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 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

In no particular order of preference...

ELMER BERNSTEIN - To Kill a Mockingbird

HUGO FRIEDHOFER - The Best Years of Our Lives

DIMITRI TIOMKIN - The Guns of Navarone

JERRY GOLDSMITH - Islands in the Stream

BERNARD HERRMANN - Vertigo

SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD - The Roots of Heaven

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD - Wyatt Earp

DAVID RAKSIN - Separate Tables

BRUCE BROUGHTON - Silverado

FRANZ WAXMAN - Taras Bulba

MIKLOS ROZSA - Ben-Hur

There are many more composers I love and could have chosen, and many more scores than these that I love from these composers, but that's today's sample. Might be different tomorrow...

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

John Barry BODY HEAT
Elmer Bernstein SUMMER AND SMOKE
Hugo Friedhofer BOY ON A DOLPHIN
Jerry Goldsmith WIND AND THE LION
Bernard Herrmann VERTIGO
Alfred Newman DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Alex North THE LONG HOT SUMMER
David Raksin THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Miklos Rozsa PROVIDENCE
Franz Waxman PEYTON PLACE

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Harold Faltermeyer - Tango & Cash


Good one, why didn`t I think of this awesome score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Taylor Fenno   (Member)

Why recommend something to a "friend" if it wasn't a personal favorite? Wouldn't that be disingenuous or lacking sincerity?

Were you directing that to me?...LOL. The one's I'm recommending are some of my favorites. There are just so many from other composers, but I could only choose 10 silly...

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Harold Faltermeyer - Tango & Cash


Good one, why didn`t I think of this awesome score.


Interesting that you would go for that, FB, instead of the TOP GUNs and BEVERLY HILLS COPs and FLETCHes of the world!

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   tobid   (Member)

Harold Faltermeyer - Tango & Cash


Good one, why didn`t I think of this awesome score.


Interesting that you would go for that, FB, instead of the TOP GUNs and BEVERLY HILLS COPs and FLETCHes of the world!


Well, he has HOT SHOTS in his list, which is the better TOP GUN. wink

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Not sure how I would chose such a list, other than picking my favorites. My list of Main Titles doesn't necessarily match my list of overall scores. I love the Main Title to Superman, for example, but I don't count the rest of the score as anything particularly special. Not that it isn't a good score, but it would never make my top 10, or even occur to me to recommend it to anyone. But it's Main Title, yes! So, sticking strictly to 10 scores, in no particular order:

1. DRESSED TO KILL - Pino Donaggio
2. NORTH BY NORTHWEST - Bernard Herrmann
3. HAWAII - Elmer Bernstein
4. POLTERGEIST - Jerry Goldsmith
5. MISSION TO MARS- Ennio Morricone
6. THE MIRACLE WORKER - Laurence Rosenthal
7. THE CARDINAL - Jerome Moross
8. AIRPORT - Alfred Newman
9. BEN-HUR - Miklos Rozsa
10. KING KONG - John Barry

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

Why recommend something to a "friend" if it wasn't a personal favorite? Wouldn't that be disingenuous or lacking sincerity?

Were you directing that to me?...LOL. The one's I'm recommending are some of my favorites. There are just so many from other composers, but I could only choose 10 silly...


Why would you think that I was directing that to you?frown But again, why not choose the 10 most favorite?

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Why would you think that I was directing that to you?frown But why not choose the 10 most favorite?

Superman, I believe that is what all of us are doing! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Taylor Fenno   (Member)

Well it was right underneath my post and I had mentioned many favorites not making the list. Hence, I thought it was directed to me.

But yeah, these are some of my favorites. There are others but just didn't make this list.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

Why would you think that I was directing that to you?frown But why not choose the 10 most favorite?

Superman, I believe that is what all of us are doing! smile


EDIT:Not necessarily.

If someone asked me for a RECOMMENDATION, I would tell them the BEST from my point of view. Why wouldn't I? C'mon, help me out?

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

Well it was right underneath my post and I had mentioned many favorites not making the list. Hence, I thought it was directed to me.

But yeah, these are some of my favorites. There are others but just didn't make this list.


