I’m making a series for Radio 2 about film music and have been looking back at the soundtracks that mean a lot to me. Which film scores are important to you?

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  • Comment number 239. Posted by keithyoung

    on 17 Jun 2014 11:00

    I grew up with soundtrack albums - South Pacific, The Sound of Music and Jungle Book - huge sellers at the time. My Mum bought these. (We used to also by the Music for Pleasure soundtrack albums - because I didn't know better at the time - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Happiest Millionaire, Half a Sixpence etc.)
    But when I started buying soundtracks for myself - I bought, Taxi Driver, Once Upon A Time in America - Midnight Express. Spinal Tap. All should be included in your programme in my opinion.

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  • Comment number 238. Posted by nicolafaith

    on 16 Jun 2014 14:31

    Great topic,when growing up i remember my dad having an album of war film themes,and i played that a lot especially where eagles dare theme,but also Queens score to Flash Gordon as i grew older & the video era hit then it was going to have to be scores from the John carpenter films Escape from New York,Halloween, going into our price record and coming out clutching the vinyl for those films and playing them back repeatedly lot of films introduced me to music,The Last American Virgin,brought Devo & U2 to my ears,Apocalypse now brought The doors and the rolling stones but also did Mean streets as well.
    The soundtrack to Streets Of Fire is an all time fave,Gorgio Moroders score to Midnight Express & Jean Michel Jarres Oxygene used superbly in Gallipoli.
    I dont Have any vinyl at all but after this i may go on the search for some.
    I love a lot of Hans Zimmers work for the dark knight as well as Clint Mansells score for the Fountain.Mark Ishams score for the Beast & Crash & the beautiful score to Solaris by Cliff Martinez

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  • Comment number 237. Posted by Basilzaharoff

    on 16 Apr 2014 09:07

    Favorite movie soundtracks that I remember, using popular music, would be Easy rider and 2001.
    Favorite original Movie soundtrack has to be Conan the Barbarian.... Magnificent!

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  • Comment number 236. Posted by chronax

    on 17 Mar 2014 15:15

    My selections would be:
    1) Heaven's Gate (maddeningly unavailable in any format these days).
    2) Taxi Driver (sheer lush low-life resonance)
    3) State of Grace (Morricone at his haunting melancholy best)
    4) Midnight Cowboy

    Ta. Pete

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  • Comment number 235. Posted by Michael Mac

    on 15 Mar 2014 14:43

    Back in the days of vinyl (no more), 'The Music Man', '2001 A Space Odyssey ', 'A Clockwork Orange'. Today: Klaus Badelt's 'Time Machine', Zimmer's 'Inception' (copied himself on '12 Years a Slave'?, Cliff Martinez's 'Drive' + 'Solaris', Jon Hopkins 'Monsters' and Steven Price's "Gravity' - had that in my generic mp3 player six months before the Oscars.... Greetings from Denver, Colorado.

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  • Comment number 234. Posted by kippledweller

    on 12 Mar 2014 20:40

    Of my shiny vinyl, my top 5 would be:

    Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt - obvious but brilliant.
    Ennio Morricone - Good The Bad and The Ugly - Ecstasy of Gold played v. loud!
    Tangerine Dream - Near Dark, better than Sorcerer for my money
    Various - Repo Man - TV Party, Pablo Picasso!!

    And number one - I've just recently purchased the re-press of Cliff Martinez' Solaris, which is a thing of unspeakable beauty both aesthetically and musically, and possibly my favourite object in the universe!!

    Honourable digital mentions must go to:

    Clint Mansell - Moon & United
    The Big Lebowski
    Jeff Grace - I Sell The Dead
    Bruno Coulais - Coraline
    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Assassination of Jesse James.

    And finally, I know its off the telly box, but Bear McCeary's work over 4 seasons of Battlestar Galactica was fraking awesome.

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  • Comment number 233. Posted by vipin

    on 10 Mar 2014 16:00

    my favorite film score is The Mission by Ennio Morricone. I have been hearing that score for so long.. still enjoys it like i am hearing for the first time..

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  • Comment number 232. Posted by MB

    on 10 Mar 2014 10:48

    the Easy Rider soundtrack HAS to be included!
    another personal favourite is the 2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack

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  • Comment number 231. Posted by Gab

    on 7 Mar 2014 19:32

    The one that springs to mind for me is Michael Andrews' score for Donnie Darko. On the subject of Tangerine Dream, I really like what they did for Risky Business. The scores Morricone did for
    Leone's westerns are really outstanding especially as some were composed before filming.

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  • Comment number 230. Posted by Lee_Medcalf

    on 4 Mar 2014 14:28

    I'm sure John Williams has had more than a few mentions but I have to say the score to Empire Strikes Back is the best of all the Star Wars scores, in my opinion, replete with some of the most iconic themes of the series. The Imperial March alone informed the rest of the series, while The Rebel Fleet / End Theme is an excellent example of the director letting the music tell the story.

    Going back to Tangerine Dream I must give a shout out to their work on Katherine Biglows Near Dark, a superbly dark bit of electronica. And I'm sure its been mentioned once or twice but Vangellis' work on Blade Runner is still to this day one of the most atmospheric scores of all time.

    One that might not get a mention, and in this era post Frozen / Lego movie where animated films are identified by a single track, its probably going to be overlooked, is John Powell's score for How To Train Your Dragon. The sweeping track on the album titled Test Drive is a joyous moment in the score and lifts what is already a fun moment into something genuinely epic and uplifting.

    And finally, though I'm sure this will be covered, the work of Hans Zimmer is incredible. I know people often accuse him of being a one trick pony since Inceptions all pervading "BWAAAAAAAAM" but work on films like Gladiator and Last Samurai exceptional.

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