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 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   scottym_johnson(2)   (Member)

What scores has he done - I keep hearing good things about him.

I assume his style is not on the classical side?

Tell me more...

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

try lonesome dove
conan.
i think robo cop.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

Starship Troopers will rock your world! wink Les Miserables is lovely and melodic. Also try to hunt down the, ahem, "unofficial" CD of Breakdown for Basil's incredible, rejected score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   MichaelM   (Member)

What scores has he done - I keep hearing good things about him.

I assume his style is not on the classical side?

Tell me more...



His style is very classical indeed, and although he is generally regarded as an action/adventure composer, his music is often more lyrical than that of most of his contemporaries.

Some of his best scores are
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
RED DAWN
ROBOCOP
LONESOME DOVE
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
FREE WILLY
THE JUNGLE BOOK
IT'S MY PARTY
LES MISERABLES
STARSHIP TROOPERS

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I'd say start with one score, 'THE' one score...

and in the absence of Big Bear I'll say it for him and myself...

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

No, I repeat, NO soundtrack collection is complete without this powerhouse masterpiece!

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

especially as it's one of THE best film scores ever.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

especially as it's one of THE best film scores ever.

Indeed, in my humble opinion there has never been a filmscore better then Conan.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Justin Doring   (Member)

"I assume his style is not on the classical side?"

"You assume too much!"

In my opinion, Basil Poledouris' music is much in the same vein as Goldsmith's music, which is probably why Paul Verhoeven uses both composers. For example, I saw The Sum of All Fears yesterday, and I couldn't help but notice that parts of the score resembled Poledouris' Conan.

Recommended Poledouris scores:

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer
The Hunt for Red October
Les Miserables
Quigley Down Under
Lonesome Dove
Free Willy
The Jungle Book
Robocop
Starship Troopers

NP: Goldsmith's Legend

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Poledouris is truly one of the best composers working now, even when it's garbage like "For Love of the Game," the score is A+.

My favorite from him is still and always will be "Les Miserables."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

What scores has he done - I keep hearing good things about him.

I assume his style is not on the classical side?

Tell me more...


I would suggest first that you visit his offiical website @ http://basil-poledouris.com/

It will give you a great insight into his work and credits.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   The Big Bear   (Member)

...and in the absence of Big Bear I'll say it for him and myself...

CONAN THE BARBARIAN


Amen, hallelujah... and thanks for the shout out, Timmer. smile

I am presently busting my hump on a new production, so I've had very little time to read or post lately.

Speak to you all (hopefully) very soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2002 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   bIG kEN lIttLE   (Member)

I have got to add my name to the list of kudos for one of the most under-used composers of all time (the other being the incomparable Bruce Broughton).

Calling "Conan the Barbarian" one of the best scores of all time, doesn't do it enough justice. The score is gothic, brutal, savage and at times lyrical and heartbreakingly romantic. It is Miklos Rozsa and Erich Wolfgang Korngold reincarnated... in fact (don't hate me Orig), I doubt if Maestro Rozsa could have done better (but I would love to hear the effort).

If you get the Conan cd, be prepared to become immediately addicted to this man's work... Next to John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, this guy is THE man!!!!

Recommended:
Les Miserable
The Hunt For Red October
Conan The Destroyer (for fun)
and Robocop (also a must have)

Big Ken: off to the Pits for yet another battle then home to read the poetry of Soong...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

Of course, Conan the Barbarian, one of the best film scores of all time, is out of print.

Re-record this thing already! Damn. (And do it right.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 3:28 AM   
 By:   Mike P.   (Member)


If you get the Conan cd, be prepared to become immediately addicted to this man's work...


That line gave me a chuckle, since that is EXACTLY what had happened to me. Then comes the pain of trying to track down many of the harder to find and rediculously expensive titles.

My recs:
Conan the Barbarian
Les Miserables
Flesh and Blood (the reissue is easily obtained online)
Quigly Down Under (a somewhat cliche western, but still a whole lot of fun)

And if you can find them:
Farewell to the King
Cherry 2000

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   harryfrishberg   (Member)

Just purchased "Hunt for Red October". Loving every second of it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

I don't think it's been mentioned yet (and some would probably say it shouldn't be), but I really get a kick out of Poledouris's UNDER SIEGE 2. The action is great, especially the action material that was unreleased (but found on the 2CD bootleg), and he makes great use of a really rousing, heroic theme. US2 is definitely one of my favorite action scores.

np DEEP BLUE SEA

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Isn't it amazing? I think there's absolutely NO ONE who dislikes CONAN.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

LONESOME DOVE
it's on the other side of conan as style goes.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Conan The Barbarian is a fan favorite for sure.

However IMHO, Poledouris' best score is:

BIG WEDNESDAY

Just about any of his scores are good listens tho.

My personal favorites besides those mentioned above include:

FAREWELL TO THE KING
IT'S MY PARTY (a single piano score played by Basil himself)
SERIAL MOM

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2002 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

Isn't it amazing? I think there's absolutely NO ONE who dislikes CONAN.

I think I'm the only person on the board who hasn't heard it, except for the main title music.

 
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