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ScoreKeeper Referees Horner vs. Zimmer CD Giveaway!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here ringside to announce a fight for the ages. Two colossal titans of film scoring bashing it out for bragging rights which could make you a winner.

In this corner we have James "What-A-Good-Boy-Am-I" Horner. He's scored a mountain of teary-eyed dramas, sci-fi spectaculars, and fantastical films from TITANIC (1997), APOLLO 13 (1995), BRAVEHEART (1995), LEGENDS OF THE FALL (1994), GLORY (1989), ALIENS (1986), COCOON (1985), and STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) to name a few.

In the opposite corner sits Hans "I'll-Score-Whatever-I-Want" Zimmer. He's arguably the most popular film composer on the planet backed by hordes of blockbusting hits like INCEPTION (2010), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END (2007), THE LION KING (1994), BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001), and SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009).

Which one would win in a no-holds-barred duke 'em-out tune duel?

Make your case and it could be you!

I've got in my possession five copies each of a brand new 2-disc compilation album featuring the music of James Horner and Hans Zimmer. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra has re-recorded a lot of fantastic film scores over the years and released some dynamite compilations.

I need to find new homes for five copies each of "The Music of James Horner: Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra" and "The Film Music of Hans Zimmer, Vol. 2: Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra" Both CD sets feature 2 discs chock full of each composers most heralded works.

Here's a track list for each album:



Disc 1

1. I Want To Go Home (From "The Karate Kid")
2. War (From "Avatar")
3. Boys Playing Airplanes (From "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas")
4. Remember (From "Troy")
5. A Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics (Feat. Helena Blackman) [From ''A Beautiful Mind'']
6. The Wedding (From "Deep Impact")
7. The Mask Of Zorro (End Titles) [From "The Mask Of Zorro"]
8. My Heart Will Go On (Feat. Helena Blackman) [From ''Titanic'']
9. Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch (From "Titanic")
10. Ransom (End Titles) [From "Ransom"]
11. Apollo 13 (End Titles) [From "Apollo 13"]
12. For The Love Of A Princess (From "Braveheart")
13. Braveheart (End Titles) [From "Braveheart"]
14. Legends Of The Fall (End Titles) [From ''Legends Of The Fall'']

Disc 2

1. Lookout Point (End Titles) [From ''Man Without A Face'']
2. A Special Story (From "We're Back: A Dinosaur Story")
3. Electronic Battlefield (From "Patriot Games")
4. To The Rescue (From "The Rocketeer")
5. Charging Fort Wagner (From "Glory)
6. Glory (End Titles) [From "Glory"]
7. Willow (End Titles) [From "Willow"]
8. The Land Before Time (End Titles) [From "The Land Before Time"]
9. Prelude / Ripley's Rescue (From "Aliens")
10. Cocoon (End Titles) [From "Cocoon"]
11. Bird Of Prey Decloaks (From "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock")
12. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (End Titles) [From ''Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan'']
13. Battle Beyond The Stars (End Titles) [From "Battle Beyond The Stars"]





Disc 1

1. Mermaids (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides")
2. Mutiny (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides")
3. Dream is Collapsing (From "Inception")
4. Time (From "Inception")
5. Honor (From "The Pacific")
6. Discombobulate (From "Sherlock Holmes")
7. 160 BPM (From "Angels & Demons")
8. Aggressive Expansion (From "The Dark Knight")
9. Why So Serious? (From "The Dark Knight")
10. Up Is Down (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End")
11. Drink Up, Me Hearties (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End")

Disc 2

1. Davy Jones (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest")
2. Jack Sparrow (From "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest")
3. Molossus (From "Batman Begins")
4. Zoosters Breakout (From "Madagascar")
5. Woad To Ruin (From "King Arthur")
6. This Is Going To Hurt (From "The Ring")
7. Homeland (From "Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron")
8. Leave No Man Behind (From "Black Hawk Down")
9. Injection (From "Mission: Impossible II")
10. Red Sea (From "The Prince of Egypt")
11. End Titles (From "The Peacemaker")
12. This Land (From "The Lion King")

So what do you have to do to have a chance at snagging one of these albums for yourself?

