EugeniaH

Favorite film soundtracks or film songs

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We've touched on this topic a little in the fairly recent "American Graffiti" thread, but when I searched further I didn't see a recent thread specifically devoted to this topic.

 

And if this subject has already been done to death, the thread will simply die a quick death in this high-traffic forum. ;)

 

What are people's favorite soundtracks, or specific songs from films? For me, the ones that immediately come to mind are:

 

The Graduate soundtrack (1968) - Songs by Simon and Garfunkel, one of my all-time favorite groups.

 

The Passion of Joan of Arc soundtrack - the 1928 silent film had music added by the group Voices of Light. A musical religious experience if ever there was one.

 

1969 - the movie wasn't so great (starring Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder), but the soundtrack had great 1960s songs, from Jimi Hendrix, Moody Blues, etc.

 

I'm sure I could add more later...

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I have always stated that *The Wizard of Oz* had one of my favorite soundtracks and was ROBBED at the Acadamy awards! Otherwise, my favorite soundtracks are from movies that some in this forum wouldn't consider "classic". Others are.

 

 

*On The Waterfront* : Leonard Bernstien's score holds up well enough to be featured on the programs of many major symphony orchestras

 

 

*A Clockwork Orange* : Walter (now Wendy) Carlos does a masterful job of recreating time-worn and long beloved classical masterpieces on his array of electronic devices.

 

 

*Ocean's Eleven (2001)* : Dave Morse manages to successfully mix "traditional" cool jazz vibes with modern instrumentation. Often minimalist but effective, it's the best he's done so far.

 

 

*1969/Easy Rider* : I agree with you on the first, and it fits right in with RIDER'S soundtrack

 

 

*That Thing You Do* : This WONDERful Tom Hanks directed film takes place in 1964, but doesn't use any of the music from that period. However, whomever wrote the music being used did succeed in capturing the sound and energy. ANY of the tunes played in this movie would not have been out of place in '64, and could have even become big hits.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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The very first soundtrack that I fell in love with is Alfred Newman's music for "The Egyptian." It is such a beautiful score and, fortunately, it's available on CD now. Because of this movie, Mr. Newman became my all-time favorite composer for the movies. Of course, there are others that I like, but this one holds a special place for me, since it was the first one that I really noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

Terrence.

 

 

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Great posts, all. Actually, I'm doubly glad I started this topic because, as a music lover, I can get new ideas and try and listen to some of these soundtracks/songs.

 

I was thinking further on what I wrote about *The Graduate*. For me, here is a great example of how music enhances a movie. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is at a crossroads in his life because he's graduated from college and he doesn't know what to do with this life, despite the enormous pressures from family and friends. Simon and Garfunkel's moody, "deep" tracks help pull the viewer in and identify with Braddock's confusion. One of the iconic scenes in this movie shows him lying on his raft in his pool ("drifting", symbolically), to the song "The Sounds of Silence". The scene was only this, and the song, played from beginning to end. Not much action, no dialogue, yet it was so powerful.

 

Here's the YouTube clip:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLEmyeQlS5M

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OMG, I have so many soundracks, it takes up over 2/3rds of my music collection. I have both LP and CD soundtracks. Even specialty tapes like "Many Moods of Henry Mancini" ( 8 track tape set) that has selections like "Pink Panther", "Mr Lucky" and "Hatari".

 

In the early 1970's I got 2 volumes of the Time/Life Music "As You Remember Them" that has selections like "Theme From Picnic", "The Odd Couple" (movie), "Two For The Road" and many more.

The "Popeye" soundtrack showed how BAD the movie remix is. Record has much better music but the same unintelligible lyrics. LOL!

 

My oddest would be "Damian, Omen II"

Most colorful is "Harper Valley P.T.A." on *green vinyl* LP

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Some you wouldn't think of like LP soundtrack of "Roller Boogie", "F.I.S.T.", "Foul Play" and "The Swarm".

 

Is this a mix bag or what? :)

 

Edited by: hamradio on Jun 29, 2012 12:21 PM

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I love movie soundtracks ! Music is so important to film.

