Under rated and obscure composers and scores that you love

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  1. Eugene_Meltsner_AIO Jedi Master

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    Somewhat along the lines of the "Scores that need a [better] release" thread is this. What are some of the more under rated or obscure (or both) composers and scores that you wish had more exposure, a release, or both?

    For me, Michael Tavera instantly stands out. The only two major scores for films I've seen are Rocket Man and Mr. Magoo, both Disney films, both pretty much flops. Still, the scores are fantastic! Sure, they're comedies (I know, Disney comedies, no less! Oh, puke!), but they both have catchy, memorable main themes (Rocket Man actually has two or three of them), and fun underscore. Watch Rocket Man (you'll live; I, for one, love it), and listen to the music for the scene when Fred is in the G-Force test ("I WANT MY MOM-MYYYY!"), and just try to tell me you honestly can't find that the least bit fun, easy to listen to, and hummable--or at least one of the three. If they released a score album for it, I'd buy it as soon as I could. Intrada, Varese, are you guys listening?

    What about you guys?
  2. jedi_master_ousley Manager Emeritus

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    I don't know who wrote the music for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," but I really like it. :p
  3. AdamBertocci Manager

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    ousley -- the score was public domain music, mostly from DeWolfe.



    In other news, I love the Dogma score (Howard Shore), particularly the bit that plays when Jay and Bob attack the triplets. (not on the album! :( )



    Rick McCallum loves you!
  4. winter_chili Force Ghost

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    yann tiersen, he did the score for amelie and some other french films
  5. --Darth_Ganondorf-- Jedi Master

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    The Scorpion King. Some score freaks hate it because of the mere presence of an electric guitar. Not many people know about it, muchless care... :(









    btw, John Debney did it
  6. jamesdrax Jedi Grand Master

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    Supergirl by Jerry Goldsmith - Not an obscure composer but the soundtrack is as hard to find as it is brilliant.

    Gojira vs. MekaGojira by Akira Ifukube - I'm certainly not embarrassed to admit that I ordered this extremely rare 2-CD set from ebay, but it was worth it. An awesome score for a great Kaiju film!

    Elizabeth by David Hirschfelder - Nothing special, I just love it.

    Batman - Mask of the Phantasm by Shirley Walker - None of the original Danny Elfman Batman themes present, but still worth listening to, and has some interesting sounding (and unsettling) choral performances.
  7. Eugene_Meltsner_AIO Jedi Master

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    Ah, yes! The main titles alone are awesome on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. I'm gonna have to get that.
  8. Well_Of_Souls Jedi Grand Master

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    The Evolution score by John Powell is excellent. From the humorous waltz for the evolving aliens to the Western-influenced main theme, this score is fun from start to finish.

    The score to Antz is another excellent score, composed by both John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. I love anything these two guys do together.

    And another obscure and underrated Goldsmith score I really like is King Solomon's Mines. Sure it's an Indy rip-off, but it still has great memorable tunes and exciting action music. It's also damn near impossible to find.
  9. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    yes, ANTZ was one of the first scores I bought. Loved the movie, loved the music, had to have it. Nobody ever mentions either the movie or the music :(
  10. charben01 Jedi Knight

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    Yes, Antz is a cool, offbeat kind of score. One of my favorites is an obscure movie but everyone here knows the composer: SpaceCamp. I was lucky to get the Japanese CD years ago and it's a great Williams score.
  11. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    Harry Manfredini

    John Carpenter

    Jerry Goldsmith
  12. Eugene_Meltsner_AIO Jedi Master

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    And another obscure and unde Goldsmith score I really like is King Solomon's Mines. Sure it's an Indy -, but it still has great memorable tunes and exciting action music. It's also damn near impossible to find.

    Intrada's selling it for 15 bucks plus shipping. Not sure how complete it is, but it looks like a pretty good release.

    Spacecamp's a good call, too.
  13. Well_Of_Souls Jedi Grand Master

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    I got my copy of King Solomon's Mines off Ebay a few months ago. There's a decent amount of music on it, about 60+ minutes of music in total.
  14. jamesdrax Jedi Grand Master

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    "Intrada's selling it for 15 bucks plus shipping. Not sure how complete it is, but it looks like a pretty good release."

    Thanks for that info. I just bought it. I could have bought it at amazon.com for about USD$30 - $35... thank goodness I didn't.

    :D
  15. Monkeys_Uncle Jedi Padawan

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    I would have to say that Lisa Gerrard is definetly under-rated as a composer, and even a musician in her own right. She collaborated on films such as Gladiator, The Insider, and Ali. She composed the score for Whalerider by herself. People might recognise her as being a former half of the Australian duo - 'Dead Can Dance'.
  16. Jedi_Humaira_Blaine Manager Emeritus

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    Hi people, I'm new in this forum...thought I'd pop in coz I love music and I am quite heavily involved in it myself. :)


    The score for Little Women! :D -The version with Winona Ryder. The music is very moving and beautiful to listen to. It's one of my favourite things about the film.

    Sadly I haven't been able to find it anywhere. So I can only hear it while watching the movie. Each moment in the film is beautifully complimented by the music. [face_love]

    Can anyone tell me who composed it? :confused: I guess I could check the credits again. :)

    Thanks,

    Blaine
  17. Well_Of_Souls Jedi Grand Master

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    Can anyone tell me who composed it?

    Thomas Newman, and yes, it is a great score. :)
  18. Jedi_Humaira_Blaine Manager Emeritus

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    Thank you Well_Of_Souls. Much appreciated. :D

    Another nice soundtrack is the Pearl Harbour one. Lots of the themes there too are very moving and sad. :(

  19. Eugene_Meltsner_AIO Jedi Master

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  20. Darth-Walken Force Ghost

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    I think that Basil Poledouris is very underrated. He has this wonderful ability to fill his scores with great, driving brass marches, and yet counter such bombastic themes, with very sweeping and emotional string sections. His scores are big, and yet very personal at the same time. He is also very influential. Even the great Jerry Goldsmith, seemingly plagiarised his main title theme from Conan, when he was writing the score for Total Recall.



  21. darkknight_152002 Jedi Grand Master

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    Bright Sheng is a wonderful Chinese composer who isn't too well-known. If you can find any of his music, it will surely be a treat. His Nanking! Nanking! A Therenody for Pipa and Orchestra is an amazing work that is in memory of the survivors of the Rape of Nanking in 1937.
  22. DamonD Manager Emeritus

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    I agree with Darth-Walken about Poledouris.
    His Conan work is tremdously evocative for me.

    I've also loved Christopher Young's work on the Hellraiser films, especially the second (Hellbound)...even though I haven't really liked much of his stuff after that. Hellbound's "Second Sight Seance" in particular is an awesomely powerful example of telling a story through music.

    And this isn't a score or even a composer...but having sat through Highlander 3, the film was almost redeemed single-handedly by the beautiful "Bonny Portmore" sung by Loreena McKennitt.
  23. Darth-Walken Force Ghost

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    DamonD, his work on Conan was brilliant :)

    I also agree with you about Christopher Young. Some of his early horror film scores were very good, especially the Hellraiser series.
  24. JMax Jedi Knight

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    Last of the Mohicans soundtrack pushed the movie when it slowed...
  25. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    Various video-game composers. Such as Clint Bajakian, who can mimic the Williams style.

    And Joel McNeely. Great Shadows of the Empire soundtrack.

    So basically, anyone who sounds like Williams. :p
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