Drop me an email at using the subject: HORNER VS. ZIMMER! and include your name, mailing address, a valid email address, and your most descriptive play-by-play call of a musical fight between James Horner vs. Hans Zimmer. You decide the shots! You call the action! You proclaim the winner! It's up to you! Back it up with specific film scores, themes, box office receipts, whatever you feel makes a film composer the best.

Based on who you declare the winner, I'll separate the Horner winners from the Zimmer winners. I'll pull out the most creative "fights" and chose five winners from the Horner pile and five winners from the Zimmer pile. If you proclaimed Horner the winner in your musical fight and you were chosen as the winner, you'll received the 2-disc "Music of James Horner" soundtrack. Likewise, if you chose Hans Zimmer as your winner and you yourself were chosen, you'll be receiving the "Film Music of Hans Zimmer" 2-disc compilation album both courtesy of Silva Screen Records.

This should be a great fight. I can't wait to find out who'll be the winner.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, August 21st, at 11:59pm EST. Only one entry per person. International entries will be accepted. Duplicates will be discarded.

It's just moments before the bell...



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  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Hans Zimmer is the most overrated modern film composer.

    by Proman1984

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    This is fucking bullshit.

    by Robert79797979

    Can't we just have a normal giveaway?

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    @ proman1984 'Zimmer overrated'

    by Jason

    Gotta disagree with you there. As far as mainstream composers go, Zimmer is one of best out there. John Williams and James Horner lost their edge years ago. Zimmer might have the odd 'mediocre' score but when he shines it's glaring. RAIN MAN, BLACK HAWK DOWN, BATMAN BEGINS, even the terrible film that was KING ARTHUR had a great score. Anyhow, each to their own.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    I like contests like this. Most creative entry wins. Seems pretty geeky fucking cool to me. Will enter tonight.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Horner all the way. Easily.


    At least with horners scores they sound like the film they are attributed to. Zimmer just writes shit and wedges it into the film, be it about a gladiator, a pirate, a SEAL team, or a batman. Horner also wrote Willow, Rocketeer, Krull, brainstorm and Wolfen. Win by a mile.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Early Zimmer was great..


    After crimson tide (or maybe after his Oscar win for lion king) something happened. He started writing homogenous scores that could be interchangeable. Theyre listenable but I wouldn't be able to tell you what film it came from.

  • Horner is greatness. Along with scoring some of the greatest action themes around (Aliens!) he can also make you cry like a baby or pour pure courage into your soul.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Holy crap

    by RichardLuzT

    Exciting! Hans Zimmer being the most popular is not without reason. Yet James Horner has composed some of my personal favorites.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Hans Zimmer = McDonald's. James Horner = Kinko's.

    by Karl Hungus

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Horner Wins Via Rear Naked Choke

    by drkhelmet

    My gote goes to Horner for his creativity with the orchestra. Zimmer seems to focus on how to make the orchestra sound more like his synth. That's not how to make good music. It worked with Gladiator, but not much else since then. A composer of note to pay attention to - Michael Giacchino (Star Trek X, The Incredibles, Up, Mission Impossible 3, Lost and Fringe - TV series) has not disappointed.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Horner Wins Via Rear Naked Choke

    by drkhelmet

    My gote goes to Horner for his creativity with the orchestra. Zimmer seems to focus on how to make the orchestra sound more like his synth. That's not how to make good music. It worked with Gladiator, but not much else since then. A composer of note to pay attention to - Michael Giacchino (Star Trek X, The Incredibles, Up, Mission Impossible 3, Lost and Fringe - TV series) has not disappointed.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Zimmer has RUINED contemporary film music

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Just as every other current movie has the exact same dreary Teal & Orange color scheme, so does every other movie have that Hans Zimmer/Media Ventures "sound" --- the repeating "chugga-chugga CHUGGA-CHUGGA" string ostinato, the pounding synth drums, and the total lack of woodwinds, harps, xylophones and anything that ISN'T strings, synths or percussion. It's maddening. Go back 25 years, and there was no mistaking a John Williams score for one by John Barry, James Horner (on a good day), Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Alan Silvestri or Jerry Goldsmith. Today, scores are virtually interchangable from film to film. And it's all Zimmer's fault.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Saying Hans Zimmer is overrated...


