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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

...and loving it! My favorite so far is ROBIN HOOD. What do you guys recommend?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   AnthonyOrecchio   (Member)

Robin Hood is my favorite Kamen work followed next by Band of Brothers. If you are looking for something lighter, take a look at Jack.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

"Brazil" is great!

And "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" too!

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

It is very much a combination of a lot of Kamen works but Back to Gaya is delightful. And of course Robin Hood and The Iron Giant.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Don Juan DeMarco is gorgeous.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

101 Dalmatians. A lovely score, both sweet and adventurous.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

...and loving it! My favorite so far is ROBIN HOOD. What do you guys recommend?

My absolute favorite is "Band of Brothers - such a beautiful score. I too love Don Juan DeMarco (the movie is so quirky). Of course, there's Mr. Holland's Opus and The Iron Giant - all wonderful.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Gotta go with Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, the two scores that got me interested in his work. Both are amazing, with blistering action cues as well as lots of in depth character writing.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Entr'acte   (Member)

HIGHLANDER is amazing, although you'll need to buy two separate albums to get a satisfactory presentation.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   The Shape (Steve H)   (Member)

Die Hard here as well. Not a huge Kamen fan but this score is the bomb. Maybe Event Horizon if I had to chose a runner up. Though it needs a better presentation.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   catboy19   (Member)

alright since no one else here will say it ....X-MEN 2000 great score here I especially love the X-Jet cue and Statue of Liberty

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

DEAD ZONE

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:49 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I would recommend "Open Range" as it covers a lot of the melodic strengths of Kamen and is just so beautiful and heartfelt music. It also has some nods to his previous scores (including dead zone) but I think that's because he had to score it on short notice, replacing another composer;

Incidentally, X-men -another replacement score- also recycles a bit of Dead Zone with the school theme but I would recommend experiencing dead zone in the movie prior to listening to the album, same with his Die Hard score(s).

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Juan Carlos García Cortés   (Member)

Crusoe and The Winter Guest have in my opinion the best themes created by Kamen.

Besides, I recommend you a compilation called Michael Kamen's Opus. It is great!

Cheers!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

No one's mentioned The Three Musketeers or Last Action Hero. You should like Musketeers if you liked Robin Hood. Other than the theme in Robin Hood being better, I prefer Musketeers.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

My favorite is FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON... sadly, still unreleased.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

And here's a shout out to Kamen's non-film work!

Concerto for Saxophone
Really, really energetic work. The first movement will get even the emotionally dead pumped up.

New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (first album)
Lively pop-album with obvious classical influences. This one might even make you wanna sing along.

Michael kamen - New York Rock
Not as strong as the first album with the band. But a decent tunes on a more personal album. Needs to grow on you.

Bryan Adams Unplugged
I'm am defently not the bigest Bryan Adams-fan in the world. Bur Kamen's acoustic arrangement of I'm Ready is gorgeous!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Bryan Adams Unplugged.
I'm am defently not the bigest Bryan Adams-fan in the world. But Kamen's acoustic arrangement of I'm Ready is gorgeous!



I couldn't agree more. Everytime I hear it I keep hoping somehow that the stupid audience would keep quiet until the last chord fades into silence.

That piece, and the orchestra bit that he did on Kate Bush's "Moments Of Pleasure"... they neatly sum up how gifted the man is in less than 10 minutes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Henry, here are my top 5 Kamen (I tend to prefer his melodic side on album, though his action scores are usually effective in-film):

1. The Iron Giant (just brilliant and beautiful)
2. Band of Brothers
3. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
4. Don Juan de Marco
5. Open Range

I also like Robin Hood and Three Musketeers but not as much as these. And I'll second the recommendation for From the Earth to the Moon. Kamen and other composers wrote GREAT music for this miniseries and I hope LaLaLand puts out a box set of it for us sometime soon!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

Kamen's Shining Through is one of his absolute greatest scores. A beautiful lyrical theme for piano and full orchestra in the classic Kamen sound, some haunting intimate moments throughout, then great suspense, and an intense climactic action. Really one of the purest Kamen scores.

Also, get your hands on Kamen's Electric Guitar concerto. I posted a link to the Clapton one on my blog http://amatalqa.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/michael-kamens-concerto-for-eric-clapton/

Enjoy

 
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