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Important Movie Soundtracks?

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Subject: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 06:14 PM

Blasted the stereo this morning with the soundtracks from Legends of the Fall and Rob Roy. I was in a mood of many passions and taking action. These sweeping, lyrical, passionate tracks were exactly what I needed.

It got me to thinking about how important the music was to both of them, although I don't think it actually defined them. I think there was a nice balance.

That led to more thoughts on movies which were "made" mostly by the music; ones which were a nice blend like the above; and those that were just sort of complimented by it; to those that had mediocre music which had no relevance.

Other than the obvious musicals, what movies can you think of that fit any of the above categories?

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Melbert
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 07:04 PM

Walt Disney's Jungle Book - without a doubt


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Amber Berebitsky
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 10:58 PM

I'd have to say "Nightmare Before Christmas". Not just because of the songs, but because you hardly had any scene where there was no music, and all the music truly fit all the characters, and really helped you understand them.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Frankie
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 11:25 PM

Two of my favorite flicks that I think were greatly enhanced by their soundtracks were Room with a View with all that gorgeous Pucinni and The Harder They Come with it's classic Reggae. F


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 11:35 PM

Another soundtrack that helped set the scenes a lot & that I like better than the movie, is Pulp Fiction.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 11:44 PM

Movie soundtracks??? I think there alot of Film Noire "B" folms from the 40's and 50's that are nothing without the jazz score they had. Everyone remembers Unchained Melody but who remembers the film , "Unchained", not "Ghost".

"The Seahawks", "Captain Blood", and I think "The Charge of the Light Brigade" had Korngold soundtracks and those films were even more exciting because of the music.

No amount of great music or beautiful scenery or even Nastsia Kinsky could save "Tess" from being a major yawner. "Elvira Madigan" had beautiful music as I recall.

"Silverado" had great music. Most of the JohnWayne westerns and The Cavilry Trilogy, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", "Fort Apache", and "Rio Grande" had exceptional sound tracks. "The Quiet Man" had a near perfect musical score.

Its ashame that "Amadeus" had such poor musical inspiration :-)

Don


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 12:17 AM

Yea, Don, that Salieri was a real drag.:-)


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 02:54 AM

My favorite is "A Soldier's Story"--great '40s style blues. But it has never been released, as far as I know. --seed


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 09:07 AM

The sound track from "The Dollmaker" enhanced the movie, without getting in the way. BTW, typically, the book is better.

And I hate to bring it up for fear I'll accidentally say the name in passing and we'll have to watch it for the 78,927th time, but "The Lion King."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 04:19 PM

Dr. Zhivago and Exodus


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: KathWestra
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 04:32 PM

Far From the Madding Crowd with Alan Bates and Julie Christie had some great English folksongs as part of a lovely soundtrack. The scene at the "harvest home" celebration is where I first heard "Through Bushes and Briars," one of my all-time favorites, which I now sing. (It's in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.)


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Mike Billo
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 04:40 PM

"Crumb", "Louie Bluie", "The Newton Boys(music by the Bad Livers)"and "The Long Riders" with Civil War music performed by Ry Cooder and David Lindley.

Of course,the zither music by Anton Karas(sp?) in "The Third Man".


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Rana
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 05:36 PM

I've found the music in much of the Werner Herzog films to be especially enhancing of the mood of the film. Three in particular are the soundtracks from Aguire, Nosferatu and Herz aus Glas. All done by the German group "Popul Vuh" -

Again showing my non-folk tastes. Cheers Rana


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Freddie Fox
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 05:43 PM

Yes - I can remember watching a short piece of animation entitled, I think, 'Sandcastles' - it was released about tenyears ago as part of an animation festival. It was made in Canada, and the people were literally made of sand. The music was gorgeous - sort of a cross between folk and tudor, but I can't remember who wrote it. If anyone else recognises what I'm on about and knows, I'd be interested.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Micca
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 05:43 PM

How about "Blade Runner"(the directors cut without the commentary) or the great "2001,a space odyssey" as an example of crucial use of music, or almost any Kubrick.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: lamarca
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 05:43 PM

Mark Knopfler's score for Local Hero was great - one of the few film score albums I've ever bought. His mix of trad. numbers like Mist Covered Mountains with his own guitar and synth numbers was magical for me.

