Sunday, December 31, 2006

Read Scorekeepers articles on film music

Many thanks to OSTHUB who discovered the links !!!

Klaus Badelt (05.25.06)
Bear McCreary (06.07.06)
Lalo Schifrin (06.18.06)
John Ottman (06.27.06)
Joseph LoDuca (08.21.06)
Alex Wurman (08.23.06)
Jeff Beal (09.08.06)
Chris Lennertz (09.29.06)
John Debney (10.15.06)
Howard Shore (11.15.06)
Clint Mansell (11.27.06)
David Julyan (12.19.06)
John Powell (

THE DAVINCI CODE (2006) by Hans Zimmer (05.06.06)
THE PROMISE (2005) by Klaus Badelt (05.25.06)
NACHO LIBRE (2006) by Danny Elfman (06.10.06)
MONSTER HOUSE (2006) by Douglas Pipes (07.12.06)
PETITES PEUR PARTAGÉS by Mark Snow (08.29.06)
ScoreKeeper Reviews The Super Fantabulous ELMER BERNSTEIN'S FILM MUSIC COLLECTION!! (10.15.06)
ScoreKeeper Reviews Danny Elfman's CHARLOTTE'S WEB Score!! (11.30.06)

Who is Composing Which Scores This Summer (and Beyond)?? (05.09.06)
Elfman Removes his Credit from NACHO LIBRE? (06.12.06)
ScoreKeeper on John Williams’ New NBC Sunday Night Football Theme (09.01.06)
ScoreKeeper on Danny Elfman’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB Interview (09.05.06)
ScoreKeeper Considers the Film Music of Fantastic Fest (10.03.06)
ScoreKeeper’s Smolderin’ Potpourri of Cool Film Music News and Bits and Things!! (10.09.06)
ScoreKeeper Re: Marilyn Manson's Cover of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tunes!! (10.26.06)
Basil Poledouris Is Gone (11.08.06)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Listmania: the 250 top film music composers (part 4)

Finally, here are no. 151 to 250.

The works of these composers are mostly both Sin City (it's a sin to deliver such quality) and Drone City, so stay away, you have been warned !

I know there are still some fine among them (like George Bruns and Joseph Koo), but 150 are less than one might expect. Personally I like the scores in brackets, but with these composers it's the problem that there is not enough music of them on records to get them on higher positions. So curse the record producers, it's their fault ! However, if they put our a CD for EVERY TV episode Christopher Franke ever scored, he will NEVER be in the top 150. Get ridden of your crappy synthesizers and buy a composing book, guy !

Tomorrow: 50 additional composers, all of them being one-hit film music wonders !

Bates, Tyler - ()
Beck, Christophe - ()
Bernstein, Peter - ()
Blanchard, Terence - ()
Boswell, Simon - ()
Bruns, George - Jungle Book, The (1966)
Burman, Rahul Dev [256 entries in the MDB] - Shalimar (1978)
Cacavas, John - Airport '75 (1975)
Cameron, John - ()
Carpenter, John - Halloween (1978)
Chang, Gary - A Shock to the System (1990)
Cipriani, Stelvio - ()
Clausen, Alf - ()
Clouser, Charlie - ()
Cmiral, Elia - Ronin (1998)
Colombier, Michel - ()
Cooder, Ry - The Long Riders (1980)
Copeland, Steward - ()
Coulais, Bruno - Les choristes (2004)
Curtin, Hoyt - ()
Dankworth, John - ()
Danna, Mychael - ()
Debney, John - ()
Doldinger, Klaus - ()
Emerson, Keith - ()
Faltermeyer, Harold - Fletch (1985)
Fiedel, Brad - The Terminator (1981)
Franke, Christopher - ()
Frizzell, John - ()
Frizzi, Fabio - ()
Giombini, Marcello - Sabata (1969)
Goldenberg, Billy - ()
Goldsmith, Joel - ()
Goodman, Miles - ()
Gordon, Christopher - Moby Dick (TV) (1998)
Gregson-Williams, Harry - ()
Gunning, Christopher - Poirot (TV) (1989)
Hadjidakis, Manos - ()
Hagen, Earle - ()
Harline, Leigh - Pinocchio (1940)
Holmes, David - ()
Jablonsky, Steve - ()
Jaubert, Maurice - ()
Johnson, Laurie - The Avengers (TV) (1961)
Kaczmarek, Jan A. P. - ()
Kent, Rolfe - ()
Kloser, Harald - ()
Knopfler, Mark - The Princess' Bride (1987)
Koo, Joseph - Fist of Fury (1972)
Lavagnino, Angelo Francesco - ()
LoDuca, Joseph - ()
Maas, Dick - ()
Mainetti, Stefano - ()
Mandel, Johnny - ()
Manfredini, Harry - Friday the 13th (1980)
Mansell, Clint - ()
Mansfield, David - Heaven's Gate (1980)
Marianelli, Dario - ()
Martinez, Cliff - ()
May, Billy - ()
Micalizzi, Franco - ()
Mizzy, Vic - The Addams Family (TV) (1964)
Moroder, Giorgio - ()
Morris, John - ()
Mothersbaugh, Mark - ()
Nieto, José - ()
Philips, Stu - ()
Preisner, Zbigniev - ()
Rabin, Trevor - ()
Ragland, Robert O. - ()
Redford, J. A. C. - ()
Robinson, J. Peter - ()
Rose, David - ()
Savina, Carlo - ()
Sawtell, Paul - ()
Scharf, Walter - ()
Shaiman, Mark - ()
Shapiro, Theodore - ()
Siliotto, Carlo - ()
Simonetti, Claudio - ()
Skinner, Frank - ()
Small, Michael - ()
Smith, Paul J. - ()
Snow, Mark - ()
Stalling, Carl - ()
Stein, Ronald - ()
Stevens, Leith - ()
Stevens, Morton - Hawaii 5-0 (TV) (1968)
Strouse, Charles - ()
Takemitsu, Toru - Ran (1985)
Tomandandy - ()
Troost, Ernest - ()
Tyler, Brian - ()
Walker, Shirley - ()
Williams, Alan - ()
Williams, Patrick - ()
Wong, James - Green Snake (1993)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Listmania: the 250 top film music composers (part 3)

And now no. 101 to 150. Each one of these has fine single themes, but complete fine scores are few and far between.

