notes on film scores

Saturday, May 25, 2002

CDs Ordered. Madness!

The madness continues. Gormenghast* (Richard Rodney Bennett) (ordered from the UK - how exciting), The Classical Film Music of Victor Young conducted by Bill Stromberg, Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2** Meredith Willson. In the offing: John Williams - Winter Olympics, Michael Nyman - Ravenous, and Christopher Young - Hellraiser II. These are all damnably indulgent and I feel terribly guilty ordering them.
* received 20020605 ** received 20020604

Thursday, May 23, 2002

CD Ordered.

The best thing about the various message boards is that I can get recommendations from people whose taste I can trust, or at least depend on not to be commonplace, thoughtless or trivial. Today, a board member at suggested Doyle's Needful Things.* This movie was the Mathias Rust to my Soviet radar defenses. I don't recall ever hearing anything about this, even though I'm a reasonably enthusiastic fan of Patrick Doyle.
* received 20000531

Ginny Scores a Score at Goodwill.

I almost forgot a CD that Ginny found at Goodwill: a sealed copy of Moulin Rouge by Craig Armstrong. Who was interviewed in the recent issue of FSM.

CD Ordered

Some CD shopping blowthrough: Iron Giant - Kamen.*
* received 20000531

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

2002 Through May sells used disks. More weakness of wallet:*

  • ExistenZ - Shore

  • The Matrix - Davis

  • Powaqqatsi - Glass

  • X-Men - Kamen

  • Field of Dreams - Horner

* received 20020528 and 20020603
I'll probably regret Field of Dreams. Horner!

An earlier order from mm was subjected to a casual winnowing poll:

"Oooh! The ways of Thunderdome are hard. Atlantis almost made it out but was cut down at the last moment. Shanghai Noon Pagemaster didn't have a chance and were just thrown in to get the crowd's blood lust started. Deep Impact and Field of Dreams ran afoul of an unfortunate prejudice of mine and were tapped in the middle of play. Grand Canyon went farther than any of the losers but just couldn't make it - maybe because of its dated sound. Sorry, you old geezer!
I present to you the newst champions of CD Buying Thunderdome!!"
  • Dinosaur. Cine vouched for this which amounts to a shoo in.

  • Event Horizon. Flawed but interesting.

  • Mission to Mars. I have a Mars thing. Totally unfair that it beat out Atlantis, but there you go. Mars thing beats Atlantis thing minus Disney thing.

  • Unbreakable. We'll see.

  • Whisperers. Not the lowest underdog, but the most deserving.

And from various Amazon sellers so far in 2002:

  • The Scarlet Letter - Barry

  • Lake Placid - Ottman

  • Incognito- Ottman

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - Newman

  • Babylon 5: In The Beginning - Franke

  • Hans Salter & Frank Skinner: Classic Scores of Mystery and Horror

  • Dragonheart: A New Beginning - McKenzie

and of course, 2002's FSM CD's to date:
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators - Waxman

  • Farewell, My Lovely/Monkey Shines - Shire

  • Logan's Run - Goldsmith

  • Lust for Life - Rozsa

  • Joy in the Morning - Herrmann

  • The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing - Williams, Legrand

  • The Traveling Executioner - Goldsmith

  • 36 Hours - Tiomkin

Ordered CDs

Massive failure to control my buying impulse.* The lucky recipient of my desperately hard-earned dollars? Varese Sarabande.

  • Die Hard - Kamen

  • Joe vs the Volcano - Delerue

  • Ballad of Cable Hogue - Goldsmith

  • Cast a Giant Shadow - Bernstein

  • The Virgin Queen - Waxman

* received 20020528