Georges Delerue wrote countless memorable nostalgic and melancholy themes for movies along with some catchy little tunes. If you put every track of his into a hat and drew one out you'd be guaranteed a melody every time. There aren't many (if any) other composers you could say that about. This one came out of the hat this morning.
Loved that Delerue track, @brofax, it sort of (very vaguely) reminded me of Morricone’s music for Frantic.
Today I listened to Kunzel’s album “Star Tracks II”, I got this album In the 90s when my father was going on a business trip to the US and I ask him to bring me the cd of “Star Trek II”...
Even not being what I had asked I loved this album and it was how I discovered this great track from Lifeforce (it was a big surprise as, at the time, I associated Mancini only with ‘easy listening’ music). This score became one of my favorites and I’d love to see rereleased as some choral material was damaged and maybe it could be improved as so many other soundtracks were in more recent years:
There have been some good movies set around Ireland's fight for freedom and they have been graced with excellent music. Michael Collins by Elliot Goldenthal would have been in with a shout for the top but that grating woman's voice towards the end ruined it.
My vote goes to Bill Conti's haunting score to A Prayer for the Dying. This score, to a note, sums up the sorrow, regret, yearning and tragic loss of life surrounding that horrific period of 30 years from the late 1960's that is known as "The Troubles". 186 children lost their lives in the conflict. This music never fails to move me.
Back in 88, watching the movie, I found this score so exotic and slick, I remember rewinding the credits and playing them again a few times. Of course it was the kind of soundtrack that the record shops in my land never ever stocked, so I was left staring at the title in mail-order lists at the back of film magazines, compiling shopping lists that I couldn't afford. Got it finally in the horror-box and my fondness for it has not waned. It's still exotic, still slick.
With the rejected James Horner score posted in Youtube I listened again to the replacement score by Abel Korzeniowski. Interesting to note that both scores are very derivative from the composers previous works (Korzenioswski supposedly had a very short time to record his score) but both scores are beautiful - although I prefer Korzeniowski's.
"A Thousand Times Good Night" is a great track (even if derivative of his score to W.E.):
I can't find this on Youtube anywhere; I don't even know if a soundtrack album was ever released for this, but I watched "When the Legends Die" today and was quite taken with its score by Glenn Paxton.
The "track" I would have had here if it had been available comes around 17 minutes into the film in which we see Frederic Forrest for the first time (his character is played by a younger actor for the first quarter of the movie) as he lassos a horse amongst a team in a meadow. The music is scored for strings and high woods? and a lone acoustic guitar and it is very lovely and stirring.