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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

So what are some of your film score releases where you can start at track one and rarely have to hit skip? You listen the whole way through most of the time. Here are some of mine.

Mark Mancina - La-La Land Records

Days of Thunder,
Hans Zimmer - La La Land Records

Star Trek: Generations,
Dennis McCarthy - Crescendo Records

The Rock,
Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith

Tangerine Dream - Perseverance Records

Mark Mancina - La La Land Records

Back to the Future I-III,
Alan Silverstri - Intrada and Varese

Bad Boys,
Mark Mancina - La Land Records

Broken Arrow,
Hans Zimmer - La La Land Records

Drop Zone,
Hans Zimmer - Quartet Records

Tomorrow Never Dies,
David Arnold.

Independence Day,
David Arnold - La La Land Records

Paul Hertzog - Perseverance and Waxworks Records

And most of all over the last few months -

Black Rain,
Hans Zimmer - La La Land Records

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This is the norm for me. I always listen from start to finish (unless external factors interupt me). So it will apply to everything I own. Which obviously means that the presentation needs to be succinct, abbreviated and re-organized well for listening.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

It's not the score that dictates whether it gets played in full, but rather the specific presentation or performance of it.
For example, I would never think of pruning any tracks from the superb Varese/Kojian/Utah presentation of Korngold's The Sea Hawk. It flows beautifully.
On the other hand, I would leave out several tracks of the much longer re-recording of the same Sea Hawk score from Naxos, because of some repetition and the vocalist isn't to my liking.
Same score though. One gets played in full, one doesn't.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Ny   (Member)

Applies to most of what I own. If I put it on I like to be able to leave it alone.
There are things I skip of course, I tend to skip marches, and things like Throne Room and End Title, and the whole first half of Star Trek TMP because of the prevalence of the blaring main theme. I own a digital copy of Cleopatra so I could program out all the fanfares, and I have not bought Secret of Nimh or American Tail because the songs would require skipping every time.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Jurassic T. Park   (Member)

All good selections Peter!

For me it’s stuff that has clear storytelling or progression with a satisfying wrap up. SPEED was a great choice as well as BACK TO THE FUTURE.

But my most listened to sequentially are:


The original Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones are just so musically satisfying and really capture imagery extremely well.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

When I was a novice it was rare. Now that I'm older I listen to more right through.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:59 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

To me the score needs to be listened to in chronological film order so that I can "travel" through the film via the score. I always listen to score while out walking and for the last year I find Hans Zimmer's WONDER WOMAN 1984 to be perfect for this. I never need to skip a track! It has everything I need, energy, pump, action, emotional breathers and motivation!

Other scores I dont need to skip (much) is PEARL HARBOR (Zimmer), THE IMPOSSIBLE (Fernando Velazquez), GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Burwell). I also love listening through all tracks from Marco Beltrami's SCREAM scores. Cause I know the films so well!

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   David Mueller   (Member)

I rarely need to skip tracks. If I need to, it's a Song at the end. Other more specific tracks that I skip: "Fluke" from Matrix 2, "Surrounded by Green" from Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony, "Plaisir d'amour" & "Again" from Batman: The Movie, "Song of Ten" from Doctor Who: Series 1 & 2, "The Stowaway" from Doctor Who: Series 3 & "Anything Goes" from Indiana Jones 2.

And there is of cause the Bonus Track section in expanded editions. They work for me quite well EXCEPT Star Trek TOS Box Set S1 CD5. I listened to it once and it was a total nightmare. Even heavy skipping would not improve the flow of that disc.

But this is only like 5% of my Collection. To answer the thread title: Everything else.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   Ray1992   (Member)

The Bodyguard - Alan Silvestri
Romancing the Stone - Alan Silvestri
The Jewel of the Nile - Jack Nitzsche
The Terminator - Brad Fiedel
Excessive Force - Charles Bernstein
Falling in Love - Dave Grusin
Showdown in Little Tokyo - David Michael Frank
True Romance - Hans Zimmer
Fletch Lives - Harold Faltermeyer
The Running Man - Harold Faltermeyer
Tango & Cash - Harold Faltermeyer
Revenge - Jack Nitzsche
Commando - James Horner
Primal Fear - James Newton Howard
Rambo First Blood Part 2 - Jerry Goldsmith
The Last Castle - Jerry Goldsmith
Somewhere in Time - John Barry
Money Train - Mark Mancina
Can't Buy Me Love - Robert Folk
Internal Affairs - Figgis/Marinelli/Banks
Three O'Clock High - Tangerine Dream

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

This is the norm for me.

That's also the norm for me as well, I usually listen to a score from beginning to end. That means sometimes I do not listen to an entire CD, sometimes I listen to more than one.

