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Re: Hmmm.... My favorites
• Posted by: casespace   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at 5:17 p.m.
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• In Response to: Hmmm.... My favorites (Phoney McRingRIng)

I was the one who originally started this thread over two years ago. In that time I have listened to maybe a hundred more soundtracks. I would have to say that "It's Only Gold/End Credits" still ranks up near the very top, though, I won't be quite as opinionated to say that it is without question the best ever. It is really hard to say whether "Escape/Chase/Good-bye" is indeed better, since it isn't as adrenaline pumping as C.I., but it is certainly the higher quality composition.

I would have to agree with the list made in the previous post. I am familiar almost all of those tracks, and agree with almost every single one of them. There is are a few missing, however, and that would be the finales from The Rocketeer, and Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI.

You were certainly right with your prediciton about LOTR: ROTK. It is indeed one of the best finales. It won't be as universally accepted as one of the best because of it's peaceful/reflective bent. The song, "Into the West" has to be one of the best songs ever in a movie. My only complaint is that the CD soundtrack does NOT have the same ending as the theatrical version! The arpeggiated chords at the end build to a much more fulfilling conclusion. I sure hope they release an expanded version of the LOTR soundtracks!

Oh yeah, and I'm also a big fan of Mahler. The finale to Symphony no.8 is totally awesome. I personally also love the finale to Symphony no.7.

...> Here's what me thinks:

> 1. E.T.'s "Escape/Chase/Good-bye": Has to be--BY FAR--the best
> musical finale to a film. Like most of Williams' music, you can actually
> SEE the movie from just hearing the music. Clocking in at 15 minutes, it
> includes most of the main themes from the film. Where it really gets me:
> on ET's line "I'll be right here." The music almost brings me to
> tears right there each time I hear it. Oh yeah, and the last minute or so
> has to be the most grandiloquent music ever written for film.

> 2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind's "The Visitors/Bye/End
> Titles": Second only to ET, the last ten minutes of Close Encounters
> is a film music lover's dream come true.

> 3. The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King: I anticipate this to be
> one of the best finales in all film music.

> Then, in no particular order:
Star Wars: A New Hope's "Throne
> Room and Finale"
Hook's "Farewell Neverland"
Raiders of the Lost Ark's "End Credits"
Jurassic Park's
> "Welcome to Jurassic Park"
Far and Away's "End
> Credits"
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' "Reunion
> of Friends" note: better than Stone's "Leaving Hogwarts" --
> "Friends" includes great themes dropped from the first
> soundtrack
Glory's "Preparations for Battle--Charging Fort
> Wagner--Epitaph for War"
Apollo 13's "Re-Entry and
> Splashdown"
Braveheart's "The
> Execution/Freedom!/Bannockburn"
The Lord of the Rings The
> Fellowship of the Ring's: "Breaking of the Fellowship"
> Lord of the Rings THe Two Towers': "Samwise the Brave"
Cutthroat Island's "It's Only Gold"
Edward Scissorhands'
> "Farewell...--The Grand Finale--The End"
The American
> President's "President Shephard" - (have to listen to the last
> 45 seconds at least 10 times in a row)

> Also, if you're into big, loud orchestral/choral finales: the closings of
> Mahler's 2nd and 8th Symphonies are TRULY the two best closings ever.

> -- Phoney McRingRing

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