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June 29, 2012 in Your Favorites
This is just one of my favorites from 2005's Pride and Prejudice.
The 2014 remastered Eric Serra soundtrack to 1994's Leon: The ProfessionalI checked Amazon first, and then decided to order it from Import CDs.It really sounded good on YT, so I expect the CD to be wonderful!
I have several. But, if you're referring to soundtrack RECORDINGS that are released for the general public or consumer market, the WORST, in my opinion, is the "hatchet job" donne by the label that released the OCEAN'S ELEVEN( 2001) soundtrack CD, which omitted a couple of the better pieces of music from that film. However, as just a film soundtrack, I consider it one of the better ones in recent times.
I also dug the soundtrack for "That Thing You Do".
Going back to my dope smoking days( or, "daze" as my wife likes to call the time!) I've often, and sometimes still do, just listen to the background music(or "score" as some would call it) of a movie. Just sit there with my eyes closed and take in what the music is doing and how unique or "avant garde" it can sometimes be. And in THIS category, I'd place:
THE WIZARD OF OZ;
ON THE WATERFRONT;
and, just about any film with a Franz Waxman score;
At the top of the list!
Three of my favorite versions of songs never made into the film--but both are available to see & listen to in the "General Discussions" Forum (I'm on an old computer that won't cooperate when I try to post anything more than words, Blast it)
Ava Gardner's version of "Cant Help Lovin' That Man" is heartbreaking & on key--but MGM dubbed her anyway--is in the "Ava Gardner" thread.
Audrey Hepburn's version of "Just You Wait, Henry Higgins", is the one song where she didn't have to trill like a songbird & can be seen after the "Show Me" video, both cut from My Fair Lady (1964) when Warner Bros. decided to use Marni Nixon to dub Audrey Hepburn's songs--AH has the edge on comic attack & accent, IMHO--search "Show Me' in "General Discussions."
Laura- Laura (1944)- Dick Haymes or Ella Fitzgerald
Gone with the Wind Suite- Max Steiner
Tammy- Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)- Debbie Reynolds
Pennies from Heaven- " " (1936)- Bing Crosby
I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams- Sing You Sinners (1938)- Bing Crosby
Goodbye Charlie- " " (1964)- Bobby Darin
Put the Blame on Mame- Gilda (1946)- Rita Hayworth
This Happy Feeling- " " (1955)- Debbie Reynolds
Swinging on a Star- Going My Way (1944)
We Have Never Met as Yet- I Love Melvin (1953)- Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor
Buttons and Bows- The Paleface (1948)- Bob Hope
Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son- Presenting Lily Mars (1943)- Judy Garland
The Hanging Tree- " " (1959)- Marty Robbins
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening- Here Comes the Groom (1951)- Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman
High Hopes- A Hole in the Head (1959)- Frank Sinatra
Oh, I also love the theme song for "Somewhere in Time."
To Sir with Love-Lulu
Goldfinger Theme-Shirley Bassey
Merchant and Ivory's first American film, Savages, features an odd and amusing song/dance called "Stepping on the Spaniel" which I quite like. You can have a glimpse of it at around the 30 second point here:
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