Saturday, November 25, 2006

Who Are Your Favorite Film Composers?....and a Few Thoughts

I just thought I'd put this at the top of the blog just in case people were getting tired of seeing George Bush's face at the top (though I can't imagine how that could be). Haven't felt like posting anything lately (though there are a few more requests that I need to get to), and haven't had much time, but I didn't want people to think the blog had gone completely dormant. If you look carefully, you can see many changes. If you look up (or should I say re-up) and all around, you'll see it isn't exactly the same. And you can always use the 'Requests' post (see the link at the top of the blog).

In the meantime, I was curious about something. Since I've been posting a lot of soundtracks lately, I've been wondering who everybody's favorite film composers are?

Well, one of the reasons I ask is that a few years ago, I briefly did some p2p filesharing, but I haven't done any for about 2 or 3 years. But the thing I noticed back then that I hadn't quite expected was how much soundtrack collectors tended to break down by certain genres, composers, and categories.

I couldn't really ask back then, but then it occurred to me a little while ago that now that I had a blog, I could actually ask the question. So what category do you fall into? I'm just curious as to the preferences of the people who read this blog. I can take a guess at some of the regular readers, but it just got me wondering.

I didn't (and still haven't) run across too many collectors who liked all the different genres and eras that I did, but it's hard to tell without asking. Soundtrack collectors seem to fall into certain categories. People who liked Golden Age scores (there only seemed to be a few of those on p2p), the Silver Age (early Williams and Goldsmith, etc.), jazz scores (like Alex North, Elmer Bernstein in the 50's or Schifrin, et al in the 60's & 70's), pop scores (Mancini, Hefti, etc.), blaxploitation, exploitation, science fiction, horror, electronic, rock, new age & minimalist, foreign composers, and so on.

There were some who liked what I thought of as Goldsmith, Williams, & Horner of the late 70's & 80's. People who seemed to develop an interest in film scoring as a direct result of watching Star Wars and feeling the impact of that score. And then there were people who seemed to be interested mainly in scores from the last 5 to 10 years and some who were only interested in current releases and the latest unreleased scores.

As you can probably tell from the blog, I like stuff that falls into all those categories (as well as other types of music), but I always wondered if there were a lot of other people out there like that or am I the only one? I like film music from the silent era till today in all those different genres. Sometimes you meet people who like all those different categories, but then they don't like song soundtracks. Or some people hate scoring mixed with songs and dialogue. I like both types of soundtracks. Or some who like pop & rock oriented soundtracks don't like big orchestral scoring and vice versa. And then even if you run across somebody who likes all of those things, they don't like musical soundtracks.

I suspect there are some of you out there who like all of those things, but like I say, I was just curious. And if you like just one category of soundtrack, I'd be interested to hear what it is. Or if you absolutely hate soundtracks, I'd like to hear that too.

Which reminds me. I've probably alienated a lot of people who don't care anything about soundtracks by posting so many lately, but it's just because I've been indulging in my love of film scores on the blog. And I'm sure when I post other non-soundtrack stuff, I'll alienate all those people who come here for soundtracks. Oh, well. You can't win 'em all, I guess.

And with so many blogs and forums shutting down or going on hiatus lately, it may make some people a little nervous when they don't see any new posts on the blog for a while. But if you're a long-time reader of the blog (though I can't imagine there are too many of those still around) or if you've gone back into the archives (again, probably a pretty small number at this point), you know that not seeing a new post for a while is pretty common. Sometimes I just don't have anything I want to post or a lot of my online times gets eaten up with blog maintenance, etc.

In fact, that may be one of the only things that every once in a great while makes me feel like stopping the blog. Just the fact that I don't get to enjoy other blogs like I'd like to. Virtually, all the blogs you see in the link list are ones that I enjoy, would like to keep current on, contribute something to, comment on, and generally participate in, but usually I just barely make it out of my own blog. :)) Not a complaint so much as an observation. It kind of kills me that I don't get to enjoy some of these fine blogs the way that I'd like to. But I enjoy blogging too much to do it any other way, I suppose. That's why I try not to feel too pressured about posting anything new if I don't want to. That way I can keep it a fun experience and not get too burned out.