I also bought a fun cassette that compiled the original recordings of the soul songs from "The Committments", with Wilson Pickett, James Brown, etc. doing the songs that were covered in the movie...Still one of my favorite films.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 06:37 PM

Trip to Bountiful with Geraldine Bates. the woman who sang, "Softly and Tenderly was outstanding.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Frank Hamilton
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 06:44 PM

Since this is a folk music forum may I suggest that you listen to the tracks for Sounder (Taj Mahal), Barry Lyndon, (Chieftains), Secret of Roan Inish (Mason Daring) and if you get a chance to see the TV show that happens around Xmas, The Homecoming (forerunner of the Waltons) you'll hear Jerry Goldsmith's folk style score. I played autoharp, banjo and dulcimer on it and it features some nice work by Tommy Morgan, a great harmonica player. Jerry did a great job.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: lamarca
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 07:29 PM

There was a wonderful film about an aging train robber called "The Grey Fox"; I think the Chieftains did the score for that one, too. It was filmed in the Canadian Rockies and B.C., and had some of the most gorgeous scenery I've ever seen. Good story, too.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: DougR
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 07:51 PM

Don, you have some excellent choices. I certainly agree about "The Quiet Man," and the John Ford Westerns you mentioned starring John Wayne.

One of my favorites, and one I play a lot while at the computer is "Brassed Off."

DougR


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 07:57 PM

Of course, Simon and Garfunkle's sound track for "The Graduate" was terrific, but probably only one song, "Mrs. Robinson," was written for the movie. And Cat Stevens' sound track for "Harold and Maud" was terrific--but again may not have been written for the movie.

--seed


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Bill Cameron
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 09:04 PM

"The Grey Fox" was one of the first I thought of, too. It was indeed the Chieftains, playing the straight trad role--this was in my mind about when the great Celtic Scare of the 90's was starting to be unleashed (late 80's actually).

In another era entirely, I found the music for Malcolm X to be exceedingly marvelously chosen--it was mostly Sam Cooke, and there's never been a more poignant voice in popular music. You don't think of him in a political context, but boy, did this work.

God I love to hear that man sing!

Bill


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 09:32 PM

Forgot about the Grey Fox and I have the soundtrack! Richard Farnsworth MADE that movie, as well.

Also, The Wicker Man; The Sting; Electric Horseman (isn't that the one that had Willie's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"?; The Exorcist-Tubular Bells; Frank, Roan Inish was a great one; Gone With the Wind; Wizard of Oz; 'Spaw, I'm with you on the Lion King; Singing in the Rain....


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: sophocleese
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 10:38 PM

I really liked the score for Twelfth Night, the one with Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley. I learned two songs off of that.

And Repo Man, I loved that one. I used to have it on tape until my brother took off with it.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Tom on Comfort
Date: 25 Oct 99 - 11:09 PM

Leo Kottke did the soundtrack for a movie called "Little Treasures" or something like that. I like Leo. He can just play all day & I'll be happy.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: bbc
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:40 AM

Hey, Seed! I thought I was the only one who had ever seen Harold & Maud. What a great movie!

bbc


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Max
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:50 AM

Last Temptation of Christ has to be my favorite. Peter Gabrial's Passion. Everyone go buy a copy of it, it will change your life.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 01:48 PM

bbc, I've seen it several times! Love it. How about the one where Peter Sellers acted as Chance-the Gardener, mistakenly taken for Chancy Gardner and elected to run the country or soemthing. Ca't remember whether there was much in music and can't remember the name.

Max, I will give it a listen. Lived in Noho when that one caused all of the controversy. Love Peter Gabriel's stuff.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: lamarca
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 03:17 PM

Agree about Peter Gabriel, Max - he's one of my musical heroes. I was thrilled to see his show (couldn't really call it just a concert - it was a full-fledged theatrical piece) when he was touring Us! I never went to see Scorscese's Last Temptation of Christ, though - its star, "Willem" Dafoe just went by plain Bill Dafoe when I went to high school with him. After that role, the town fathers of Appleton, Wisconsin (hometown of Senator Joseph McCarthy) stopped asking him back to lead the Memorial Day parade and such...

Kat, the Peter Sellers movie was "Being There", adapted from the book by the late Jerczy Kozinsky, and is more and more scary to those of living "inside the Beltway" than ever before in its depiction of candidates as mere puppets of the unscrupulous forces and people behind them...


