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The Soundtracks Of My Life

Friday 21 February 2014, 11:06

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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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 1.

    As a young child, I recall listening to The Jungle Book soundtrack rather a lot, though I'm not entirely sure whether it was the original "Walt Disney Presents the Story and Songs of The Jungle Book" version, with narration or "Songs from The Jungle Book and Other Jungle Favorites" with reworked jazz versions. I may have to ask my parents.
    My favourite soundtrack of all time though is probably 'Vanishing Point'. A wonderful array of bands and genres, including Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Mountain and Big Mama Thornton. My personal favourite song off it is Jimmy Walker singing "Where Do We Go From Here?".

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    Comment number 2.

    I still love the Sorceror soundtrack and listen to it regularly, although the vinyl version is safely stored away for its own protection.

    My most treasured album has to be Give My Regards To Broad Street. Sure, the film itself isn't great (mostly due to the bad writing and worse acting), but the album let Paul McCartney demonstrate where his talents really lie - his song writing.

    From the superb title track, No More Lonely Nights, to the new arragements of classic Beatles tracks (Eleanor Rigby / Eleanor's Dream are particular highlights), this album stands out in a way that the film never will.

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    Comment number 3.

    I have a list of six that I keep going back too.Either because of memories of my teenage years such as To live and die in LA and the Betty Blue soundtrack.More recent such as About a boy and Drive soundtracks.Classics that I love are Get Carter and Bullitt.Get Carter especially as it was recorded for £450 and the standard of musicianship is superb.

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    Comment number 4.

    My favourite at the moment is the Quiet City soundtrack, which I listen to massively on Soundcloud, Minimalist and Repetitive, no other soundtrack could quite capture the serene beauty yet somber loneliness of New York City, fantastic work by Keegan Dewitt.

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    Comment number 5.

    My favorite film also has my favorite soundtrack. The Fountain by Clint Mansell.
    The music is almost a 3rd character woven into the scene's with beauty and care. I can listen to the soundtrack away from the film and picture scene by scene what is happening. The Thin Red Line soundtrack is also a real gem.


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