    ...might be a bit too kind. Much of his work is outright terrible, and just about none of it is memorable.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Danny Elfman laughs at them both

    by Monkeybrains

    ..... and then leaves the room because he's mad as a hatter and he has Bridget Fonda locked away in a room and then realizes that his tea is ready and he hasn't composed anything of substance since his theme for the short lived but highly underrated The Flash TV show which is far and away a bazillion times better that Green Lantern <p> <p> phew

  • I have always hated these city of Prauge phillharmonic score compilations. They are in the same league as the starlight singers in my opinon. They can never get the same feel as the original score music. seriously give us a compilation of the actual scores as heard in the films. Varese Sarabande gets that what film score lovers want to hear. why cant other labels realize that as well. seriously the pirates of the carribean tracks are great examples of what im talking about in terms of the music sounding off.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Karl Hungus

    by Dollar Bird

    is right.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    What sad pathetic posters on this site.

    by fabregas

    Saying the man who composed Lion Fucking King has no talent. Why don't you losers get a life?

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I'll let the CD stacks vote:

    by justmyluck


  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking about Zimmer's music

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and not one melody is popping in my head. I think of Horner's and about 10 come crashing in. In fact, the score for The Rocketeer alone is better than all of Zimmer's output together.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by judderman

    Cite one motif from "The Lion King" that was not either a) composed by Elton John/Tim Rice or b) simply a riff on said compositions.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Horner has recyled himself SO MANY TIMES

    by Longtime Lurker

    I like much of what he has done, but I have heard the SAME notes in Rocketeer, Wrath of Khan and Aliens, for example. Why do I pick these? Very different films....same tunes. Please, whatever you think of Zimmer, let us NOT put forward Horner as an example of creativity.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Lurker, I agree that Horner isn't the best composer on Earth

    by judderman

    Bruno Coulais, Thomas Newman, Clint Mansell and Jeff Beal excrete more innovation in their sweat than Horner has demonstrated in his entire career. That said, Horner still has more talent in one of his butt pimples than Zimmer can muster with the aid of his clone factory

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Are Hornerclones better than Zimmeroids?

    by justmyluck


  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Horner wins for Willow. Peck.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • "Overated"? eff outta here. Horner is still a better composer and his soundtrack for Commando is worthy of purchase. But I gotta give Hans props for starting out as a member of the British Punk Band (The Damned) to now being acknowledged as one of the more relevent soundtrack artists within the Movie industry.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    They're really two different types of composers

    by gmanca

    Horner is far more melodic and versatile whereas Zimmer is more creative and innovative. But with respect to all composers, they are all "recyclers" in the sense that they all have standard style to their work that makes them instantly recognizable. The real test of a composer is whether they can adapt to the material and make something truly memorable.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Zimmer wins Hands Down!!!

    by wtriker1701

    Mid-Eighties you couldn't make a difference between Aliens/Khan/Krull - Horner repeated himself and was poor man's Goldsmith. Zimmer is copied wherever you look. Rain Man, Black Rain, Gladiator. He set trends, my friends! Mostly overrated soundtrack in history? TITANIC. Stolen from an Irish ballad (Down by the salley gordens).

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Klack, klack...