Though somehow I imagine that most people could care less, but I just thought I'd mention it. Well, in any case, let me know what your musical preferences are (soundtrack or otherwise). I'm curious as to what people like. :))

I come back after 3 1/2 weeks of being away, and you are still the man! Jazz Hollister gone, along with SO many others. Forum is gone. Varese posts a Friedhofer score that I treasure, 1000 units, SOLD OUT! D@#n! Glad that somebody is still here! Golden age scores are treasured, I would like to learn the upload process:then maybe I could share some of my stuff. I will follow your blog closely, if you could advise me, that woud be better.

NP: 50 Anniversary of The Battle of Britan
I only just recently discovered the wonderful world of soundtrack blogging. Personally, I'm into all kinds of soundtracks: Hollywood Golden Age, jazz/ragtime, Euro-cult, electronic, John Williams & Jerry Goldsmith-era sci-fi and fantasy, song compilations, and all kinds of other stuff. It's hard to pick a favorite film score of all time (there are so many!) but my favorite composers, and my favorite work of theirs, in no particular order, would probably look like this.

Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Bernard Herrmann (Psycho)
Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands)
Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven)
John Williams (the Star Wars Trilogy)
Goblin (Suspiria)
Max Steiner (King Kong)
Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings)
Nino Rota (8 1/2)
Akira Ifukube (Godzilla)
Paul Giovanni (The Wicker Man)
I enjoy all kinds of soundtracks. I'm a fan of John Williams, classic monsters and other horror, sci-fi and fantasy. I even enjoy the old musicals.

You can never have too many soundtracks.

I'm a huge fan of TV Crime Jazz of the 50's. You've posted some of the greats(Checkmate..M Squad) As far as film composers my favorite has to be Angelo Badalamenti. I know a lot of his stuff has a sameness to it but for me works. Twin peaks is what sold me on him.
Soundtracks are pretty much the only music I lsten to. Even the classical music I like is mostly what I picked up from soundtracks. I mean, my favorite Beethoven is the Seventh... Zardoz, anybody?

I first got interested in movie scores in the 60s. As a child I saw certain movies over and over - partly because I liked them and partly because they kept showing up in various combinations at the second-run houses in my area. Zulu, The Warlord, Khartoum, Lawrence of Arabia, Lord Jim, The Blue Max... And Bond films.
Anyway, to me music supports drama (or, perhaps more accurately, melodrama) and I listen to music that fits the books I'm reading or the role playing games I'm running - usually SF, fantasy and horror related. My fantasies of adventure, space travel and battling nameless horrors are all suported by the music I listen to.

My favorite composers are Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann and Miklos Rozsa but I have a LOT of favorite composers and more all the time, what with the music blogs and forums to supply material I would never have even heard otherwise.

I have a special place im my heart for composers like Paul Sawtell, Gerald Fried and Ronald Stein, whose work is not only dynamic and memorable on it's own, but also linked to many fun films and TV shows.
My absolute favorite is John Barry. Being a Bond freak, I grew up with John Barry, so he holds a special place in my heart.

That said, I love all genres. It really depends on my mood, and what types of movies I'm watching at the moment. Lately, I've really been digging Philip Glass.

btw Have you checked out the new OST Hub? I'd really like to add you to the link list. Check it out and see what you think.
How about Bronislau Kaper, David Raksin, Adolph Deutsch, Hugo Friedhofer, Frank DeVol, David Rose? These are among my favorites.