For example, yesterday, I was listening to some Bartók (Concerto For Orchestra), Vaughan Williams (Pastoral Symphony) and Jerry Goldsmith (Basic Instinct) the other day. In each case I listened to the entire score, but not to the entire album. (On the Bartók was more Bartók, on the Vaughan Williams more Vaughan Williams, and Quartet's Basic Instinct has alternates and the album presentation.)

But usually, I don't "skip". There are some exceptions, though. I always "skip" the dialog on some albums, like, say, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, I just don't like it. On some albums, I skip the source or pop cues. Sometimes. On Prometheus BASIC INSTINCT, for example, I always skipped "That's real music", as that music, though composed by Goldsmith, does not belong to the score "proper" and was completely out of place there. It's cool as a bonus track (as on the Quartet) but ludicrous within "chronological" order.

If a score is very long (like some Wagner operas, for example), I might listen to it in parts.

Sometimes, I skip all the source cues in scores like CHINATOWN or CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY, at other times, I leave them in.

Some albums are so badly sequenced, I had to re-program the CD player each time I played them (like the original THE UNTOUCHABLES album, for example), but I was not really "skipping" tracks, just re-arranging them for a more coherent musical flow.

But generally, I just listen to the music as presented, I don't want to "fiddle" with the music, I just want to listen to it.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

Very few soundtracks where I like every track. But these come to mind....

Medicine Man

First Blood

Rambo - First Blood Part 2

Conan The Barbarian (Varese edition)

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad

Raiders of the Lost Ark

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Very few soundtracks where I like every track.

I don't believe the issue is whether one LIKES every track. Certainly, I rarely like every single track on a soundtrack. But I don't remove them, they're part of the album experience. It also helps build towards the proper highlight tracks; it's part of the fabric. The only time I actually remove tracks is from C&C releases, when I try whittle them down to a decent listening experience. And the removed tracks in that case aren't necessarily removed because I don't like them either, but because they are merely perfunctory or drag out the experience, where "normal" music would return to something else eventually. I might keep one or two of such tracks as "tissue material", and remove the others.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

Intrada’s The Red House.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)

I listen to score presentations - whether they're presented C&C or abbreviated - all the way through. However, I will skip country & western and marching band source cues. Those I find very annoying.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I think it's an interesting difference in how you approach music generally and film scores in particular. I approach them as a whole work, my reference frame clearly being "classical" music (I would argue, depending on the used definition obviously, that a sizable portion, though by no means all, film scores are "classical" music). It's a written composition with an architecture, it's not about "tracks" (though it can be).

Classically trained composers like Goldsmith, Williams, Bernstein, Rosenman, Rózsa, etc. often have real musical architecture, a "construct", behind their scores, so it's not about "liking" or "disliking" a particular track, but about the musical journey. It's like a symphony, tone poem, opera, or even a book. You may like some chapters better than others, but removing the chapters you dislike might destroy or rupture the whole book. (As it can rupture the experience if the chapters/tracks are moved around arbitrarily.)

That's of course not true for all film music, not even for all film music composed by classically trained composers. And there is a lot of film music that follows different rules, not all is the same.
Vangelis' BLADE RUNNER, for example, is one of my all time favorite film scores, but it is not a "classical" score, and it is not one that is constructed with a musical/narrative architecture, it is atmospheric and moody, ambient. Which is why the tracks work well individually, or have great flow the way Vangelis' put them together for his original soundtrack album, as well as on BSX version, where the order is changed. That does not mean that it would work well if you just jumbled them onto an album in any order at random, rather it means that there is not a musical structure that already more or less dictates what goes where.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

So because I use film scores so often for story brainstorming or writing I will listen to specific tracks on repeat. Especially if I am in the middle of writing a scene. If I am writing an action scene I’ll listen to an action piece on repeat.

I work a manual labor job in the grocery business. When I select a soundtrack or film score in that environment I like it to be one where I can just hit play and let the music go. I don’t want to have to keep hitting the skip button. These scores are the main ones where I happen to like every track enough or at least it flows well enough that I never think to hit skip. Before I realize it, I’ve played through the entire presentation.

I should have included Lethal Weapon scores to my list but using LLL’s release I listen to a “Best of” playlist compilation I created with my favorite tracks from all four movies. That includes the film score and regular songs. I listen to that all the way through while at work but it’s a compilation of the scores. Not full on individual listenings.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

The majority of the time I have to trim, edit or rearrange a score to my liking.

Though there are some expansions I play from beginning to end.

Dances with Wolves
The River

And some oldie LP programs-

Star Wars
Conan the Barbarian

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I'm sure theres others but the first one that comes to mind is Revell's The Saint.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

The majority of the time I have to trim, edit or rearrange a score to my liking.

Though there are some expansions I play from beginning to end


Is that the deluxe editionsmile

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

The majority of the time I have to trim, edit or rearrange a score to my liking.

Though there are some expansions I play from beginning to end


Is that the deluxe editionsmile

That didn't look right when I typed it!

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