Favorite Scores, Film Composers, Soundtracks...

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Who is your Favorite Film Composer?

Bernard Herrmann
1
3%
John Williams
10
30%
Ennio Morricone
13
39%
Jerry Goldsmith
3
9%
Lalo Schifrin
0
No votes
Danny Elfman
2
6%
Vangelis
2
6%
Elmer Bernstein
0
No votes
Quincy Jones
0
No votes
Harry Manfredini
0
No votes
John Carpenter
0
No votes
Basil Poledouris
1
3%
Akira Ifukube
0
No votes
Pino Donaggio
0
No votes
Giorgio Moroder
0
No votes
Angelo Badalamenti
1
3%
 
Total votes : 33

Favorite Scores, Film Composers, Soundtracks...

Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:43 am

Heres the place to discuss/list your favorite film score composers and movie scores/soundtracks.

Some of my all time favorite film composers:

Bernard Herrmann
Ennio Morricone
Bruno Nicolai
Pino Donaggio
Riz Ortolani
Lalo Schifrin
Danny Elfman
Elmer Bernstein
Vangelis
John Williams
Jerry Goldsmith
John Carpenter
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Postby Adam Balm on Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:45 am

Philip Glass, Vangelis, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:47 am

See? Already I forgot Jerry Goldsmith. haha.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:00 pm

Han's Zimmer.


Joke.


Seriously, thats a Joke.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:03 pm

The Mission - Ennio Morricone

She brings a the tear a to a the Dino's eye, eh?
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:05 pm

Angelo Badalamenti

John Carpenter
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Postby vicious_bastard on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:07 pm

Morricone is the man.
Giorgio Moroder has some crackers under his belt as well - Midnight Express is one of the best. John Carpenter's stuff always works brilliantly with his movies - Escape From New York is a perfect soundtrack.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:11 pm

Oh Winslow I would have totally voted for Badalamenti, why did you leave him off? Three of those guy's I've never even heard of although that doesn't mean they aren't good but still.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:12 pm

I added him. Thats the last poll edit I can do so its out of those fine artists. Cheers!
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Postby thomasgaffney on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:13 pm

I voted for Ennio. The Good, the Bad, and Ugly is one of my favorite soundtracks.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:14 pm

Shit and now I've already voted for Morricone, never mind there really isn't much in it, infact Morricone is probably better.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:15 pm

Morricones in the lead so far with 4 votes! Nice! 8) JL: Morricone still kicks Angelos butt anyway, so no big deal.
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:29 pm

Morricone is brilliant no doubt, but his mucis doesn't always work, e.g Mission to Mars

I went with Williams as I'm having trouble thinking of any bad work of his. I know his newer stuff isn't as dynamic or ariginal but it's still prety badass.

Michael Nyman deserves an honourable mention for the Ravenous score he did with Damon Albarn.
And Carpenter is there but I've not seen anyone big up his Assault on Precinct 13 score, that's a masterpiece of electronica.

The Mission is still probably the best score of all time though.
Elitism is positing that your taste is equivalent to quality, you hate "Hamlet" does it make it "bad"? If you think so, you're one elite motherfucker.
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:35 pm

Aha who could forget Neil Young's Dead Man score.
Fucking Awesome. It inspired "Hunting Bears" from Amnesiac
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:38 pm

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Some of my favorite Morricone scores:

A Pistol For Ringo, The Dollars Trilogy, Navajo Joe, The Big Gundown, Once Upon A Time In the West, A Fistful of Dynamite, Il Mercenario, Companeros, Machine Gun McCain, Violent City, The Thing, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, many more.

I also loved John Carpenters scores for Halloween and Escape From New York as well as Assault.

Lalo Schifrins scores rule: Cool Hand Luke, Enter The Dragon, Charley Varrick, Dirty Harry etc etc.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:44 pm

Jerry Goldsmiths Omen Score is perhaps the greatest of all time, it certainly makes the movie, without the score it would have been completely run of the Mill but the score made the film scary.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:52 pm

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Bernard Herrmann 1911-1975

Cant forget Bernie. This guy did so many awesome scores. From Citizen Kane to Psycho, North By Northwest, Twisted Nerve, Sisters, Taxi Driver.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:54 pm

What about Howard Shore? Cronenberg & LOTR.
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:55 pm

This page has just taken 6 minutes to load, bloody work servers are shit so I'm going home now, but I just thought I'd point this out......

