Lots to choose from, but I’d say: CAT PEOPLE by Giorgio Moroder.
The Thing – Ennio MorriconeEdward Scissorhands – Danny ElfmanThe Legend of Bagger Vance – Rachel Portman
THE THING… very atmospheric. How did Ennio Morricone got involved with the film’s score?
Congrats to Doctor Lemonglow on a great list: he listed my three favorite film composers, i.e., John Barry, Bernard Hermann, and Henry Mancini. Of the latter, his scores for Breakfast at Tiffahy’s and Experiment in Terror deserve mention. I second the brilliance of Michael Nyman, especially his haunting score for Gattaca. Music can immeasurably enhance a film or totally wreck it.
The first ones I could think of were
Any Wong Kar Wai film (but especially Fallen Angels)
Not sure, although Morricone’s been involved with an unbelievable amount of films during his career. I remember being a bit disappointed that Carpenter hadn’t done the music for The Thing, as his electronic scores for Escape From New York and Halloween were favourites of mine, but Morricone’s score is superb.
It would have been cool if Carpenter had done the score for THE THING. The only Carpenter film score I like best is THEY LIVE. Morricone is a legend, I like his music for some of the early ‘70s Italian cinema (like Argento’s THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE).
The Brown Bunny
I am listening right now to the soundtrack from In The Mood For Love – beautiful
My Blueberry Nights
About A Boy – Badly Drawn Boy
All About My Mother, Talk to Her or anything else by Alberto Iglesias
La Double Vie de Véronique, La Triloogie and many more by Zbigniew Preisner
Buena Vista Social Club
Chocolat – Rachel Portman
I LOVE the soundtrack to Drifting Clouds:
Thanks for all the recommendations! Some I read and thought, “Of course”. Others would never have occurred to me. Lot’s of new stuff for me to explore.
I like most of what Bruno Nicolai and Francois de Roubaix did:
Michael Nyman for Peter Greenaway.
Tangerine Dream- Thief
Vangelis- Blade Runner
N Rota – Hurricane (yes, that 79 remake)
E Morricone – Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
G. Moroder – Cat People
D. Shire – …Pelham 123 (orig)
E. Bernstein – Man with the Golden Arm
Carter Burwell- Raising Arizona
C. Porter – High Society (does that count?)
Paul Misraki – Le Doulos
G. Delerue – Julia
J Williams – Jaws
What do you guys think of these orchestral compilations of film composers that seem to always be from the Prague Symphony Orchestra?
Ghost Dog !
I agree that the Bernard Herrmann score for Vertigo is a great sountrack and worth getting.
Another classic is Nino Rota’s score for La Strada with a lot sad sentimental themes mixed with more lively music associated with the circus.
Also Carter Burwell’s score for Fargo is worth listening to on it’s own, it’s really evocative of the landscapes in the film.
More of my movie soundtrack recomendations:
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR)
DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
…just to name a few more to recommend for right now
Goblin rocks! ;)
Mulholland Drive soundtrack is perfect