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Lord of the Rings - Shore<br>Battlestar Galactica - McCreary<br><br>Both are up there as my two favorite collection of works. GOT doesn't even compare to BSG. <br><br>For solo albums, my candidates are:<br><br>Titanic<br>The Lion King<br>Interstellar<br>Memoirs of a Geisha<br>Jurassic Park<br><br><br> <br><br>@superultramega<br>Honestly I feel like most of the issues with AUJ (and the other two hobbit films) were stemming from Peter Jackson editing the hell out of the music after the fact. It could be why they ended up dumping some themes in the following films.<br><br>Still, I don’t understand some of the criticism that the Hobbit trilogy scores received. DoS has some of the best action material imo, and the interpolations of Smaug’s theme(s) throughout the films are personally some of my favorite music from any LoTR project.<br><br>And this might be controversial, but I would put PoTC (the first three at least) on the level of Lord of the Rings in terms of the sheer amount of themes and development they receive. Maybe not quite as complex but they shouldn’t be overlooked.The Lion King and The Last Samurai are good choices, but I'm not as much of a fan as Zimmer's aesthetic or thematic work nearly as much as Howard Shore, or even Jablonskly at times. Game of Thrones I still can't comment on as I've never watched the show, or payed attention to Djawadi in general.<br><br>I would say Shore's heart wasn't in Desolation and Five Armies, but to say that about Unexpected Journey doesn't really feel right to me. Even themes like Gondor Restored and Nazgul's uses have some logic to them. <br><br>Gondor Restored was also used when the Ring is destroyed, meaning it also has a secondary meaning of victory against evil, (yes I know it affected Gondor too, but Gondor it isn't as direct). Which also applies in The Hobbit, as Bilbo saving Thorin was not only important for their relationship but also the future of Middle Earth as Thorin is vital to the battle against the orcs in Five Armies. <br><br>The Nazgul theme also makes sense as its first appearance is in Fellowship's opening, playing over Sauron's army of orcs, then Sauron himself. So it's linked both to Sauron himself and his servants, which includes Azog. Plus the version that plays in the film is the exact same variant (and lyrics) that plays in the Fellowship prologue. It serves almost as a precursor to the Nazgul. Plus I don't see why themes can't have several meanings anyway.  <br><br>Plus I love most of the new themes of AUJ (before they were abandoned in later films).Not really a fair comparison, Hybrid, since videogames as a medium are much younger than films, and their scores weren't using real orchestras right until... mid 90's, would be my guess (feel free to correct me, guys).<br><br>The all time best film score for me would be a battle between The Last Samurai and Lion King. If "movie" includes TV shows, then it's Game of Thrones without a doubt, but I'm not gonna have this argument again ;)<br><br>Btw. I wouldn't mention Hobbit in the same sentence with LotR, even music-wise. A couple of great cues cannot hide the fact that Shore's heart wasn't in it.IS * lion king
Best film score of all time in lion king. Without any doubt. ;-)Can I just add, the album presentation for MW2 is really lame? It's a big, dare I say "epic" score in the 1990s Media Ventures mold. I think it's really solid. There are lots of different ideas from the first mission to the last, and a lot of them are written in the power anthem style that Hans ans co. don't really use much these days. Even Opening Titles is a throwback for Hans himself. <br><br>Unfortunately, almost none of the music as heard through the game is here. Instead, we got a bunch of shortened theme suites. :P<br><br>But the Gulag mission, the oil rig stuff, The Enemy of My Enemy, and lots of other missions all have pretty engaging and powerful music. I wish the RCP guys would do scores like this one more.Lord of the Rings (and even The Hobbit), are the only film scores that I'm buying an entire book for, just to fully understand the themes and motifs.Every time I revisit this score the first cue I automatically go back to is “This Isn’t Right”. Something about RGW’s string writing always stuck with me, even if he isn’t the most memorable when it comes to themes.<br><br>As for this score itself, I feel like it might have become a classic had it not been paired with such a shitty film. It’s funny, the score sounds less like Hans’ style to me and more like James Horner’s. Granted he only wrote one cue apparently...But the best film score of all time is Lord of the Rings... :>
