Soundtracks Anybody?

Hildur Guðnadóttir
The Joker
(I didn’t notice this score posted here yet :roll_eyes:)

Grammy & BAFTA winning score!

I’ve not seen the movie, but have been a fan of Hildur’s work for some years. She is an Icelandic cellist, that’s been involved in numerous eclectic ‘indie’ type collaborations, along with collaborations with Jóhann Jóhannsson prior to his passing.

Mostly shorter pieces throughout this score, all string-based. It’s more than just ‘sound design’ to portray the main character of this film; it’s dark, at times minimalistic, above all it’s atmospheric. If you like this sort of thing, it does stand on it’s own, unlike perhaps Chernobyl (Grammy award winner & voted best world soundtrack award).



# Trapped OST - “Andri’s Theme” - Hildur Guðnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers and Jóhann Jóhannsson

The music and cinematography are really stylistic.


John Carpenter

I do like John Carpenter but amidst what’s good here, there’s some serious trash!!!




Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Bladerunner 2049 (2017)

I wanted to like this film when it came out, I had such fond memories of the original. But…ho-hum…

Hans Zimmer

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Some heavyweights here:

Nino Rota , Armando Trovajoli & Piero Umilliami
Boccaccio '70 (1962)


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The name reminded me of this gem:

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Love that compilation - it’s got some of my fav Italian composers on there. And that label I’m a fan of also. It’s got some very interesting albums, b-grade movie soundtracks & some different ‘easy-listening’ albums, amongst some funky compilations & more!


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Ennio Morricone
The Thing (1982)

Nope this isn’t John Carpenter…


Burt Bacharach
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

I do like Burt - but I’m not a great fan of this short release, even though it seems to have gotten positive reviews over the years.


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The 1960’s original ‘Marlboro theme’ in a wonderful sounding recording by Phoenix Symphony Orchestra… a classic.



Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips

Mistress America (2015)

Dean & Britta

A gleaming electropop score by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips gives you a sense of teetering on a merry-go-round (New York Times)

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Like most Telarc discs this sounds really good. Sort of a greatest hits for movie soundtracks.


Kamasi Washington
Becoming (2020)

I like his work as a jazz saxophonist (mostly tenor) & composer. HIs 2018 release Heaven & Earth was one of the better releases of any genre that year. A few years earlier The Epic was indeed aptly titled. This however certainly misses the mark as mere ‘soft’ jazz.

Kamasi Washington

Curtis Mayfield
Short Eyes (1977)

If you like Curtis’ work - you will like this!

His vocals as sweet as ever, with some excellent lead guitar, fine percussive work & top-notch funky moments as one would expect. I suspect this suffered as likely any soundtrack wouldn’t be reviewed favourably if one always looked to Superfly as the benchmark, rather than review the album on its merits.

Curtis the cameo actor:


This is the 2011 soundtrack album to the documentary film about the activity of ECM records’ famous producer Manfred Eicher. As such, it is sorts of a sampler of the ECM catalogue, and maybe a nice way to discover new music for those who are new to ECM’s progressive Jazz, world music and advocacy of new ‘classical’ chamber music. It is a worthwhile and beautiful listen in its own right.



I don’t think I’ve seen this doco & would love to catch up with this. When one thinks how Manfred has produced every single release on the now vast high-quality catalog; it really is some achievement.

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I haven’t seen this film, either. Would be nice if it were available online… The DVD is on Amazon for $14.50.

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Various Artists
Jack Nitzsche Krzysztof Penderecki (Track 1)
Krzysztof Penderecki (3,4,6)
Lalo Schifrin (8-10)

Exorcist (1974)

Unfortunately, I don’t think this release can genuinely stand on its own. It is a soundtrack where the images are crucial and the music is there to add tension.

Ennio Morricone
Exorcist II (1978)

I quite like this release mostly due to it being rather interesting.

Exorcist II

Ennio Morricone (Composer)
Bruno Nicolai (Conductor)
Il Clan Dei Siciliani (1969)

This album is rather deceptive & through changes to a continuing theme such as by tempo, instrumentation, etc is a subtle & pleasing listen, for what otherwise may too quickly be dismissed.

I have seen this album sold as a double disc with Citta Violenta. For any remaining cd buyers - that would be a nice find & solid addition to a Morricone collection.


As for the film - well it’s Alain Delon; iconic French sex symbol (including affairs with Romy Schneider, Nico & actor, in a pretty average film. He was in a few French hits, made numerous attempts at Hollywood which mostly fizzled & essentially was a tireless actor that lived off his infamy (including death scandals). His career began in the late 50’s with his final film to date in 2012, acting in over 80 films!

For anybody interested…he is now 84, living in Switzerland (he’s lived there since the late 90’s), but most importantly is currently single. :star_struck:

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