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Your top Movie soundtracks

Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:39 pm

What ones stand out for you? Can be entirely orchesrated, band recorded or a bit of both.

Mine would be:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Why? its one emotional score. James Horner was the Sci-Fi music king. He could do sad, funny, action all in one go.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Why? Because, again, its a very emotional score, especially the ending, when all four ride off into the sunset. What I call 'The Crusader's Last Ride'.
Back to The Future - Why? Alan Silvestri's score complimented the 50's setting, along with the music used from the era (The Ballad of Davy Crockett, Mr Sandman) created something that belonged in the fifties and the 80's at the same time (The Power of Love).

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Re: Your top Movie soundtracks

Post by Grizzly » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:53 pm

this will be obvious but i love every part of the star wars score. particularly in empire strikes back when the falcon is dodging asteroids, absolutely epic!
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Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:56 pm

Funnily enough, thats also in my pick of movie soundtracks. Everything about it felt.....right.
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Post by ToxieDogg » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:24 pm

Grizzly wrote:this will be obvious but i love every part of the star wars score. particularly in empire strikes back when the falcon is dodging asteroids, absolutely epic!
That's a phenomenal bit of music. :) I also love the 'March Of The Empire' theme and.....whatever your thoughts of the actual movie itself.....the 'Duel Of The Fates' theme from The Phantom Menace.

I loved the soundtrack for The Lord Of The Rings trilogy too.

I also tend to like a lot of Danny Elfman's stuff. The theme for Tim Burton's Batman was superb, the 'March Of The Dead' from Army Of Darkness sticks in my mind a lot as well
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Post by TheDude18 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:42 am

I'm a big John Carpenter fan - I like most of his own soundtracks (bar Ghosts of Mars as it just doesnt......work)

Noteable standouts are Halloween and Assault on Precinct 13. They create a sense of foreboding and dread.
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Post by yakmag » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:14 am

Gladiator
Aliens
Last of the Mohicans
Heat

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Post by djcarlos » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:46 am

The Fight Club score by the Dust Brothers is excellent.
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Post by firebreather » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:33 am

The ones i own are
Lost Boys
LOTR
Dune
Gladiator
Star Wars
300

The 300 soundtrack once caused me to have an accident when i was cycling, had it on my ipod and was cyling to the tempo of the 1st track, took a roundabout too fast and skidded out, now that hurt :(
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Post by jdanddiet » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:12 am

ah my second favourite subject!

Scores:-

Way of the Gun - Joe Kramer
The Saint - Graeme Revell
A Beautiful Mind - James Horner
28 Days Later - John Murphy
Ocean's 12 - David Holmes
Predator 2 - Alan Silvestri
Starship Troopers - Basil Poledouris
The Bourne Identity - John Powell
Alien3 - Eliot Goldenthal
Black Hawk Down - Hans Zimmer
Goldfinger - John Barry
Inside Man - Terence Blanchard
The Perfect Storm - James Horner
Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
Snake Eyes - Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Re: Your top Movie soundtracks

Post by homgran » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:13 am

I'm with you on Back to the Future -- Alan Silvestri's orchestral score is amazing!! I still can't understand why it's never been available to buy. :?

I'm also a big fan of Scorsese's "pop" soundtracks (which often pick tracks from the late-60s/early-70s). For example, Goodfellas and Casino have incredible soundtracks (unfortunately, in the case of Goodfellas, most of the best tracks aren't even on the soundtrack CD). Similarly-styled soundtracks (which are also among my favourites) include Zodiac and Bobby.

I can't possibly miss out George Martin's stunning soundtrack to Live and Let Die. That's one of the funkiest soundtracks I've ever heard. Track #2 is a little bit out of place (it's the only one that wasn't arranged by George Martin), but other than that it's all top-drawer stuff! The way he merges orchestral strings and brass with jazz-influenced rhythms is simply breathtaking -- it sometimes goes from dreamy to slightly chilling and then on to flat-out funky within a single track. Try to get the version with the bonus tracks, they're well worth it. An overlooked classic, in my opinion.

Speaking of funky, there were quite a few cool blaxploitation soundtracks in the early 70s. They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! and Gordon's War immediately spring to mind...

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Post by rainbird rich » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:51 am

It's so hard to narrow it down to individual tracks from a movie score, as I have hundreds and listen to them constantly. However, if I have to (in no particular order):

The Asteroid Field (John Williams, The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
Ilia's Theme (Jerry Goldsmith, Star Trek The Motion Picture, 1979)
Superman Main Title March (John Williams, Superman The Movie, 1978)
The Trees (Jerry Goldsmith, Medicine Man, 1992)
Alien Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith, Alien, 1979)
Swimming (James Newton Howard, Waterworld, 1995)
John Dunbar Theme (John Barry, Dances with Wolves, 1990)
Blade Runner Main Title (Vangelis, Blade Runner, 1982)
Dark Crystal Overture (Trevor Jones, The Dark Crystal, 1982)
Last of the Mohicans Main Title (Trevor Jones, Last of the Mohicans, 199?)
Flying (John Williams, ET The Extra Terrestrial, 1982)
Battle Beyond the Stars Main Title (James Horner, Battle Beyond the Stars, 1980)

... and dozens, nay hundreds more!
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Post by the_hawk » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:32 am

Return of the Living Dead
Team America World Police
Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny
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Re: Your top Movie soundtracks

Post by psj3809 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:21 am

Currently have..

Lost Boys - Some very good songs on it
Star Wars - Tons of memories
Pulp Fiction - Not as good as 'Dogs but still excellent
Reservoir Dogs - Classic
Rocky IV - Brings back great memories
Beverley Hills Cop - LOVED this as a kid, re-bought it recently, still superb

Really do like (ahem) Top Gun ! Brings back memories !

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Post by the_hawk » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:32 am

All Excellent choices there psj3809
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Re: Your top Movie soundtracks

Post by Doddsy » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:30 am

I do like my movie soundtracks as they inspire my C64 remixes. There was a good movie soundtrack shop in Leeds don't know if its still there these days.

Some of the ones I own are;

Bladerunner - 25 Aniversary edition (my fav soundtrack ever!)
1492 Conquest Of Paradise
Chariots Of Fire
Les Granges Brulees - A Jean Michel Jarre early soundtrack
Fight Club
Predator
The Running Man
Heat
Indiana Jones Raider Of The Lost Ark and Last Crusade
StarWars Ep I,III, IV,V
Black Rain
ManHunter
Ghostbusters
Twin Peaks/Fire Walk With Me
Scarface
The Terminator
Dune
The Matrix
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