Soundtracks by these composers are rarely if ever posted and it seems a bit strange to me as the soundtrack LPs were issued or reissued back in the 50s and must have sold plenty. Whatever happened to them?
Primarily a rock/blues/jazz collector (pre 1980 and post 2000)
but I dig the STs to -

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Midnight Run

Thanks for the Political Fun -
especially "Homeland Security"!
Hey there,

This is Jazz - though I no longer have a forum of my own (for the meantime anyway) I'm not totally dead - just a little setback. (unexpected as it may be) Anyway - thought I'd answer your question plus say 'hi!' (Truth is, I've been a little bummed the last couple of weeks, but I'm getting back into the swing of things again) - Sorry for the long intro -

I developed my taste of music from two sources - One, my parents who always had big-band era/50's/60's music playing "Easy listening" stations on the radio. And Second from my brothers who were mega into British Invasion music (Beatles, Stones & Badfinger - My personal favorite!)

My parents were big on taking me to movies with them, and I realized that a great way to experience a movie I loved was to get the soundtrack, then I could replay the movie in my head as I listened to the music, while coloring or reading, or whatever.

As I got older - my tastes have expanded quite a bit. Having traveled to Asia a couple times, I really started diging J-Pop and C-Pop music - which kind of lead to an appreciation of American Pop - (Though to a lesser degree). I also adore Big Band era music - from Goodman, to Dorsey.

And since every little kid grew up on Disney musicals, how could I turn my back to Broadway and the likes of Cats & Phantom, etc.?

I also enjoy alt-rock and folk. Performers such as Beck blow me away! I love the textures in his music.

I think that love has stemmed from really appreciating oprchestral scores - because there is just so much going on in a really powerful and good symphonic score - it never gets boring. I'll still hear things I never heard before in a recording I've listened to 50 times. (It's not just bad hearing :) - it's that my mind tunes to different things as my musical experience grows)

So I really like just about everything. And if I don't like it, I appreciate it for what it is, though I might not take to listening to it on a regular basis, IE Acid Jazz or Gangsta Rap.

Anyway - that's me in a nutshell. Now HELP - I'm trapped in a nutshell! Air. . . getting . . . thin . . .

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My early favorite was Mancini, because he was versatile, though his best stuff (for me) leaned toward prowl and scare ("Peter Gunn," "Pink Panther," and the hideous glockenspiel of "Experiment in Terror" with "Charade" covering a lot of bases.

Vic Mizzy, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein, Ernest Gold, John Williams...all reliable. Old timers like Steiner and Rozsa and Waxman weren't exactly chopped celluloid. Nor effective if one-note types, including Elfman, Morricone and Nino Rota. Get one soundtrack you pretty much have them all.

Gotta admire Tiomkin for writing great western scores, which didn't seem possible.

A lot of people wrote great TV themes, and nice scores throughout including Joseph Mullendore and Jerry Goldsmith. Dominic Frontiere turned two themes into an entire score for "The Stunt Man." Nice trick.

Universal had some great composers whose best work was recycled over and over in Abbott & Costello, Sherlock Holmes and endless Chaney Jr. movies.

"Man of a Thousand Faces" and "Theatre of Blood" are neglected soundtracks, and in his jumpy odd way Bacharach had some fun 'tracks too, being in a Hefti type bag.

Not to forget LeRoy Shield, Marvin Hatley, Carl Stallings and others who did Rascals/Laurel & Hardy/Cartoon stuff. All lovable.

Lalo Schifrin's done impressive work. Ironically, I asked for his autograph on a non-soundtrack item, his "De Sade" Verve jazz concept lp.

But just because I've only got one album by him, which I've played endlessly (a "Great Jazz from TV Shows" disc on the Family label) and many tracks were used for everything from being the theme song for a local TV station's Saturday morning horror movies ("Jazz Dramatic") to backing Courageous Cat cartoons, I'll nominate the obscure and unprolific (he was mostly an arranger) BOB MERSEY.
a great topic - favourite soundtrack composers...

many of my faves will appear on my soundtrack blog, and although I'm by no means an expert, I'll write a few down I particularly love:

- Max Steiner: "King Kong" (1933) - one of the best scores, and one of the earliest symphonic ones

- Carl Stalling: he produced the music for the early Warner Bros. cartoons

- Jazz scores: Miles Davis' "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud", Duke Ellington's "Anatomy of a Murder", Harvey Mandel's brilliant "I Want To Live", Barney Wilen's "Un témoin dans la ville"...

