Favorite Film Score Soundtracks

RockoxRockox Road Warrior
edited July 2012 in Less Rokk More Talk
Does anyone here listen to film score soundtracks? What are your favorites? Here are some of mine:

Alien 3 - Elliot Goldenthal
The Fountain - Clint Mansell
Amelie - Yann Tiersen
Poltergeist - Jerry Goldsmith
The Dark Crystal - Trevor Jones
The Usual Suspects - John Ottman
The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Howard Shore
Aliens - James Horner
The Black Hole - John Barry
Stargate - David Arnold
Pee Wee's Big Adventure - Danny Elfman
Tron - Wendy Carlos
Altered States - John Corigliano
Signs - James Newton Howard
Robocop - Basil Poledouris

And pretty much everything John Williams did between 1975 and 1987.

Comments

  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Vangelis' Blade Runner was the first that came to my head. Pure gold, every track.

    others would include:

    Black Hawk Down (Hans Zimmer)
    Hero (Tan Dun)
    Run Lola Run (artist/composer escapes me)
    The Truman Show (Philip Glass)
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Dante1847;3940787 said:

    The Truman Show (Philip Glass)
    Ooo, good one. I was never into minimalist stuff like Philip Glass until a few years ago, but I remember quite a few scenes in this movie where the music is just awesome.
  • PbatemanPbateman Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Batman, Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West - Ennio Morricone
    Aliens - James Horner
    The Godfather I and II - Nino Rota
    Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II - Christopher Young
    Vertigo, Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
    The Empire Strikes Back - John Williams
    Fight Club - The Dust Brothers
    Bram Stoker's Dracula - Wojciech Kilar
    Blue Velvet - Angelo Badalamenti
    The Fly - Howard Shore
    Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith
    Halloween - John Carpenter
    Blood Simple - Carter Burwell
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited August 2010
    On the orchestral side:

    All of John Williams's big scores, of course: the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, Jaws, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Jurassic Park is gradually growing on me as well.

    James Horner: Apollo 13, Titanic, An American Tail.

    Jerry Goldsmith: Star Trek, the Rambo series (particularly Rambo: First Blood Part II), The Secret of NIMH.

    Michael Kamen: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Don Juan DeMarco.

    John Barry: Body Heat, Somewhere in Time, and of course, the original James Bond movies.

    Henry Mancini: The Pink Panther, Charade, Hatari!

    Hans Zimmer: The Lion King, As Good as It Gets.

    Danny Elfman: Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands.

    David Arnold: Independence Day.



    On the electronic side:

    Harold Faltermeyer: Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun.

    Tangerine Dream: Firestarter.

    Giorgio Moroder: Electric Dreams, The NeverEnding Story (the American/international cut).

    Vangelis: Chariots of Fire. Blade Runner will probably become a favorite if I listen to it enough.
  • JR48fanJR48fan Rising Star
    edited August 2010
  • BevoTheWarriorBevoTheWarrior Cow Patty
    edited August 2010
    Braveheart - James Horner
    Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    Star Wars - John Williams
    Terminator 2 - Brad Fiedel

    There are several others but those are the ones that really stand out in my mind right now.
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Pbateman;3940862 said:
    The Godfather I and II - Nino Rota
    The love theme is definitely one of my favourites.
  • bjyaritzbjyaritz Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    -Rocky 4 Soundtrack

    "Burning Heart" - Survivor
    "Heart's On Fire" - John Cafferty
    "Double or Nothing" - Kenny Loggins & Gladys Knight
    "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
    "War/Fanfare From Rocky" - Vince DiCola
    "Living in America" - James Brown
    "No Easy Way Out" - Robert Tepper
    "One Way Street" - Go West
    "The Sweetest Victory" - Touch
    "Training Montage" - Vince DiCola
    "Man Against The World" - Survivor
  • overdriveguitarmanoverdriveguitarman The Walrus
    edited August 2010
    Never Back Down (a 2008 fighting movie! Wacha! :p)

    It had a Rise Against song on it.
  • BevoTheWarriorBevoTheWarrior Cow Patty
    edited August 2010
    bjyaritz;3941197 said:
    -Rocky 4 Soundtrack

    "Burning Heart" - Survivor
    "Heart's On Fire" - John Cafferty
    "Double or Nothing" - Kenny Loggins & Gladys Knight
    "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
    "War/Fanfare From Rocky" - Vince DiCola
    "Living in America" - James Brown
    "No Easy Way Out" - Robert Tepper
    "One Way Street" - Go West
    "The Sweetest Victory" - Touch
    "Training Montage" - Vince DiCola
    "Man Against The World" - Survivor
    While that is a good soundtrack, it's not a score soundtrack.
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    BevoTheWarrior;3941231 said:
    While that is a good soundtrack, it's not a score soundtrack.
    Yeah, though Vince DiCola's stuff is pretty sweet.
  • MrFruitLordMrFruitLord Headliner
    edited August 2010
  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited August 2010
    MrFruitLord;3941509 said:
    28 Days Later
    not a "score" song, but I recall Godspeed You! Black Emperor being in that movie. caught me by surprise when I saw that movie for the first time.
  • Oscar-RioOscar-Rio 0/10
    edited August 2010
    A Scanner Darkly has a fairly unique score to it.
  • bood-boybood-boy Headliner
    edited August 2010
    the transformers cartoon tv show.

