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Topic: Non-Bond Film Scores That We Love

Opened as a result of Barbel and I (and others) commenting on assorted film composers that we enjoy in the various 'Bond Film Watchalong' threads that we've been running for the past few weeks.

The purpose of this thread is to share personal favorite pieces of film music and/or to discuss specific composers and their output over the years. 

My personal favorite musical pieces:
1. 'The Asteroid Battle' from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, composed by John Williams.  For me, this is the single best piece of Star Wars based film scoring that he ever did.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNDEljd1cQI
On top of being a fantastic piece of music, it also perfectly complements the action on the screen.

2. 'Stealing the Enterprise' from STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, composed by James Horner.  Again, his best work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEmAi8Yp-A0

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As a film buff with an extensive soundtrack and film score collection here are my picks:

1. Halls  from Ghostbusters (1984) composed by Elmer Bernstein. I really like how this is a spookiness to this piece as the Ghostbusters search the Hotel for signs of a ghost. Plus after Dr. Ray Stantz encounters Slimer and fails to catch him their is a nice piece that encourages you to laugh:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi4AaRlZXc0

2. Home Coming from First Blood (1982) composed by Jerry Goldsmith. I like how the Orchestra starts off with an instrumental take on the theme song It's A Long Road, and then moves into a cheerful optimistic sounding melody as John Rambo locates the home of his teammate Delmore Barry. It is a great start to the film, and one of the only non-somber sounding pieces of the score:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-vdoiN83Vo&list=PL7v_KFM4xhO3hbC5arM0A1iaWwmJ-AWts&index=2

Last edited by PPK 7.65mm (23rd Apr 2020 19:54)

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No surprise, my pick is John Barry.

1) From Ruby Cairo here's "Pyramid Of Cheops" which I think Gymkata will especially like since there's some resemblances to the MR score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfa8Ybsou0


2) From Deadfall this is "Romance For Guitar And Orchestra" (Barry appeared onscreen conducting the orchestra... sound familiar?) This was an early favourite of mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=564HbbVe3D0

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PPK 7.65mm wrote:

As a film buff with an extensive soundtrack and film score collection here are my picks:

1. Halls  from Ghostbusters (1984) composed by Elmer Bernstein. I really like how this is a spookiness to this piece as the Ghostbusters search the Hotel for signs of a ghost. Plus after Dr. Ray Stantz encounters Slimer and fails to catch him their is a nice piece that encourages you laugh:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi4AaRlZXc0

2. Home Coming from First Blood (1982) composed by Jerry Goldsmith. I like how the Orchestra starts off with an instrumental take on the theme song It's A Long Road, and then moves into a cheerful optimistic sounding melody as John Rambo locates the home of his teammate Delmore Barry. It is a great start to the film, and one of the only non-somber sounding pieces of the score:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-vdoiN83Vo&list=PL7v_KFM4xhO3hbC5arM0A1iaWwmJ-AWts&index=2

Those are both excellent.
I particularly love Bernstein's work in GHOSTBUSTERS.  It's nice and playful when it needs to be.

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As we were talking about Michael Kamen in one of those threads, I submit that this was some truly excellent work by him:

from HIGHLANDER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQhkQGNeq00

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I didn't like the Robert Downey jr Sherlock Holmes movies, but I like the soundtracks a lot: it sounds distinctive, fun an memorable:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgRVJksQocM

I've  loved the soundtrack for "The piano" since I saw it in hte cinema:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Y1zXe … e=emb_logo

Everything about "Once upon a time in the West, including the score:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

And i feel I have to list one that's obscure anywhere but where I am - "Reodor's theme" from Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

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Number24 wrote:

Everything about "Once upon a time in the West, including the score:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

Hard to go wrong with Morricone.

One of my favorite movies of the last decade is RUSH (2013), directed by Ron Howard.  It has one of Hans Zimmer's better soundtrack efforts, in my opinion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0FOx761enU

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Bernard Herrmann's score for 'Taxi Driver' is a favourite of mine. It's completely fused with the mise-en-scene of the film and Travis Bickle's subjective experience of his world.

Another is Franz Waxman's score for 'The Bride Of Frankenstein'. Waxman is totally attuned to the movie's camp style and assigns memorable themes to both The Monster and his Bride.

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I've always been a fan of Ennio Morricone, especially his scores for the Leone spaghetti westerns. Some personal favorites include:

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Main Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1PfrmCGFnk
The Ecstacy of Gold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVc2MQwMkg
Final Showdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXldafIl5DQ


Once Upon a Time in the West
Final Showdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwb3P0fuM1c
Closing Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBno8SG421I


Duck You Sucker / Fistful of Dynamite
Sean's Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDHYYERjolw


And for something of a different vein, his soundtrack to Danger Diabolik
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGF9PWwNcis

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The Last of the Mohicans has both energetic string and lush, epic pieces music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjwBNs … e=emb_logo

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Number24 wrote:

The Last of the Mohicans has both energetic string and lush, epic pieces music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjwBNs … e=emb_logo

I am a huge fan of this score. In addition to Trevor Jones' main theme, one of my other favourite tracks is 'The Courier', composed by Randy Edelman. By and large the most memorable portions of the score are those composed by Jones, but this is Edelman's standout moment in my opinion.

But my favourite parts of the score are 'The Kiss' and 'Promontory' (This link is to the film version, not the album version). Both of these cues make use of the fiddle tune 'The Gael' by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean. This particular tune is one of my all time favourites. This is Dougie Maclean's original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JuC1hYCdvs

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Elmer Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven, not just the theme (best ever movie theme), but the whole score is, well....magnificent.
Great Escape deserves a mention too.

