). There's a 2nd volume, but I like the first one best. Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, and Ennio Marricone are classic. Surprisingly (not because they're good, but because their other works in other genres get more attention) are the overtures for...
The Coyboys, probably one of John William's best multidimensional work; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQdHVALhr6c
and Wild Rovers, by Jerry Goldsmith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBTuxnPzd4o, which also has hints of "The Waltons", but be sure to check out the rousing and complex overture, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct_YPJiaAlo)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 did a soundtrack to the movie about Pele.
He even managed to drag in the soccer player Pele to sing on the album. He's probably the only athlete that could sing as well even though he sounds a bit drunk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cID00cdX5yQ
All the James Bond themes are magnificent. Paul McCartney & Wings as well as Duran Duran did a spectacular job with their James Bond themes.
Other rock artist that did sound scores were Queen and Journey.
Journey did a sound score to a Japanese movie that was never translated in to English and the album is unknown to most people except hard-core Journey fans.
Try to check out the Dream After Dream album by Journey.
Here are a few songs from that album which sounds hardly anything like anything else Journey had recorded.
cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7724 posts, RR: 55 Reply 45, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
Amazed that no-one has mentioned Tangerine Dream, one of my favourites. As well as classic electronic albums such as Phaedra, Force Majeur and Underwater Sunlight, they have scored tonnes of great movies including Risky Business, Firestarter, Near Dark, Sorcerer, The Keep, Thief etc.
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8): Dude, I had the original Airport on vinyl! Decca label, I think.
My copy is on orange Decca. Airport 1975 is a banger, on MCA. Have never found Airport 77 or The Concorde Airport 79 on vinyl, which is surprising, esp cos the latter was by film score legend Lalo Schifrin, one of the all-time greats of film music and one of my favourites. He is known for Mission Impossible, Bullitt, Enter The Dragon, Dirty Harry etc etc.
Quoting tugger (Reply 15): The TRON soundtrack by Daft Punk is very good.
Have bought this on LP but still in shrink wrap, saving it up.
daviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 445 posts, RR: 1 Reply 48, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
I assume you mean background music, not actual scores for movie musicals.
They are probably mentioned above already, but Lawrence of Arabia, Gone With the Wind, and The Godfather simply wouldn't be as great as they are without their incredible background music. The music for Lawrence almost brings you right into the sweeping desert; the GWTW music evokes the end of an entire way of life; The Godfather is almost operatic.
As for Wizard of Oz - would you believe that on a recent Alaska cruise, I was reading the daily bulletin to see if there were activities for my kids. I came across a party called "Friends of Dorothy." I had no idea what that meant, so I asked the cruise director. He said "Friends of Dorothy" is a code word for a gay get-together!!