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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

Now I'm talking about original score albums. Song compilations with a few score cuts don't really cut it here. You were never really going to get much anyway.
Im talking about original score releases you were really anticipating but ultimately were a far cry from the cool music you heard in the film. Where is the main title cue? The music didn't sound like that in the film? Where is the climatic battle cue? That song wasn't in the film!
I'm going to nominate a controversial one to start off that I don't think too many will agree with.
John Williams; Return of the Jedi!
One LP,, All those concert versions of cues. The inclusion of Lapti Nek! So much of this awesome score missing. I just can't remember being so disappointed with an album.
I'm sure there are others you were more disappointed with, but this was mine.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   trstnvnk   (Member)

Die Hard with a Vengeance - I kept on waiting to heat that cool rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" Instead we got the most boring parts of the score, two classical pieces and some rap music

Black Hawk Down - Most of the score wasn't on the cd and most what was on the cd wasn't in the film. I'm sure Zimmer enjoys his little jam sessions, but I'd rather he keep those to himself and release the music as heard in the film

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Not worst album presentations, but definitely felt like samplers of a better score I heard in the movie:

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Poltergeist II The Other Side

And yes, probably a lot of Michael Kamen scores! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

The original CONAN THE DESTROYER album freaking sucks. Where's the main title? ANY rendition of Conan's theme? The love theme? It's like they just threw random cues on in a completely random order. There's no album flow, no sense of thematic continuity, etc. The Tadlow re-recording made me completely reevaluate that score, as I never knew what a gem I was really missing...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Also, the original Southern Cross issue of KRULL was really truncated. For a film that probably has one of the most lengthy, exhilarating and dynamic main title cues EVER, it's a sacrilege that that was left off. That's really a score that, whether you're a completist or not, I'm sure most of you will agree is such a rich, architecturally-nuanced musical journey - a tone poem, really - that you need the whole damn thing to truly appreciate how amazing a score it is. It's too good not to have every cue, and there's really only one or two I ever find myself skipping on the subsequent expanded rereleases.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Die Hard with a Vengeance - I kept on waiting to heat that cool rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" Instead we got the most boring parts of the score, two classical pieces and some rap music

Agreed (and the tracks were only named on the disc itself to boot!). I'm so glad I waited until La-La Land's version came along.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I'm going to nominate a controversial one to start off that I don't think too many will agree with.
John Williams; Return of the Jedi!
One LP,, All those concert versions of cues. The inclusion of Lapti Nek! So much of this awesome score missing. I just can't remember being so disappointed with an album.


I hate to say it (Star Wars fan-to-the-end that I am), but I have to agree. After the beautifully presented 2-LP sets for "Star Wars" and "Empire", to be left with a single LP presentation for the longest score for the original trilogy was a major letdown for me. Omitting distinctive and/or interesting cues like "Fight in the Dungeon", "The Final Duel", "Darth Vader's Death", or even the admittedly short "Speeder Bike Chase" was odd, to say the least. Then, to have so much of its running time eaten up by snooze-inducing suites like "Luke and Leia" and "Parade of the Ewoks" was just adding insult to injury.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Don't know if it's THE WORST EVER, but the CD that sprang to mind when I saw the heading was Morricone's Disclosure. I never got any sense that any thought had been put into the flow at all.

Subsequently (and unfairly) I rarely listen to this score.

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

For A Few Dollars More was one of my most disappointing buys, 6 tracks from a score that runs 60+ minutes and worst of all the climatic showdown theme edited all to hell.

Whoever thought that editing the Church Duel and the Final Showdown together to form one cue was a good idea was having a very bad day.

The other thing that really annoyed me was, where was the watch, all those scenes in the film that were accompanied by the "Watch" music, none of it made it to the soundtrack release.

We got one edited track and 5 score tracks, 4 of which were fine and the 5th (Il Colpo) a severely truncated version of the film cue.

Instead of filling both sides of the LP with music from FAFDM, we got the original 6 tracks from a Fistful of Dollars to round out the album.

A very very disappointing release, and here I am 40+ years on, still waiting for a proper release of my most wanted score.

If they release it after I'm dead, I'll bloody well come back and haunt them.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

As stated above quite a few of Michael Kamen's soundtracks were very disappointing particularly for the absense of climactic cues from films. The end stuff from ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES, THE THREE MUSKATEERS, EVENT HORIZON etc. I heard that this was often due to the album being rushed out for marketing purposes before score were even finished but I don't know how true that is.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Beyond my general dislike of everything C&C, I can't really think of any album presentations -- that have been presented as such -- that I've really disliked. I may have disliked the music, but that's a different matter.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, I just thought of one -- the single-disc BEN HUR release which clusters all those grating rowing cues in sequence. It's like this 'clot' of aggravating music inbetween all the great cues. That album could do with a bit more balancing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Henry Mancini's "Charade" is the worst that I can think of. it has about 4 good cuts, the rest unlistenable. Even Mancini regretted making this album. When the CD came out, I created an imaginary LP lineup that was more representative of the film, while at the same time being sequenced in a similar fashion to many soundtrack LPs of that era.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Though it's technically a bonus for another score, I would go with The Sandlot. It nor only has only half the score, said half is easily all of the boring bits and almost none of the good bits. There's some great bold orchestral music (the kind we film score fans eat up) as well as jazzy faux period style music that isn't there in favor of low key background type stuff. It boggles.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   TerryLee   (Member)

The original release of TRUE GRIT. I had great expectations for the rousing Elmer Bernstein score, and instead got cheesy 1960s arrangements suitable only for elevators. Thank goodness for the recent genuine score release.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   mfox   (Member)

I'd vote for Dr. No, Moonraker, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, for fairly obvious reasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   propinquity   (Member)

Williams' Dracula, since most of the cues sound like they're under a lake.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

I'm going to nominate a controversial one to start off that I don't think too many will agree with.
John Williams; Return of the Jedi!
One LP,, All those concert versions of cues. The inclusion of Lapti Nek! So much of this awesome score missing. I just can't remember being so disappointed with an album.


I hate to say it (Star Wars fan-to-the-end that I am), but I have to agree. After the beautifully presented 2-LP sets for "Star Wars" and "Empire", to be left with a single LP presentation for the longest score for the original trilogy was a major letdown for me. Omitting distinctive and/or interesting cues like "Fight in the Dungeon", "The Final Duel", "Darth Vader's Death", or even the admittedly short "Speeder Bike Chase" was odd, to say the least. Then, to have so much of its running time eaten up by snooze-inducing suites like "Luke and Leia" and "Parade of the Ewoks" was just adding insult to injury.


Not controversial at all.

Aside from comparisons to the first two double LP sets, what's the point of including concert suites when the suites are almost completely duplicated? Especially when you're limited to a single LP. The Main Title suite (duplicating the end credits) from Star Wars and The Imperial March section of the end credits of Empire didn't feel nearly as redundant. Then again they weren't as long either. (Still not as bad as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where we got THREE presentations of the motorcycle chase.)

The first two LPs felt like a grand presentation of the films. Jedi felt like an afterthought.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I think there's enough score to mention Apollo 13. Every orchestral track interrupted with horrible cross-fades of characters speaking, sound effects or rock music. Truly the worst score release in the history of score releases!

 
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