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    Think it would be useful to have great sounding film music in one place. List your favorites.

    - Gladiator
    - Star Trek
    - Blade runner
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  • #2
    I think we did some of this, but I'm too tired to look. Likely multiple John Williams compositions will appear...

    Here is my favorite from JW.



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    • #3
      i cut and pasted this from a list I compilied several years ago and haven't updated it in a while - lots missing. in general I'm an admirer of Goldsmith, Horner, Barry, Williams, Herrmann and Morricone and would include many other OST by those composers. The first four were recorded in the UK by none other than Kenneth Wilkinson with sonics to match.

      Max Steiner - Casablanca: The Classic Film Scores for Humphrey Bogart, Charles Gerhard, NPO
      Bernard Hermann - Citzen Kane: The Classic Film Scores, Charles Gerhard, NPO
      Franz Waxman - Sunset Boulevard: The Classic Film Scores, Charles Gerhard, NPO
      Erich Korngold - The Sea Hawk: The Classic Film Scores, Charles Gerhard, NPO
      John Barry - Dances With Wolves, UK
      James Horner - Glory, Classic reissue
      James Horner - Willow
      Jerry Goldsmith - Chinatown
      John Williams – The Missouri Breaks
      Alan Silvestri - Who Framed Roger Rabbit, white cover 1st press
      Giorgio Moroder - Cat People
      Hans Zimmer - Gladiator, 45 rpm ORG
      Alfie - Oliver Nelson/John Coltrane
      Let's Get Lost - Chet Baker (documentary)
      Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud - Miles Davis
      Crossroads - Ry Cooder
      The Border - Ry Cooder
      Mo Better Blues - Branford Marsalis
      Hatari - Mancini
      Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue Vol. I (documentary), 1st press or reissue
      various - Dead man Walking, Classic reissue
      various - The Hot Spot, 45-rpm APO
      Pat Methany - The Falcon And The Snowman
      Eric Clapton - Rush (1992) Korean press
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      • Bill Hart
        Bill Hart commented
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        Paris Texas is also a good one.
        Repo Man if you want one hardcore punk album that covers all the bases.
        Both featured Harry Dean Stanton.
        Who was The Man.
        I also like Oh Brother Where Art Thou, even though it is not a sonic wonder- it has some great performances, sound is fine, just not spectacular in the vein of some of these audiophile notables.

      • Rob
        Rob commented
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        ill check out repo man. I have Oh Brother on clear vinyl, the soggy bottom boys are a hoot.

        agreed on Paris Texas, good Ry Cooder score but the film...i dare you to sit through it without falling asleep. I tried watching it at least three times and still dont know how it ends

    • #4
      This was recently released from TAS:
      Vbr,

      Sam

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      • #5
        I'll add most of Wagner. No examples, he was a little ahead of his time.
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        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          I wouldn't doubt if you hear Wagner's music woven into modern movie music themes. Williams has been cited many times for plagiarising other composer's work
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtRU8cMp0Nk
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMFNABbqWCw
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfzqxCshIaY

        • 1morerecord2clean
          1morerecord2clean commented
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          Let’s not forget James Horner’s The Right Stuff in which he lifts Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto or Han Zimmer Gladiator in which he steals a section of Wagner’s Das Rhinegold. As they say, plagiarism is the best form of flattery as long as it isn’t more than four measures as defined by ASCAP I think?

        • tima
          tima commented
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          Austrian Korngold loved him some Wagner.

      • #6
        Soundtracks are one of my favorite categories. I like Rob's list and others listed above and would add:

        The Pink Panther
        The Mission
        The Sound of Music
        The Emerald Forest
        Casino Royale
        The Flight of the Condor
        Hatari
        Whiplash
        La La land
        Crossroads
        Star Wars
        Room 1, Room 2, Office

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        • Bill Hart
          Bill Hart commented
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          I used to play The Mission quite a bit. Particularly liked the Ave Maria. Morricone is a genius.
          Have Italian copies of some of the old spaghetti western soundtracks.

        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          me too, I forget which cut but the section with the pan flute and 'bombo' for dramatic effect. true that, he is a genius.

      • #7
        Local Hero is one of my faves. Mark Knopfler.
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        • #8
          My all-time favorite and currently writing a lengthy album review for it as we speak
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          • Rob
            Rob commented
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            I like the Harry Connick jr rendition of Stompin At the Savoy, the upright bass really swings on that cut. for that matter all of the Connick Jr cuts are great, that record made him a star.

        • #9
          John Williams, James Horner, and Hans Zimmer have a lot of classics... Horner's Glory Soundtrack, Zimmer's Crimson Tide, and most of the John Williams Spielberg film scores are all superb. Couldn't pick just one.

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          • #10
            If we add Broadway Musicals/Movie Adaptations, then I would add:

            Cats, 1981 Broadway Cast with Betty Buckley as Grizabella, a bravura performance
            The Phantom of the Opera, with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum
            The Fantasticks, with Joel Grey, Jean Louisa Kelly

            And how can I forget some more music oriented movies:
            Woodstock
            Yellow Submarine
            A Hard Days Night
            The Last Waltz
            Xanadu
            Room 1, Room 2, Office

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            • #11
              As mentioned, plagarism is a sincere form of flattery and James Horner may be one the most sincerest film score flatterists, reusing bits and pieces of his own work continually. Others do it too, but Horner is really really sincere. :-) One of his works you find in almost everything else he did is this one. I don't think the original and best Alien (singular) movie had a soundtrack or if it did it I have not found it.

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              I find listening to this in the dark more scary than watching the first movie.


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              • Bill Hart
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                Nuke 'em from space, it's the only way to be sure.

            • #12
              For something different....

              Soundtrack to an imaginary movie with an homage to spaghetti Westerns


              Also like this one...

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              • Paul S
                Paul S commented
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                Rome is great, never seen the film though!

              • Joe Pittman
                Joe Pittman commented
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                I Love the movie High Fidelity, particularly his autobiographical record filing system.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQvOnDlql5g

              • jazdoc
                jazdoc commented
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                So we are walking out of the theater after watching "High Fidelity"...

                My wife "Guys don't really think like that, do they?"

                Me "Uh, yes, we do"

            • #13
              I do like a lot of Lisa Gerrard's music for Ron Fricke's films, and our local Nick Cave's scores to many gritty films.
              http://www.z-axisaudio.co.uk/

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              • #14
                I think the focus here is on sonics, so these probably don't count:
                "Ill Wind" from Cotton Club
                "She's Calling Me" from Baghdad Cafe
                Both tracks are haunting.

                Diva- '80s cult film (deliberately quirky mystery -arty-)
                The Hidden -'80s cult film (alien with a penchant for Ferraris)
                and of course, that classic, The Third Man, with the weird zither music by Anton Karas. One of my favorite movies.

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