James Horner: Cocoon and Cocoon The Return is his best IMO.

Mark Shaiman: City Slickers.

Edited Horton to Horner - too much rum in my pineapple juice  ajb007/lol

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One of my formative film experiences was watching Guy Hamilton's 1969 film Battle of Britain (produced by Harry Saltzman). This film had a huge influence on my lifelong interest in aviation and World War II. The score is also one of my favourites, and it has an interesting story behind it. Originally William Walton was to score the film, but his work was rejected. However, I think it was Laurence Olivier who insisted that some of it be kept in the film, and so the climactic battle sequence features William Walton's composition 'Battle in the Air' which is one of my all time favourite soundtrack cues. Admittedly this is the only cue in Walton's score that I really like, and I personally am very happy that the rest of the film had a score by Ron Goodwin who was the master of the 1960s war movie score. Particularly memorable are his main 'Battle of Britain March' which represents the RAF in the film, and 'Aces High' which represents the Luftwaffe.

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Great thread Gymkata ajb007/cheers

There are so many non Bond soundtracks I love from various genres. Anything from the holy trinity of Barry, Williams and Morricone hit the mark, but as some of these have already been mentioned, I'll throw in a couple of alternatives;

Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bah9qGe6eY

Witchfinder General by Paul Ferris; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UyN-9CbKyA

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Number24 wrote:

The Last of the Mohicans has both energetic string and lush, epic pieces music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjwBNs … e=emb_logo

That is a fantastic soundtrack all the way through, but this track deserves particular mention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tjdswqGGVg

As a piece on its own, it's marvelous.  Paired with the movie it's amazing.

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Some other exemplary soundtracks that come to mind:

THE MUMMY (1999), Jerry Goldsmith
- probably the closest that Jerry ever got to replicating the feel of a John Williams INDIANA JONES score.
ROB ROY (1995), Carter Burwell
THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998), James Horner
- wonderful Spanish influences throughout.

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Jerry Goldsmith’s score for the original Planet Of The Apes is also excellent.

Burt Bacharach’s score for Butch Cassidy is also a favourite of mine as is Rod McKuen’s, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

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As a kid, I listened to the soundtrack of The Sting endlessly.  Still love it.  Scott Joplin rags, Marvin Hamlisch originals -- awesome.

More recently, the soundtrack for Iris features beautiful orchestral music from James Horner, with Joshua Bell featured on violin.  Just gorgeous.

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Elmer Bernstein's score for The Ten Commandments is as epic as the film itself.  I also really admire the work of Maurice Jarre: he's most famous for Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, but the work he did for Peter Weir--notably The Mosquito Coast--is gorgeous.

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from the scores named above, Taxi Driver and The Sting
The Sting actually taught me to listen to music, my mom bought that soundtrack album when I was a wee lad.
Also Mancini's Pink Panther, that was another one that taught me to listen to music as a lad.

Hermann did all those great Hitchcock soundtracks too, Psycho especially was really radical sounding yet told the story.

I wanna say the Blues Brothers, but mosta those songs are diagetic, so does that count?

oh. and all those Angelo Badalamanti David Lynch soundtracks, especially Twin Peaks.
Lynch himself did the industrial style score for Eraserhead.

and the original Star Wars soundtrack, that also taught me to listen to music, with all the recognisable leitmotifs.

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I'll second those that like Ennio Morricone.  This is a concert I really enjoy listening to by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. (2018)  Music from the Spaghetti Westerns, The Godfather, Taxi Driver etc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdZkFXi … prOpWQh-Bg

I'll only list 5 as I could be here forever.

The Pink Panther (1963) - Henry Mancini.  ('It had better be tonight') performed by Fran Jeffries - always worth a look, I mean a listen  ajb007/wink  ajb007/martini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ewSlVFnus

A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Wendy Carlos. Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (Beethoven)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaqvFHuZaJY

The Deep (1977) - John Barry.  Main Title Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ysPVrGYx9c

Midnight Express (1978) - Giorgio Moroder.  Main Theme.  Vocal by Chris Bennett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFgtqj8vu0A

The Crow (1994) - Graeme Revell.  Birth of the Legend.  This is from the score, not to be confused with the soundtrack which is also excellent in my opinion especially if you like heavy music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHLLNNTUO_w

Finally (OK 6), this is more a mini series than a film - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (2009) - Jacob Groth. I particularly liked this song (Would Anybody Die For Me) performed by his wife Misen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itex75zF-Wg

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One of my favorite movie soundtracks is from Amelie (I have never seen this movie) by Yann Tiersen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFxZnLKMZuw

I'm also a big fan of Michael Giacchino, he is pretty versatile in his work. I'm mostly familiar with his works related to Pixar movies. Every time I hear this song,  you go from glee to utter sadness in a matter of 4 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rn-vMbFglI

I would love to see Michael Giacchino score a Bond movie... as I'm pretty sure the soundtrack to the Incredibles was based on some of Barry's work... actually the Incredibles soundtrack is great to listen to if you're looking for that 60s spy vibe. 

Another composer I like is Joe Hisashi, he's most famous for doing soundtracks for Hayao Miyazaki animated films.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGetv40FkI

I guess besides Bond movies, I tend to watch a lot of animated films.  ajb007/lol

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Good call on Michael Giacchino.  He'd do a great job on a Bond soundtrack.

My personal favorite effort from him is from the DOCTOR STRANGE soundtrack:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uoNAFfvKg

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I've been listening to Max Richter's beautiful yet melancholic score for AD ASTRA alot since October. Also really liked his score for HOSTILES.

AD ASTRA theme:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq7f6MKe9fU

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