 

There are so many, I don't know where to begin, but here's a start:

 

Nino Rota's music, almost all of it. He wrote the famous score for *The Godfather*. Perfect musical match for the themes and mood of the movie.

Most people are familiar with that, but perhaps less aware of all the great music he wrote for Italian films, notably Federico Fellini's work.

His scores for *8 1/2* and *Amarcord* in particular perfectly complement those movies, and are also wonderful compositions in themselves. I'm happy to say I have the soundtrack recordings for both.

 

 

I also enjoy the music from Woody Allen's movies. Almost always jazz, sometimes classical. One of the most famous opening scenes ever is the first few minutes of *Manhattan* , in which cinematographer Gordon Willis and editor Susan Morse somehow combine shots of fireworks exploding over the skyline of New York with George Gershwin's stirring Rhapsody in Blue.

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I thought of more soundtracks I like. These are from more recent movies -

 

Soundtrack from *The Black Stallion*

*Glory* (Matthew Broderick) - actually, I remember liking some of the music in this movie, but I don't think there was a soundtrack released...

*Far and Away* (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)

 

As for singles from a movie, I give a vote for the song "To Sir, with Love", performed by Lulu, from the movie of the same name.

 

Edited by: EugeniaH on Jun 29, 2012 9:44 AM

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I tend to notice songs from films a lot more than background soundtracks. So many great songs were originally done for films. One example I recently mentioned was "All My Tomorrows", one of Sinatra's best, first heard in A HOLE IN THE HEAD.

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> {quote:title=hamradio wrote:}{quote}

> The "Popeye" soundtrack showed how BAD the movie remix is. Record has much better music but the same unintelligible lyrics. LOL!

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> My oddest would be "Damian, Omen II"

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> Some you wouldn't think of like LP soundtrack of "Roller Boogie", "F.I.S.T.", "Foul Play" and "The Swarm".

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> Is this a mix bag or what? :)

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I have some of those also...I'd say my favorites soundtrack albums are almost any one I bought back in the 70's, simply because that's when my interest in movies and soundtracks took off. I was really enjoying the albums I bought, not only for the music itself but also because listening to the music helped me recollect the scenes that the music was used in...sort of like a "video for the mind" as it were, before home video really began. Some of my faves are:

 

*Damien: Omen II (1978)* - I played this one so much my brother used to call me "The Satan Worshipper"! ]:)

 

*The Swarm (1978)* - Still one of my fave Jerry Goldsmith scores (along with his Omen trilogy scores)

 

*Carrie (1976)* - My favorite Pino Donaggio score. His best, IMHO.

 

*King Kong (1976)* - One of my fave John Barry scores.

 

*Earthquake (1974)* - One of the first which I got really hooked on. I used to play the "Sensurround" tracks on this one on our stereo console unit at full volume so the house rattled.

 

*Moonraker (1979)* - another Barry fave, and my favorite James Bond score.

 

*Silent Running (1971)* - I used to have the Varese Sarabande reissue on green vinyl.

 

*The Ten Commandments (1956)* - Probably the first classic movie score I ever owned, and still one of my faves (and my fave by Elmer Bernstein. How he never won an Oscar for this one is amazing)

 

*Animal House (1978)* - One of the first song soundtracks I ever got, and played to death for a very long time.

 

*The Towering Inferno (1974)* - Another of the 70's disaster film scores I was snapping up back then.

 

*Airport 1975 (1974)* - Another one I played a lot of.

 

*The Hindenburg (1975)* - My favorite David Shire score (surprised he didn't get a nomination for this one), and still one of my all-time fave soundtracks.

 

*Rollercoaster (1977)* - My favorite Lalo Schifrin score. Another one I played to death.

 

So many others I can't think of right now, but all much loved by me to this day.

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hamradio and kriegerg:

 

I don't think I've seen *Damien, Omen II*, but I'm very familiar with the music from *The Omen*. Now there's a powerful soundtrack! I don't own it, but it goes a long way toward making my favorite horror movie even more chilling.

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> {quote:title=EugeniaH wrote:}{quote}hamradio and kriegerg:

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> I don't think I've seen *Damien, Omen II*, but I'm very familiar with the music from *The Omen*. Now there's a powerful soundtrack! I don't own it, but it goes a long way toward making my favorite horror movie even more chilling.