the CLASSICS (imo)
- Bernard Herrmann
- Elmer Bernstein
- Alex North
- Henry Mancini
- Albert Elms
- Dominic Frontiere
- Georges Delerue
- Nino Rota
- Ennio Morricone
- John Barry
- Laurie Johnson
- Peter Thomas
- Quincy Jones
- Jerry Goldsmith

it's nice to read personal opinions concerning scores - it tells much of a person (as with all music!)
thx for your "welcome back Mr. Lucky"! ;)
I love your blog, from now till the end of times it will be my favorite place to share with you,friend, and the other friends I read here. When I found this blogs, so many great soundtracks that were impossible to find were, finally, near me. Thank you very much, you must be an incredible person.

I love orchestral scores and compilations with suites,etc., tv themes (i´m who requested the impossible to find theme from flamigo road tv series by gerald fried) and I enjoyed very much your soundtrack gamut compilation.

My favorite composers:

Dave Grusin (I would like to find Lucas)
David Shire
Henry Mancini and his compilations ,like Mancini Angels
Bruce Broughton
Richard bAND


Hi everybody!

I love reading your descriptions of what your favorite musical interests are and the approach you take to it. That's exactly what I was curious about and it's so interesting hearing the way everybody looks at the music. Please keep it up! (Even if this post eventually sinks below the top, I still read the comments sections of all the older posts, so you can always leave one here if you run across it later).

Hi Honored General!

Well, I already mentioned it in response to your other comment on the other post, but welcome back!! It's amazing how much stuff has changed so quickly. I was stunned to see Jazz's blog gone, but glad to read his comment below.

And it's amazing how quickly stuff sells out nowadays. And unless something really bad happens, I hope to be around for a long time.

And as far as the uploading process goes, what did you want to know? Ripping or which file storage service to use? I'm not a huge expert or anything, but I use Exact Audio Copy to rip CD's at 192 Kbps and convert them to mp3's using CDex.

I zip them into Rar files using WinRar and I've found Rapidshare and Megaupload to be the most reliable storage sites (though Rapidshare seems to be doing everything it can to alienate me). Of the newer sites, Filesend, Badongo, and maybe TurboUpload seem to be pretty good too.

I don't know if that was the advice you were looking for or if you meant something else, but please feel free to ask. (I may not know the answer, but I bet some nice person will know).


Hi Dr. Criddle!

Welcome to this crazy world of soundtrack blogging! I love your list of favorites and the other material you're into. And I notice a few of your favorites are actually on this blog! I always have a hard time believing anybody's favorites on this blog, but that's another story, I guess.

And everybody should check out Dr. Criddle's blog. It looks really interesting. I think you know more about film at 19 than I know now. :)))


Hi Erick!

I didn't realize you were visitng the blog! Always a welcome name to see.

And I second that: You CAN never have too many soundtracks!!


Hi Anonymous!

I love crime jazz too and agree that Twin Peaks is very distinctive. Very moody.


Hi Anonymous (the second)!

I love hearing about your favorites and how music supports and enhances your interests and vice versa! I feel the same way. And the wealth of music blogs is a real boon to exposing us all to such wonderful music!

And hearing about your favorites also makes me want to post some of them!


Hi Cineaste!

I have checked out your hub and it looks interesting!


Hi Mel!

I was thinking about posting some of those composers actually!


Hi Skaman!

Glad to hear what you enjoy and you're very welcome for 'Homeland Security'. It's one of my favorites on that comp too!


Hi Jazz!

I'm so glad to hear from you!

It seems like we like a lot of the same things from Badfinger to Big Band. I love hearing your description of the music. It's also comforting to know that there's someone else out there who has that same reaction to all those different kinds of music.

I hope you come back to blogging eventually (soon is not soon enough!), but if not, you can always consider this your forum until you do!! :))))

Now if I can just figure out a way of getting you out of that nutshell.