Guys... Video Game music didn't start in 2008... lol<br><br><br>Your little game is actually impossible... It's pretty much like trying find "what is the best film score of all time"...I agree with Araujo and Knorr wholeheartedly. Cannot say the same for Soule; I always found his music lackluster and unfocused, sans the main theme of course. I'd like to mention my first runner-up, which is Destiny: Rise of Iron alongside Destiny 2. I was never a huge fan of the first two scores (original game + the first expansion), but the moment a guy named Rotem Moav got on Salvatori's team, the music became incredible (even though I have no evidence that those two events are related). Nevertheless, since it's stylistically so different from old-school and symphonic LAIR, I'd probably name it my No.1 alongside it.<br><br>If you guys are looking for recommendations, be sure to check these out:<br>The Witcher 3 (Marcin Przyby³owicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and a band called Percival), LotRO: Riders of Rohan (Chance Thomas), Assassin's Creed IV (Brian Tyler), Alone In The Dark (Olivier Deriviére), Eagle Flight (Inon Zur), Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (Noriyasu Agematsu), Ni No Kuni I/II (Joe Hisaishi), and of course Medal of Honor and Gears of War IV by Ramin ;)Gonna have to chip in for Skyrim as well, although I'm biased because I used to put hundreds of hours into that game :p<br><br>Oscar Araujo's music for the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games is pretty good, as well as Geoff Knorr and his team's work on the last few Civ games.Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, Returns and Tropical Freeze.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is by far on top for me. It feels like the ultimate culmination of Jeremy Soule's work on the the series along with symphony-level quality for the town and exploration music.
I go with Lair and Outcast as most favorite.<br><br>And also the Blizzard games music like Word Of Warcraft, StarCraft and Heroes of The StormI think a big part of it is that half of the cues written for the film are 30 seconds or less (or even 10 seconds in some cases). It’s almost impossible to have thematic development when you are constrained like that, so I do understand. Still, it’s hilarious hearing Zimmer give the Simpsons theme “Lion King” treatment in the main theme suite, shame that wasn’t used at all in film.<br><br>As far as the shorter cues go though, the Church Prophecy is pretty cool, and I personally love the Green Day organ cues. That was genius on whoever’s part decided to do it...Yeah it's weird how little overlap there is between the complete score and the album. I think over half of the music on the album didn't end up in the movie, at least not verbatim. I agree it makes for a much better listen, although in my version I've added a few of the better/more substantial cues from the complete score (like the cool Angels & Demons-style "Church Prophecy"/1m11-12v17, which I'm almost positive is an Atli Örvarsson contribution).Ah thankyou, thankyou very much :)And the Warrior Whispers Back<br><br>:)
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Hans ZimmerLorne BalfeAndrew ZackBob Badami
ComposerAdditional MusicScore CoordinatorMusic Supervisor
Sherlock Holmes
Label: WaterTower Music
Length: 54'40
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  1. Discombobulate (2:25)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  2. Is It Poison, Nanny? (2:53)
    Lorne Balfe
  3. I Never Woke Up In Handcuffs Before (1:44)
    Hans Zimmer
  4. My Mind Rebels At Stagnation (4:31)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  5. Data, Data, Data (2:15)
    Hans Zimmer
  6. He's Killed The Dog Again (3:15)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  7. Marital Sabotage (3:44)
    Hans Zimmer
  8. Not In Blood, But In Bond (2:13)
    Hans Zimmer
  9. Ah, Putrefaction (1:50)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  10. Panic, Shear Bloody Panic (2:38)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  11. Psychological Recovery... 6 Months (18:18)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  12. Catatonic (6:44)
    Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
  13. Holmes (Hans 'n' Guy Version) (2:14) *
    Hans Zimmer
*Buy tickets in advance for Sherlock Holmes and receive a free exclusive of the song Holmes (Hans 'n' Guy Version) by Hans Zimmer on iTunes.
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Ele reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-22 00:00:00
@Adrian