    by wtriker1701

    The sound of Horner copying Goldsmith's Klingon Theme from STTMP.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Two of the Greats

    by Kate

    In my opinion, these two are both some of the greatest composers in the score world right now, short of John Williams. As someone who has been a soundtrack collector for about 10 years, I can honestly say that Horner and Zimmer tie for my "2nd and 3rd" favorite composers. Horner's greatest strength is, in my opinion, the fact that his scores always have a sense of emotional depth and range. Think about scores like Apollo 13 and Braveheart that work well inside these very emotional movies. And then scores like Avatar and Titanic, that work to inspire a sense of awe. Zimmer's greatest strenght, I think, is his diversity. He has scored so many movies that have all been very different from one another. And for each movie, Zimmer creates a distinct feel. When you think about it, almost all of his scores have a memorable "main theme" that sticks in your head. While I hesitate to choose one over the other, I think this might be where Zimmer manages to edge out Horner just a bit: Horner has been criticised repeatedly for "reusing" his scores. Many of his soundtracks sound very similar to each other. You can almost always identify a Horner score... because it sounds like most of his others. Zimmer definitely does NOT have this problem. Which, I think, might give him just the slightest edge. Again, this is all just my opinion, and these two will forever be battling it out for "2nd and 3rd" in my mind!

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    The only answer needed is "Zimmer. BRRRMMMMMM"

    by Shabado

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Zimmer does recylce himself

    by gmanca

    In practically all of his action scores can you find the staccato stings backed by percussion. It's found in Crimson Tide, The Rock, The Peacemaker, and Pirates of the Caribbean amongst others. Another technique he likes to employ is the crescendo followed by a quick dropout and a low rumble. All composers recycle themselves though there's nothing inherently wrong with that.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by Astronut

    Those two films had amazing, AMAZING soundtracks. WTF????

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    oh, and '' BRAAAaaaaAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMmmm... ''

    by Astronut

  • How dare you dismiss John Williams like that.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by richievanderlow

    eh.. not really interested in either one to sit down and type up a big response. In general, I haven't really found a lot of originality in Horner's latter work. I'm not trying to poop on it or him exactly, I just find his newer work largely forgettable for some reason. Star Trek II remains my favorite theme of his, and certainly the best out of all the ST themes. Zimmer's work is much more distincitve to me. I loved his contributions to the Joker score in TDK and he again did great work in Inception. I like how Nolan has allowed him to make cinematic music that's a little outside the box, yet effective for big budget action flicks.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    d. vader

    by Astronut

    Zimmer * is * the most popular composer... at the moment. It detracts nothing from the legend of John Williams.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Terrible Track Selection

    by SpazMatic1074

    The Zimmer one is aweful. Total pass Where is Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, Crimson Tide, Point of No Return, Backdraft, Black Rain, Kung Fu Panda, Driving Miss Daisy fucking Gladiator? To people who say they can't hum to any of those themes I will dope slap you.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Zimmer is Over-rated?

    by SpazMatic1074

    The scores and/or cues they chose for that CD are aweful. I can make an awesome Zimmer compilation from my own stuff.. all original recordings that will blow that out of the water. Only real keepers on there are Batman Begins, Lion King, Prince of Egypt.. but whoever produced those cds need to be shot and let the real film music fans do the work.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    It's awful not aweful

    by Astronut


  • Maybe that's why there's no Backdraft, Gladiator, or the other ones spazmatic listed above...

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    At the moment Astronut? I don't agree with that

    by D.Vader

    I think more people are more familiar with the tunes from Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park, Superman, Indiana Jones, etc than they are with Batman Begins or Pirates of the Caribbean. Zimmer may have scored more movies in the past few years than Williams, but I don't think that makes him more popular, unless that's the criteria we are using: quantity.

  • the way Williams will. He has transcended the medium. He has entered Pop Culture and will truly live on in his accomplishments. Zimmer OTOH shot himself in the foot by having a production house cranking out scores by the..well score..they all sound the same, just with a slight variation.. Any of Zimmer's latest scores can be interchanged for another..Place Pirates in The Rock..Switch Crimson Tide for Batman Begins.. No one is mistaking Schindler's List for Memoirs of a geisha or Attack of the CLones..Williams (and Horner) take the time to write for the film and have the decency to not take every single film assignment.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Williams > Zimmer. No argument there. All I am saying is...

    by Astronut

    ... that Zimmer is — today — the most popular choice as a composer for a filmmaker. That does NOT mean he is the '' most popular '' composer of films ever. I never said that. I out Williams on the highest shelf possible, above all others overall based on his body of work and the quality of that work. Zimmer is still an amazing composer. You people who think he is some kind of hack, someone like Zack Snyder is to directing... you people are out of touch with reality. Zimmer has done great, unique, memorable work including the likes of Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception, Backdraft and others. Michael Gioachianno (or whatever the spelling is)...? Now HE is what I would term a hack when compared to someone like a Hans Zimmer.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Williams > Horner > Ennio Morricone > Zimmer

    by Chris Moody

    'Nuff said.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    James Horner recycles too much

    by thommcg

    The Perfect Storm versus Enemy At The Gates or Braveheart versus Bicentennial Man. I could go on but you get the idea...