Tomorrow: 151 to 250. Enter drone city !

Armstrong, Craig - ()
Arnold, David - ()
Baxter, Les - The Sacred Idol (1959)
Beltrami, Marco - I Am Dina (2002)
Blake, Howard - The Snowman (1982)
Böttcher, Martin - Winnetou (1963)
Burwell, Carter - ()
Coppola, Carmine - Napoleon (1981)
Davis, Don - ()
Desplat, Alexandre - ()
Duning, George - ()
Edelman, Randy - Gettysburg (1993)
Eidelman, Cliff - Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
Endelman, Stephen - The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
Ferrio, Gianni - L'ile mysterieuse (1973)
Fidenco, Nico - Black Emanuelle (1975)
Friedhofer, Hugo - ()
Giacchino, Michael - The Incredibles (2004)
Glennie-Smith, Nick - ()
Howard, James Newton - Falling Down (1993)
Isham, Mark - Fly Away Home (1996)
Kamen, Michel - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Karlin, Fred - Westworld (1973)
Magne, Michel - Les miserables (1982)
Mancina, Mark - ()
McNeely, Joel - ()
Myers, Stanley - The Deer Hunter (1978)
Newman, David - ()
Newman, Thomas - ()
Ottman, John - The Usual Suspects (1995)
Piccioni, Piero - ()
Portman, Rachel - ()
Powell, John - ()
Revell, Graeme - Sin City (2005)
Riddle, Nelson - ()
Ross, William - ()
Rugolo, Pete - ()
Rusticelli, Carlo - ()
Salter, Hans J. - ()
Sciascia, Armando - ()
Serra, Eric - ()
Shearmur, Edward - ()
Shore, Howard - Ed Wood (1994)
Steiner, Max - Gone With the Wind (1939)
Tangerine Dream - ()
Thorne, Ken - ()
Trovajoli, Armando - ()
Warbeck, Stephen - ()
Yared, Gabriel - Troy (Rejected score) (2004)
Young, Victor - The Quiet Man (1952)

Wow, I got a discussion running !

[Cummuzunist wrote a long comment on my post, and so I like to answer it]

Again, you are totally right with every word you say. But do you want to be the lone fighter against the whole world ? You quote Mr. Styll when he said "It may be illegal, but everyone is doing it." The internet is there, and for every system created there is an anti-system coming up.

One example: there were links deleted on a lot of blogs. What did come up ? Hidden links. If they are cracked sometime, another system will come up, until this is again cracked. It's the same with copy protection on CDs and DVDs.

So how do you want to spent your life ? Do you want to go from blog to blog and perhaps actually motivate 1% of your readers to up- or download less or even nothing ? Does the music industry thank you for this ? What is the best you may succeed ? Killing a blog ? The guy who runs it will start a new one the next day, and if not, 10 other guys start new blogs every day. Concerning the internet, for the music or film industry it's like in "Starship Troopers" when the Fort is attacked by the insects.

But there are some aspects which haven't come up ever: if there is money which is not spent on the records of MP3 people download, where does this money go ? For me there are three possibilities:
1) people spent it on other records, so concerning the music industry no harm is done
2) people spent it on other goods, so concerning the industry (not only music, just in general) no harm is done (for example, I'm buying now DVDs mostly)
3) people save it and do 1) or 2) later (even if they save it till retirement) so again no harm is done

The only harm I see by music blogs is that some new composers who are not that famous will not get their royalty fees. I don't care if Madonna now only earns one million each week instead of two (actually, her links got deleted often, so she actually seems to care). But concerning film music blogs, the established composers get huge sums of money when they compose their music for the movies, so the money they loose through MP3 blogging is laughable. That might be the reason that no-one cares about soundtracks on blogs. The big companies do not care much releasing them, and they do not care if they pop up on blogs. And if you care so much for the unknown artists: in the film music scene, the composers do very often their own promo CDs because their music does not get leased. If you want this music, you can write to the composer's agent and VERY OFTEN they give you an unreleased promo CD FOR FREE !!! There are also several unknown composers who offer their scores on the Internet for download.

There is a saying in Germany: where there is no defendant, there is no judge. And in the film music scoene, there is not even a courthouse.

>The day is ending when some damned bloggers post massive lists of future shares to drive soundtrack leechers mad (Bacharach, Tiomkin, Hisaichi, Zimmer, Rosza, etc.), then upload dozens of albums a day giving away more music than anyone could ever listen to.

I'm not sure whether I understand this right. If you mean me by this, please look at my postings again. There is no link whatsoever, and there is no announcement of any music coming up. I never intended to do so, why should I (I don't earn any money with non-existent advertisements, I think that's hardly possible with the 250 clicks I get each day) ? All I did was list my favorite composers with one of their works. This even could motivate a reader to BUY such an album.

It's funny that my tiny blog now gets so much attention. In the three months I'm running the blog I personally uploaded perhaps 10 albums, all other links I presented were token from other blogs where I found them. I know large sites (look at some older postings) where there are thousands of links, there you can find all poular rock music and all current movies, so what's the big deal with my fan blog ?

