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David Arnold to score Amazon's Good Omens 6-part TV Series (based on Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett book)

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18 minutes ago, crocodile said:

Karol - who remembers really enjoying the book


I recently re-read it. As a small (but growing) fan of Gaiman and a big fan of Pratchett, I've been looking forward to this ever since it was announced. The cast seems to be pretty perfect. Arnold could have a lot of fun with this.

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10 hours ago, MrJosh said:



I was just thinking about what Arnold will do next. I thought I heard he was scoring a Johnny English movie this year.


Isn't that Howard Goodall?

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58 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Arnold is still quite busy, but he seems to prefer working in England rather than Hollywood. He's been doing TV, smaller movies and theatre for a long while now.


In the industry, he seems to prefer production over composition. 

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1 hour ago, fommes said:


Isn't that Howard Goodall?

Ah, you're right. I guess I saw an old article where it was reported that Arnold would score it, but that was not accurate.


Too bad.

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Is this a quirky little ensemble type score then, or a big orchestral one? Would have been dead keen on the latter tbh.


I've reimmersed back into ID4 again recently, it's such a fabulous car listen. I hadn't listened to it for probably fifteen years, and it feels like a rediscovery. Fuckin' brilliant leitmotif soundtrack from another time.

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Yea ID4 is one of the best scores of all time!


As for Good Omens, we don't know much about it yet, but you can hear the entire Main Title cue earlier in the thread if that helps

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Listening to this now. There's some good stuff here, in Arnold's SHERLOCK HOLMES style (sprinkled with a little bit of Danny Elfman and The Addams Family and a few electric guitars here and there), but the album is about a million minutes too long. I know it sounds weird to complain about too much music when we get a new Arnold score about every 10 years or so these days, but I think there's an excellent 50-minute programme in here somewhere. I'll put it on my evergrowing lists of projects to 'whittle down' to a good listening experience, when time allows.

I just wish he had combined several of the short cues into longer suites or something. Just when a track is about to get going, the track ends -- often less than a minute. This recurs throughout the album.


I'll probably write a review about it, although I just gave away all my main points....

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Yea, it's Friday in some countries already so this is online




Silva Screen Records has announced a soundtrack album for the Amazon original series Good Omens. The album features the show’s original music composed by Grammy Award and Emmy Award winner David Arnold (Independence Day, Casino Royale, Stargate, Sherlock, Tomorrow Never Dies, Shaft, The World Is Not Enough). Also included is Tori Amos’ version of A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, the closing song of the series. The soundtrack will be released digitally on May 31 and physically (as a 2-CD set) on July 5. Check back on this page for the purchase links. Good Omens is created by Neil Gaiman based on the 1990 book by himself & Terry Pratchett and stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Nick Offerman, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean and Ned Dennehy, as well as Frances McDormand, Brian Cox and Benedict Cumberbatch. The series will premiere this Friday, May 31 on Amazon Prime and will also air later on BBC Two.

Here’s the album track list:

CD 1:



1. Good Omens Opening Title
2. Chattering Nuns
3. Three Card Switch
4. Warlock
5. Adam
6. Lullaby
7. Hell Hound
8. Wrong Boy
9. We’re Doomed
10. End Titles – The Theme That Got Left in the Car
11. Witch
12. Newt
13. Anathema
14. The Them
15. Anathema Meets Them
16. Paintball
17. Anathema Investigates
18. Sleeping Adam
19. I Should Cocoa
20. Crucified
21. The Black Knight
22. The Globe
23. St.James Park
24. Holy Water
25. Adam and Dog
26. We’re Not Killing Anybody
27. Atlantis
28. Gabriel
29. Bad Angel Michael
30. Delivery for Pollution
31. Message for Mr Death
32. Aliens!

CD 2:

1. Ambassador Arrives
2. Ansaphone
3. Adam Ascending
4. Shadwell Breaks In
5. Bookshops ON Fire
6. Is That You?
7. Four Horsemen
8. Thundergun
9. Adams Changed
10. Horsemen to the Airfield
11. On Your Bikes
12. Requiem for a Bentley
13. The Gathering
14. Despatch the Horsemen
15. Computers Down
16. End of This Story
17. Ineffable Plan
18. They’ve Told His Father
19. Another Place
20. Life After Death
21. Adams Bedroom
22. Restoration
23. Newt and Anathema Wake Up
24. Hell and Holy Water
25. Lawyer With a Box
26. Shadwell and Tracy
27. Together
28. All’s Well that Ends
29. All Change
30. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – Tori Amos



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4 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Probably because no one wants him to write that shit anymore?


Sorry Lee, they simply don't like scores like ID4 nowadays.


Is that the official reason or is it just what you perceive to be the case in your own direct sphere of influence?

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TBH I don't know.

I could be that Arnold just isnt asked to write big orchestral stuff, especially since he seems to prefer working from the UK?


What was his last large symphonic score? Narnia 3?

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53 minutes ago, Quintus said:

Well, his Stargate had a good following didn't it, but I never liked the movie so that one I never explored on album. Same goes for Godzilla, which I know has its fans.


Basically you only like one Arnold score

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