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    BTW, it is common for composers to "borrow" elements...

    by Chris Moody

    ...that comprise a "signature" sound. You can hear a piece of John Williams in E.T., Star Wars, Empire of the Sun, the theme to Amazing Stories -- and nearly every other film that he has worked with. I think that it has less to do with a concerted effort (pardon the pun) than it has to do with the type of music that they prefer to distinguish moods. The same can be said with Michael Giacchino, James Horner, and Hans Zimmer. However, this doesn't mean that their music is interchangeable or alike. The STAR WARS theme is about as different from CATCH ME IF YOU CAN as they come. Of course, if you compare John Williams' "epic" scores -- then you will see that he likes the same powerful instruments. This is true of all composers. Giacchino's STAR TREK theme ("Enterprising Young Man") is about as different from UP or THE INCREDIBLES as you can find. Sure, you can hear musical elements (mood pieces with certain instruments) of "LOST" in many of his scores. However, each work stands on its own...and is very haunting (in a musical sense). I suppose that this is how you rate all composers: DOES THE MUSIC FOLLOW YOU? Everyone in America can hear an "iconic" song and immediately relate it to the film from which it was a part. If you hear STAR WARS THEME, you immediately know it. The same is true of SUPERMAN, ET, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, BRAVEHEART, GLADIATOR, STAR TREK, WRATH OF KHAN, TITANIC, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, COCOON, ROCKY, LOST, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, etc... Sadly, there haven't been too many scores that have gained "iconic" status lately. Who remembers the theme of CAPTAIN AMERICA (a film that I enjoyed)? Was there music in GREEN LANTERN? You tell me. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES? I can't remember. Thus, each artist mentioned here -- Horner and Zimmer -- have achieved "iconic" status with their scores. Personally, I prefer James Horner. I suppose that his notions (echoes in his music) of victory, sadness, adventure, tragedy, mystery, etc... most resonate with my own. I was just looking through BOX OFFICE MOJO to see what current films' scores that I could recall off hand. Oddly, I can only think of a few off hand. Even last year's films are largely devoid of "iconic" scores -- and the most memorable ("Harry Potter") contain the more memorable elements that are recycled from previous films. In fact, I can't think of any score outside of 2009's STAR TREK and CORALINE that immediately invoke memories of a fresh and memorable score (although a few bars from Elfman's ALICE IN WONDERLAND score are quite memorable).

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    But... Goldsmith = Williams!!!

    by wtriker1701

    'Nuff said, also.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    @ wtriker1701

    by Chris Moody

    Jerry Goldsmith was a fantastic (and fantastically underrated) composer! In addition to all of his major film work, as a former football player, I still get choked up when I hear the theme to RUDY. Good stuff.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    re: "Can't we just have a normal giveaway?"

    by jim

    You mean like the first person living in the continental US to send a reply to Herc's Twitter account wins? Thanks, but I prefer internationally-inclusive contests where it is more likely the winner(s) actually wants the prize rather than a luck-of-the-draw, thanks for the free stuff I only want so I can sell it on eBay, giveaway.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Interesting thing is..