Concerning my links for records by Lalo Schifrin, well, this guy is 74 now and has more millions on his bank account than I will ever have thousands. I buy his records since 30 years and attented his concerts, so I think he will continue living even if I post some links of his music here. Hell, on most of the continent no-one even KNOWS this guy. That is the thing I want to change, so concerning fame he actually profits from my blog. I'm in contact to the guy who runs the biggest Schifrin discography on the net, he saw my blog and actually downloaded some rare stuff (I'm sure he will enjoy things like the unreleased "Manitou" main title). He knows Schifrin personally, so if I'm doing such a crime here I'm sure by now I would have heard something by someone.

O.k., every type of downloading is illegal. But we could go to the extremes: copying music for a friend is illegal. Let a friend borrow a CD or even let him listening to one may hurt the artist. Listening to a CD in a shop may distract me from buying it. Taping a song from MTV is illegal, because I will not buy it afterwards. So ban all CD burners, all tape recorders, all radios (if I hear the new song by Madonna every day, why should I buy it ?). Where should we draw the line here ? Is it o.k. to burn a CD because there is this tiny percentage of the buying price that goes to the record industry ? (it's like that in Germany) The sums are so tiny (remember the price of a CDR), it's laughable.

The only decent thing may be to go to a concert of an artist and pay him personally for both the concert and a CD he will give you. Everything else is either stealing (see last paragraph) or money-making by an money-consuming industry. Should I feel bad because I spread music by an boy group that has been constructed by the industry to the tiniest detail just to cash in money ? I don't do that because I don't like to spread uninteresting music, but if I would make some teen girls happy in doing so I wouldn't feel bad about it.

We all have to think about what we do and should keep things in perspective. It's nice that you made an analogue to Hitler et all and the honest men who stopped him, but in my humble oppinion offering some records to the public is not really the same as slaughtering six million jews. On the other hand, some music nowadays is so terrible that it may have the same effect if people hear it, so I'm perhaps I'm a music Hitler by spreading such music on a blog ! But with Lalo Schifrin music of course, I'm on the sure side that will never happen.

>You have a wake-up call due you. Let's see whether Mitch Bainwol can help you with that.

Who is Mitch Bainwol ? I read his comment some days ago, but never heard of him so far. Or is that you ?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Some thoughts on communist activities...

Hi commuzunist,

it's nice seeing that you are alive and well. I remember reading your posts at the beginning of the year when you discussed these matters with HansZun. Poor guy, I hope he did not kill himself :)

I understand your arguments and of course you're right. If you go for the principle, one can't argue against anything you say.

But look what is posted here and on all the other soundtrack blogs. It is often music that either never got a release or is long out of print. So what harm is done if 100 or perhaps 200 persons (the file with my 25 favorites tracks was downloaded 75 times) download such a file and enjoy a music that the industry does neglect totally ? Most of these film scores do not get a release because the big companies don't care at all.

My blog has three intentions:
1) feature the music of film composer Lalo Schifrin, which I like since 30 years (look out for the article two months ago).
2) bring unknown music to the attention of music lovers. If you look at my postings, the files offered there will not hurt the music industry much. Did you ever hear of the records I offer ?
3) to present just discovered links of the wide world of the Internet to my readers

If you think any of the files I've listed is against your principles, please tell me which and I will delete it.

I hope you will understand that the persons who run and visit the soundtrack blogs are all collectors who spent a lot of money on their collections (I have a collection of 6.000 CDs and 8.000 LPs, all paid by me). But being the fans and completists we are, of course we want to hear everything. So we will download a lot of scores, but I don't think that hurts the industry so much. As for me, I can say I download them, listen (perhaps) once to a track and then it's stored on a hard drive. It's nice to hear them, but if I won't, that's o.k. for me, too.

Last year I didn't download anything because I did not knew anything of music blogs. But I did not buy the new records either.

I give you an example: "Apocalypto" is new in the cinema. I like James Horner a little bit, so I wanted to hear the music. Accidentally I found it on a blog, downloaded it and listened to 20 minutes of it. It's not my taste so I stopped listening and since then it's blocking my hard drive. But you can be assured, if I would not have found this file, I would not have bought it, either, because I know that most film music of today is not my taste anyway. So ok, I downloaded a new record that's in stores right now but where's the harm done ? The big store here offers a possibility to hear all CDs before you buy them, so that's more or less the same.

I discovered at the Naxos website a possibility that you could listen to ALL of their records (thousands !) in complete form for a fee of about 15 $ a year. This music has far more quality than most film music records composed in the last years. So if tomorrow the whole music blog scene would collapse, I would just register there and could hear enough till the end of my life. Naxos releases more CDs each week than I could ever hear. Also there is enough music on the net that is so old that there is no copyright anymore on it, I posted such a link for 300 classical records some days ago. What about that ? Should they stop their activities also just because it's for free ?

Let's face it: you're legally and morally right. But there's no way to fight the internet and its users. The blogs are there, and for every file that is deleted 10 new pop up. It's the same as using a revolver against 1000 zombies. So why not have fun with the internet ? I hope you understand my oppinion and will enjoy your visit on my blog. Many thanks for taking the time and posting comments.

Not only war in Irak, but also on the beanfield of Milagro

Beathoven requested with a very nice mail Dave Grusin's score for The Milagro Beanfield War. It was never available, but in 1989 a long suite popped up on Grusin's jazz album Migration (which is all I have). I downloaded it some weeks ago and the link is still working, so Beathoven gets lucky ! And remember, I will ask these kids in Africa if they got the second 20 from you !
pw: winne2 (many thanks to him)

Main title of THE MANITOU available was so nice of posting the previously unreleased main title of Lalo Schifrin's The Manitou, so go to his blog and download it immediately !

Listmania: the 250 top film music composers (part 2)

Here's the third group (no. 51 to 100): still a lot of quality among them, however, not everything by these composers is worth listening.

Tomorrow: they get badder - no. 101 to 150.