Hi Ill Follks!

I love hearing all those names again. I think I actually have drool coming out of the side of my mouth. So many great (and some overlooked) artists.

And it did seem like you'd see Bob Mersey's name all over the place (just not as a composer, I guess).


Hi Lucky!

Well, you seem like an expert to me! And I love your choices. And I think you're right. Seeing what everybody's chosen is so interesting; it does give a real insight into the people who visit.

And I'll say it again. Welcome back!


Hi Alex!

Thanks so much for all those nice things you said!! That really means a lot to me and I truly appreciate it. You've made my day. :))))

And I'm glad you enjoyed the soundtrack gamut compilation. Not too many people have commented on that one, so it's good to know somebody out there liked it.

I remember your requests and I'll put them up at the Requests post. Hopefully somebody out there will have them.

I also love the composers you listed. I'm so glad I could help in some way to make some of the albums you were looking for available. :))
Forgive me if I hijack the thread for a post, but I wanted to take a moment to thank Jazz for all his efforts. I miss you, my friend, but appreciate everything you did. I said it before, but your site was like Christmas morning every morning, and each day I couldn't wait to see what was shiny & new.
Hi nomwl1 (and everyone else too!),

Great idea for a posting!

My first inkling of how much fun soundtracks could be were probably the John Barry Bond scores. I think the first album i ever bought, as a wee lad of about 10 or 11, was Isaac Hayes' Shaft and that sort of sums it up i guess. In a nutshell---i like just about everything! Soundtracks---regardless of wether i've even seen the movie or not---help inspire and spark my imagination. Like yourself, i find myself listening (and enjoying) just about anything and everything

As far as favorite composers---
Jerry Goldsmith
John Barry
Elmer Bernstein
Bernard Hermann
Ennio Morricone
Alex North
Henry Mancini
(i know! i know! a pretty standard and predictable who's who)
---are probably at the top of my list. These maestros professionalism and output, throughout their long careers, is truly amazing.

All The Best ,

Rocket From Mars

ps: i'd also like to say 'hi' to Jazz and let hm know your blog was greatly enjoyed and sorely missed.

pps: even though i love soundtracks nomwl1---i also loved alot of your earlier posts (compilations and what not). Sometimes i feel a little sad (and guilty too) that your blog has been slightly hijacked by 'score lovers' please please please post whatever you want! (like i have to tell you that!) i don't want to sound pretentious---just want you to know---you could post only aerobic workout records and i'd still be a big fan of your site!
hi m8 i am loving all the posts on your blog.shame about the other blogs such as soundtrack lover and jazznotes [i still feel you are there somewhere fellas] as i was also enjoying those,but you are still here among others to keep the sharing of osts gonna end becoming a legend lol, anyway for my favourite composers, well what can i say, Vangelis is definetly up there for synthtastic melodicness in his bladerunner score and hans zimmer for the tear jerking emotion and dramaticness which he captures to make a grown man cry,lol.But for me my fav composers all each have something different to offer the listener and this is what makes me an addict to soundtracks.its melody for me in a composition which draws me to a score and i love to use things such as this for my other hobby which is djing, i love to put osts in my ambient or progressive mixes to create an emotional journey.combining them together for me is a marriage made in heaven.what i would say for a fact is that i will listen to osts till the day that i die! Anyway here are just a few of my favourite composers along with a couple of my fav osts,there is more but too many to list lol

BLADERUNNER [MY NO1 OST OF ALL TIME!]and for the bounty

mission impossible 2
tears of the sun
king arthur
broken arrow
black rain
bird on a wire
the rock
the thin red line
and more [alot!]

JOHN DEBNEY for dragonfly

ZBIGNIEW PREISNER for the secret garden and for the three colours trilogy

ANGELO BADALAMENTI for mullholland drive and for the beach

ALAN SILVESTRI for flight of the navigator, romancing the stone, back to the future and for the abyss

JOHN WILLIAMS for star wars, harry potter, schindlers list and for munich

THOMAS NEWMAN for american beauty, the green mile and for meet joe black

LISA GERRARD for the insider, whalerider and for a thousand roads

JAMES HORNER for glory

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD for waterworld

WOJCIECH KILAR for bram stoker's dracula

ENNIO MORRICONE for the mission


JERRY GOLDSMITH for the edge, explorers among others [alot!]

