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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2011 1:08:22 AM PDT
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World is one of the best movies (and scores) of cinema. I heartily agree.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 1:34:46 PM PDT
MOON (for "memories".... beautiful piece) and SOLARIS (because it goes nicely with it...)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 1:36:41 PM PDT
"RETRO-CINEMATIC COP SHOW" because I just love that era....

Posted on May 2, 2011 1:36:04 PM PDT
M. Prevette says:
Everyone needs to hear:

Blade Runner - Vangelis
Somewhere In Time - John Barry
Body Heat - John Barry
First Blood - Goldsmith
Peyton Place - Franz Waxman
Ben Hur OR King Of Kings - Miklos Rosza
Star Wars A New Hope - Williams
Star Trek 2 The Wrath Of Khan - Horner
House Of Sand And Fog - Horner
The Fly - Howard Shore
Total Recall - Goldsmith
Thief - Tangerine Dream
Knowing - Marco Beltrami
Broken Arrow - Hans Zimmer
Angels and Demons - Zimmer
El Cid - Rosza
Conan The barbarian - Poledouris

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2011 12:34:48 AM PDT
koikaze says:
YES! Both Kenshin OVA Soundtracks are on my top list of soundtracks! Record of Lodoss War, I have that one also but haven't listen to it in many years!

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 9:09:46 AM PDT
Dave says:
It's hard to beleive I am the first to mention "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" the original cast production by Andrew Loyd Price and "FM" original soundtrack Rock. By the way, you aint' heard nothin until you listen to your favorite music on a good vinyl LP.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2011 11:56:00 AM PDT
How about:
Transformers: The Score
Angels and Demons
The Land Before Time
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 7:04:10 PM PDT
Bob Brooks says:
Doc Hollywood should get a listen by everyone. It's amazing.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 2:23:17 AM PDT
There was a movie released in the late 60's called "Viva Max" it was a about a small group of modern day Mexican Soldiers who marched into San Antonio to retake The Alamo. The movie had a beautiful theme with a big brass sound, I remember buying a cut-out copy in a 59 cent bin, I'd love to hear that recording again.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 8:38:43 AM PDT
YOU folks have missed the boat on your list. Let me share my daily score
1. The Bourne Series by John Powell
2. Crimison Tide by Hans Zimmer
3. The General's Daughter by Carter Burwell
4. The Dark Knight by Zimmer
5. Under Siege
6. The Thing (John Carpenter) by Gareth Williams
7. Executive Decision by Jerry Goldsmith
8. Prince of Darkness (Carpenter) by Gareth Williams
9. Van Helsing
10. Unbreakable
11. Blade by Mark Isham
12. Star Terk by James Horner
13. Constantine by Brian Tyler
14. Flash Gordon by Queen
15. Replacement Killers by Harry Gregson-Williams
16. Invincible by Two Steps From Hell
17. Inception by Zimmer
18. X-Men: First Class Trailer by Methodic Doubt
19. American Beauty by Thomas Newman
20. Michael Clayton by London Music Works
21. The Last Airbender by James Newton Howard
22. Solaris by Cliff Martinez

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 8:32:20 PM PDT
R. Roseberry says:
Here are some of my favorites that have not been mentioned:
Silverado (Broughton)
The Red Violin (Corigliano)
Dolores Claiborne (Elfman)
The Best Years of Our Lives (Friedhofer)
The Boys From Brazil (Goldsmith)
Krull (Horner)
Ragtime and The Natural (Randy Newman)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Shearmur)
And, of course, anything by the great filmscorers of the golden age of Hollywood:Korngold, Herrmann, Steiner, Waxman, Alfred Newman, Rozsa,

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 7:35:04 AM PDT
Photog says:
The oscar winner for best score this past year (The King's Speech) was doing the NEW MOON score the previous year. The score for THE TWILIGHT SAGA - NEW MOON was better than the one that won the oscar! Check it out. It is one of the best I have ever heard.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 10:53:27 AM PDT
John Green says:
Last Airbender still should've won, or at least have been nominated. Screw Inception. (rant over)

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 7:48:15 PM PDT
how about
crazy heart

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 8:04:15 AM PDT
While not a soundtrack, the album "Illusions" by Thomas Bergersen is what I would consider the top of the contemporary orchestral genre. Anyone who's into soundtracks will love it.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 4:46:51 AM PDT
ScoreBuff says:
I'm gonna throw a few out there that fly under most people's radar:

Josh Kramer ("Beginnings" & "Only Memories")
Edward Shearmur ("Passengers" & "Mother and Child")
Angelo Milli (7 Pounds)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 9:11:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2011 9:12:36 AM PST
Fangride says:
I personally find the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack to really be quite masterful. Hans Zimmer really showed his skill with it, and I bought it as soon as it came out. Generally, Zimmer's scores are amazing anyway though! Sherlock was just a high point for me. Daft Punk's OST for Tron: Legacy was fantastic as well.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 5:37:00 AM PST
acsc says:
The Village is a must listen for any soundtrack lover.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 4:50:53 AM PST
Edward Bell says:
I would like the Definitive Collectors Edition of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
Ihave the rerecorded version,

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 11:48:01 PM PST
There are so many it is hard for me to choose just a few to put at the top of a list. There are soundtracks that have just a few songs that I really enjoy and then there are those that every track is great. Some are instrumental and others vocal. I very seldom buy CDs unless they are a soundtrack. There are a few that I play a lot but that doesn't make them better than the others. A few that I feel that have every track I like is: Seredipity, Cousins, Bladerunner, King of Kings, The Good The Bad and The Ugly just to mention a few. Like I said all music is good I just like some better than others.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 11:39:09 PM PST
Agnes says:
Braveheart - James Horner
Conspiracy Theory - Carter Burwell ("Riding")
Dances With Wolves - John Barry
Dragonheart - Randy Edelman
The Fifth Element - Eric Serra
House of Flying Daggers - Shigeru Umebayashi; the track "Lovers (Mei and Jin)" alone gets this one a place on my list
The Mission - Ennio Morricone (or anything by Ennio Morricone, from his work on better known films such as Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchables to lesser known films like Frantic and Orca; he is, without a doubt, one of my favorite composers.)
Pride and Prejudice - Dario Marianelli ("Liz On Top of the World")

And I also have to second (or third) mentions of The Last of the Mohicans and Conan the Barbarian. Greatness to be found in both.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 6:37:08 PM PST
Ellex says:
I can't agree with you, Fangride. I was very disappointed in Zimmer's work on Sherlock Holmes. It was largely the same tune re-orchestrated in a variety of styles. Try the soundtrack to the BBC tv update, "Sherlock". It will be available in the US on March 27. The music is simply fantastic.
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Posted on Jan 29, 2012 6:52:21 PM PST
Ellex says:
In no particular order, although I'll try to separate them into TV and film scores:

Last of the Mohicans
any film scores written by Danny Elfman
Pirates of the Caribbean (the first 3 films - I haven't heard the music for the 4th)
Dune (the 1984 film)
The Dead Zone - Michael Kamen
Lord of the Rings
The Piano - Michael Nyman
The Tree of Life - Alexander Desplat
Gosford Park
Memoirs of a Geisha
just about anything by Ennio Morricone

Doctor Who (all of the soundtracks for the new series by Murray Gold)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tv series - both the featured pop songs and the scores for the episodes
The World of Jeeves and Wooster (music from the tv series)
Inspector Morse
Sherlock (the new BBC series)

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 10:34:47 PM PST
I really liked Kingdom of Heaven, by Harry Gregson-Williams. It's very atmospheric, captures the feeling of tension between Christians and Muslims by using church chorales and Arabic music together. It's not very much like Shrek. Unfortunately, one of the best pieces used in the movie isn't on the soundtrack: Vide Cor Meum, written for the Hannibal soundtrack and available there. Highly recommended.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 7:40:10 PM PST
I have about 80 scores in my collection, but the standouts that I keep returning to over and over again are:

Invincible, Archangel by Two Steps from Hell (Film trailer scores instead of film scores, but truly oustanding work).
Illusions by Thomas Bergerson (one-half of Two Steps from Hell, a score-like work).
The Dark Knight, Inception, Sherlock Holmes (not Game of Shadows), King Arthur, Mission: Impossible-2 by Hans Zimmer.
Logan's Run by Gerry Goldsmith.
The Lord of the Rings, the Complete Recordings (all three films) by Howard Shore.
Tron: Legacy by Daft Punk (after deleting the track "The Grid", which is just silly).
Conan the Barbarian by Basil Polidouros (sp?).
Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, by James Horner.
Casino Royale, Stargate by David Arnold.
Battlestar Galactica (Seasons 1-4) by Bear McCreary.
House of Flying Daggers by Shigeru Umebayashi.
Predators by John Debney.
Priest by Christopher Young.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand by Joseph LoDuca.
Star Trek by Michael Giacchino.
Transformers by Steve Jablonsky.
Twilight: New Moon by Alexandre Desplat.
Underworld by Paul Haslinger.
Waterworld by James Newton Howard.
X-Men First Class by Henry Jackman.
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