Alwyn, William - The Crimson Pirate (1952)
Arnold, Malcolm - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Bacalov, Luis - Django (1966)
Bacharach, Burt - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)
Badalamenti, Angelo - Twin Peaks (1990)
Bennett, Richard Rodney - Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Bernard, James - Dracula (1958)
Bernstein, Charles - Gator (1976)
Broughton, Bruce - Silverado (1985)
Cosma, Vladimir - The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
Donaggio, Pino - Home Movies (1980)
Frankel, Benjamin - Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Garvarentz, Georges - Killer Force (1976)
Goblin - Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Gold, Ernest - Exodus (1960)
Goldenthal, Elliot - Michael Collins (1996)
Gould, Morton - Holocaust (TV) (1978)
Grusin, Dave - The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
Hayasaka, Fumio [41 entries in the MDB] - The Seven Samurai (1954)
Hisaishi, Joe - ()
Hopkins, Kenyon - ()
Jones, Trevor - The Dark Crystal (1982)
Kaper, Bronislau - Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Khachaturian, Aram [22 entries in the MDB] - The Battle for Stalingrad (1949)
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang - King's Row (1942)
Lai, Francis - Bilitis (1977)
Lewis, Michael J. - Theatre of Blood (1973)
Masi, Francesco de - ()
Menken, Alan - Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Moross, Jerome - The Big Country (1958)
Newman, Randy - The Natural (1984)
Nicolai, Bruno - Corri, uomo, corri (1968)
Nitzsche, Jack - Blue Collar (1978)
Ortolani, Riz - Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
Petit, Jean-Claude - Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
Piovani, Nicola - Good Morning, Babylon (1987)
Post, Mike - The A-Team (TV) (1983)
Previn, André - The Subterraneans (1960)
Rosenthal, Laurence - Clash of the Titans (1981)
Roubaix, Francois de - L'homme d'orchestre (1970)
Rubinstein, Arthur B. - WarGames (1983)
Satoh, Masaru - ()
Schnittke, Alfred - ()
Scott, John - The Final Countdown (1980)
Silvestri, Alan - Back to the Future (1985)
Thomas, Peter - Raumpatrouille (TV) (1966)
Umiliani, Piero - Sweden, Heaven and Hell (1968)
Vangelis - 1492 - Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Walton, William - Hamlet (1948)
Young, Christopher - The Vagrant (1992)

everybody stop stealing music immediately !!!

>Anonym hat gesagt...
>So basically you like to collect MP3s because you don't have to PAY for them, right? Wow, what a way to support the music we all love.
As I wrote I basically collect MP3 because they are easier to handle.
However, I have about 8.000 LPs and 6.000 CDs standing right behind me and remember having paid for them. I think that's support for the record industry enough. Howw many did you buy so far ?
I can understand supporting guys like Lukas Kendall. But supporting John Williams ? Didn't know he is short of money. O.k., let's take an unknown composer. How much does he get when I buy an CD ? 10 cent ? So if all the people who download a certain score by this unknown composer he is probably 30 bucks richer. Big deal.
Oh yes, I forgot, the Warner and the Bertelsman brothers are starving. Perhaps I should make a donation.

Yes, I know, it's the principle. You are not allowed to steal a nickel from Bill Gates. Day by day people are starving, fight in wars and get murdered right where they live, but it's important to care about some MP3 of music which no one cares about except some strange guys like us.
Oh dear.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The top 190 film scores of all time

When I tried to come up with one great score for each of the 250 composers, I could at least find 140 great scores (you see, for the one's I don't like I can't name a fine score).

In addition to that, there are the 50 one-hit-wonders, where I of course had 50 scores. So in total I came up with a list of the 190 greatest scores of all time by as much film composers.

So stay tuned, these list be be presented in chronological order as the first post in the new year. Till then try to make your own list and post it then as a comment. The rule is: only 1 score for each composer.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Listmania: the 250 top film music composers (part 1)

[If you read this post yesterday, you found 111 composers here. I did a lot of research today and came up with a list of more or less EVERY film composer there is, which are 250 persons. I divided them into 5 groups, the last one being the boring ones and will upload these Thursday/Friday/Saturday. And as a special bonus there will be an additional 50 composers, who are more or less "one-hit-wonders". These will be presented on Sunday.]

Today: the 50 absolutely best. After the composers you find a score most representative of their work. This is really difficult with someone like Goldsmith as he composed so much great music, but the rule is just 1 score for each composer.

I'm starting with the top 5 (group 1). Each of these has among his works more quality tracks than any other film composer (at least to my subjective taste).

Goldsmith, Jerry - The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Kilar, Wojciech - Dracula (1992)
Morricone, Ennio - The Untouchables (1987)
Schifrin, Lalo - Enter the Dragon (1973)
Williams, John - Star Wars (1977)

And now the 45 next best (group 2). You can listen to every score of these composers, too, without wasting much time.