CRAIG ARMSTRONG for romeo and juliet, plunkett and maclane and for kiss of the dragon

KLAUS BADELT for the time machine, equilibrium, the recruit,

RYUCHI SAKAMOTO for merry christmas mr lawrence, little buddah and for the last emperor

KITARO for heaven and earth

TAN DUN for house of flying daggers, hero and for crouching tiger hidden dragon

TANGERINE DREAM for scores such as legend, near dark, firestarter

MICHAEL NYMAN for the piano

LALO SHIFRIN for bruce lee-enter the dragon and dirty harry

JOHN BARRY for james bond osts and for bruce lee-game of death among others b
I came of age when the New Wave films were making waves in America. So Georges Delerue set a standard that others later matched, but it was a Himalayan-high standard. I still remember his opening chords to Godard's "Contempt," and the great lament that followed. Of course, Rota's scores for Fellini's films also impressed me. Gradually, I came home to Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Nowadays, I look for Kaper and some of the golden age people, and A. R. Rahman in India gives me great hope for the future.
#1 - JOHN BARRY : My favourit composer, for his dark, deep, beautiful & unique melodies. Especially his 70’s period, the sound of « the persuaders » and « the adventurer ». In fact, everything with cymbalums !

#2 – BERNARD HERRMANN : Real imaginative and sensitive music ( cf : Vertigo ), infinite space into the symphonies. To dream & to drink … The missing link between Claude Debussy and John Barry !

#3 – LALO SCHIFRIN : The man throughout i’ve discovered that car chases could be groovy and the gun of Harry jazzy !

#4 – ENNIO MORRICONE : The Maestro with the most prolific discography ! Did you know someone who can say – I have all Morricone’s records -, i don’t believe it ! Spice of Italy.

#5 – ROY BUDD : A fine soundtracks composer, able to create the perfect weight between pop music & strings arrangements. Weird mixings of indian tunes & british orchestras !

and #6 - for two french honorable gentlemen, FRANCOIS DE ROUBAIX and MICHEL COLOMBIER. Great innovators at their time. Splendid films with significant musics. « La nostalgie à la française », comes maybe from my childhood !

Of course, there are more composers to be credited here, but then, never enough !

Be Seeing You !
Well, I love 'em all. Each composer wrote at least one great track, and by now I think I have over 1.000 all-time-top-great-fantastic-marvellous favorite tracks.

Counting my whole collection (CDs, LPs, MP3) I have at least 15.000 records (including some classical and pop music), so I've listened quite a lot in my life.

However, I don't know ANY great track by James Newton Howard. It's not that I dislike him, it's just that I haven't heard a superior composition by him. Perhaps I have to hear "Falling Down" again.

Also, from Shore I only like the Main Title of "Ed Wood".

Michael Kamen: just the first track of "Robin Hood".

Also no favorites by John Debney or Don Davis.

Very few from the Zimmer factory. First "Backdraft" track (and even there Zimmer gets lost after 2 and a half minutes) and the "Shiver My Timber" song. A good theme in "The Rock" and "Gladiator".

To me all these guys just write underscore music but not really
distinctive compositions. For me a great track must have a structured beginning, a middlepart and an end. Probably today's cinema is not suited anymore for fine compositions. Most of it today, even the orchestra scores, sounds like Christopher Franke or Mark Snow's TV synthesizer drones.

Favorite composers are Schifrin and Kilar, and of course Goldsmith (dozens of incredible themes !), Williams and Morricone.

Best Williams composition in the last years: "Duel of the Fates" and the Main Title from "Terminal".

