Music part 1: soundtracks

What kind of music do I like? I’ll divide my list into three categories: soundtracks, popular, and classical.

A few months ago I started using iTunes. I’ve copied all of my CDs onto my computer, and bought a few new albums. I’ve also bought some single songs from iTunes — most songs are $0.99 and most albums are $9.99. In the lists below if I only have some single songs I’ll put the album title in square brackets.

I listen to a lot of soundtrack music, mostly from movies that I like a lot.

Composers I have multiple albums from:

  • John Barry — Dances With Wolves, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, [The Lion in Winter…]
  • Christophe Beck — Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score, Once More With Feeling
  • Danny Elfman — Batman, Music For a Darkened Theatre (2), [Alice in Wonderland, Men in Black…]
  • Michael Giacchino — Star Trek, Up, [The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol]
  • Jerry Goldsmith — Star Trek I, Star Trek V, Star Trek: First Contact, Medicine Man, Air Force One…
  • James Horner — Star Trek II, Star Trek III, Apollo 13, Avatar, Willow, [The Mask of Zorro, Cocoon…]
  • Trevor Jones — Dark City, Labyrinth
  • Michael Kamen — Brazil, Michael Kamen’s Opus
  • Thomas Newman — WALL-E, American Beauty, [Finding Nemo, The Shawshank Redemption]
  • Howard Shore — The Lord of the Rings (3)
  • John Williams — Jurassic Park, Star Wars I, Star Wars V, [Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark…]
  • Hans Zimmer — The Rock, Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, [Backdraft, Inception…]

Composers I have one amazing album from:

  • Burt Bacharach — Casino Royale
  • Angelo Badalamenti — A Very Long Engagement
  • Klaus Badelt — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Elmer Bernstein — The Great Escape, [The Magnificent Seven]
  • Terence Blanchard — Inside Man
  • Mychael Danna — The Sweet Hereafter, [Monsoon Wedding, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus…]
  • Tan Dun — Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Cliff Eidelman — Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Henry Mancini — Pure Gold
  • Dennis McCarthy — Star Trek: Generations
  • Ennio Morricone — The Mission, [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly]
  • Nicola Piovani — Life is Beautiful
  • John Powell — How to Train Your Dragon, [Hancock]
  • Leonard Rosenman — Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Alan Silvestri — Back to the Future Part III, [The Abyss, Forrest Gump, Captain America, Contact]
  • Yann Tiersen — Amélie
  • Vangelis — Blade Runner

Other composers worth mentioning:

  • Peter Best — [Crocodile Dundee]
  • Benoît Charest — [The Triplets of Belleville]
  • Patrick Doyle — [Henry V]
  • Greg Edmonson — [Firefly]
  • Ilan Eshkeri — [Stardust]
  • Philip Glass — [Powaqqatsi]
  • Harry Gregson-Williams — [Chicken Run]
  • Dave Grusin — [The Goonies]
  • Nicholas Hooper — [Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]
  • Maurice Jarre — [Witness]
  • Clint Mansell — [Requiem for a Dream, Moon]
  • David Newman — [Serenity]
  • Randy Newman — [Toy Story, Pleasantville, Awakenings]
  • James Newton Howard — [Lady in the Water, Salt]
  • Basil Poledouris — [Quigley Down Under]
  • Nino Rota — [The Godfather]

Soundtracks of popular music by various artists form only a small part of my collection. But here are six such soundtracks that I like:

  • The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Collection
  • La Bamba
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Shrek
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • The X-Files: The Album

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