Angelis, Guido and Maurizio de - Piu forte, ragazzi ! (1972)
Barry, John - The Last Valley (1971)
Bernstein, Elmer - The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Budd, Roy - The Wild Geese (1978)
Chaplin, Charles - Modern Times (1936)
Conti, Bill - Rocky (1976)
Copland, Aaron - The Red Pony (1949)
Davis, Carl - Hollywood (TV) (1980)
Delerue, Georges - La revolution francaise (1989)
Doyle, Patrick - Henry V (1989)
Elfman, Danny - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Fenton, George - Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Fielding, Jerry - The Gauntlet (1977)
Fried, Gerald - The Mystic Warrior (1984)
Frontiere, Dominic - The Stunt Man (1980)
Glass, Phillip - Powaqqatsi (1988)
Goodwin, Ron - Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Grainer, Ron - The Omega Man (1971)
Gray, Barry - Thunderbirds (TV) (1965)
Hamlisch, Marvin - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Hefti, Neal - Duel at Diablo (1966)
Herrmann, Bernard - The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Horner, James - Krull (1983)
Ifukube, Akira - Godzilla (1954)
Jarre, Maurice - The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Jones, Quincy - They Call Me Mister Tibbs (1970)
Legrand, Michel - Summer of '42 (1971)
Mancini, Henry - The White Dawn (1974)
Nascimbene, Mario - The Vikings (1958)
Newman, Alfred - How the West Was Won (1962)
North, Alex - Cleopatra (1963)
Nyman, Michael - The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
Poledouris, Basil - Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Prokofiev, Sergej - Ivan the Terrible (1944)
Rosenman, Leonard - The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Rota, Nino - The Godfather (1972)
Rózsa, Miklós - Ben-Hur (1959)
Sarde, Philippe - The Lord of the Flies (1990)
Shire, David - The Conversation (1974)
Shostakovich, Dimitri - The Fall of Berlin (1949)
Theodorakis, Mikis - State of Siege (1972)
Tiomkin, Dimitri - The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Vol, Frank de - The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Waxman, Franz - Taras Bulba (1962)
Zimmer, Hans - The Rock (1996)

Tomorrow: the 50 next best. Still good composers, but not as much quality among their works. Wait and see !

Patrick Doyle's ERAGON

I'm just listening to this score and it starts with a fantastic main theme that echoes the "good ol' days" of film music. Great orchestral music ! Look out for the link I posted some days ago and get it.

Dept. "Show me yours and I show you mine"

venharris wrote:
>I'm sorry,but it seems I have none of the scores you requested...Yet my collection is around 16 000 scores...

Wow, venharris,
I'm impressed and would very much like to see a list of your collection !
If I count in everything I have I have probably 20.000 things, but perhaps half of them are duplicates. I started in 1971 with LPs, then of course switched to CDs (and CDRs) (where I of course bought or burned everything again to have it in better quality) and nowadays only collect MP3 (everything again...). They are easier to handle and I can listen to a certain track or score much faster than putting a CD in or LP on. I programmed my Access database that it can read all the files on my hard drive and I can select and open a single track within seconds.

Some years ago I bought an LP collection (3.000 film music LPs): half of them were duplicates, but there were some rare Italian scores among them: I sold about 40 rare Italian LPs for the price I paid for the whole 3.000-collection. Best deal of my life !

I wish I had everything I have as MP3, theree are still some thousand records I have which I have never seen on the net. I'm to lazy myself to convert them myself, it takes time enough to download everything there is already.

Concerning my want list, I'm not so astonished that no-one seems to have anything from it: for the normal collector Hans Zimmer does not fit with Lorne Greene, and the scores I'm searching are really scarce. They pop up sometimes on ebay, but I don't follow ebay since I started reading music blogs. I've added Walter Scharf, Paul J. Smith and Sam Spence to my want list, perhaps anyone has something by them ?

Concerning requests

I'm sorry, guys, but an upload of a single file takes for me over one hour with Rapidshare. As I already invest so much time in blogging, that would be too much.

However, I presented you dozens of links my the comment section of some posts ago, so just download everything which is listed there and you have enough music to hear for weeks to come.

And if your life depends on some scores I have in my list, I do understand this matter. But my life on the other side depends on the scores featured in my want-list. So just search the whole net for this stuff to trade with me (I'm not asking for the impossible, all these records exist) and you will perhaps find some of them or find stuff in the process that you wanted in the first place.

If you invest time, you can find all the things I have in my list. I found them myself without any secret sources, just with clicking from one blog to another. If you are on a blog, go through ALL the pages it has. A good place to start is, if you check all the pages there and all the comments you have some hundred scores.

Happy hunting !

Most annoying film score award 2006

I've just watched Lucky Numer Slevin with a score by some weirdo called Joshua Ralph. Despite the so-called "music" being utterly crap, it's played under a lot lot of dialogue where no music is needed at all and it's so loud that you can barely understand a word. The only dramatic funtion this music has is that you feel relieved when it stops - but as soon as you have breathed in once it starts again.
Why the director decided to present his movie that way is far beyond my understanding, but perhaps he didn't see it WITH the music and just listened to a tape or whatever. That's because I just played the MP3s of the score and it doesn't sound THAT bad on disc (just average uninteresting). In the movie the music sounds like Thomas Newman having a nightmare and is highlighted by loooooong single note sounds that hurt in your ears. A good example is the track "Restaurant Date" on the CD: while it is there an easy listening track that is actually o.k. (the organ gives it a cool sound), in the movie your hear just the annoying rhythm of the track. In most cases of the movie the composer was probably so proud of his efforts that he gave all his money to the sound mixer to put the volume for the music track a big little bit more upwards.
No wonder the movie cashed in only 22 millions in the states and does not even hit the screens here in Germany (it will go directly to DVD in January 2007). I hope that this first film ruined by Ralph will also be his last. This picture would have been far better if it had no music at all.
However, this is a good example for film music these days: all ambience, no melody or reasonable structure at all. All film composers who have died by now are lucky that they don't have to see their art decline that much. Imagine what a Rózsa or Herrmann would think of such a score ? Listen to Knight Without Armour or Citizen Kane if you want to hear how a first score by a master should sound.
But you need not to believe me. Listen for yourself:
pass: Rida Sabassi

I'm sorry that I forgot the passwords at first, these were external old links I downloaded some months ago.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Addition to the comment section of YDHTVTB...

I just discovered that this extraction method of Flashget (see post below) somehow does not get all the files.

However, being the computer geek I am, I just copied the whole comment to Excel, sorted it and copied all the links in the comment section of this post. So here you have some more soundtracks to download.

Am I cool or what ?

My complete MP3 collection

Just look in the comment. The last figure in each row is the number of music tracks of the entry.

This list is just for exchanging purposes described in the last post.

