The soundtrack to The Mission is musically wonderful, and shows off the system OK. I also really like the sountrack to Braveheart, but it was recorded terribly (lots of noise).
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Georgio Moroder's somewhat dated score to Cat People has some of the deepest and tightest bass ever engraved on LP. The rest of the frequency spectrum is not far behind and the effects are to die for. Just for fun, the Japanese LP (it was never released as a US pressing) of John Carpenter's Halloween is also incredible, much of the creepy dialogue has been left in and the whole affair has a U-R THERE quality that is hard to match. Finally, Miles Davis soundtracks, The Lift To The Scaffold and Jack Johnson are musts for Miles fans but may not hold broader interest beyond that.
Come on guys! No one has yet mentioned Bernard Herrmann! Undoubtedly the greatest soundtrack composer ever. "The Day The Earth Stood Still" "Psycho" "North By Northwest" "Citizen Kane" "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" "Mysterious Island" "Sisters" "Jason And The Argonauts" "The Seventh Vouage Of Sinbad" "Farenheit 451" "Marnie", various "Twilight Zone" episodes, and more.
And let us not forget other great film music composers like Dimitri Tiompkin, Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Eric Korngold.
I'm pleased to see that respondents to this post have listed real soundtracks, not pop music compliations which rule the sales charts these days.
I really love "Emerald Forest," and is one of the few not already listed. I strongly agree with the posters who mentioned both "Lift to the Scaffold," with Miles Davis, and "The Mission."
Off from the usual sound track genre, but totally mesmerizing for me, "The Last Temptation Of Christ." Performed by Peter Gabriel, strange and at the same time, hauntingly beautiful.