FSCT Playlist #2 – First Class, My Ass!

Week two of the FSCT Playlist was a bit lightweight in terms of numbers and heavy on Howard Shore for this month’s “9 on the 9th” post. There are certainly worse companions in film music than Shore. The week closed with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK with a nostalgic tour through the Indiana Jones scores. (Check out Erik Woods’ audio tribute to the franchise at Cinematic Sound.)

If you haven’t begun to play yet, start keeping track of the film scores you listen to throughout the week and submit them in the comments of next week’s post. Thanks to everyone who submitted their comments and shared their score listening practices so far. Keep ’em coming…

TOTAL: 25 scores

What scores did you listen to this past week?


  1. Last week was pretty much dedicated to Indiana Jones. I played the playlist from my radio show (which Jim’ kindly mentioned above) everyday… a great listen of re-recorded cues from the Indy films… with the exception of Crystal Skull. I can’t find a re-recording of music from that film ANYWHERE? With the numerous Star Wars compilations produced how is it that there is only ONE Indy compilation on the market?

    Beside Indy I also spun…

    – Miklos Rozsa’s QUO VAIDS, which will be presented on an up-coming show.

    – James Hannigan’s epic score to the HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX video game. Hannigan’s score obliterate pretty much everything Hooper and Desplat have come up with for the film series.

    – While making dinner on the 9th my son wanted to hear the theme from STAR WARS (so he could have some background music while he had an epic lightsabre battle with his younger sister) so I decided to spin Charles Gerhardt’s version on THE SPECTACULAR WORLD OF CLASSIC FILM SCORES compilation. The excellent album also contains tracks from other Classic Film Scores albums and previously unreleased track such as “King of the Khyber Rifles: Attack on the Mountain Stronghold” by Bernard Herrmann.

    And last night while washing the dishes I spun Jerry Goldsmith’s perfect score to RUDY!

    Also, during the course of the week, while in the car I spin “My Favorites” playlist.

    Kind of a light listening week but I have a new and recent CD releases show to prep and there’s lots to get through before I start recording.

    That’s all for now. Happy listening!


  2. Some new CDs this week:

    WAR GODDESS – Riz Ortolani does a peplum score combining an oddly comic march and a couple of lush love themes. I’m a sucker for this kind of kitsch.
    MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES – It is great that Les Baxter’s consistently cool film music is being preserved on CD lately. This one is eerie with some bebop source cues.
    BERLIN AFFAIR – Pino Donnagio rarely disappoints, and this sensual score is one of his best efforts.

    Played the following CDs as introductions to some blu-ray screenings:
    LE MANS – Michel Legrand’s theme is surprisingly poignant. The blu-ray features a terrific 7.1, 8-channel mix of the soundtrack.
    A MAN CALLED HORSE – Leonard Rosenman’s orchestrations are surprisingly rich. The blu-ray visuals were spectacular and Rosenman’s contribution is very effective.
    EL CID – The Miklos Rozsa re-recording preceded a spectacular weekend screening of the new British blu-ray, which includes the roadshow overture, intermission and exit music. Thrilling to say the least! Sadly, the blu-ray is region-B locked, so you need a multi-zone player to indulge.

  3. Let’s see, last week consisted of the extremely loud A Team from Mr. Silvestri – not his best work, Zimmer and Howard’s Batman Begins which has grown on me over time, Toto’s Dune soundtrack which I loved from the first time I ever saw the film, Trevor Jones’ Excalibur, which is more of a bridging score between classical pieces but has some lovely sections in its own right, Goldsmith’s First Blood, still the best Rambo score and film, and that same gentleman’s Great Train Robbery, short but delightful, Ramin Djawadi’s Iron Man which everyone but me seems to dislike, Silvestri’s masterful Judge Dredd (again) which I cannot listen to often enough, Patrick Doyle’s Thor, Paul Haslinger’s headache inducing Underworld, Marco Beltrami’s somewhat less heavy Underworld: Evolution (keeps reminding me of his score for Terminator 3), and Harry Gregson-Williams’ X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is spotty and never quite lives up to its potential.

  4. I’ve just listened to Piero Piccioni’s MORE THAN A MIRACLE/KENNER on FSM’s and it’s delightful all along the way. Moreover FSM production is top notch including great liner notes by John Bender and wonderful editing by Claudio Fuiano from Digitmovies. I’d say that this is one of the best fsm releases so far !

    1. Chris, thanks for the nice words – always appreciated. It sounds awfully corny but true nonetheless, I write for the fans/collectors – people like you who love the same stuff as me. As for Piccioni’s work and it’s being “delightful all along the way”, I couldn’t agree with you more!

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