John Barry should be on there for his superb score to The Black Hole!!

Wouldn't you say, Burt?


Kidding, natch - obviously I voted for Badalementi (or however you spell the goddam putz's name
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Postby so sorry on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:56 pm

you guys are fucking amazing, seriously.
I don't know how you retain all this knowledge.
I read threads like this and then i slink back into my tiny little geek movie hole. All i can add is, these movies sound purty!
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Postby ONeillSG1 on Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:57 pm

My god, it is a shame you can only vote for one of those great choices.

I voted John Williams because of his constant level of great symphonic masterpieces. It is just greatness with him. Star Wars (duh), Indiana Jones, ET, Superman, Minority Report (you can call the movie crap, but you can't deny the score's greatness), Jurassic Park, Jaws etc.

Listing the movies which he scored is like listing movies that have received or were nominated for Academy Awards or Golden Globes. He has always had his hand in making greatness.

Second: Morricone, for Harmonica's solos in Once Upon A Time in the West before his battles alone. Everything else in his body of work is a bonus, ultmately showing his creative genius.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:00 pm

So: I guess some people just have retentive memories for different things. Im better at remembering entertainment trivia than anything else. For instance, I dont know alot of sports trivia, but I can remember alot of movie/tv/cartoons type stuff. I guess its mostly because Im really interested in it.

Moriccone is so great because hes worked in all kinds of genres, plus his musical ideas are just brilliant. I mean would Leones films be as good without that iconic music underneath the visuals?

Hes done spaghetti westerns, gialli, polizioteschi, American crime films, sci fi films, romantic films and lots more.

John Williams will always be the king of Hollywood action/sci fi/adventure film scores. His pieces are heavenly. Jaws, Superman, ET, Raiders = timeless masterpieces for sure.
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Postby MasterWhedon on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:06 pm

John f-ing Williams. Easy.

I love his scores when they're simple and pulled back and I love them even more when they're big, bombastic and theme-heavy. I go down the list and I can instantly hum the theme to a dozen of the movies he's scored.

Personal preference, Danny Elfman comes next.

I would like to throw a nod out to Mr. Howard Shore for his brilliant, brilliant work on LOTR. The Ride of the motherfuckin' Rohirrim still moves me to tears. I shit you not, I actually weep at that slow-mo close-up of Miranda Otto.
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Postby ONeillSG1 on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:09 pm

WinslowLeach wrote:So: I guess some people just have retentive memories for different things. Im better at remembering entertainment trivia than anything else. For instance, I dont know alot of sports trivia, but I can remember alot of movie/tv/cartoons type stuff. I guess its mostly because Im really interested in it.

Moriccone is so great because hes worked in all kinds of genres, plus his musical ideas are just brilliant. I mean would Leones films be as good without that iconic music underneath the visuals?

Hes done spaghetti westerns, gialli, polizioteschi, American crime films, sci fi films, romantic films and lots more.

John Williams will always be the king of Hollywood action/sci fi/adventure film scores. His pieces are heavenly. Jaws, Superman, ET, Raiders = timeless masterpieces for sure.


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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:13 pm

ONeillSG1 wrote:We all have our gifts and curses, my friend. We are ahead of the game if we actually know what they are. :)


True that O Neill!
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Postby evolvingsensblty on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:52 pm

Come on, folks:

"Bit By Bit" (Theme From Fletch) and "Fletch, Get Outta Town". Those are guilty pleasures I guess. :oops: I think my favorite score is Basil Poledouris' for Conan. Overall I voted for Herrmann. Ask me tommorrow I might say Morricone.
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:54 pm

Morricone all the way.
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Postby thomasgaffney on Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:57 pm

I REALLY only voted for Ennio cause there's no love for Harold Faltermeyer. WTF! Beverly Hills Cop! Top Gun! Tango & Cash! The afore mentioned Fletch and Fletch Lives! The Running Man! Kuffs!
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:03 pm

I love Axel F. by Harold Faltermeyer. One of the best scores of the 80s!!

