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 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, so it's more of a general thread about Silvestri, not really about your collection?

It would be interesting to know what scores you have, and what essential scores you might be missing. Although, to be fair, whenever people ask about recommendations of a certain composer, a few posts later his or her entire filmography is mentioned -- as has already happened here. So not sure how useful it is. smile

Anyways, Silvestri is one of my alltime favourites, and I have about 30 of this soundtracks. THE ABYSS was one of the three scores that got me into film music in the first place. He can be a bit hit and miss, especially in the last couple of decades, but I always look forward to a new Silvestri score. Would love for him to return to his synth roots at some point.

Here's an interview I did with him a couple of years back:

http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-36-alan-silvestri-in-ghent-11th-international-edition/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Hi Thor! I just picked up PREDATOR 2: DELUXE EDITION for a good price, and THE ABYSS: DELUXE too. I want to get OVERBOARD, PREDATOR and ROGER RABBIT next.smileThat's pretty cool you interviewed him he's one of my favorites too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Also guys, a lot of his scores I'm looking for are pretty pricey so it won't be easy.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I may be in the minority but I never liked the Roger Rabbit score. It's almost hard work getting through it.

Forrest Gump is a favourite too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I may be in the minority but I never liked the Roger Rabbit score. It's almost hard work getting through it.


It's a Mickey Mousey score for a Mickey Mousey animated film. It works better in the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Blown Away is totally underrated.

GUMP is totally OVERRATED.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I don’t blame anyone for not mentioning this already (as Varese hasn’t put out the Deluxe Edition yet and what is the damned hold up on that?!), but when it does come out, get Mouse Hunt. One of the man’s very best works.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

FORREST GUMP is NOT overrated in our house.
It's the quintessential Silvestri score in my book, full of gorgeous, heartfelt themes.
It's like his HOOK, with theme upon theme of orchestral brilliance (even the RUDY one).

I also really rate FANDANGO, his BTTF scores, CONTACT, COSMOS, CHRISTMAS CAROL (in fact, ANY score he's done beginning with C), OVERBOARD and THE WALK.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

I don’t blame anyone for not mentioning this already (as Varese hasn’t put out the Deluxe Edition yet and what is the damned hold up on that?!), but when it does come out, get Mouse Hunt. One of the man’s very best works.



Mouse Hunt--Complete!!

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2019 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   JTWfan77   (Member)

I may be in the minority but I never liked the Roger Rabbit score. It's almost hard work getting through it.


It's a Mickey Mousey score for a Mickey Mousey animated film. It works better in the film.


I must like Mickey Mousing then.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2019 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Some of my favorites are FATHER OF THE BRIDE 1/2; THE CROODS; FORREST GUMP; CONTACT; JUDGE DREDD; READY PLAYER ONE; THE MUMMY RETURNS

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

If it hasn't already been mentioned, I would also wholeheartedly recommend his score to WELCOME TO MARWEN, available on Intrada CD.
The film wasn't so hot (that's being polite), but the score is top-notch and also quintessential Silvestri.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

No Alan Silvestri collection is complete without buying his house:

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=130212&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I may be in the minority but I never liked the Roger Rabbit score. It's almost hard work getting through it.


It's a Mickey Mousey score for a Mickey Mousey animated film. It works better in the film.


I must like Mickey Mousing then.


It has a few bright spots. The 40's detective style music for Eddie Valiant. The showdown with the villain at the end of the film. But generally the score lacks underlying themes that tie it all together. The score is as frantic as the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

For what it's worth, my list of personal favorite Silvestri scores:

  • "Back to the future" (and all sequel scores).
  • "Predator".
  • "Predator 2".
  • "The Quick and the Dead".
  • "Holy Man" (unreleased).
  • "Sgt. Bilko" (unreleased).
  • "The Croods" (here's to hoping he scores the sequel when it comes out).
  • "CHiPs".
  • "Judge Dread" (parts of; not overall).
  • "Manimal" (TV series work; unreleased).

    I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

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     Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 7:48 AM   
     By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

    The one I listen to most often is Van Helsing - I just love that score. Such a brilliant pastiche of horror tropes with boundless energy and a wonderful Rozsa-like love theme for the surprisingly downbeat ending.

    This is the one I hope to see expanded one day.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 11:18 AM   
     By:   Graham   (Member)

    Oh, and some of that Mission: Impossible music is out there.

    It's enjoyable - IMHO.

    Graham

     
     Posted:   Sep 11, 2019 - 11:53 AM   
     By:   dogplant   (Member)

    ...among my favorites:

    - Beowulf


    I'd echo danbeck on this title.

    I had a mad love affair with Silvestri scores in his early film score days, followed by a fallow period where my own tastes changed. Years later, a friend blind-gifted me this animated film score of Alan's. It blew my socks off, and rekindled my affection for the Silvestri touch. I'm now back in the fan camp, and look forward to his scores, which combine rich orchestration, colorful and sometimes gorgeous melodic writing, and boisterous electronic muscle, which "Beowulf" delivers in spades. I also love the choral work on this one, and the beautiful songs sung by Robin Wright.

    I now regret missing out on the FSM releases of Alan's early music for "CHiPs" – only Season Four is still available at reasonable price:

    https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/458/CHiPs-Vol.-3-Season-Four-1980-81/

     
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