I checked google images: Tina Guo... and it's just... wow. But I don't find her solos better than Martin ones.

Ele reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-22 00:00:00
@Brad

You know MW2 is synth-only but percussion, violin and guitar?

Adrian reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-22 00:00:00
@ Ele,

Indeed, a ''wow'' is in it's place!
Musically, I don't know... She is very good too, I can't hear the difference so much actually... In what way is Martin better ?

Brad reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-22 00:00:00
@Ele:

Yeah mostly. But I really think that Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe did a better job in MW2 than in Sherlock. Plus how can you go wrong with the composers from Two Steps From Hell giving you some additional music? You have the motion picture score genius himself, Zimmer, and probably the premiere motion picture advertising artist, TSFH, both working in unison on a video game! It doesn't get more epic than that...just listen to the score!

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
I agree with Jaweco, aeven if I didn't hear it yet...Is beautiful when we hear something that sounds new, fresh and...absolutely good!!!

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
In Sherlock Holmes soundtrack we can hear a kind of violin solos...was these made by Aleksey Igudesman?!

Ravi Krishna reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
Those are cello solos, done by Tina Guo.

Ele reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
What happened to Martin Tillman then?

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
damn it...not till january I can get my phyisical CD?? oh well...

BadGuy reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-21 00:00:00
The "Discombobulate" track remembers me to Ennio Morricone's sound, for example... "Once upon a time in the west"... the theme for Cheyenne... and, of course, any sound of "Once upon a time in America"... So, this soundtrack is "homenage" to Morricone... I guess... =S

Brad reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-20 00:00:00
Ok, at first I really did not care for this score. I thought that it was too quirky and weird. The instrumentation and the thematic elements were over the top and kinda too far removed from what I was used to hearing in a Hans Zimmer score. But this is another score that just grows on you. I'm listening to it again right now and the funky instruments and the themes eventually start to stick in your head and you find yourself humming them. I appreciate the fresh take on a movie score, because this is really nothing like he's ever done before. There are tinges and there's definite inspiration from his previous action scores in some of the later cues, but this is truly an original score, which is quite a refreshing change from Mr. Zimmer. Great score...now I'm looking forward to "Inception" and the 3rd "Dark Knight" Sequel...those will be fantastic!

Jaweco reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-20 00:00:00
I listened to the score a few more times, I'm beginning to really enjoy it ! Sure it's a bit crazy, but so much fresher than Angels & Demons ! Maybe it isn't as "easy listening" as the former, but well, it sounds new and original (even if there are some good old Zimmerian action sequences, fans be reassured). Might be discombobulating (:p) at first, but in the long run I prefer such a score, quite daring in its way, trying new ideas... Good stuff !

hansbatmanzimmer reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-20 00:00:00
I like this score.

Antas, Webmaster reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-19 00:00:00
The Irish Times - Friday, December 18, 2009
Joeclyn Clarke looks at soundtrack of the week

HANS ZIMMER - Sherlock Holmes Watertower Music ****

Hans Zimmer’s score for Guy Ritchie’s new take on the famous detective is kind of marvellous. With a taut pulse running through it, the maverick composer of The Thin Red Line, Gladiator and The Dark Knight ) has written a dynamic score that bounces between rollicking action, sly comedy and urgent drama, deftly combining pounding rhythms and elegant melodies with idiosyncratic instrumentation (balaika, fiddle, tablas, double bass, dulcimer, banjo), spare orchestration and brooding electronica. Zimmer mixes European folk traditions (jig, waltz, polka, klezmer) and late 19th- century romanticism (Dvorák, Mahler), and juxtaposes exquisite lyricism with gleeful sturm und drang . The score teems with stylistic invention and visceral energy, as well as a surprising emotional power, notably on the 18-minute-long super cue Psychological Recovery . . . Six Months . Sherlock Holmes is both masterful and mercurial. www.water tower-music.com

Adrian reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-19 00:00:00
I don't see a reason for all the negativity... However, I don't know what to say about it... I'll say nothing and instead I'm going to listen again :-)

Jaweco reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-19 00:00:00
I listened the album, well, I can't say much about it. In fact, I don't know what to think of it. Not bad, but weird and twisted... without images in front of your eyes, it's difficult to guess if it does indeed work well in the film or not. And... er... well, I'm not that interested in the film, I don't recognize the spirit of Holmes at all in the trailers, seems way too much modern. I don't know if I'll go see it, but if I don't, well, this score's lost on me. I'll give it another listen though, maybe I'll end up really liking it anyway. At least it sounds completely unique in its own way, Zimmer's gone back to experimenting after a comfortable Angels and Demons which was not that original.

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-19 00:00:00
Is there someone that could translate the interview please? I'm Italian and as lots of International fan we can't understand very well English...
Thank you very much!!!

James reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-18 00:00:00
Guys you may hate me forever but this is score is a big disappointment . As a zimmer fan , Its hard to believe he has wrote this !

The score lacks a defining theme through out the entire track list , Sounds noisy and and rough to ears .

I admire zimmer works alot , and he is my favorite composer of all times but I didnt like this score at all .

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-18 00:00:00
Didn't not like this one at all. To bad, at least Angels and MW2 are good.

Feared reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-18 00:00:00
As a hardcore Zimmer fan, I'm a little bit disappointed with Holmes.
It has it's moments, but nothing memorable. Any RC student could have written this.
Angels and Demons was a masterpiece, this is a rather mediocre effort, with interesting instrumentation.

Sylvos reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-18 00:00:00
I agree that this is not a killer album from the composer(s) that brought us scores like Angels & Demons but still even though the sample sound clips from Amazon initially put me off greatly, the full stream left me pleased overall. The music heard in "Marital Sabotage" and especially the later half of "Catatonictes" is absolutely terrific. Also "I Never Woke Up In Handcuffs Before", despite it's rather nosy mix, makes me smile every time I listen to it. Good stuff!

Zimmer (The Greatest composer ever) reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-18 00:00:00
Awesome score Hans, Bravo, you can do anything king of kings, for those who don't know, Hans Zimmer's real name is king of kings.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
It's not even released yet and it has nominations. Perfect.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
The score can now fully be streamed from the warnerbros website :)

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
and now i can also be downloaded on the correct sites :p

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
Where? However I prefer the original CD! :D I hope that I won't be the only one that will buy it!!!

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
enrico: warnerbros2009.warnerbros.com/#/movies/sherlockholmes/score/ score10

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
Thanks!!!

Lastsamurai reply Replies: 0 || 2009-12-17 00:00:00
One of the worst soundtracks written by Zimmer...

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