Who wants to exchange some scores ?

By now I have collected 6.908 complete records (most of them film music) on mp3.
90 % of them I got since February (when I disvored the wide world of music blogs), so I invested loooong hours of work to get all of them. But still some of the ones I like to have are missing.
But perhaps you have one or even more of them ? So I thought I upload a list of my collection and offer you to trade scores on a 1:2 basis. So if you have 1 record I search, you get 2 from my list (I will upload them at Rapidshare and send you the link).
In case you have something, please don't use Sendspace as this service doesn't work in Germany. You can contact me through the comment section of this post.
Here are some of the records I'm missing (I think I will update this list the next days as other titles come to my mind):
(various): The Bonanza box from Bear Family (4 CDs)
(various): country and western records of the 50ies that have only heroic western songs (like the "Daniel Boone" LP by Fess Parker I already have)
Delerue, Georges: A TV rip of Sobibor
Fielding, Jerry: everything that is not in my list, especially records of the 50ies where he is just bandleader
Gilkyson, Terry: every record that has just music by Terry Gilkyson (also the ones with his band)
Gould, Morton: Windjammer (LP)
Greene, Lorne: every record by Lorne Greene, especially one with "Waco"
Jarre, Maurice: every unreleased film music except "Shogun"
Jones, Stan: every LP that has only music by Stan Jones
Kilar, Wojciech: September Symphony (available on CD in Poland)
Laine, Frankie: The four LPs which John Williams conducted (CD reissues also welcome)
Morricone, Ennio: The Hills Run Red (Poo LP)
Scharf, Walter: all LPs that I don't have already
Schifrin, Lalo: El Jefe (EP)
Schifrin, Lalo: every jazz record that was only issued in the 50ies in Argentina
Schifrin, Lalo: every unreleased film music (except the ones already in my list like "Black Moon Rising")
Schifrin, Lalo: Grabado en vivo - Lalo Schifrin Live in Buenos Aires (LP)
Schifrin, Lalo: Harry in Your Pocket (a bootleg is rumored to exist)
Smith, Paul J.: every record that was every released
Spence, Sam: every record that was ever released
Williams, John: His early records where he is bandleader (like "Rhythm in Motion") - no vocal records except the Frankie Laine ones!
Zimmer, Hans: stay away with all this crap, I have lots of it already :)

I know that these are all tough ones, but in addition to the mp3s I have also a huge number of CDs and LPs, so it lies in the nature of things that I'm only in search of the really hard to get.
And here's the list with my collection (you can download it or go in the comment of my next post where all of them are listed):

A little Christmas present for all you guys

To download a lot of files, I normally used Rapidget for all the Rapidshare files. When they switches over to, this program did not work anymore.
I looked for another tool and I found Flashget, which has a lot of features for managing downloads. One of them is to collect links from a page that is opened.
So I just opened the large comment section (see post below), made a few clicks and the result you can see in the comment of my post. It's a little bit more conveniable, won't you say ?
Unfortunately the Megaupload and Sendspace links don't have a name with them (as I always say, everything except Rapidshare sucks), so you have to make some surprise downloads. But that's in the spirit of a Christmas present, isn't it ? And I can assure you, all of them are worth downloading.
My thanks to all the nice persons who took the work of posting these soundtracks, that's a great work you did ! I hope I did you all a favor bringing all these links to bigger light.
I'm extracting all the stuff right now and unfortunately several single tracks are corrupt. It would be great if the original uploaders could check this and perhaps do a re-upload of these single tracks. This would be especially great as these are very rare records which you don't find every day, so we all want to have them complete, don't we. Just remember: perhaps Mr. Monk is downloading them, too !
I had problems with:
The Longest Day --- track 5 (the march, the most important track)
Cat Ballou, --- track 5 (the suite, again the most important track)
Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies --- track 9
The Happening --- track 2
Happy Hanukka or (for my German readers) happy Hanuta or whatever !!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Christmas Schifrinwatch for you

In my previous post I mentioned that great comment post with these fantistic links (see below). Among them were also several new Schifrin records which I haven't linked before so enjoy them and have a happy Festivus !

(I did not download all of them so far [my Rapidshare account is blocked right now because I downloaded too much - there are "only" 5 GB allowed each day] so I can't guarantee that all of them are still working, but as always: "Hope for the best, expect the worst". And what did the producers of the first "Fantastic Four"-movie in 1992 say when they selected their film music composer ? "Hope for the best, expect the Wurst.")

Medical Center and Other Themes:

Another "EL CID"

This time from the ballet "Le Cid":
The record also has Rimsky-Korsakov's "Tsar Saltan" suite.

You find 320 other classical records at:

Download them all (you don't need to use any download providers like rapidshare) and have nice holidays !

And don't forget to watch for your health (two nice animated educational movies):

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The request section in the comments of YDHTVTB

You Don't Have to Visit This Blog has a request section, under which there is a huuuuuuuuuge comment section.

In this comments you find the links to over 100 soundtrack records, mostly stuff that is so far only available on LP. Go there and load everything down !

And let's not forget to thank nomwl1 for his great work ! Without him we wouldn't get all these great scores, so leave a comment there. Nomwl1 is the greatest !

My PC is running hot right now as I'm downloading about 50 new Rapidshare scores I found among these comments. Oh joy, what a nice Christmas present...

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

10 scores for recent movies

Dario Martinelli: The Return
Patrick Doyle: Eragon
Alan Silvestri: The Legend of Mythica
Bill Conti: Rocky Balboa
Danny Elfman: Charlotte's Web
Clint Mansell: The Fountain
Eric Serra: Arthur and the Invsibles:
Gustavo Santaolalla: Babel (2 CDs)
James Horner: All the King's Men
and for all you completists the totally redundant Lord of the Rings 2 3-CD set (Password: Rida Sabassi):
I haven't tried any of these myself (just compiled them from the net) but I'm confident that they are working. If they are not, we're both unlucky. But remember: shared unhappiness is divided unhappiness. Be seeing you ! (whereever)

Now This is Music, Vol. 2

Hello everybody,
there were a lot of downloads of my first volume of my all-time greatest tracks, so I like to continue the series here with vol. 2. Again, all killer, no filler, so enjoy !
If you like it (and even if you don't), please leave a comment.

