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    Lightbulb What is the greatest score ever made (poll)

    I would like to know the general opinion so let's make a little poll

    Let everyone post names of (at most) three soundtracks he/she thinks are the best candidates to win the first prize in the contest for the greatest score ever written.

    If, for example, you think that the whole Star Wars Saga music is the winner simply post: Star Wars (and then the two others).
    But if you feel that a specific one is the best - name it: e.g. Star Wars: The Sth of Sb.

    After couple of you guys will have posted I'll do the maths and statistics and give you the winner(s).

    Try not to look at the other opinions before you post yours in order to make the whole thing more objective.

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    Ok, so personal feelings aside:

    1) Jaws: John Williams. The music, and the shark motif in particular, not only served to ratchet up the tension and mood, but essentially replaced a failed mechanical effect as a main character in the story.

    2) Star Wars: John Williams. Another essential component to a film that forever changed movie making.

    3)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: John Williams. A score, and film, that added depth and maturity to a sequel that topped a film that was seen as un-toppable....

    Ok, yea, so no Horner..shock. Close runner up would be Goldsmith's Star Trek: The Motion Picture (absolutely sublime, and perfect for the film)

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    Supeman The Movie is his masterpiece

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    For Me:
    - KING KONG Max Steiner
    - STAR WARS John Williams
    - THE OMEN Jerry Goldsmith

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    1/ Once Upon a Time in the West, Ennio Morricone
    2/ The Wild Bunch, Jerry Fielding
    3/ In The Heat Of The Night, Quincy Jones

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    1.- The Lord Of The Rings.
    2.- Star Wars
    3.- Jaws

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    1. Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Basil Poledouris
    2. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) - Ennio Morricone
    3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams

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    Hello,for me, I would say :

    1 Ben Hur Miklos Rozsa
    2 Bladerunner Vangelis
    3 Dances with Wolves John Barry
    4 Heat Elliot Goldenthal and others

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    I'll have to say since I'm younger I don't have as much appreciation for older scores (a few but not alot) My list will go as follows:

    Inception
    The Dark Knight
    At World's End

    Sherlock Holmes
    Music from Lost and Fringe
    Harry Potter (The ones by john williams, oh course!)

    I'd also do an honorable mention for brian tyler
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    JAWS (it changed movies forever much thanks to the music and became a character more menacing than the shark)
    E.T (if a score brought feelings on its own, E.T is the grand winner)
    Psycho (if a score can scare you without showing any images Psycho can)

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    Jaws is great.

    My favorite score is Elmer Bernstein's To Kill A Mockingbird.

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    hum...

    1.Blade Runner (Vangelis)
    2.Lord of the rings, special mention for "the two towers" (Shore)
    3.Psycho (Herrman)

    Two outsiders, as far as i'm concerned: The Omen (Goldsmith) and Conan the Barbarian (Bates. no, just kidding, I mean Poledouris)

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    I consider Jaws at the top, because the score really makes the film. Without that Williams score, would the movie have ever been as good? Can you not hear that theme, when watching the film?

    Edit: Same can be said for Conan.

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    Psycho [Herrmann]
    LOTR: Fellowship [Shore]
    Upon Upon A Time In the West [Morricone]
    Empire Strikes Back [Williams]

    The obvious ones, I know.

    ...but there's a reason they keep getting mentioned.

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    Yea, Psycho is another one. Just ty to imagine that shower scene with ANY other cue....

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    Star Trek TMP
    Star Wars Empire Strikes Back
    Where Eagels Dare


    and Hans Zimmers Pirates :P
    Goldsmith Rules!! Whovian Extraordinaire!!!

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    Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Basil Poledouris
    THE OMEN Jerry Goldsmith
    The Last Samurai - Hans Zimmer

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    star wars i-vi
    alien, aliens
    star trek
    basic instinct expanded
    total recall deluxe
    superman the movie

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    Surely, as always, this just boils down to "What is your favourite score ever made"? Or am I just being pedantic about semantics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven McTowelie View Post
    Surely, as always, this just boils down to "What is your favourite score ever made"? Or am I just being pedantic about semantics?
    My list would be different if that were the case with my choices.

    Psycho would still be on it though.

    :shrugs:

    My ability to confuse myself and others is astounding.

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    The point, I think, was to pick scores based on technical merit as "best score" All three of my picks are certainly favorites. But, many of my favorites, are so for personal reasons, and may not be "best score ever".

    I love Young Sherlock Holmes, for instance, but it is not on the level of Jaws for impact of score.

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    the greatest scores i know are maybe:

    raiders of the lost ark
    girl with the golden earring
    e.t. - the extra terrestrial
    the island
    pirates of the caribbean
    thelma & louise

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    All you people crack me up..almost nobody listens to anything from the Golden Age, probably because most of you are 20 somethings I would imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildwoodPark View Post
    All you people crack me up..almost nobody listens to anything from the Golden Age, probably because most of you are 20 somethings I would imagine.
    Not really.

    I've got the Steiner and Korngold collection going pretty strong.

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    i have not really, really listened to anything pre, say, '75 or so. :/ So, I can only speak from what I know. But, these newer scores being mentioned, like Transformers and such, I don't see how those can be called the best scores of all time. As a personal favorite, I can dig it, but as technical works outside of personal interests, I just don't see it.

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