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 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I've loved his music ever since I sat down to watch CRITTERS in the cinema all those years ago and those warm/sad strings played out that soothing Main Title over shots of American countryside.
I've followed his career through some decent peaks, film-wise and a whole lotta troughs, although even during the lowest of the low in films, there's always been something of interest music-wise.
He does seem to have a somewhat limited appeal to the soundtrack-collecting gang, with many of his titles struggling to sell-out 1000-1500 copies.
Anyway, it's hard (for me anyway) to pick from the many great scores I've listened to and loved down the years by him, but for a bit of fun, here are mine, in no particular order...

CRITTERS - probably because it's the one that kicked-off the Newman Love! I don't care for the electronic stuff that much and the suspense tracks drag a little, but anytime he's using that lovely Americana theme I just melt.
MALONE - there's just something so achingly sad to this music (something I get a lot with DN, his BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER score is so heart-breaking at times). He perfectly captures the main characters' loneliness and regret with his strings and horns (similar to what Goldsmith did with FIRST BLOOD) and his fusion of synths on this one is brilliant. A real underrated gem to me.
MR DESTINY - I remember buying the Varese album and just being blown away by this. Even moreso because it was one of those 30 minute jobbies that whetted your appetite but left you craving so much more. Sure, it cribs from cousin Randy's NATURAL score at times but what soundtrack didn't around that time. There's still enough darkness and sadness in there to get the heart going.
ANASTASIA - There's music in this film that is amongst the greatest I've ever heard. The sad choir stuff near the end is stunning and he incorporates the songs into his score seamlessly. Should have won the Oscar for this one, me thinks.
MATILDA - A delightful childrens romp, with one of his catchiest themes. Great film too.

Okay, I should have made this 10, cos I've left off things like THE PHANTOM, HOFFA, LITTLE MONSTERS, BILL & TED 2, OPERATION DUMBO DROP, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, PARADISE, AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE, ICE AGE, & ANIMALS UNITED.

Let's see how you do! wink

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

1. The Brave Little Toaster. A masterpiece.
2. Galaxy Quest. The best sci-fi parody score ever.
3. Ice Age. I was one of about 10 people disappointed to see him lose the series to Powell.
4. Serenity. Big and unconventional sci-fi; "Space Battle" is a knockout.
5. The Kindred. An early, serious horror effort.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

The Phantom
Anastasia
The Nutty Professor
Operation Dumbo Drop
Paradise


runner-ups:
- That Night
- Affair of the Necklace
- Galaxy Quest
- My Life in Ruins
- Ice Age



just far too many to pick just five... most of his best is still unreleased frown

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   maritereh   (Member)

Matilda & Ice Age!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

1. The Phantom
2. Galaxy Quest
3. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
4. Tommy Boy
5. The Sandlot

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"3. Ice Age. I was one of about 10 people disappointed to see him lose the series to Powell."
---------------------------
You and me both!
I wonder who the other 8 are? wink

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

In no particular order as that's too hard.

Paradise
Hoffa
Ice Age
Affair of the Necklace
Tommy Boy

David if you're reading this, you put on these great concerts for other composers, we want to hear a concert of your music smile

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

3. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

I didn't know we could do unreleased scores or I would totally have this as my #2. With apologies to Ron Jones, it's the best damn DuckMusic out there.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Galaxy Quest

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Throw Momma from the Train - brilliant !

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   Craig Richard Lysy   (Member)

Hi,

God I wish this guy got more work! I have had the pleasure of meeting him twice and he is one passionate guy. I love the suites he creates and his directing of the American Youth Symphony.

Anyway here are my top ten;
1. The Brave Little Toaster
2. Mr. Destiny
3. Hoffa
4. Galaxy Quest
5. Operation Dumbo Drop
6. Konferenz Der Tiere
7. Anastasia
8. Matilda
9. Ice Age
10. Malone

Let's hope he gets an assignment in the near future.

All the best!

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

CRITTERS

Right there with the OP for this thread. I absolutely love this score. When it was released I had to get it right away. Same said for the cd (thanks Intrada so many years ago). The film, of course, was a spin on GREMLINS. The film had it's charms... an effective cast, nicely shot, amusing effects... and most importantly... a wonderful score by David Newman. Okay... on to others...

