Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Goldsmith scores - quick reviews - 'C' - part two

Of these, I've only seen Chinatown.

Chain Reaction (1996) - I own the CD, but it is still unopened.  I have to keep a few CDs unlistened to for a rainy day!  This is one of them.

The Chairman (1969) - This score has one of my absolute favorite main titles of all time.  Unfortunately, I can't say I'm all that enamored of the rest of the score, though it still gets a fair amount of play time, because it's good writing music.  I love the themes in the main title, but they don't figure into the score much, so I always finish listening to this score slightly disappointed.  But the main title will always remain one of my favorites.

The Challenge (1982) - A good but not great score.  Interesting that it follows Chairman alphabetically, because I had the two of them paired on a playlist, as they are a good match with the Asian themes.  This is another score that is good for writing, but I don't really listen to it on its own.

Chinatown (1974) - Probably my favorite of the scores on this page, though I don't listen to it all that frequently.  It's one I think I'm confusing with another score, as I always think I don't like this one, then I listen to it, and am like, but wait, this score is great!  Nicely noir, but not all that dark.

City of Fear (1959) - creepy, dark, noirish score.  Way darker than Chinatown.  I should probably listen to this one more than I do.  It's quite cool.

Here's the main title to The Chairman.  The very first time I heard this, when it hit the part that starts at about 2:00 minutes, I burst into tears because I wasn't expecting that full version of the theme after the quiet lead-in, and it was so beautiful.  What's that the kids say these days?  It hit me right in the feels?  Strangest phrase ever.  LOL.  (And yes, music often makes me cry.)


5 comments:

  1. Bam! Right in the feels.

    (It IS a weird phrase. I think it a lot, though.)

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    1. hahah! Funny pic... and quite true. (I can't bring myself to think it yet. Too strange yet... but I'm sure I'll get there, as it does sum up things succinctly.)

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    2. (Being on Pinterest, I see it a LOT, which is why it's more in my consciousness than yours. Some boards I follow use it a ton.)

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  2. Anonymous8:20 PM

    The thing is, the score to Chinatown is one of the greatest ever and city of fear doesn't come close.

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    1. Well, yeah, Chinatown is way up the ladder compared to City of Fear. But CoF does have some good stuff in it.

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