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Favorite “background music” from a movie.

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Blackhorse

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So list a link to a piece if your favorite movie background music.  Sure, you can cheat and throw up something like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” the song as dine in the movie...like a clip.  But I’m thinking the stuff that’s playing behind the screen, so to speak.  You know...like the incredible stuff Elmer Bernstein wrote for “The Magnificent Seven” (1060).  No other piece of movie music relates more closely to what’s going on on screen IMHO. https://youtu.be/u-H9lxxLSBg

Then...WAY over on the other end of the spectrum is something like the End Theme from the first Lemony Snicket movie.  This tinkley little piece of moving magic is just that...magical.  The composer/performer has done background scores for a number of other TV shows, etc. https://youtu.be/etuBB-pn9HY. The composer on this is Thomas Newman.  

How about Vangelis gorgeous Love Theme for Blade Runner?  Lush. https://youtu.be/IPe52A0k06M


So...any of you lot out there in theater land want to jump in?
 

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A lot of movies come to mind such as the Bond series but I personally enjoyed the music in the John Wayne movies.  Eldorado, Sons of Katie Elder, The Alamo, and many others.  One of my aunts always bought the soundtrack of these movies and we would listen to the albums together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VczD1olutQ8

Paint your Wagon had a great soundtrack too.
 

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I'll put up a couple I own for just the recordings alone. I listen to a ton of experimental music anyway.

Halloween III
https://youtu.be/f9OKO9otCo4


Escape from New York
https://youtu.be/-e-Wk_YOiw8


Full Metal Jacket
https://youtu.be/vc2cPuwpqTg

https://youtu.be/YEql5rc9X0A


John Carpenter's The Thing
https://youtu.be/kXBGDf2IDQI

*those great spaghetti westerns by Ennio Morricone


Tarkovsky's Stalker
https://youtu.be/pP1QXKbhqr4

*almost any Edward Artemiev is good
**most of Tarkovsky's films have great soundtracks
 

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Have never given this too much thought.
First 2 that come to mind, which is odd for me given my tastes:

The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack

The Piano soundtrack
 

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IHT":c60z2j4n said:
Have never given this too much thought.
First 2 that come to mind, which is odd for me given my tastes:

The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack

The Piano soundtrack

Imhotep -  WHAT?  Not “The Mummy”!?!


Plus:  someone mentioned Sergio Leone...absolutely...the themes are a genre unto themselves!

https://youtu.be/AFa1-kciCb4


And come ON boys and girls...John Williams? Star Wars?

https://youtu.be/_D0ZQPqeJkk

 

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Well it took a little pondering on the subject it but came up with a few.

2001 a space odyssey. It's nice to play in the background when working something.

Miles Davis recorded the music for a French movie. I can't remember the name of it, but it is a listen.

If you watch The Wizard of Oz, turn the volume off and play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the moon. It's fantastic in the background.
 

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eggman":vno00ahf said:
Miles Davis recorded the music for a French movie. I can't remember the name of it, but it is a listen.
Ascenseur pour l'echafaud (1958)

That talk a little bit about it in Birth of the Cool documentary. If I remember correctly, they played the movie in a dark, empty theater while Miles stood on the stage and improvised as they recorded the soundtrack. It's a pretty and mellow one.
 

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Zeno Marx":dt8go103 said:
eggman":dt8go103 said:
Miles Davis recorded the music for a French movie. I can't remember the name of it, but it is a listen.
Ascenseur pour l'echafaud (1958)

That talk a little bit about it in Birth of the Cool documentary.  If I remember correctly, they played the movie in a dark, empty theater while Miles stood on the stage and improvised as they recorded the soundtrack.  It's a pretty and mellow one.

Yeap, that's it. I've never seen the movie but listened to the music. It's great
 

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The music from "Easy Rider" is tops on my list.


Cheers,

RR
 

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Brewdude":ma3zqbsz said:
The music from "Easy Rider" is tops on my list.


Cheers,

RR
Now that makes me want to buy a bike and head down to Naw’leans.

If 6 was 9 is an awesome song.
 

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I’ve not seen it for a while but Dances with Wolves has got to be up there. Wonderfully stirring stuff.
 

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Pretty much anything Jerry Goldsmith scored is great. He is best known for the newer Star Treks but check out the original 1968 Planet of the Apes soundtrack. It really shows his depth as a composer. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7_Y3euhd1hY" frameborder="0" loading="lazy" allowfullscreen ></iframe>
 
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