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 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 11:55 PM   
 By:   barryfan1   (Member)

Obviously this is all highly subjective, and all down to individual taste and opinion. For me, it has to be John Barry. There are a few films in his repertoire that are pretty dire, but for me the music always delivers. Even things like Starcrash, Night Games and Game of Death have wonderful scores. Probably the most obscure film he ever scored, Bells aka Murder By Phone, featured his first completely electronic score. There's just something consistent in his music that is not only melodic and infectious, while serving the needs of the film, but that also causes that chemical reaction in my brain that makes me want to listen to his music because he is my favourite composer. I truly love Goldsmith, Williams, Shire, Frontiere, Hermann and others too, but for me Barry is the one who is 100%.

Mike

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:12 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Jerry Fielding

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Bats a thousand? Almost every composer in my collection has a few clunkers. A 'Mr. Baseball', if you will.

Can think of only one who's cd's score 100%: Chaz Jankel.

Edit: and maybe Chris Gordon, But I do not have his work complete.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

considering i'm fussy about the mood of a score and don't have much appreciation for upbeat music, it seems highly unlikely for me, but Goldenthal still comes pretty close, it's really only Titus that I can't get into.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

In my opinion, nobody can ever hit it perfectly every single time. Even my favorites (Goldsmith, Williams, Silvestri, Elfman, Horner and others) have scores that, while maybe not necessarily "clunkers," simply don't work for me.

This.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Nobody, all my favourite composers have some "stain" on their discography dress

but very close to 99% are

Fielding
Jarre
Morricone
Zimmer
Horner
Goldsmith
E. Bernstein

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   finder4545   (Member)

Is there someone that almost never seems to get it wrong? Does not have one clunker on their filmography? People go on and on about Goldsmith and Williams (and indeed they're awesome), but even they had their share of clunkers.
Is there someone who has never let you down?


This is a nice question, when in touch with great names, very close to that of the skeleton in the closet. A true clunker, in its entirely, when considering a score, also seems a nonsense, as within the same "clunker" score, you can find high moments.
So, if it is a question of "take or leave", in the same shape of "cancel from your collection, forever, one and only score" of your favourite composer, I have to go on the top, Miklos Rozsa, and try to track down "THE" clunker. Yes, now I'm searching...and found one. Removing the dust from the surface, I can read clearly the title: "NONE". And the subtitle is "Never composed"!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 2:32 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

No, I can't think of a single composer who hasn't at some point done a clunker (both bad films and bad scores).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Easy answer for me: John Barry.

That's what makes him the best for me as well as being my favourite.

Even his weakest works - for me: the main themes from Game of Death and Starcrash - are still very good, just not quite as good as most of his material. And those scores which don't click on first or second play, such as The White Buffalo or Mike's Murder get better with more exposure.

In summary: there isn't a score (or non-film music) of his which I can honestly say I don't want to hear again. No other composer comes close ...

Mitch.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

No. And it's "bats a thousand."

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

No, I don't think any of my favorites, Goldsmith, Friedhofer, Williams, Waxman, Poledouris, Broughton, ect, have ever written clunkers. I think they always wrote scores that were appropriate for the film. I may not have liked them, but they didn't write them to satisfy their fans; they wrote them to fit the film. They were always professional, and they were always the best. An example is Goldsmith's Mr. Baseball. I hate that score, but it is perfect for the film.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

This is an interesting topic, because, when you think on it, the more creative and original a composer is, the more likely he is to cock-up on some occasion.

If your scores are all interchangeable, as in a lot of mainstream stuff these days, then the chances of any one score STANDING OUT enough to be at odds with the film, are greatly lessened.

Apart from the 'easy digital edit' thing, that's one reason why today's directors and producers are loathe to trust their creations to a composer's whim. It's risky. Blander means safer.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'm surprised that no annoying wise-guy has answered with something like "Denny Zeitlin" yet.

Denny Zeitlin.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

I'm surprised that no annoying wise-guy has answered with something like "Denny Zeitlin" yet.

Denny Zeitlin.



Nah. There are a couple of seconds in track 9 that I don't like.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

We are twins, mgh. I totally agree. I love Bernstein and Goldsmith, and their scores do fit their movies. However, I can't get into Saturn 3 or a few others, but that doesn't mean any score was a clunker. Some of their scores as stand alones just don't appeal to me as a separate listening experience.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Issac   (Member)

No. I'm a something of a Morricone aficionado and I find some of his scores to be pretty much un-listenable. Same goes for John Barry, Goldsmith, Williams, et al.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

As has been pointed out above, this is nearly impossible, yet not quite.

I can think of only one who did bat 100% (or 1000, for the true baseball analogy):

Junior Homrich, who composed the score for Emerald Forest. It is excellent, and it is his only score.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Mark McKenzie has yet to write a bad score.

-Erik-

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Luboš Fišer
Philippe Rombi
Christopher Gordon
Marco Beltrami
Patrick Doyle
etc

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

No.

 
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