Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Hello there. I'm Jen from the blog, Honey Kennedy. Thanks for having me, Hila!
I've been a bit of a film buff since I was a child and over the years I've collected quite an extensive soundtracks collection. Hila's always going on about movies, so I thought this would be a good place for me to get a little nerdy about my love for film scores. Believe it or not, this is the edited version! Are you familiar with these albums? I really hope you're able to find some new music and films to enjoy from this list.
Do you have any favorite soundtracks of all-time? It would be wonderful to hear some of your suggestions!
1. Blow-Up. This movie is one of my favorites and Herbie Hancock does a great job with the soundtrack. I'm a big fan of the Yardbirds as well. 'Stroll On' is fantastic--I ♥ Jimmy Page!
2. La Donna Invisibile by Ennio Morricone. I’m a big fan of Morricone’s work—I recommend most of his soundtracks, but this is my personal favorite. Dusty Groove has a giant Ennio Morricone selection, but not this CD.
3. Bedazzled. It's so fun--just fantastic to hear Peter Cook sing on the theme song. This movie is so silly.... such great 60’s Brit camp.
4. La Dolce Vita. Nino Rota is just incredible. I love this Fellini film so much and the music is just perfect.
5. Girl On A Motorcycle. You can't get much cooler than Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon! Les Reed is wonderful.
6. Beat Girl. All hail John Barry! I love so much of his work, but this is one of my favorites.
7. Touch of Evil. Henry Mancini had his hand in so many great films during the 1950's and 1960's. Touch of Evil is an incredible film and I feel that this is his best work.
8. Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows). Miles Davis was in his early 20's and in France. He improvised this soundtrack in an abandoned building with some jazz greats. So amazing!!!
9. Harold and Maude. You have to love Cat Stevens to love this soundtrack--it was never released, but you can find the songs on Stevens' albums.
10. Twin Peaks. OK, this is a television soundtrack, but I couldn't not mention the Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise masterpiece.
11. Anna. This is also a television soundtrack. Serge Gainsbourg. Anna Karina. Enough said.
12. Rosemary's Baby. Krzysztof Komeda is a genius. This is one of my all-time favorite movies and soundtracks.
13. A Room with a View. I have such a weakness for this film. I love Puccini and Kiri Te Kanawa does such a gorgeous job.
14. Marie Antoinette. This one just grabs fistfuls of my heartstrings and tugs, tugs, tugs. SWOON.
15. Forbidden Planet. Groundbreaking for its time. The world of film scores owes a lot to Bebe Barron and Louis Barron, the experimental duo behind this masterpiece.
Thanks! I've mostly linked to Amazon, but I'd encourage you to do more thorough internet searches (and library) to find alternative sources for these albums. You can find a lot of them on vinyl--if you're into that! If you love music, you might also enjoy the mixes I post on 8tracks--I use a lot of songs from soundtracks.
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