    by SpazMatic1074

    Some of the music I listed above isn't even available on CD. Days of Thunder and Thelma & Louise were never even put out. Granted some of you might write it off as synth & guitar noise.. sorry everybody..but there CAN be more to film music than the orchestra.. (OH MY FUCKING GOD NOOOOOOOO) but why not represent the Zimmer Backlog instead of just throwing his most popular films on there. But if they are going to cull from the Pirates films.. why not use "Marry Me" from the box set.. or from Prince of Egypt.. "The Burning Bush" or "Charriot Race" (which was only released on a promo disc) They've got Spirit.. great.. but why not use "Run Free" instead. MI:II "Nya & Ethan" Zimmer's music may not be memorable to some, or as definable as Williams, but my god.. there are some damn fine scores out there that just aren't recognized on this disc. All of them are memorable tunes that I can hum to this day. Those that can't are either tone deaf or haven't seen the films enough to care, or both.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino's iconic themes...

    by Chris Moody

    LOST STAR TREK THE INCREDIBLES UP CALL OF DUTY SUPER 8 SKY HIGH THE FAMILY STONE Several of these themes/compositions are quite memorable.

  • Don't blame John Williams because George Lucas and Senor Spielbergo make lousy movies.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Gladiator was on Music of Zimmer vol.1

    by ColonelAmerica

    This is Vol.2 people. It won't have everything, & might not even have his best work. Vol. 1 had lots of Gladiator stuff, Thin Red Line, hell it had a track from Pirates of the Caribbean 1 where he isn't even the credited composer.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Williams hasnt dropped the ball ever..


    name one score of his that is weak

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Angela's Ashes..

    by SpazMatic1074

    For williams was pretty lame. The main theme isn't bad but it was a bit too Schindler's List and it had all that aweful dialogue in it.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Weak Williams Scores?Presumes Innocent

    by scottryfun

    -Episode I -Episode II -Minority Report -

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Damned touchpad!

    by scottryfun

    Presumed Innocent... There are plenty of weak Williams scores. MOst of his Harry Potter stuff ain't so hot either.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Stanley and Iris wasn't too special either,

    by scottryfun

    nor was Sleepers...

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    @ scottryfun :

    by Chris Moody

    I think DUEL OF THE FATES is one of John Williams' most notable scores!

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    No Gladiator for Zimmer's disc?

    by lv_426

    Gladiator is one of the most memorable Hans Zimmer scores.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I Agree...

    by SpazMatic1074

    Phantom was his best score out of the prequels. It just sounded very old-school Williams. I didn't like that 3-cd expanded version with all of the edited up cues and such, but the single disc with all of the themes is what being a Williams fan is all about. I wasn't a huge fan of Clone Wars but I liked "Across the Stars" a-lot. Revenge of the Sith was nice, but way over-board with the dramatic chorus. It almost made the movie predictable.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Williams prequel scores are gold.


    The content that he wrote for those films are among his best works, but the chopping that Lucas did to insert into his film is unforgivable. Lines were crossed. Ignorant people lump in the hate for the scores along with the films..

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Definitely not ignorant, and definitely don't hate the prequels

    by scottryfun

    I agree Duel was a good piece of music, and I don't think it's a coincidence that it accompanied the best-received sequence in the film. Because I believe the problem with the prequels was Williams scores, and sometimes lack thereof. Big action beats in Star Wars films always had their own musical themes. For the most part, not in the prequels, which is why Duel to me is the exception. In places, it's almost like he ran screaming form the idea of leitmotif with the prequels; the original trilogy wouldn't have been the same without it. There's an exciting high-speed chase in Episode II over Coruscant, and the music playing under it sounds like it was taken from a movie about a newspaper in the 40s. There is no Asteroid Field, Snow Battle, Here They Come! in the prequels, and I thought they suffered for it.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    City of Prague Orchestra...

    by Bad Wolff

    ..always makes these scores sound so thin. They seriously cheapen out and use reductions.

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    This really bothers me

    by gogoyubari

    I love Italian food. I love Thai food. That does not make one better than the other. It also depends on my mood. Don't like pitting too guys who have given me so much enjoyment (umm listening) against each other. I guess ScoreKeeper likes watching puppies fight. off topic - I have the Horner Prague Score and the original versions. Like most philharmonic - I really prefer the original and mostly dislike the selections. Maybe its the underpaid musicials playing to the rough film version.Good if you want an Horner intro collection I guess and I do encourage re-recording of great scores.