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Comments about the soundtrack for Conan the Barbarian (Tyler Bates/Various)

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Re: I am at a loss for words.
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• Posted by: Hastaj00   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: I am at a loss for words. (Pablo)

imo Poledouris' "Starship Troopers" is one of the best scores of the past 20 years.

Pablo, ever hear "The Hunt For Red October"? I assume not.

take a listen: (copy/paste url)

"Free Willy" was also a good score. Main Title and the action music is inspired.

again, listen:

"Robocop" is a fun sci-fi score with a classic (cheese) theme and creative use of synths and orchestra, and began the working relationship of Poledouris and Paul Verhoeven, of which I am grateful.

There are some other works of his that I never got to listening to (or seeing the movies), like "Les Miserables" and "The Jungle Book", as well as a host of scores from the 80's (overall, it seems like the 80's was his peak as a composer; sounds about right, as you sound like you're about 15 years old, and likely wouldn't be all that familiar with the older stuff).

You have to recognize something though. Film music has been around for a long time; Hollywood is now almost a century old. Basil's score for "Conan the Barbarian" is considered by MOST fans of the medium to be one of the greatest scores ever written. It's not even comparable. And, as good as some of Poledouris' other works have been, none eclipsed, or even came close really to "Conan".

But I can tell you this, Tyler Bates will never, ever ever ever, ever ever ever ever, write anything remotely as good as Basil's "Conan".

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