01 Goldsmith_Jerry___Rudy___Take Us Out.mp3
02 Iko Iko (The Belle Stars).mp3
03 Barry_John___The Persuaders_Theme.mp3
04 (unknown)___Chaiyya_Chaiyya_Bollywood_Joint.mp3
05 Herrmann_Bernard___On Dangerous Ground___(Charles_Gerhardt_Conducting).mp3
06 Kander_John___Cabaret___Money Money.mp3
07 Conti_Bill___Rocky___Rocky_s_Reward.mp3
08 Boney_M___Rasputin.mp3
09 Frontiere_Dominic___The Stunt Man (1980)___Film Caravan.mp3
10 Gilkyson_Terry___The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh.mp3
11 Grainer_Ron___The_Prisoner___Arrival__Main Titles.mp3
12 Loewe_Frederick___Paint_Your_Wagon___Wandrin_Star___(Vocal_by_Lee_Marvin).wav
13 Morricone_Ennio___Indagine su un Cittadino al di Sopra di Ogni Sospetto.mp3
14 Khan_Nusrat Fateh Ali___Mustt Mustt (Lost In His Work).mp3
15 Kilar_Wojciech___Piano_Concerto___3rd_Movement___(Wojciech Rajski_Conducting_The_Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra).wav
16 Schickele_Peter___Silent_Running___Rejoice_in_the_Sun_(Vocal_by_Joan_Baez).mp3
17 Trad___British Grenadiers___(from_Barry_Lyndon).mp3
18 Broughton_Bruce___Young_Sherlock_Holmes___Waxing Elisabeth (With Choir).mp3
19 Barry_John___From_Russia_With_Love___Leila Dances.mp3
20 Bernstein_Charles___Gator___Ballad_of_Gator_McKlusky___(Vocal_by_Jerry_Reed).mp3
21 Schifrin_Lalo___Nunzio___Superspeed.mp3
22 Coulais_Bruno___Les Choristes.mp3
23 Bernstein_Elmer___Walk on the Wild side.mp3
24 Cooder_Ry___The_Long_Riders___Jesse James.mp3
So far I have compiled 5 volumes, so come here again to get the next ones, too.


A great film which runs for 12 glorious minutes. And it has a plot solution that you will never think of ! Ah, life was so easy a hundred years ago, you could come away with everything...

And for all you collectors: this movie has actually the first film score by Bernard Herrmann, he was playing it live at the premiere with Edison present.

The 50 greatest TV shows ever

Since the 50ies, there are thousands of TV shows by now. But which are the good ones ? I watched a lot them during my life and would like to give you 50 recommendations. Nearly all of the ones I mention are available on DVD, so please start a big order at Amazon or whereever.

I also recommend you to look them up in the movie database so you get an idea what these series are about.

If you have any additions, please leave a comment.

(all in alphabetical order)


a) Comedy

A Bit of Fry and Laurie
Becker (not on DVD so far)
Black Adder
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Fawlty Towers
Jeeves and Wooster
The Larry Sanders Show
Mad About You
Malcolm in the Middle
Mister Bean
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Murphy Brown
The Office (english version)
Smack the Pony

b) Drama

Amazing Stories
Columbo (70ies episodes only)
House of Cards Trilogy (mini series)
Law and Order (season one and two only)
Mission: Impossible (60ies series)
Picket Fences (coming soon on DVD)
The Prisoner
The Singing Detective (mini series)
Star Trek (1st series)
The Twilight Zone (60ies version)
Twin Peaks
The Waltons


Crank Yankers
Duckman (so far only available as bootleg DVD)
Drawn Together
Family Guy
The Simpsons
South Park

German comedy:

Die Kurt Krömer Show
Mein neuer Freund
Monaco Franze
Pastewka (German version of "Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Stromberg (Germany version of "The Office")

What are you doing the rest of your life ?

If you are hungry for some entertainment, here are several options:

download a lot of movies:
You can get most recent and also older movies there.

even more movies on this great blog:
This also has TV series like Lost and Prison Break

So you want every movie that ever was ? Try here:

For fans of Rapidshare (like me), you find a lot of stuff at

And if that's not enough, go for music and movies to

So you like to read comics instead ? Go here:

OK, a million comics are not enough, so here are some more:

Downloading everything interesting from these sites should keep you in action for the next years. And remember: all these sites update nearly every day.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Since several weeks there is a great new film music blog around, it's called "Dichtung und Wahrheit" (fiction and truth) and features new scores nearly every day.

Among his great downloads there has been Magnum Force, which is a really great Schifrin score. Lots of drums and all the other cool stuff that is in scores like Dirty Harry and even Enter the Dragon. Go get it ! Failure to hear it is not an option !

100 best film classics

A very recommendable 6 CD collection of classical music that has been used in movies. You know, "Ride of the Valyries" and stuff like that.


The Kyd's music: game scores at its worst and best

I'm just listening to Batman and Robin, which, according to the tracks, is composed by Jesper Kyd ( I can't really believe this, as it is such bad music, you have to hear it to believe it.

If you want to hear a good game score by Kyd, try Hitman: Blood Money. It's a nice orchestral score with chorus:

As mentioned in a post before, you find every game score of this planet here:
And some more here:

Does anyone have some ideas which games feature good symphonic scores ?
And don't forget that Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
has a main title by Lalo Schifrin.
I'll be trying Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory right now (, which is the newest game score by Kyd (co-composed by Amon Tobin). Wait and see... damn, looks like the tracks are all by Tobin and are just crappy synthesizer music. Not recommended.