Best film score ever (valued by number of extraordinary themes): Ben-Hur.
I bought my first soundtrack in 1982 (Poltergeist in case you ask) and for many years,if it wasn't Goldsmith, Williams or Morricone I wasn't interested. In recent years, thanks to the efforts of FSM, Varese and other labels I've been discovering Friedhofer, Newman, Kaper, Leigh Harline and other wonderful composers. To such an extent in fact that I'm a little ashamed that until about a decade ago I didn't own a single recording by any of these composers. I've also beome interested in 60s/ 70s Italian soundtracks, simply because they seem a lot more inventive and downright fun than the Media Ventures scores that dominate today, but that's just my opinion! Blogs like this are of course a great way to expand one musical horizons and get hold of scores I never thought I'd be able to get copies of.

honored general
I received a nice little package from Varese the other day with a score by a certain Mr Friedhofer which I believe you may be interested in - I am happy to post it if you - or anyone else - would like.


The list is extense, but in particular, I don't miss none Georges Delerue soundtrack; from "Our mother's house" to "Silkwood", among many others...

Here is the link to "Little Women" to publish on the Blog:
Thomas Newman-1994-Little Women-192kbps-51,3MB:
01. Orchard House (Main Title)
02. Meg's Hair
03. Snowplay
04. Scarlet Fever
05. Ashes
06. Spring
07. La Fayette's Welcome
08. A Telegram
09. Two Couples
10. Burdens
11. New York
12. Harvest Time
13. Maria Redowa
14. Letter From Jo
15. Amy Abroad
16. Limes
17. Beth's Secret
18. For The Beauty Of The Earth
19. Little Women
20. Learning To Forget
21. Valley Of The Shadow
22. Port Royal Gallop
23. Domestic Experiences
24. The Laurence Boy
25. Lovelornity
26. Under The Umbrella (End Title)
Hi All!

My favorite film composers:
-James Newton Howard (The Prince of Tides)
-John Barry (Out of Africa)

morricone, a pity his western work is what he is identified with most as his range is extraordinary. morricone's scores frequently transform bad to mediocre films, think of "orca" whose score is so moving that the film takes on another dimension. the fact that morricone would produce amazing scores for some of the most lowly & obscure european potboliers attests to his love of music. i dont think he ca be praised highly enough & at the risk of offending fans of other composers, i think morricone is (for his enormous & varied body of work) in a class of his own.

i tend to favour italian composers, bruno ncolai, gianni ferrio et al as they have such a direct & simple way with melody. i'm not a fan of "grandiose" scores such as you'd hear from some of the american composers, particularly today film scores swamp a film with music, i think music should compliment & punctuate, too often it "signposts" the film & is used crudely.
Nina Rota, Kenyon Hopkins
-- Skip Heller
Hello again, more request in this enchanting blog:

1. The compilations made by Charles Gerhdhart (Alfred newman, Franz Waxman,etc,etc)

2.Chicago Hope Tv Series(Mark Isham, Jeff Rona)

3.Reel On Lalo Schfrin , compilation

4.Cuore, TV, Manuel De Sica

5.Other side of the Mountain(Charles Fox)

6.Children of Night (Daniel Licht)

7.Master of the game, Mini series TV (Allyn Ferguson)

8. Great movie themes DLP-105, very strange bootleg¡:


United States
Release Date


Track listing

1. The Devil And Max Devlin (03:10)
Marvin Hamlisch
2. Used Cars (02:30)
Patrick Williams
3. Norma Rae (03:30)
David Shire
4. The Beast Within (04:10)
Les Baxter
5. Scavenger Hunt (03:40)
Billy Goldenberg
6. The Lone Ranger And The Lost City Of Gold (02:30)
Les Baxter
7. Chapter Two
Marvin Hamlisch
8. Missing (03:00)
9. Raise The Titanic (03:45)
John Barry
10. The In-Laws (02:45)
John Morris
11. Big Wednesday (02:50)
Basil Poledouris
12. Hero At Large (01:50)
Patrick Williams
13. Zelig (02:20)
Dick Hyman
14. The Final Conflict (03:40)
Jerry Goldsmith
15. They Might Be Giants (01:20)
John Barry

Total Duration: 00:41:00

More favorite composers:

-Lee Holdridge
-Michel Legrand
-David Shire
-Dave Grusin

Thank you very much, from Spain, nomwl1¡¡

What is your name?thanks,
I think the first time I noticed a movie score was from Star Wars. As a kid, it was the first BIG SF movie I ever saw and the score stayed in the hard drive of my brain for decades.

