FSCT Playlist #1 – In the Beginning…
As I mentioned last week, I love lists. So beginning this week, I’m instituting a weekly run-through of my playlist. Each Monday or Tuesday I’ll share the film scores I’ve listened to over the past week. The list with consist of:
- New scores that I need to hear for this site and other projects, taken from the stacks of CDs and downloads sitting on my desk and my desktop
- And a journey through my entire score collection from A to Z, choosing the first score from each composer, then starting all over again with the second score, and so on and so on… (Yes, it’s more than a little OCD. But it’s the only way I’ll be able to move from composer to composer without getting stuck on one.)
The list below contains every score I listened to this past week, and, yes, I listened to them in their entirety. Some of them—such as potential review scores and “lost in the shuffle” discoveries—more than once. I’ve written a few words when the spirit moved me and have included a bunch of YouTube clips and some audio samples as well. Feel free to share your lists from last week below. And if not, start keeping a list today and share in next week’s post.
- THE BIBLE (1966, Toshiro Mayuzumi)—It’s appropriate that I begin this series (and title this post) with the new release of the expanded Oscar-nominated score.
- REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (1962)/A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961) (Laurence Rosenthal)—Two excellent scores from Rosenthal and still available from Intrada.
- THE FILM MUSIC OF RICHARD ADDINSELL—Including the ever-popular Warsaw Concerto, a typically excellent Chandos compilation featuring some other classics like GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS and BLITHE SPIRIT, and little-known titles, like THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON and LOVE ON THE DOLE (audio clip attached).
- CRYSIS 2 (2011, Hans Zimmer, Borislav Slavov, Tilman Silescu and Lorne Balfe)
- A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977, John Addison)
- SLEUTH (1972, John Addison)—So glad this delightful Oscar-nominated score is finally available from Intrada.
- SOCOM 4 (2011, Bear McCreary)—Gamelan, pan flute, drums, drums and more drums. Yawn.
- ALAN WAKE (2010, Petri Alanko)—Not your typical video game score.
- DIRTY DINGUS MAGEE (1970, Jeff Alexander)—Charming Western score that deserves some proper restoration.
- RICH AND FAMOUS (1981, Georges Delerue) and ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER (1972, Michel Legrand)
- I SPY, VOL. 2 – THE LP’S (Earle Hagen)
- LA VIRGEN NEGRA (2010, Elik Alvarez)
- THE FILM MUSIC OF WILLIAM ALWYN—Yet another fine Chandos compilation of Alwyn’s work on such noir thrillers as ODD MAN OUT (audio clip attached) and THE FALLEN IDOL.
- TELEFON (1977, Lalo Schifrin) and HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT (1980, Leonard Rosenman)—The highlight of the disc is a brief, but typically effective, thriller score from Rosenman with a lush love theme.
- BIRD OF PARADISE (1951, Daniele Amfitheatrof)—A Golden Age gem from the ever-talented Amfitheatrof with a lush, tropical main theme.
- THE PROMISE (2011, Debbie Wiseman)
- THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (2010, David Arnold)—Far better than I remembered.
- X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011, Henry Jackman)—Review coming soon.
- MOULIN ROUGE (2001, Craig Armstrong)—No matter what you think of the film (I happen to love it), you have to admit that Armstrong and Marius de Vries did an exceptional job with the music.
- THE BIG BUS (1976, David Shire)
- CARS 2 (2011, Michael Giacchino)—Review coming soon.
- THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957, Malcolm Arnold)—Arnold’s atmospheric Oscar winner.
- AUDREY ROSE (1977, Michael Small)
- THE BARBER OF SIBERIA (1998, Edward Artemyev)
- SPLICE (2010, Cyrille Aufort)
- BONJOUR TRISTESSE/GERVAISE/CHRISTINE (Georges Auric)
- X-MEN (2000, Michael Kamen)
- X2 (2003, John Ottman)
- X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006, John Powell)
- X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009, Harry Gregson-Williams)
- MASADA (1981, Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens)—It’s about time!
- IL POSTINO (THE POSTMAN) (1995, Luis Bacalov)
- BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969, Burt Bacharach)
- SOURCE CODE (2011, Chris Bacon)
- FOR THE RECORD – ANGELO BADALAMENTI—Still highly recommended
TOTAL—39 scores (Compilation discs count as one. But where multiple full scores are on a disc, each is counted separately.)