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Old 02-06-2013, 11:07 AM
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I think Hans Zimmer is the best in the Biz. His scores for the Dark Knight Rises were excellent, imo.

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Old 02-06-2013, 11:14 AM
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The Hunt for Red October. Thread's over.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:31 PM
Location: Maine
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Currently, Zimmer is definitely one of the best. John Barry's score for Dances with Wolves is a classic. And I adore Basil Poledouris's score for Conan the Barbarian.

But the best composers of all time are Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams. They are in a class all by themselves.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:26 PM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I've heard Jerry in concert. Really good solid stuff. John Williams is great with themes, but I have to say that much of his work is typical of Hollywood - derivative. It is pretty easy to pick out segments that he lifted out of Holst's "Planets" in "Star Wars." There are other examples, but those are easiest to find. Morricone is simply amazing and if the directors work with him their films can become poetic with the interaction between music and visuals. I'll add Shostakovitch and Moroder to the list. "Flashdance" would have been a flash in the pan without Moroder.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:38 PM
Location: A cold & gloomy place
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My favorites: The Shining (Carlos/Elkind), Road to Perdition (T. Newman), American Beauty (T. Newman), Risky Business (Tangerine Dream), Twin Peaks / TP:FWwM (A. Badalamenti), Mulholland Dr. (A. Badalamenti), Taxi Driver (B. Herrmann), Psycho (B. Herrmann), Vertigo (B. Herrmann)
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:56 PM
Location: Pacific NW
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The Mission (Ennio Morricone)
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:08 PM
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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
2001 a Space Odyssey
Blade Runner
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:47 PM
Location: Woodinville
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The first Pirates of the Caribbean. Klaus Badelt as Hans Zimmer's understudy is/was AMAZING.

I actually think Hans Zimmer tends to be a little shallow. I think what Klaus did with POTC 1 was exaggerate every thing that made Hans so good. Just listen to the soundtrack of the first one (excellent) and the second one (mediocre). The first one blows the second one out of the water. It was light and fun, dark and mysterious, and possessed a depth that few other composers can match.

Seems to me that Klaus has shied away from that type of music and gone in his own direction, but I definitely think he has the potential to be the best in the business. He's a musician's composer.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:50 PM
Location: South of Oz & North of Shangri-La
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Exodus ~ Ernest Gold
Legend ~ Tangerine Dream
Beetlejuice ~ Danny Elfman
Jurassic Park ~ John Williams
Doctor Zhivago ~ Maurice Jarre
Joseph Andrews ~ John Addison
Gone with the Wind ~ Max Steiner
Lawrence of Arabia ~ Maurice Jarre
King of Kings (1961) ~ Miklos Rozsa
The Mummy Returns ~ Alan Silvestri
Romeo and Juliet (1968) ~ Nino Rota
Pee-wee's Big Adventure ~ Danny Elfman
The Adventures of Robin Hood ~ Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ~ Hans Zimmer
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ~ Klaus Badelt
Two Mules for Sister Sara ~ Ennio Morricone ~ Yes, I love his other scores, but this stands out for me.
Conan the Barbarian ~ Basil Poledouris ~ This could be the most stunning combination of images and music I've ever witnessed. Several places give me chills!
Patton ~ Jerry Goldsmith ~ He's generally reliable for enjoyable music though I don't care for the one he did for "Legend". I'm glad they went with Tangerine Dream, at least for the version I prefer.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ~ John Williams ~ Critics complimented it for its manipulative quality. I've read that Steven Spielberg was so impressed that he styled some of the action to go with the music instead of vice versa. Yes, John Williams does "channel" older composers such as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, etc. However, James Horner and other symphonic composers draw from the same sources. I still find their soundtracks worth collecting. Along with other soundtracks, I added copies of "Jaws", "Star Wars", "Poltergeist" and "CE3K" to my collection.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) ~ Bernard Herrmann ~ This is only one of his soundtracks that I have in my collection. Other outstanding works are "Psycho" (1960), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959), and "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963).
King Kong (1933) ~ Max Steiner Consider that this amazing composer also scored "GWTW" and "A Summer Place"! As I recall, he was the first to create a complete score for a movie; he had written several before this one.*

* From Wikipedia:
The score for "King Kong" (1933) became Steiner's breakthrough and brought his name to everyone’s attention. Actor and musician Oscar Levant later called the film "a symphony accompanied by a movie" and an expression of Steiner's mastery of "illuminating action with sound." According to music critic and writer Bruce Eder, many critics at the time attributed a quarter of the film's success to the music.

There are so many others that I could list, as I have a rather large collection of LPs, with a few CDs.

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:02 PM
Location: The Lakes Region
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My Fair Lady

The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plains.........
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