also my favorite dylan lp. 'pat garrett and billy the kid' soundtrack. kurt
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1. Fillmmusik collection by Irmin Schmidt that includes unfortunately unknown movies for me since I'm very poor in German: Rote Erde, Flight to Berlin, Im Hertzen Der Hurricane and others...
2. Paris Texas by Ry Cooder
3. Broken Vessels by Bill Laswell
4. Metroland by Mark Knophler
5. Last Man Standing by Ry Cooder
6. Pulp Fiction
7. Natural Born Killers
8. Once Upon a Time in America by Ennio Morricone
Here are some soundtracks that aren't collections of pop songs that I still listen to and love:
Paris, Texas soundtrack by Ry Cooder
The Hours--piano music by Steve Reich
The Piano--original music composed by Michael Nyman
Koyanuutsu or whatever--really cool soundtrack but I can't remember the spelling of the name of the movie
Last of the Mohicans--music by Trevor Jones
The Mahabharata--on the Realworld label
Of Mice and Men--music composed by Mark Isham
Bugsy--music by Ennio Morricone, a soundtrack master
Ennio Morricone, Film Music vol. 1 and 2--collection of great compositions by the master
Two of my favorite film scores (others by these folks are good too, but these are their best):
the Score (not soundtrack) for American Beauty. All mostly percussion music but haunting and beautiful
The score for Chocolat. A fabulous disc, one of my favorites of all time. Perfect to cook to.
The Thin Red Line is also very good.
Have been enjoying Kissing Jessica Stein soundtrack this winter - great mix of female vocal jazz with one Lyle Lovett that is probably the hi-lite. Amazing movie as well - maybe a best of for the year wierd for me in that I usually run as fast as possible from romantic comedies. A couple of other favourites are Heaven's Prisoner track (blues)and a Nina Rota compilation of Felini movie music (sure Tom Waits has this one in his collection).
You can't go wrong with Slipknot's list, especially the glorious Vangelis "Blade Runner". Almost all of Vangelis' film work is recommended. As is John Barry's James Bond series. The list of great film composers is immence, but the best way to get acquainted with this music is to simply pay attention to the score as you watch the film. Luckily, most good scores accompany good movies (do they make them anymore?).
A very short list:
The Wicker Man-Paul Giovanni
Black Robe-Georges Delerue
El Cid-Miklos Rozsa
Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage)-Alain Goaguer
Local Hero-Mark Knopfler
It's great to see you have an interest. Your on the right (sound)track!
Great list! I can't believe I didn't list "Local Hero". it is my number one choice. I have the 1st pressing vinyl version and it is glorious! I also left out "Finding Forrester". Anyone not familiar with this, it is full of Miles Davis, Bill Frissell, and the late Great Iz doing a Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World medly
The one and only: Bernard Herrmann. Wrote the music for "Citizen Kane" "Magnificent Ambersons" "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" "The Day The Earth Stood Still" "The Wrong Man" "The Trouble With Harry" North By Northwest" "Vertigo" "Psycho" "Marnie" "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" "Jason and the Argonauts" "Mysterious Island" "Journey to the Center of the Earth" "Sisters" "Taxi Drivers"... and more! And most of these are available as original soundtracks or excellent newly recorded versions. If you don't know Herrmann's music, you don't know film soundtracks.
Your nomination of Bernard Hermann is spot on. While I put Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, as far as film soundtracks go, on a list of one; with regard to film scores in particular, Bernard Hermann is alone at the top.
His music for Vertigo (a brilliant musical commentary on Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde") is among my favorite compositions, in any musical genre, of the entire Century. It is impossible to overestimate the quality and importance of Bernard Hermann's film scores.
Have you ever heard or seen the movie "Southern Comfort"? Ry Cooder soundtrack, very erie and cool. He also did the soundtrack for "Crossroads" w/ Ralph Macchio. Very bluesy, and cool. I've always like the Wang Chung soundtrack from "To Live and Die in LA", a great cop movie featuring Willem Dafoe and William Peterson (currently on CSI).
Check 'em out.
For the Reggae fans "The Harder They Come" will hit the spot. For someone looking for a place to get into Reggae a good one to start.The Ry Cooder ones mentioned above are fine."Super Fly"stands on its own as does Harry Nilsson's "The Point" (with the narration). Generally though, movie soundtracks are weak and dull musically and need the visual support.
The movie ÂDark StreetsÂ has an absolutely fabulous sound track of blues and swing music. The movie is actually about music, so on the DVD you get to see some of the songs performed full length on stage. One of the songs done by Bijou Phillips will knock you out. Unfortunately that Bijou Phillips song isnÂt on the soundtrack CD, but still in all its darn good. If you like blues and swing music, youÂll like Dark Streets.