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#1 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 04 2004 - 10:05 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions on some great movie soundtracks to get? The following are ones that I have and love: -Lord of the Rings (All 3) -Gladiator -Braveheart -Last of the Mohicans -The Thin Red Line -Blackhawk Down -The Civil War (Ken Burns Documentary) I am really interested in finding some music that is like the "Now We Are Free" track on Gladiator. It strikes me as Mediterranean, but I am not a music afficionado. Also, does anyone know what music is playing in the latest trailer for "The Passion of the Christ"? I really appreciate any suggestions, and I am sorry if this has been discussed a lot, lately. I did not find anything after a search. Thanks, Kyle

#2 of 50 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted January 04 2004 - 11:03 AM

You mentioned Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and The Thin Red Line, all of which were composed by Hans Zimmer. Most recently, he composed the score for The Last Samurai, which was nominated for Best Score for the Golden Globe Awards. His scores for Crimson Tide and The Rock are great as well. Randy Edelman, along with Trevor Jones, composed the score for The Last of the Mohicans. Another great work of his is Gettysberg. James Horner composed the score for Braveheart, and he has a reputation of ripping off his own scores. You can hear the theme for A Beautiful Mind in Bicentennial Man, and Titanic's score sounds like the score for Braveheart at times. One of his best works is Apollo 13. I'm not really sure what to recommend for fans of The Lord of the Rings scores, because as far as I know, this was Howard Shore's first venture into epic movie territory, and big time fantasy films aren't made very often.

#3 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 04 2004 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, Thomas. I really appreciate it. Kyle

#4 of 50 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted January 04 2004 - 12:34 PM

If you like James Horner, I would suggest Legend of the Falls and Courage Under Fire. I would also suggest Shawshank Redemption by Thomas Newman. One of my all-time favorites is Born On The Fourth Of July by John Williams. Although there is only about 25 minutes of actual score soundtrack it is one of the most haunting soundracks I have ever heard.
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#5 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 04 2004 - 12:41 PM

Thanks, Marty. I'll be sure to check out the titles you suggested. Kyle

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Posted January 04 2004 - 03:34 PM

Eliot Goldenthal:Final Fantasy James Newton Howard:Unbreakable, and Atlantis John Barry: Dances With Wolves, Out Of Africa also if you liked Gladiator there is a second disc that featured different takes on some tunes like "Now were free",and has some new ones. I also second "The Thin Red Line" by Zimmer,his best score to date.

#7 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 04 2004 - 03:58 PM

Thanks for those suggestions, Lewis. Yeah, "The Thin Red Line" is a great soundtrack. Kyle

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Posted January 04 2004 - 04:00 PM

There are some that I love and am listening to a lot right now. Lord of the Rings (all three) Gladiator The Last Samurai (I love this one) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Many of the Star Wars soundtracks are good Ocean's 11 (not as good as I expected, but still enjoyable if you are in the mood for it) Jaws (one of the best ever) M:I-2 (also by Zimmer, a very fun score) Halo - I've played this game for hours and hours on end with friends, so the score has a lot of sentamental value to me.

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Posted January 04 2004 - 08:42 PM

Thanks, Chad. I agree with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yo-yo Ma is great on that title. Kyle

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Posted January 04 2004 - 08:57 PM

Gods and Generals is pretty good.
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#11 of 50 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted January 05 2004 - 05:46 AM

These may not align with what you are currently listening to, but they are among the best and are essential for any library of film scores: THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - Erich Wolfgang Korngold (new recording on Marco Polo is amazing) VERTIGO - Bernard Herrmann (the best score ever written) BEN-HUR - Miklos Rozsa KING KONG - Max Steiner PATTON - Jerry Goldsmith THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD - Alfred Newman THUNDERBALL - John Barry THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL - Bernard Herrmann SPARTACUS - Alex North PLANET OF THE APES - Jerry Goldsmith EL CID - Miklos Rozsa
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#12 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 05 2004 - 08:37 AM

Thanks, Brian and Peter. I have added your suggestions to my list. I appreciate the replies. Kyle

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Posted January 05 2004 - 09:10 AM

i really like the kevin costner robin hood score. fight club is good, but in a differnet vein. far and away is very nice interview with the vampire the first dune miniseries conan the barbarian the merlin nbc miniseries thats all i can think about right now. i have a stack of like 40 soundtracks on my bed. they are my "go to sleep" music. last few nights has been disc 2 of the empire strikes back

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Posted January 05 2004 - 09:23 AM

Top soundtracks I would highly recommend: - Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - Return of the Jedi - Raiders of the Lost Ark - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Superman - Close Encounters of the Third Kind - E.T. - Schindler's List - JFK - The Paper Chase/The Poseidon Adventure Can you tell I'm a John Williams junkie? Been listening to his music ever since I was 10 years old and first heard the "Star Wars" double album. Also: - Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Saturday Night Fever - Dances With Wolves (we still need a properly expanded CD of all the music from this film!) - Somewhere in Time - Gladiator - LOTR: Return of the King (it's the only one of the trilogy I've gotten to this point)
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#15 of 50 OFFLINE   KylePete

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Posted January 05 2004 - 09:54 AM

Thanks, Bill and Shane.



Bill, John Williams is great. And if you like The Return of the King soundtrack, I think you'll like the first two.



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they are my "go to sleep" music.

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Shane, ditto. Sleep is so much better after some good music.



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#16 of 50 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted January 05 2004 - 09:55 AM

Bill, you really should try to get a copy of Born On The Fourth Of July. It features a trumpet player by the name of Tim Morrison. You can also hear his trumpet solos on Saving Private Ryan, JFK, and James Horner's Apollo 13.
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Posted January 05 2004 - 11:18 AM

Traffic and K-Pax are two great scores that can also serve as go-to-sleep music. For almost every single day of my college life so far when I needed to wake up at a certain time, I have used track 2 of the Pearl Harbor soundtrack, "Tennessee", to wake me up.

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Posted January 05 2004 - 12:23 PM

Try The Mission by Ennio Morricone I read somewhere that this score is what inspired Hanns Zimmer to become a film composer. Great movie as well. If you like techno - try Run Lola Run. It gets a spin at least one a week.
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#19 of 50 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted January 05 2004 - 02:02 PM

Alright, I might as well list everything I've got and want: - Mission to Mars by Ennio Morricone - Magnolia by Jon Brion - Punch-Drunk Love by Jon Brion - Irreversible by Thomas Bangalter - The Matrix Trilogy by Don Davis (for the first film, it would be better to get the DVD which has the entire score on it with commentary by Davis) - Snow Falling On Cedars by Thomas Newton Howard - Much Ado About Nothing by Patrick Doyle - Far From Heaven by Elmer Bernstein - Indecent Proposal by John Barry (there's only one track of score on there, but it's a 23 minute long suite, well worth the money) - The American President by Marc Shaiman - Unfaithful by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

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Posted January 05 2004 - 03:20 PM

Nightbreed - Danny Elfman

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