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 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's her list. Yours would no doubt be different, as would mine. It isn't a presentation of the "12 greatest composers of all time that everyone can agree are the greatest", as no such thing could ever exist. I actually like the scope of her selections.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/



That’s actually a more relevant list than many we see, and it’s described as a sample of some of the best, so there can be little argument with it, really.

Did you put it on the wrong side of the forum satirically? smile

(How’ve you been anyway, seems an age since we corresponded off board)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

My ten-year-old niece had to write an essay for school, titled "The Twelve Best Songs of All Time". I must admit that when I read it I felt very old indeed, because I had only ever heard of three of the artists she mentioned. Then I noticed that they were all songs which became popular in the charts after 2016, when she was five and just becoming aware of social platforms, discoteques and Spotify.

When I pointed out to her that the title of the essay was about the best songs OF ALL TIME, she shrugged and said that she didn't know anything about "all time", that she was only ten, and that she had written about the songs she really liked to sing and dance to.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


I'm pretty sure her list is more interesting than yours.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

... When I pointed out to her that the title of the essay was about the best songs OF ALL TIME, she shrugged and said that she didn't know anything about "all time", that she was only ten, and that she had written about the songs she really liked to sing and dance to.

Only 10? ... there's more common sense in that statement than we hear in general conversation most days of the month! smile I take it she is your niece by virtue of your wife ... smile smile smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

... When I pointed out to her that the title of the essay was about the best songs OF ALL TIME, she shrugged and said that she didn't know anything about "all time", that she was only ten, and that she had written about the songs she really liked to sing and dance to.

Only 10? ... there's more common sense in that statement than we hear in general conversation most days of the month! smile I take it she is your niece by virtue of your wife ... smile smile smile


Eh...yes.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Actually, there are at least 13 persons on that list.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   jackDAWG   (Member)

The 12 Best Film Composers Of All Time

"Here's a sampling of some of the best film composers of all time, and what sets them apart."

To quote my avatar, "Uuum, yeah; I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you..."

"The Best"?

"...a sampling"?

How can you have both?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I also happened to venture upon that list yesterday (from Facebook was it?) and even I with my limited scope of movie composers was 100% positive Jerry Goldsmith would have to be on that list. Nope.

Yes, many I never even heard of.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Viscount Mark R. Y.   (Member)

My ten-year-old niece had to write an essay for school, titled "The Twelve Best Songs of All Time". I must admit that when I read it I felt very old indeed, because I had only ever heard of three of the artists she mentioned. Then I noticed that they were all songs which became popular in the charts after 2016, when she was five and just becoming aware of social platforms, discoteques and Spotify.

When I pointed out to her that the title of the essay was about the best songs OF ALL TIME, she shrugged and said that she didn't know anything about "all time", that she was only ten, and that she had written about the songs she really liked to sing and dance to.


Heh. That reminds me of the first time I started making "ten best movies of all time" lists in junior high school - when my knowledge range of cinema was still fairly narrow.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


The only one on her list I really like is Ennio Morricone.

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars. To quote the old Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1983 about the Star Wars soundtrack: "John Williams' score, discofied by a couple of artists, made some commercial inroads in 1977, yet nothing like the ones made by the movie. Title theme isn't bad, but the rest is dispensable" (Dave Marsh).

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Viscount Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


The only one on her list I really like is Ennio Morricone.

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars. To quote the old Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1983 about the Star Wars soundtrack: "John Williams' score, discofied by a couple of artists, made some commercial inroads in 1977, yet nothing like the ones made by the movie. Title theme isn't bad, but the rest is dispensable" (Dave Marsh).


I wouldn't rely too heavily on the Soundtracks reviews in that book. I like to read that section when I need a good laugh. It's loaded with inaccuracies.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:31 PM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.
https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


I'm pretty sure her list is more interesting than yours.



Explain the logic underlying that conclusion, please.


Nothing, FB?
Here I was, hoping your remark could stand up to scrutiny.
Hmm.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars.


John Williams is an excellent composer. I love him. But nobody sounds good if you don't like his style.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


The only one on her list I really like is Ennio Morricone.

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars. To quote the old Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1983 about the Star Wars soundtrack: "John Williams' score, discofied by a couple of artists, made some commercial inroads in 1977, yet nothing like the ones made by the movie. Title theme isn't bad, but the rest is dispensable" (Dave Marsh).


I wouldn't rely too heavily on the Soundtracks reviews in that book. I like to read that section when I need a good laugh. It's loaded with inaccuracies.


I agree, the reviews in the Rolling Stone Record Guide shouldn't be taken too seriously. But I do find some of them hilarious! E.g., the reviews for John Denver and Olivia Newton-John. I've owned different editions of the guide since the '80's and even today I can quote some of them almost word for word.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


The only one on her list I really like is Ennio Morricone.

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars. To quote the old Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1983 about the Star Wars soundtrack: "John Williams' score, discofied by a couple of artists, made some commercial inroads in 1977, yet nothing like the ones made by the movie. Title theme isn't bad, but the rest is dispensable" (Dave Marsh).


I wouldn't rely too heavily on the Soundtracks reviews in that book. I like to read that section when I need a good laugh. It's loaded with inaccuracies.


I agree, the reviews in the Rolling Stone Record Guide shouldn't be taken too seriously. But I do find the snide, mocking tone of some of them hilarious! E.g., the reviews for John Denver and Olivia Newton-John. I've owned different editions of the guide since the '80's and even today I can quote some of them almost word for word.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Ran across this item this morning. Admittedly from a deservedly minor film blog, but, I mean, what a load of crap. I'm half surprised that this kid even knew about Alfred Newman.

https://www.slashfilm.com/604205/best-film-composers-of-all-time/


The only one on her list I really like is Ennio Morricone.

To my ears, John Williams is too schlock-pseudo-classical, e.g., Star Wars. To quote the old Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1983 about the Star Wars soundtrack: "John Williams' score, discofied by a couple of artists, made some commercial inroads in 1977, yet nothing like the ones made by the movie. Title theme isn't bad, but the rest is dispensable" (Dave Marsh).


I wouldn't rely too heavily on the Soundtracks reviews in that book. I like to read that section when I need a good laugh. It's loaded with inaccuracies.


I agree, the reviews in the Rolling Stone Record Guide shouldn't be taken too seriously. But I do find the snide, mocking tone of some of them hilarious! E.g., the reviews for John Denver and Olivia Newton-John. I've owned different editions of the guide since the '80's and even today I can quote some of them almost word for word.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

"The greatest composer of the Golden Age of Hollywood was Alfred Newman."

This settles it for ALL TIME.

Get stuffed, Max!

[I wonder if Leah M. Thomas was born during the time a U.S. postage stamp was 33 cents.]

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2021 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Viscount Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I wouldn't rely too heavily on the Soundtracks reviews in that book. I like to read that section when I need a good laugh. It's loaded with inaccuracies.

I agree, the reviews in the Rolling Stone Record Guide shouldn't be taken too seriously. But I do find some of them hilarious! E.g., the reviews for John Denver and Olivia Newton-John. I've owned different editions of the guide since the '80's and even today I can quote some of them almost word for word.


Same with me. Their reviews of every group and solo Osmonds album is a massacre!

 
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