A lot of soundtracks here

Some of the links are dead, but a lot of them are still working.
A lot of song only-soundtracks there, so if you want to make your girlfriend a nice present (believe me, she will not want the new speial edition of a Franz Waxman score), that's the place to go.

Get Ben-Hur (it's the rare Sony version, not the Rhino one) from there, if you don't have it already.
And don't forget Casablanca:

I'm just downloading Wasabi (2001) right now, which has some Eric Serra tracks.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Another great score from isbum

Here's Lalo Schifrin's The Sting II, again from isbum:

There are only 3 tracks composed by Schifrin on this score LP (still not available on CD), but the Scott Joplin ragtime music is also very listenable.

And as a special service, here is also the score to the first part of "The Sting" (scored by Marvin Hamlisch, but also lots of Joplin tracks):

As always, many thanks to isbum for supplying this blog with such great scores !

a. Heliotrope Bouquet (Orchestra) (Louis Chauvin/Scott Joplin) - 3:56
b. A Breeze From Alabama (The Set Up) (Scott Joplin) - 3:25
c. The Chrysanthemum (Scott Joplin) - 2:31
d. Heliotrope Bouquet (Piano Solo) (Louis Chauvin/Scott Joplin) - 3:48
e. Calliope March (Lalo Schifrin) - 2:35
f. The Entertainer - Heliotrope Bouquet (The Sting II Main Title) (Scott Joplin/Louis Chauvin) - 1:54
g. Most Men (Lalo Schifrin/Jeremy Kagan) - 4:17 Vocal by Linda Hopkins
h. Bethena (Piano Solo) (Scott Joplin) - 3:08
i. Coney Island (Lalo Schifrin) - 3:52
j. Scott Joplin Finale (Scott Joplin) - 2:59

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

isbum saves the day

Blogreader isbum did us Schifrin fans a VERY big favor by digitalizing two titles that so far have only been released on LP. The first one is The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a cantata which is based on his 1967 TV documentary score. But be warned: it's a cantata, which means a very operatic vocal composition. As I have never seen the TV program I don't know how much of the actual score is still in the cantata, and it surely does not sound like film music (which often is a blessing but in this case I'm not so sure). It has a nice orchestral introduction (which is said to be based on his TV score for "Jericho") and after some minutes there comes a nice song in the style of Kurt Weill, but after that it's definitely no easy listening. Some would say its hard listening, but as Schifrin fan you have at least to hear it once in your life. And look out for the guest star appearing in the 14th minute.

To the contrary, the second title is much more accessible and will appeal especially to all lovers of Schifrin's 70ies disco/funk music: his jazz record Gypsies, composed in 1978 right after his "funky" period with Black Widow, Towering Toccata, Free Ride, Dream Machine and Free Ride. A month later Schifrin recorded the score for Nunzio (available elsewhere on this blog), so the disco-rhythms of the gypsies found their echo in the two pop tracks on this film score.

Again, many thanks to isbum for his great work here !

a. To Cast A Spell (aka Hechizar) (Lalo Schifrin) - 5:40
b. King of Hearts (aka Rey de Corazones) (Lalo Schifrin) - 5:14
c. Moonlight Gypsies (aka Gitanos a la Luz de la Luna) (Lalo Schifrin) - 4:57
d. Gauchos (Lalo Schifrin) - 5:34
e. Fortune Tellers (aka Adivinas) (Lalo Schifrin) - 4:40
f. Ring Around the Moon (aka Circulo Alrededor de la Luna) (Lalo Schifrin) - 5:23
g. Pampas (Lalo Schifrin) - 5:32
h. Prophecy of Love (aka Profecia de Amor) (Lalo Schifrin) - 3:39

Dept. "Get 'em while you can"

Herrmann's Journey to the Center of the Earth
Fantasia 2 CD remastered
John Barry's Game of Death/Nightgames
John Williams' American Journey
The password for the Williams files is "winne2". These links are from the blog Winne2Scores (, which features lots of other great links. Visit and enjoy !

And many thanks to all the other original uploaders !!!


As usual the master of this fantastic blog ( has been busy the last weekend and provided us with no less than 14 new links ! This blog specializes on film music that has never been available before on CD and by now you can find hundreds of wonderful records on this pages. Despite its title I highly recommend everyone to visit it and download everything you can, you won't find such a great resource somewhere else on the net. Also, the publisher's comments to each record show that he is a very nice person who enjoys sharing his huge collection with all us film music fans. I enjoy every visit there and hope that the blogmaster will continue his work for a long time.

Of the things which are new there I can especially recommend Johnny Mandel's The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming ( and Henry Mancini's Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? ( I especially like the two choral tracks in the Mandel score, they are a masterful combination of American and Russian traditional music.

I heard the LP completely this morning and it hardly runs 23 minutes. Compare this to the 230 minutes of the 3-CD-edition to the first "Lord of the Rings", both are just 1 movie ! Seeing the mass of music that is available on the net (and for classical fans the mass of masses), a running time like the 50/60ies LPs had did make them much easier to listen. For most scores the "Main Title" is enough anyway. Except everything by Schifrin, of course. From him we need every burp he ever did in his life. Morricone fans are twice blessed and cursed, because from the maestro they already have this. But still these Italian record companies come up every year with alternative burps from his scores. Actually, the new expanded "Duck You Sucker" 2 CDs has lots of burps in "March of the Beggars". Shows that Morricone can make great music even out of burps, which brings us to Goldsmith and his great music for "The 'burbs", which however, had no burps. And let's not forget Alf Clausen's scores for Barney Gumble's burps. And now for something completely different.