I find movie soundtracks to be good for listening to while I work. A few I especially like:
Lord of the Rings (the Leonard Rosenman soundtrack fro the 70s)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
I haven’t seen the film but I have been listening to Peter Gabriel’s score for The Last Temptation of Christ. It’s absolutely fantastic.
The Virgin Suicides
“Coupla” must-haves, imo:
Angelo Badalamenti – The Straight Story
Elmer Bernstein – The Man With the Golden Arm
Elmer Bernstein – To Kill a Mockingbird
Elmer Bernstein – Far From Heaven
Terence Blanchard – 25th Hour
Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud
Jerry Goldsmith – Chinatown
Dave Grusin – The Firm
Dave Grusin – The Yakuza
Herbie Hancock – Blow-Up
Bernard Herrmann – Vertigo
Bernard Herrmann – Marnie
Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver
Bernard Herrmann – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Bernard Herrmann – The Day the Earth Stood Still
James Newton Howard – Wyatt Earp
James Newton Howard – The Village
Lee Byung-woo – The Host
Henry Mancini – The Party
Branford Marsalis – Music From Mo’ Better Blues
Hajime Mizoguchi – Jin Roh
Jerome Moross – The Big Country
Ennio Morricone – Giù la testa
Ennio Morricone – Once Upon a Time in America
The New American Orchestra – Blade Runner (+the original one)
Pink Floyd – Obscured by Clouds
David Raksin – David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores
David Raksin – The Bad and the Beautiful
Dianne Reeves – Good Night, and Good Luck.
Nino Rota – 8½ + Amarcord (I also recommend “Original Music for the Movies of Federico Fellini Composed by Nino Rota” which features beautiful arrangements of his works)
Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Sheltering Sky
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Tony Takitani
Shirô Sagisu – Neon Genesis Evangelion (the OSTs for the long features are marvellous, and the CDs include lots of outtakes)
Tom Waits – One From the Heart
V. A. – Collateral (2004)
Franz Waxman – Rebecca (the one conducted by McNeely is outstanding)
John Williams – A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Stevie Wonder – Jungle Fever
Also, several scores by Hisaishi (the best out there, nowadays) are essential, especially:
Castle in the Sky
Kikujiro no natsu
Howl’s Moving Castle
Hope this helps!
>I haven’t seen the film but I have been listening to Peter Gabriel’s score for The Last Temptation of Christ. It’s absolutely fantastic.
Oh, right. Some awesome gems there, too. ;)
You won’t ever go wrong with Michael Nyman.
Nyman, of course!
Dan8700 – Thanks! Great suggestions! I have a few of those but there are a lot more I hadn’t thought of.
Hadn’t thought of “Last Temptation” either. Going to check that out now
Phillip Glass MISHIMA
John Barry YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Bernard Herrmann PSYCHO (Suite)
Henry Mancini CHARADE
Jerry Goldsmith OUR MAN FLINT / IN LIKE FLINT
Carter Burwell MILLER’S CROSSING
Maurice Jarre LES YEUX SANS VISAGE
My Blueberry Nights
I like the Eddie Vedder soundtrack to Into the Wild….one of the few movie scores I actually bought.
Anatomy of a Murder- Duke Ellington
Alfie- Sonny Rollins
Bullitt- Lalo Schifrin
Umbrellas of Cherbourg- Michel Legrand
Shaft- Isaac Hayes
Get Carter- Roy Budd
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Black Swan/Moon/The Fountain/Requiem for a Dream – Clint Mansell
Synecdoche, New York/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Punch-Drunk Love/Magnolia – Jon Brion
Drive/Solaris – Cliff Martinez
The Social Network – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
There Will Be Blood – Jonny Greenwood
Highly recommend all of those, they’re among my favorites.
Kundun, Dracula, Koyaanisqatsi – Phillip Glass
Lolita, The Mission, Dollar Trilogy – Ennio Morricone
Nikita – Eric Serra
The Secret Garden, Colours Trilogy – Zbigniew Preisner
Frida, Heat – Elliot Goldenthal
Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
Basic Instinct, The Shadow, The Omen, First Contact, Chinatown – Jerry Goldsmith
The Living Daylights – John Barry
Angels in America – Thomas Newman
Blade Runner, Alexander – Vangelis
Bad Boys – Mark Mancina
The Penitent Man – Daniel Bernstein
If you can find it on the net Gabriel Yared’s rejected score for Troy is great.
Some scores I listen to myself.
Clint Mansell – Moon
Alexandre Desplat – Lust, Caution
Harry Gregson-Williams – Enemy of the State
Herbert Grönemeyer – The American
Thomas Newman – Road to Perdition
John Williams – Munich
Thomas Newman – Jarhead
Carter Burwell – Fargo
David Raksin – Laura
Ennio Morricone – Once Upon a Time in America
Harry Gregson-Williams – Spy Game
Craig Armstrong – The Quiet American
Alexandre Desplat – Syriana
James Newton Howard – Blood Diamond
Brian Tyler – Bangkok Dangerous
And I absolutely agree with Doctor Lemonglow on John Barry – You Only Live Twice.
Cliff Martinez – Solaris. (Ambient melancholy, great for working to.)
The HEAT soundtrack
and i second Ravenous. Probably my all time favorite soundtrack.
Eduard Artemyev – Siberiade / Stalker / Solaris
And right back to the OP, I second Rosenman’s LORD OF THE RINGS…just another example of how much more interesting Bakshi’s movie is than the new stuff.
A Single Man – Abel Korzeniowski
Recently watched “The Hustler” bluray and was noting how cool the score is. Found it on CD on Amazon. It’s always an experience listening to the stand alone score.
Nino Rota – Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini
Henry Mancini – Touch of Evil
Krzysztof Komeda – Fearless Vampire Killers
Luis Bacalov – La Città Delle Donne
Michael Kamen – Brazil
Bernard Herrmann – The Day The Earth Stood Still
Also, every soundtrack of every Wes Anderson film, and every soundtrack by Clint Mansell.
Sorcerer, Risky Business, and Near Dark (all by Tangerine Dream)
Dressed to Kill and Blow Out- Pino Donaggio
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and anything by Ennio Morricone
Transformers by Steve Jablonsky
Anything by Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Sisters…you name it)
>anything by Ennio Morricone
Also, Touch of Evil is amongst Mancini’s minor works (moreover, doesn’t work as a stand-alone score). The same goes for “Fearless Vampire Killers” (go with his OST for “Knife in the Water”, instead; a jazz goodie). Bacalov’s La Città Delle Donne is nice – the intro theme is awesome! Burwell’s Miller’s Crossing has always sounded unbearably phony to me, even tho it works quite well in the movie.
Anywho, very good calls on Trouble Man (soul classic!) and A Single Man!
“>anything by Ennio Morricone
Also, Touch of Evil is amongst Mancini’s minor works"
I thought this was a recommendation thread of our personal suggestions, my mistake it’s just Dan’s dictated view of scores… This shouldn’t be a hard concept honestly, very simple exercise, especially for Mubi.
@Dan: hmmm yes you’re right, i have terrible taste in music.
Please Michael, forget my recommendations about Mancini and Komeda, Dan is sooo right.
“Hey guys! look, I’m Dan and I have the BIGGEST list ’round here! yay!” you should see a psychologist dude.
Or you should definitely clean your ears.