Beyond that, there were only a few I noticed at the time: John Barry's scores for the Bond films and The Black Hole, Williams' Close Encounters and themes from shows like Star Trek, Doctor Who and Lost in Space.

It was only a few years ago that I really began to listen to film scores, thank to a friend of mine who's an obsessive collector. Now, I listen to as many as I can and buy whatever I can afford. As a result, I've built a relatively diverse collection.

Among my favorite scores & composers (in no particular order):

John Barry - his Bond scores and the Black Hole score

John Williams - Star Wars, Jaws, The Eiger Sanction, "Duel of the Fates"

Basil Poledouris (RIP)- Starship Troopers, Conan (both movies), Wind

Danny Elfman - Night Breed, the Pee Wee Herman movies

Georges Delerue - Viva Maria!

Henry Mancini - Hatari!, Lifeforce

Frank Cordell - Khartoum, Mosquito Squadron

Akira Ifukube - Godzilla, King Kong Vs. Godzilla

Barry Gray - all of his Gerry Anderson stuff

Jerry Goldsmith - Capricorn One, Planet of the Apes, Bandolero, 100 Rifles

I also really enjoy scores from the Newman family, Hugo Friedhofer, Ennio Morricone, Hans Salter, Joe Hisaishi, Yoko Kanno, Yuki Kajiura, Bernard Herrmann and others too numerous to mention.
Oh, I love hearing these!!
I like Jerry Goldsmith for the score "The Wind & the Lion", "13th Warrior". And Basil Poledouris for "Conan the Barbarian", "Conan the Destroyer", "Blue Lagoon"

Also John Williams for the movie "Seven Years in Tibet" (but I don't like Star Wars or another Epic heroes just like Indiana Jones' score).

For a deep emotions score, I choose Georges Delerue's "Agnes of God".
Hi, I'm desperately looking for the soundtrack by Theodore Shapiro for the David Mamet film «Heist». As far as I know it was only released as a promo and there was once a link on soundtrack sharity which is no dead. Do you know where I can get that score?
Even trickier I fear is to get a hold on Quincy Jones Soundtrack for Peckinpah's «The Getaway». I guess it ecisted on vinyl but as far as I know this slick score was never re-issued on cd.

But to your question: Altough this is not very original, I guess my personal favorite is Bernard Herrmann, especially the score for Truffauts «Fahrenheit 451» (On CD: Varese Sarabande; Conducted by Joel McNeely)
I adore the german composer Peter Thomas and his crazy sounds for the german Edgar-Wallace-Flicks - as I learned from him personally Tarrantino is also one of his admirers.
My Dear Watson, I would be DELIGHTED if you would post that certain Friedhofer score. And my dear nomwl1, I hope that a certain 3rd party will relay information about how to get ahold of me! as for both of you, I have a rip of Moross' The Warlord, but Mediafire's servers are down right now, so I can't send you the link.
However, I'm tryin' to get my ball rollin' and I hope that I can help all of us out! Best Always, and Happy New Year!

Honored General
Dude this blog is epic thanks for maintaining it. Its beautiful. I would like to put in a request for the recognition of my favorites. three is as small is I could go. So here they are instead.
Harold Falter Meyer (I've had the Beverly Hills Cop 3 theme song stuck in my head since I was kid)
James Horner (a beautiful mind) thank god I'm not crazy
Graeme Revell ("PITCH BLACK") I finally understand what it means to choose not to be afraid and open your eyes . Awaken
Thanks man It feels really good to be able to tell some one who understands
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