THE KINDRED

Really? Yes. Another case of an early David Newman score that just hit me the right way. One of my most played horror scores of the 80's. So complex and turbulent. The production team that worked with Christopher Young on some of his earliest scores were behind this movie as well. Going into it... low budget fun... and knowing the score would more than likely be a knockout. I was not disappointed. Decent film... and a great David Newman horror score.

Rounding out my remaining three...

HOFFA

ICE AGE

MR. DESTINY

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

My Top 5 David Newman scores? That`s a tough one. Since I consider myself the world`s biggest Newman fan, I have to list my Newman-Top-20:


1 - Duck Tales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp
2- Sunrise: A Song of two Humans
3- Hoffa
4- 102 Dalmatians
5- The Flintstones
6- The Freshman
7- War of the Roses
8- Undercover Blues
9- Brave Little Toaster
10- My Father The Hero
11- Other People`s Money
12- Mr. Destiny
13- 1001 Nights
14- The Sandlot
15- That Night
16- Paradise
17- Disorganized Crime
18- Operation Dumbo Drop
19- Throw Momma from the Train
20- Bill and Ted`s Excellent Adventure

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Deadwalker   (Member)

Mighty Ducks

Heathers

Bill and TED 1 and 2

Galaxy Quest

Jingle All The Way

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

What, no Love for the Doo?

And seriously, counterpoint, top 20 Newman scores and no mention of Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia? Really?

MV

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Deadwalker   (Member)

What, no Love for the Doo?

And seriously, counterpoint, top 20 Newman scores and no mention of Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia? Really?

MV


HEY MV

Might Ducks Please Please Please

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Deadwalker   (Member)

What, no Love for the Doo?

And seriously, counterpoint, top 20 Newman scores and no mention of Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia? Really?

MV


HEY MV

Might Ducks Please Please Please

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

I'm partial to his 80's work myself. Top 5:

Critters
Malone
Brave Little Toaster
Bill & Ted's Excelllent Adventure
Heathers


3 that I really wanted to add to the top 5:

The Kindred, Frankenweenie and Throw Momma


Firebirds, Dumbo Drop and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead are a lot of fun.

Matilda and Gross Anatomy both have wonderful themes.

Of his later work, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia are my favorites.

No particular LOVE for the Doo. But it's Newman, so it's still perty darned good!

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

What, no Love for the Doo?

And seriously, counterpoint, top 20 Newman scores and no mention of Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia? Really?

MV



I was very serious. I love Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia but the one I`ve mentioned are my absolutely favorite Newman scores. Some of the most brilliant filmmusic compositions of the last century. But ok, here are my numbers 21 - 50:


21- Crazy on the Outside
22- Jingle All the Way
23- Anastasia
24- Bill & Ted`s Bogus Journey
25- The Coneheads
26- Matilda
27- The Spirit
28- Animals United
29- Scooby Doo
30- The Nutty Professor
31- Rover Dangerfield
32- Life or something like it
33- That Night
34- The Phantom
35- Nutty Professor 2
36- The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas
37- Gross Anatomy
38- Firebirds
39- Meet the Applegates
40- The Marrying Man
41- Boys on the Side
42- Mighty Ducks
43- Norbit
44-The Phantom
45- Affair of the Necklace
46- Brokedown Palace
47- Galaxy Quest
48- Ice Age
49- Welcome Home, Roscoe Jencins
50- Out to Sea

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2012 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

What, no Love for the Doo?

And seriously, counterpoint, top 20 Newman scores and no mention of Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia? Really?

MV



I was very serious. I love Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, The Phantom and Anastasia but the one I`ve mentioned are my absolutely favorite Newman scores. Some of the most brilliant filmmusic compositions of the last century. But ok, here are my numbers 21 - 50:


21- Crazy on the Outside
22- Jingle All the Way
23- Anastasia
24- Bill & Ted`s Bogus Journey
25- The Coneheads
26- Matilda
27- The Spirit
28- Animals United
29- Scooby Doo
30- The Nutty Professor
31- Rover Dangerfield
32- Life or something like it
33- That Night
34- The Phantom
35- Nutty Professor 2
36- The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas
37- Gross Anatomy
38- Firebirds
39- Meet the Applegates
40- The Marrying Man
41- Boys on the Side
42- Mighty Ducks
43- Norbit
44-The Phantom
45- Affair of the Necklace
46- Brokedown Palace
47- Galaxy Quest
48- Ice Age
49- Welcome Home, Roscoe Jencins
50- Out to Sea


lol

Your bottom 10 looks almost like my top ten. smile

MV

 
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