Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Mastadge, Aug 17, 2005.
V: Original Soundtrack Recording
by Joe Harnell
by Harry Gregson-Williams
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Gladiator - LOVE IT!
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the Kign
The Phantom of the Opera - movie version
The Phantom of the Opera - Original Broadway
Out of Africa - a few tracks
James Newton Howard - LOVE IT
The Village - LOVE IT
Lady in the Water
JUST RECENTLY ADDED:
DANCES WITH WOLVES!! LOVE IT!
TRANSFORMERS - SCORE - LOVE IT!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
+ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
(and I never added Superman Returns when I got it)
The Accidental Tourist
My revised list
-Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1 CD)
-Star Wars: Episode II-Attack Of The Clones
-Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith
-Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope (2 CD)
-Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back (2 CD)
-Star Wars: Episode VI-Return Of The Jedi (2 CD)
-Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire
-Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (80's Concert album)
-The Star Wars Trilogy (Music from the OT)
-Superman The Movie (1978 album)
-Superman The Movie: (2 CD Rhino)
-Superman The Movie: (2 CD FSM)
-Superman II (FSM)
-Superman III (FSM)
-Superman IV (2 CD FSM)
-Superman (1988 FSM CD)
-Superman Bonus (FSM)
-Batman Original Soundtrack (Prince)
-Batman Original Score (Danny Elfman)
-Batman Forever Original Soundtrack
-Batman Forever Original Score
-Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Soundtrack
-Batman (TV series soundtrack)
-Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
-Mortal Kombat (The Immortals)
-Mortal Kombat Original Soundtrack
-Mortal Kombat Original Score
-Mortal Kombat: More Kombat Soundtrack
-Mortal Kombat Annhilation
-Star Trek: The Motion Picture Original Soundtrack (2 CD)
-Star Trek: The Asteral Symphony (Music from the first five films)
-Symphonic Star Trek (Music from the first seven films and the various television series)
-Highlander: The Original Scores (Music from the first three films)
-Queen: A New Kind Of Magic (Featuring music used in Highlander)
-A mix tape featuring Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, From Dusk Til Dawn & Desperado
-Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
-Jaws Extended Edition Soundtrack
-The Shadow (1994)
-Stand By Me
-The Best Of Rocky Balboa
-Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
-Conan The Barbarian
-Halloween (20th Anniversary)
-A Nightmare On Elm Street
-Terminator 2: Judgment Day
-Lethal Weapon 2
-Lethal Weapon 3
-The Simpsons Sing The Blues
-Transformers: The Movie-20th Anniversary
-Angel: Live Fast, Die Never
-Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling
Same for me as well as:
The Happening - James Newton Howard
Damn, I didn't realize that was out.
It's more The Sixth Sense than Signs.
Definitely. It has some fabulous moments of intensity and beauty, but is mostly tense, dark, and brooding.
Where does it stand in comparison to the others?
Overall, I would say it's one of the weaker ones, but it's still a Shyamalan/JNH score, so that isn't saying much. There aren't any knock-your-socks off moments ala Hand of Fate, but there are definitely some great pieces. It's a score that won't grab you if you just put it on and listen to it while working or surfing the internet. It requires a dedicated listen or two.
The Birdman of Alcatraz
Introspective Elmer Bernstein music...I greatly enjoy Bernstein in thunderous, action-mode, but it's the more subtle, heartfelt stuff like this score,Far From Heaven, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the quieter parts of The Great Escape, that I really love about his music.
The Wind and The Lion (complete score)
Thrilling stuff. I'd had the original album, and I'd rank it as my favorite Goldsmith score (along with ST:TMP) just based on that, but the remastered complete score gives it a bit more scope, and variation.
ttbk, Kingdom of The Crystal Skulls
It's excellent. One of JNH's best.
One of his best, really? I enjoy it very much, but there are several other scores I would consider much better -- Signs, The Village, Snow Falling On Cedars. It's certainly one of his most intelligently written scores, but that doesn't translate to one of the best for me, at least not yet anyway.
I'm not really a JNH fan, but most of his scores don't really work for me. (Same with Chris Young: I can appreciate their professionalism, but their music doesn't tend to move me or touch me particularly.) Perhaps I'll change it from "one of his best" to "one of his most appealing to me." It's no Lady in the Water, which is far and away my favorite JNH score, but it's immediately accessible to me in a way very few of his scores are.
That's interesting to hear. I've been a huge JNH fan since Waterworld and Signs is one of my all time favorites, but his latest output (aside from Lady in the Water) hasn't been stellar. He's kind of been doing the autopilot thing and I'm hoping that The Happening gets him out of this slump. His best work has always come from his Shyamalan scores.
Well, don't worry, The Happening is anything but autopilot. I'm curious have you heard The Water Horse? It's a really nice album presentation and features some of JNH's best action scoring during the finale.
I've been listening to The Water Horse over the last few days, actually. It's definitely a solid, well produced JNH score but I find it a little stale coming from him. It certainly has standout moments here and there but I feel like I've heard this score from him before. The Celtic inclusions do give it some identity, however.
I guess I just really want another Signs-caliber score from him.
I'm surprised people aren't mentioning I Am Legend, which seemed to catch many by surprise (in a good way) with its album presentation. I for one find that to be his best score between LITW and The Happening -- The Water Horse I don't much care for. There was quite a good cue in Charlie Wilson's War. "Turning the Tide," maybe it was called.
I Am Legend was certainly a welcome surprise (especially to anyone who saw the film as there was virtually no music in the final mix). I personally like The Water Horse more because it's the type of score that really got me started with JNH. He has a great fantasy/adventure sound (Dinosaur, Atlantis, Waterworld), and he returned to that in The Water Horse with cues like "Swimming" and the 4 closing score tracks. Plus, I've always been a real sucker for Celtic music.
"Turning the Tide" is an excellent cue, with the interesting choice of layering tribal drums over Handel's "Messiah", but the rest of the score is pretty standard fare.
I Am Legend is good and definitely benefits from its album presentation (I hardly noticed it in the film), but as far as JNH scores go, I don't consider it among his best.
Basically my issue with his recent output is that he just uses the same ideas over and over but doesn't do anything fresh with them. Like "Deer Hunting" in I Am Legend which starts with an evocative piano idea, but just kind of fizzles with these worn out synth percussion effects that he's so fond of. Or his use of solo trumpet over the same basic string chords. Or that simple percussion rhythm from The Postman that he uses for so many of his action cues now.
These things are what I came to love about his music originally, but I'd like to see him experiment more. Especially since he's capable of getting higher profile projects at this point in his career.
James Newton Howard
This reminds me more of The Village than anything else he's written. I really dig the three note "monster movie" motif.
Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass
Quite a hypnotic score and if you have seen the movie, the score is even more appreciated.
Original OT Trilogy.
Fellowship of the Rings
Empire of the Sun
Raiders of the Lost Ark