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 Posted:   Nov 12, 2001 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   batman844   (Member)

Randy Edelman. Often a forgotten about composer. Perhaps because of his use of synths? Just wondered how many of you out there enjoyed his music too.
My top five:
1. Gettysburg
2. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
3. Dragonheart
4. Daylight
5. The Skulls
Other noteable scores: Six Days, Seven Nights; The Quest; Kindergarten Cop; Ghostbusters 2; and his brief work on The Last of the Mohicans.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2001 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

I only have a couple Edelman scores: DRAGONHEART, THE LAST OF MOHICANS, DAYLIGHT, and SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS. Of the three, I listen to DRAGONHEART the most. DAYLIGHT has gotten about four spins in the time I've had it, since the movie came out. SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS, I thought, was sort of lackluster, but I do love some tracks, like "Maketea," "Pink Kawala," and (my favorite) "Fixing the Old Beaver."

But I love DRAGONHEART and can't understand why some people say it sounds too "synthy." I think it sounds just fine. I listen to THE LAST OF MOHICANS all the time as well, and despite what people say, it still sounds like it was all by one composer to me. Everyone says you can hear a clear distinction between the two's work, but I can't.

Another Edelman score I like is TWINS, which was another collaborative effort, with Georges Delerue. I love "Going to Santa Fe" and am searching for the Ah-nold compilation that has that track, but it appears to be OOP. frown

I would like to get THE QUEST. Even though I haven't watched my DVD in sometime, I recall enjoying the score, especially the main title.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2001 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

He's not a favorite composer of mine, BUT...
His theme from The Distinguished Gentleman(1st track on the CD) is a CLASSIC piece of music! You HAVE to smile when you're listening to it!
I'm surprised it was never given any airplay on top 40 radio stations!
And it's also a lot of fun to play on the keyboard!

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2001 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   David Maxx   (Member)

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 Posted:   Nov 13, 2001 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   The Big Bear   (Member)

My favorite Edelman scores would be the ones that got rejected and didn't end up ruining the movies they were attached to.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2001 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Randy Edelman will never be a composer who people look to with bated breath on a film project, but I for one feel, when the opportunity arose, he always delivered a good decent effort. I LOVE the "expanded" collectors edition of "GETTYSBURG" (of course I love the film) and I think that anyone that saw that film, and listens to the SECOND disc in that re-release of the soundtrack will get much more of a different impression of him and the score. He is a very "serviceable" composer (I hate to use that term for anyone gifted enough to write film music) who always brings quality and understanding to the films he scores. If any of you have that 2 disc "Gettysburg", please comment on it, but I believe that score was a great effort on his part. I liked (and own) his "Kindergarten Cop" score as well, and find it an entertaining listen. Not all films can have a Williams, Barry, or Goldsmith score, and to the men and women who do their best when called on, people like Randy Edelman, I say "Thank you".

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2001 - 1:24 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I also cannot wait (well, at least I'm waiting with bated breath) for his upcoming score for the "Gettysburg " prequel, the upcoming film based on Jeff Shaara's bestseller, "Gods and Generals". The film is the story of events BEFORE the Gettysburg battle, and will star Robert Duvall (taking the place of Martin Sheen due to West Wing) as Gen. Robert E. Lee. I loved the book, can't wait for the film, and think Edelman will do a credible job. Anyone out there remember his score for another Civil War film, "The Hunley"? While not a "great" film (made for TBS cable) it was a pretty good score.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2001 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   MattStar   (Member)

Gettysburg is one of the greatest films and scores of the past decade. Its on my top scores list for the decade. He truly nailed the style and the many moments in this film.
There is triumph, pathos, despair, inspiration and one of the great main titles.
Who cares about the synths. An epic score.
Dragonheart was a great score also.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2001 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   dalekmindprobe   (Member)

The Chipmunk Adventure.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2001 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   thinredline98   (Member)

I'll go with these:

Distingushed Gentleman
Leave It To Beaver
Black Knight
Diabolique (the only good thing about this crappy movie)
Indian In The Cupboard

and my favorite unreleased scores:
Ghostbusters 2
Quick Change

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2001 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Of course DRAGON and DRAGONHEART are two of his bests (with COME SEE THE PARADISE being an inferior score with a great theme), I have to also pick DAYLIGHT. The piano theme is that is just AWESOME.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2001 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   batman844   (Member)

"Black Knight"?
I've never heard of that film/score.
Any information anyone? Is the soundtrack still available?

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2001 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   batman844   (Member)


 Posted:   Nov 16, 2001 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Pete Greenhill   (Member)

Must admit that I haven't got too many Edelman scores in my collection but I do enjoy 'Shanghai Noon'.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2001 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Black Knight is the new Martin Lawrence movie which opens pretty soon. The score will be released on Varese Sarabande. There will be plenty for all!

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2001 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Justin Doring   (Member)

I'm not a big Edelman fan either, but I do like his scores to Gettysburg, Dragonheart, Kindergarten Cop, The Last of the Mohicans, and Six Days, Seven Nights. He does, however, use guitars and synthesizers way too much.

 Posted:   Nov 18, 2001 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   batman844   (Member)

I appreciate his music does at times sound "artificial". His use of synths and piano are over used, but his beautiful themes and melodies are excellent.
I wish someone would release a score album of Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters together with the as yet unreleased music from Edelman's Ghostbusters 2 (as they did with the Scream 1 and 2 scores).

 Posted:   Nov 18, 2001 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Natrebo   (Member)

Since no one has mentioned it yet, I thought I might: The Mask has always appealed to me. -- Dark, Mysterious, and Comical (although a little overboard).

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2001 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Munzel   (Member)

He is my one of my three favorite favorite scores of Edelman are:

2.Shanghai Noon
3.Passion of Mind
6.The Hunley

etc. etc.

however, I didnt listen to Black Knight yet (finally a new Edelman release!!!). and as I always say...this guy needs some more SERIOUS projects with a larger BUDGET

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2001 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   PaulUK   (Member)

Although I have to be honest and say that I prefer the Trevor Jones section of Mohicans, Edelman does produce some fantastic melodies and themes.

Dragonheart is probably one of the best fantasy scores (he would have been a good choice for LOTR - thats my piece of controversy for today lol)
The Mask is also extremely cool, the music for Tina's entrance is very well written. You can almost see those long silky legs . . . excuse me cold shower needed.


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