Six bands from Portland list their favorite movie soundtracks.
The Mission, A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, Once Upon A Time in the West
I like Sergio Leone's films, but only half as much as I love the music. Morricone created – he invented his own atmosphere and even when it gets weird it works to draw you in and it really drives me crazy how incredible he is. "Goodbye Colonel," "Paying Off Scores," etc, etc.... His work is revolutionary and I stand in awe.
This is the first soundtrack I heard where I realized the breadth and versatility of the guitar has the ability to carry a soundtrack from beginning to end – it’s all mood and atmosphere and never gets in the way of the images.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, The Shining
I love all the music he picked for his films – it’s a little similar to some of Werner Herzog's scores (Aguirre: Wrath of God especially): he found some really disturbing sounds and melodies to offset or compliment what was happening onscreen – sometimes just a single instrument.
Charlie Brown Christmas
I listen to this record every year – and it never fails. It’s perfect music. I’m speechless.
Dead Man, Broken Flowers
Very disturbing but very good. The scenes I remember the clearest are the moments when the music and the images are married perfectly – it is hard to go wrong with Ethiopiques and Neil Young.