LMAO @ Tango and Cash and Kuffs.

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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:22 pm

I've also got to throw a little love Dino's way, Queen did an awsome job on Flash Gordon and Dune had a great Score, was it just Brian Eno or did someone else chip in too?

ETA: Yeah loads of people chipped in.

Brian Eno (prophecy theme)
Roger Eno (prophecy theme)
Daniel Lanois (prophecy theme)
Steve Lukather (as Toto)
David Paich (as Toto)
Marty Paich (additional music)
Jeff Porcaro (as Toto)
Mike Porcaro (as Toto)
Steve Porcaro (as Toto)
Joseph Williams (as Toto)
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:01 pm

MasterWhedon wrote:John f-ing Williams. Easy.


Iffa you like a the Williams anna Star Wars music, then a this a link, she's a for you:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4661664

Around a the 5min mark, he talks about a the Imperial March anna Darth Vader's theme, anna how with a the TPM he had a the chance a to rework a the theme for a the boy Annakin, anna make it young anna hopeful, but foreboding of a the things a to come, eh?
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:07 pm

Curtis Mayfield.

SUPERFLY.

You guys are really sweet for leaving that one open for me.
Personally, I'm an atheist in the voting booth and a theist in the movie theatre. I separate the morality of religion with the spirituality and solace of it. There is something boring about atheism.
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Postby Brocktune on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:13 pm

Carl Stalling
Raymond Scott
Combustible Edison
John Barry
Toru Takemitsu
Masaru Sato
Danny Elfman
Basil Poledouris
Marc Shaiman
John Williams
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:20 pm

Superfly: Thats one of my favorite score/soundtracks! I have it on CD!

Some of my other favorite Blaxploitation songs/soundtracks:

Coffy by Roy Ayres
Foxy Brown/The Mack by Willie Hutch
Shaft by Isaac Hayes
Make A Resolution (from Three The Hard Way) by The Impressions
"Blowin Your Mind" (from Shafts Big Score) by DC Smith
Truck Turner/Three Tough Guys by Issac Hayes
Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye
Are You Man Enough? (from Shaft in Africa) by The Four Tops
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Postby Brocktune on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:24 pm

i forgot Bernard Herrmann and Earth Wind and Fire
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:24 pm

I would a just like a to take a this opportunity to a say that a the James Horner is a the complete hack, eh?

He even a rips offa his own a scores, no?
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:27 pm

Last Temptation of a the Christ - Peter Gabriel
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Postby thomasgaffney on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:30 pm

Gerard Damiano, composer for Deep Throat (1972).
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:43 pm

Nino Rota for The Godfather 1 & 2, La Dolche Vita, Romeo & Juliet....
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Postby wonkabar on Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:25 pm

The Dune soundtracks are fucking killer. I have both. Whoever did the music for Master and Comander was brilliant.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:13 am

As a much as I donna like a the Randy Newman usually, I did a like a his soundtrack for the Pixar "Bug's Life" movie, eh? From a the opening theme's a classic Western flavor to a the Circus themes anna the City themes, he really seem a to relish the task.

Plus, the movie, she hadda the nice tip of a the hat to my "Flash Gordon" flick, with a the grasshoppers a flying inna the sky like a my hawk men...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:51 am

Some more favorites:

Carmine Coppola's score for Apocalypse Now rules too.

Fabio Frizzi's score for The Beyond

Richard Band's score for Re-Animator.

Hideakira Sakaurai/Kumihiko Murai's scores for the Lone Wolf and Cub films.

Alain Gorgaguer's score for La Planete Sauvage

Franco Micalizzi's score for They Call Me Trinity

Basil Poledouris' score for Big Wednesday

David Shire's score for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:29 pm

evolvingsensblty wrote:Come on, folks:

"Bit By Bit" (Theme From Fletch) and "Fletch, Get Outta Town". Those are guilty pleasures I guess. :oops: I think my favorite score is Basil Poledouris' for Conan. Overall I voted for Herrmann. Ask me tommorrow I might say Morricone.