    and bill n teds bogus journey.
  • edited August 2010
    This thread needs more Thomas Newman...
  • fuzzycat240fuzzycat240 Unsigned
    edited August 2010
    I always listen to the music score, sometimes I watch the movie again just to listen to the music. Here are some of my favorites:
    "Valhalla/Viking Victory" 13th Warrior
    "The Fire Dragon" 13th Warrior

    Now I know this isn't a scores but I like it
    "Hymn to Red October" Hunt for Red October

    I also like music scores from most Japanese movies
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    sa_nick;3944086 said:
    This thread needs more Thomas Newman...
    I've never really cared for his stuff, though a few things he did in the 80s (like Lost Boys) were decent. American Beauty was pretty good, but then EVERYTHING sounded like American Beauty.
  • whofanwhofan Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Superman Returms (John Williams/John Ottman)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (James Horner)
    Wing Commander (David Arnold)

    All of these are fantastic soundtracks, and Wing Commander is criminally under-rated!
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    whofan;3944365 said:
    Superman Returms (John Williams/John Ottman)
    Fixed.
    whofan;3944365 said:

    Wing Commander (David Arnold)
    HOLY CRAP! I'm a big fan of David Arnold's stuff, but I had no idea he did the soundtrack for this!! Is there a soundtrack CD?
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Rockox;3944594 said:
    HOLY CRAP! I'm a big fan of David Arnold's stuff, but I had no idea he did the soundtrack for this!! Is there a soundtrack CD?
    One was released, though as well as Wing Commander did theatrically, the CD is probably pretty scarce.

    Be warned, David Arnold did not write the entire score, only the main theme. Kevin Kiner contributed the rest.
  • whofanwhofan Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Rockox;3944594 said:
    Fixed.



    HOLY CRAP! I'm a big fan of David Arnold's stuff, but I had no idea he did the soundtrack for this!! Is there a soundtrack CD?
    Thanks for the fix, I knew something seemed off.

    You can check out samples of the album at www.wcnews.com in the music section (Fujiskunk is indeed right that Arnold only scored the Opening titles (THE best song on the album), but the rest are all very good)

    Additionally, if you like the samples the album is very hard to come by and I had to order it from Amazon.com (It wasn't available on the .ca site).

    I HIGHLY recommend listening to the opening credits theme, it's absolutely fantastic.
  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited August 2010
    fuzzycat240;3944132 said:
    Now I know this isn't a scores but I like it
    "Hymn to Red October" Hunt for Red October
    I like it too. everything about that movie is perfect
  • edited August 2010
    John Carpenter's Halloween - John Carpenter
  • PbatemanPbateman Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    An American Werewolf In London, Ghostbusters - Elmer Bernstein
    Jaws, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams
    The Silence of the Lambs - Howard Shore
    Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness - Joseph LoDuca
    Copycat, Species - Christopher Young
    Candyman - Phillip Glass
    BeetleJuice, Batman Returns, Nightbreed, Dick Tracy, Darkman - Danny Elfman
    Back to the Future, Predator - Alan Silvestri
    Conan The Barbarian, Robocop - Basil Poledouris
    First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Hollow Man - Jerry Goldsmith
    The Howling, Blow Out - Pino Donaggio
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Oh yeah, forgot about Alan Silvestri. I like his Back to the Future score too, as well as the score for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    I also dig what Alan Silvestri did in The Abyss and Romancing the Stone. Good stuff!

    I realized recently that while the soundtrack for The Black Hole (John Barry) has only been released on LP and never on CD, it's available for download on iTunes. For anyone interested in epic sci-fi scores (and especially for fans of the movie), the soundtrack totally delivers.

    Main Title
    Overture
  • PbatemanPbateman Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    Requiem for a Dream - Clint Mansell
  • JoshuaB81285JoshuaB81285 Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future, Forrest Gump
    Danny Elfman - Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands
    Dust Brothers - Fight Club
    Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes
    Hans Zimmer (w/ Lisa Gerrald & Klaus Badelt) - Gladiator
    Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard - The Dark Knight
    Klaus Bedalt - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Finding Neverland
    John Murphy - 28 Days Later
    John Williams - E.T., Harry Potter (1-3), Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Star Wars
    Mark Knopfler - The Princess Bride
    Michael Suby - The Butterfly Effect
    Steve Jablonsky - Transformers (The live action 2007 film, so what you will about the movie, but I really like the score.)
    Thomas Newman - The Green Mile, Wall-E
    Vince DiCola - Transformers: The Movie (Yeah, the 1986 animated one ^_^.)
  • TendozaTendoza Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in the West
    Georges Delerue - Contempt
    Carter Burwell - Fargo
    Eric Demarsan - Army of Shadows
    Benny Andersson - Songs From the Second Floor
    Franck Barcellini - Mon Oncle
    Clint Mansel - The Fountain
    Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express
    Mihaly Vig - Werckmeister Harmonies

    Odd selection, but these are what pop into my head when I'm walking about.

    Fun fact: I really don't like both Contempt and Werckmeister Harmonies as films.
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