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You're kidding...you've never seen the second movie? I actually saw Omen II before I got the chance to see the first film (on a double bill with II). How about *The Final Conflict* (Omen III - 1981)? That's another great score...very underrated music, and probably Goldsmith's grandest of the trilogy. Believe it or not, I owned the soundtrack to *The Omen* for a couple of years (also listened to it a lot) before I ever got to actually see the movie!

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Hm... I might have seen some scenes when it was on a cable channel a long while ago, but I've never seen either sequel movie all the way through. But now you've got me interested, so I'll add it to my Netflix queue. Thanks!

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Although I enjoy many kinds of music, film soundtracks occupy a huge percentage of my vinyl and cd music library. I tend to enjoy movie music of the 30-60's, but I'm not limited to just those. Favorite? It's so hard to pick just one.

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As far as soundtracks or the musical score of films go, I think Max Steiner was one of the best. His music always seemed to fit the scene or what was happening to the characters in the film just perfectly.

 

For specific songs in a film I have two favorites.

 

1. "Long Ago and Far Away" from "Cover Girl" with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth. I think the words to that song are so romantic and beautiful.

 

2. "As Time Goes By" from (of course) "Casablanca". I had the organist at my wedding play that as people enter the church. Everyone knew that the song was my choice not my husband's. :)

 

(Although he is happy when I tell him to play "black 22' when we are in Las Vegas, and it hits!)

 

Lori

 

 

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> {quote:title=kevshrop wrote:}{quote}Although I enjoy many kinds of music, film soundtracks occupy a huge percentage of my vinyl and cd music library. I tend to enjoy movie music of the 30-60's, but I'm not limited to just those. Favorite? It's so hard to pick just one.

Back in the 1960s, we'd buy soundtrack albums all the time. Is there any market for that today, I mean other than for movies that use a lot of hit music?

 

The music from Sophie's Choice has stayed in my head since the day I saw the movie in the theatre and I don't think I've ever watched the movie all the way through since. I don't know if it's a favorite, but it and the Patton March certainly stuck in my brain more than any other soundtrack music.

 

I never saw A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, but I remember a lot of its music vividly because my brother played that album constantly.

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The theme of "Airport" (1970) is on the "As You Remember Them" cassettes. Those tapes came with beautiful info/photo books. Some photos are Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Peter Sellers, Angie Dickinson to name a few.

 

I do have the "Animal House" LP.

 

Do you have this zany thing? :)

 

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Lol! (Weird Al...)

 

I remembered another soundtrack that I'd loved a lot: *Grease*. *Xanadu* also has a pretty good soundtrack (Well... I used to be a big Olivia Newton-John fan... ;) )

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1. "Long Ago and Far Away" from "Cover Girl" with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth. I think the words to that song are so romantic and beautiful.

 

"Long Ago and Far Away" may be the most beautiful popular song ever written (at least when sung by Jo Stafford), but in the full context of the movie, I've gotta go with the final playing of "Too Marvelous For Words" in Dark Passage , which is used as a signal to Bogart that Bacall has arrived in South America and has just entered the restaurant where Bogart has been waiting for her every night at the bar. Hard to top that for a 1-2-3 punch.

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So nice to hear you mention *The Egyptian*, my favorite epic of all time! The soundtrack is great, actually it was composed by both Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann. I've been looking for the film on DVD, I thought it had been re-released but can't confirm that.

 

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AndyM108, I agree with you sort of. I just like the words and them melody to Long Ago and Far Away, but I don't think I would purchase the song with either Kelly or Hayworth singing it as they did in the film. Now their dance to the song was very romantic and sexy at least IMHO.

 

I know I have heard other singers sing the song, and maybe it was Jo Stafford I heard.

 

And you are right Too Marvelous For Words is a beautiful songs as well.

 

 

Lori

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Thanks for your comments about "The Egyptian", Swithin. I never tire of listening to this wonderful score. Incidentally, there is a recent re-recording of this score by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The recording is very good and it's nice to have a digital recording of this.

 

 

 

 

 

Terrence.

 

 

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