So glad someone mentioned bit by bit -what a fucking great movie Fletch is - and Faltermeyer's theme tune is better than Axel F, in my opinion.

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Postby burlivesleftnut on Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:53 pm

I picked up a Yo Yo Ma/Ennio Morricone collaboration where Yo Yo (or is it just Yo) plays several significant pieces from Morricone's career as a SOUNDTRACKER! Anyway, its a beautiful album.
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:45 pm

Does anyone know how I can get my hands on the bootleg COMPLETE soundtrack to AI:Artificial Intelligence by John Williams?

Not talking about the one in the shops. Talking about the exact score as you hear it in the film, all of the music. Now I know it exists as I've found it on the internet, only for trade and real rare though. It was sent to the Academy Oscars voters at the time. I checked out some bootleg stores in New York and got nothing, but I am told it's out there somewhere.

I'm pretty desperate to get this, so any help would be appreciated.

OR, can you extract the movie's audio from a DVD player, and then seperate music from dialogue?
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:49 pm

Have you tried Limewire or some other filesharing app?
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:53 pm

burlivesleftnut wrote:Have you tried Limewire or some other filesharing app?


Extensively. Searched for Track by track of the actual COMPLETE album. Might try again now you say it.

Also tried Ebay and Google, Amazon and other CD sites.
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Postby RogueScribner on Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:35 pm

Moriccone all the way, though Williams is a close second.
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:43 pm

Know this is late in the game to bring this up, but finally saw Once Upon A Time In The West whilst doing a Medical Trial. The bit where Claudia Cardinale arrives in town off the train then the music starts playing as she rides through town and across the plains of Utah was absolutely beautiful (not being Dumbledore or anything) epic film making at it's best.

So powerful, stirring, emotional and moving, it just reaches the high Heavens so much that I could just cry as those strings played out those long notes, such wonderful crescendos, and was so touched that I just wanted to hug that huge South African Rugby Player sitting next to me. Ah, I'm welling up right now thinking about it.

It may well be the best or most beautiful (can I say that without being Dumbledore and slagged off by the likes of Burl here?) track for a film I've ever heard.
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Best/Most Memorable Movie Score

Postby havocSchultz on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:35 am

ok - did a quick search - couldn't find this topic - find something about some soundtracks - but that's not what i'm getting into - so bear with me - if it is around somewhere else - then call me a douche - tell me you're locking it - delete it - give me a link to post it somewhere else etc... :P

jk... but if it is a double thread - my condolences to all those who have to read through my burbling crap...

now - to the topic at hand - i was watching StarGate Ultimate Edition last night - and i realized - that it was quite a memorable score - i had forgotten about it - and when the actual StarGate theme played - i enjoyed it - worked well fro the bit of mystery and wonder of the film and had a bit of a grand and epic feel to it - so i figured i'd throw this out there and get some opinions on what you people think are the greates and/or most memorable filnm scores of all time - not just songs used - but actual film scores - for example - the original Kong arguably re-defined the way music was used in films and the way they were scored - I believe Once Upon a Time in The West is one of the greates film scores of all time - sure - Teh Good, Teh Bad, and Teh Ugly gets all the press - but the fact that all the main characters in Wesy had their own theme song and they kept intertwining the songs when the characters interacted... ahhhh...Harmonica... or Suspiria has one of the coolest unique film scores by Goblin - just fit that movie perfectly - or my choice for one of the best - if one of the most underrated - black Chrismtas' use of sounds and weird noises mixed with some music to create a truly haunting and creepy score - now i know damn near everything by John Williams (or at least the classics) will be mentioned - which is fine and dandy cause they are great - but i'm also looking for something unique that doesn't get mentioned as much to - so let's open it up - get you guys reminiscing and go to town - and - eventually - if need be - maybe we can get a poll in here and find out what is the greatest/most memorable/most affecting/coolest film score of all time.... have fun and take care...
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