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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

1. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (1978) - Giorgio Moroder (both for the score itself and what it started)

2. COME SEE THE PARADISE (1990) - Randy Edelman (Great melodic score but a hassle to own it on vinyl where you can not skip the songs)

3. BIRDY (1984) - Peter Gabriel

Of course Pink Floyds THE WALL too, although it's not a score per se.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

ANGELA'S ASHES - John Williams
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - Giorgio Moroder
FAME - Michael Gore et al

Probably Trevor Jones' Angel Heart as well.

I haven't seen Bugsy Malone for ages, but I recall that some of Paul Williams' songs are fine.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Birdy
Angela's Ashes
Come See The Paradise

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

In terms of full scores, I have a fondness for Rachel Portman's The Road to Wellville.

I know two pieces from scores to his films due to their incessant use in trailers: "Abduction" (Mississippi Burning) and "Fire in a Brooklyn Theatre" (Come See the Paradise).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

The only score from any of Parker's film which I would consider truly "great" is Angela's Ashes.

Trevor Jones' scores had some robust and imaginative moments, but (for me) were a little too "atmospheric" and reliant on drones and ambiences.

I have to say, Parker was never among those directors whose upcoming films had me thinking "Oh boy, I can't wait to hear the score!" (in contrast to Spielberg, Milius, Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Richard Donner, Chris Columbus, etc.).

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Angel Heart. Would love a score CD that’s not littered with dialogue and sound effects.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

Does THE WALL count as a score?

Gotta be ANGELA'S ASHES, even though the film wasn't one of his best.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Am I allowed to say EVITAbig grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Am I allowed to say EVITAbig grin

No but you can say Angel Heart.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Midnight Express for me. Angela’s Ashes has the obvious pedigree but I think Moroder’s score is better within its type than the Williams one.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Am I allowed to say EVITAbig grin

No but you can say Angel Heart.


EVITA it is then.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

The only score from any of Parker's film which I would consider truly "great" is Angela's Ashes.

Trevor Jones' scores had some robust and imaginative moments, but (for me) were a little too "atmospheric" and reliant on drones and ambiences.

I have to say, Parker was never among those directors whose upcoming films had me thinking "Oh boy, I can't wait to hear the score!" (in contrast to Spielberg, Milius, Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Richard Donner, Chris Columbus, etc.).


He was clearly more fond of pop/rock music than symphonic music in the 70s and 80s.

That gives him good marks in my book.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

I'm still curious why we have never gotten a proper release of the Midnight Express score. It's a classic, and while I know Moroder is divisive (to say the least) among film music fans, he has such a cult around his production works that I'm sure this would be a decent seller. I believe his only soundtrack that hasn't been released to CD would be Foxes (DC Cab as well, but that's not a great loss...)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

"Midnight Express" is a case where there is far less score in the film than on the album, and the (as yet unreleased) film tracks are a different recording. Though I like this score, it's so slight in the film (with the exception of the film version of "Chase") that I'm surprised it won the Oscar.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   iliveforhim1976   (Member)

Moroder's "Midnight Express" CRUSHES it. Obviously John Williams for the orchestral score, but I go with Moroder for something COMPLETELY ORIGINAL.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2020 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   batroc   (Member)

Peter Gabriel's score to BIRDY was incredibly influential in the 2nd half of the 80s. Pieces were used on trailer after trailer for the rest of the decade and IMHO think it pushed the synth score into a more dramatic, organic and less Tangerine Dream/Miami Vice direction.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Alan Parker was a favourite director of mine from an early formative age. Very sad to learn that he's dead, and way too early. I had no idea he was ill.

Picking the no. 1 spot is terribly difficult for me. It's a toss-up between PINK FLOYD: THE WALL and ANGELA'S ASHES. The former is my favourite Pink Floyd album (and Pink Floyd is one of my favourite bands) while the latter is one of my top 5 John Williams scores (and John Williams is my favourite composer) -- that "Angela's Prayer" track floors me every time! So there's no other way than to let them share the no. 1 spot. As such, my list would probably look something like this:

1. PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (Pink Floyd)/ANGELA'S ASHES (John Williams)
2. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (Giorgio Moroder)
3. THE COMMITMENTS (various; the first-ever soundtrack CD I got)
4. BIRDY (Peter Gabriel)
5. EVITA (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Yes, I realize three of these aren't traditional 'scores', but I choose to answer this in the way of 'soundtrack albums' rather than scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2020 - 3:08 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Evita
Angel Heart
Mississippi Burning
Midnight Express
Angela's Ashes

 
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