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   BEST OF JAMES HORNER (1953-2015):
         1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
        2. Willow
       3. The Land Before Time
      4. Glory
     5. Legends of the Fall
    6. Apollo 13
   7. Titanic
  8. The Legend of Zorro
 9. Avatar
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
Jurassic World
Tomorrowland
San Andreas
Mad Max: Fury Road
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cinderella
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8/28/15 Magic   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are a devoted Jerry Goldsmith collector who never had the music previously available from Magic on the rare 1993 SPFM Tribute album.
Avoid it... if your film music funds are limited and you desire far better Goldsmith entries elsewhere in the Varèse Sarabande Club series.
8/22/15 Krull   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy any of James Horner's early action scores, for this one embodies his distinct 1980's style and foreshadows many of his later classic scores for blockbuster adventures.
Avoid it... if the derivative rhythms, motifs, and instrumentation of Horner's action style of this era have lost their appeal over the years for you as his music has cannibalized itself and matured.
8/19/15 Commando   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are attempting to maintain a complete James Horner collection and dauntlessly tolerate his early rhythmic action style pounded on electronic pads and steel drums.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear a superior, orchestral paramilitary superhero score along the lines of Predator or Rambo, because there is some tongue-in-cheek disregard at work in Commando's cheesy music.
8/16/15 Searching for Bobby Fischer   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can never turn away the rambling, shifty piano rhythms that James Horner uses to represent complex minds at work or, to a greater extent in this score, his broad, string-based character themes for dramatic contemplation.
Avoid it... if three or four tracks of the primary, ambitious, rhythmic orchestral theme cannot outweigh the generic atmosphere that stews with minimally emotive volume during the rest of the album.
7/18/15 Pas de Deux   (James Horner)
All New Review
Buy it... if you seek what essentially amounts to a 28-minute bonus James Horner score to appreciate after his death, the composer's predictable stylistic mannerisms beautifully expressed by the solo and ensemble performers.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear traditional thematic development equal to a film score or more than pensive, meandering material akin to a light 1990's drama for Horner until the rousing five-minute conclusion.
6/23/15 James Horner dies at 61 in plane crash
While no official press release was issued regarding the crash of one of composer James Horner's personal aircraft within the first 24 hours of the accident, all sources indicated that Horner himself died in the wreck near Santa Barbara, California. For those who have long visited Filmtracks, memory will recall that this website started as a simple one-page tribute to the composer in early 1996 before becoming a generalized soundtrack site. For me, personally, it was the release of Glory in 1989 that greatly contributed to my discovery of film music at the age of 13. This loss is unimaginable, especially at a time when Horner had just returned from a relative lull in his career to write five new scores and a concert piece before commencing work on the Avatar sequels. For an overview of his career, visit Filmtracks' James Horner Tribute and share your best memories of his music at the Scoreboard.

-- Christian Clemmensen, Filmtracks owner and editor
6/15/15 The Little Mermaid   (Alan Menken)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are one of the few remaining fans of musicals who hasn't already formed a polarized opinion about this film, because its main ballad and two calypso songs alone are cinematic classics.
Avoid it... if you've never been impressed with Alan Menken's superior and equally awarded works for the subsequent Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, the seeds of which clearly evident in especially the score here.
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