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: rich r
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 07:32 PM

ONe classic movie where the soundtrack makes the movie and the movie embellishes the sound track is "Fantasia" even though there are parts of it that I just don't like.

Also enjoyed the tracks to "Braveheart" and "River Wild"

rich r


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Dan Evergreen
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:50 PM

"Tender Mercies," especially that opening scene--wow. And, hey, Frank, does the "Sounder" soundtrack actually have that song the black guy sings on the way back from the softball game? It has never been out of my head.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: JedMarum
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 02:00 PM

Easy Rider!


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: JedMarum
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 02:01 PM

... and, Beetlejuice!


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: thosp
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 02:03 AM

soundtrack-- the missionary i also loved harold & maude --- anyone into "the king of hearts" ?


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Andy McD
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 09:13 AM

Am I alone in thinking "Last of the Mohicans"? And Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid is probably my favourite Sunday morning hangover cd.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:05 AM

The Duellists, (1977)

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:21 AM

There are so many of my favorite movies here -- "King of Hearts," "Tender Mercies," "Local Hero." Yummy.

Two of my abiding favorites for their music are "Until the End of the World," and "Dead Man Walking."

I simply loved the dobro playing on the soundtrack to this odd little movie "Lawn Dogs." Does anyone have any idea who the musician was? I keep thinking I"ll go rent the movie again, just to see the credits so I can get that musician's CDs, but I never remember. Really nice, swampy sounding music.

WW


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:28 AM

Restless Natives (1985)

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:28 AM

Lamarca,

Wasn't Jerczy Kozinski the subject of Barfly with Mickey Rourke or am I way off base? Haven't seen "Being There" in years, but I recall really enjoying it. Peter Sellers showed a side I had never seen before. What a brilliant comedic mind he was.

I thought Apocalypse Now had used music beautifully.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Bert
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:29 AM

The Dam Busters


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Dan Evergreen
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:31 AM

If you love this thread, check out a recent one, "Great Musical Movie Scenes." Sorry, can't execute the blue clickey thing.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: bill\sables
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 04:38 PM

When I worked for Yorkshire Television we made a programme called "Harry's Game" and found the band Clannard to make the title track. This track Promoted both Clannard and the Film. The other film sound track which was more famous than the film was The Harry Lime Theme from The Third Man Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 05:02 PM

Trivia question: Does anyone know who is singing "'Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do" at the beginning of the Diana Ross film "Lady Sings The Blues"? (I preferred it to the rest of the film)....yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: lamarca
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 05:15 PM

Steve, "Barfly" was written by and sort of autobiographically about the late poet Charles Bukowski, I think - someone once called him "L.A.'s low-life poet"...

Jerzy Kosinsky was a troubled Polish author who committed suicide in the early 90's - he wrote "Being There" and "The Painted Bird", (neither of which I have read...)


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 08:45 PM

lamarca thanks for the info on Being There. I thought it was and is briliant and perhaps it is good that it makes the people in teh Beltway *no-ee-vus*.:-) And, Willem Dafoe, you went to school with *Bill*!!! Be still my jealous heart! (I 'spose that town'd probably like McCarthy back?*G*)

kat


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 09:47 PM

I thought the music for The Last of the Mohicans was really stirring. Daniel Lanois did a great soundtrack for Slingblade, including The Maker which is one of my favorite songs. The music forBarry Lyndon, which was a mix of trad Irish tunes by The Chieftains, and classical pieces by (I believe)Handel, was very well done. The Sting had the great soundtrack of Joplin tunes. Easy Rider is an emotional pick and a snapshot of what great rock music was at the time. Edward Scissorhands had a very moody orchestral track, weird and beautiful. Listen to the soundtrack for The French Connection sometime, like a blend of free-form jazz and noise, it fits the action so well you barely notice it, which may be high complement of a kind.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 04:18 PM

Blaze with Lolita Davidovich


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Subject: RE: Important Movie Soundtracks?
From: MTM
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 05:46 PM

"Until the end of the world"--excellent. Two other Wim Wenders film soundtracks not too shabby either--"Far Away, So Close" and "Lisbon Story." "Harold and Maude" one of my favorites too. The songs were written for the film--Trouble, If You Want to Sing Out, Don't Be Shy--I think there was another. For some reason almost every Peter Sellers film has some decent tracks--"The Magic Christian" with Ringo Starr for instance, all the Mancini stuff. too bad the scripts never compared to the tunes or his talent. except for "Being There" Great Film


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