BUT, why not the 10 MOST favorite??

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Why would you think that I was directing that to you?frown But why not choose the 10 most favorite?

Superman, I believe that is what all of us are doing! smile


I wasn't. If someone asked me for a RECOMMENDATION, I would tell them the BEST from my point of view. Why wouldn't I? What, am I wrong here? C'mon, help me out?


confused

I have no idea what you mean, man! This is not a recommendation thread, it's just a list of 10 favourite albums by 10 (of our favourite) film composers. If someone sees them as recommendations, then that's fine too! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   Taylor Fenno   (Member)


BUT, why not the 10 MOST favorite??


Because the rules of the OP. It's just a fun little thing...lol. I think you may be making way more of this. Start a thread that lists the 10 MOST Favorite, if that's what you would prefer to see.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

OK, here are ten, but I could easily do twenty (as shown by the fact that I didn't even get to John Williams on this list, and that's not to say he isn't one of my ten favorites). The hardest part is picking one work from each in a few cases.

Jerry Goldsmith–Planet of the Apes
Ron Goodwin–Battle of Britain
Maurice Jarre–Lawrence of Arabia
Klaus Doldinger–Das Boot
Basil Poledouris–Robocop
Elmer Bernstein–Magnificent Seven
John Scott–Final Countdown
Vangelis–1492 Conquest of Paradise
Ennio Morricone–The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
John Barry–Goldfinger

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

1) Herrmann - Mysterious Island This colorful, full blooded and inventive score, along with Journey to the Center of the Earth, are the first film scores that captured my attention and imagination as a kid back in the early 60s.

2) Williams - The Empire Strikes Back My personal pick for best soundtrack listen ever.

3) Goldsmith - Planet of the Apes This groundbreaking score from my favorite composer was by far the hardest one for me to pick and the choice would probably change every day!

4) Horner - Aliens Played this suspenseful and exciting score to death when it came out back when I was a huge fan of Horner's music before his 90s transition.

5) Howard - Wyatt Earp Big, earnest Americana western sound.

6) Elfman - Edward Scissorhands Sublime, snowy stuff that makes me cry like the movie does.

7) Giacchino - The Incredibles This way too much fun, Bondesque score was my first exposure to Giacchino and what made me seek out his other work on the way to becoming a completist.

8) Broughton - Silverado Much like Wyatt Earp, big, bold percussively driven western music.

9) North - Spartacus My choice for the finest film music ever written.

10) Silvestri - Predator Atmospheric, percussive and with a sound all its own.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)


BUT, why not the 10 MOST favorite??


Because the rules of the OP. It's just a fun little thing...lol. I think you may be making way more of this. Start a thread that lists the 10 MOST Favorite, if that's what you would prefer to see.


If the answer isn't there, that's fine. But don't blame the question.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

This is not a recommendation thread...

"A friend mine recently asked me to recommend..."


I have no idea what you mean, man!

I guess so. Damnfrown

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   TruPretender   (Member)

This is the TOUGHEST decision. There are so many composers that are deserving of more than one pick each, but here it goes; I will try! These are in no particular order, but soundtracks that I WOULD INEED recommend to anybody without a second thought.

Jerry Goldsmith - Capricorn One - The Complete Score (Intrada SC)
John Debney - Cutthroat Island
Georges Delerue - Something Wicked This Way Comes (Complete and remastered!!!!)
John Barry - King Kong (Complete!)
David Shire - The Hindenburg
Mikloz Rozsa - Ben Hur
Harry Manfredini - Friday the 13th (The Complete Score to the ORIGINAL 1980 film)
Mike Batt - Caravans (OMG! Gorgeous!)
Pino Donaggio - Dressed to Kill and/or Blow Out (Both in COMPLETE entirety)
John Williams - Family Plot

There ya have it, but I feel like I limited and never gave any others a chance!

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

These are in no particular order, just my favorite composers and personal favorite scores of theirs.

That was an honest representation and RECOMMENDATION from your point-of-view though. That's how a person furthers their interest in filmmusic. Not the other way around usually.frown

 
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