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Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
For better or worse, when then-journeyman actor-writer Sylvester Stallone created the character of punchy pugilist Rocky Balboa, he did more than offer all the ne'er-do-wells in the world the hope of someday being a conten... more »
For better or worse, when then-journeyman actor-writer Sylvester Stallone created the character of punchy pugilist Rocky Balboa, he did more than offer all the ne'er-do-wells in the world the hope of someday being a contender; he created a cinematic sensibility--perverse optimism in the face of insane odds--that's infected Hollywood films ever since. And if Bill Conti's horn-fanfare theme has become an instantly evocative cliché, it's only because it fit the proceedings so damned well, like a clenched fist in a boxing glove--or a slice of Velveeta on a Ritz cracker. Conti may be no Morricone, but then, when was the last time you heard the theme to Cinema Paradiso played at a wrestling match? --Jerry McCulley
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Thor | Netherlands | 09/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rocky - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - is a fantastic musical adventure with all the music of the film included on this stunning cd!
--->(WARNING, the explanation of the songs include SPOILERS of the movie!!)"
Simply the Best - Brilliant!
James Koenig | Minnesota | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie "Rocky" was released in 1976. It was a major hit, and won the Academy Award for Best Movie. One of the major reasons for for the success of Rocky, is the brilliant musical score by Bill Conti. Conti was nominated for best Musical Score, and Best Song (Gonna Fly Now).
When people think of "Rocky", they think of Sylvester Stallone and the trumpets introducing the classic hit, "Gonna Fly Now". The music brings soul and heart to the movie. Without the music, Rocky is still a good picture, but with the music, Rocky is a great movie! The music of Bill Conti energizes this movie and brands it with a unique persona and character. In a word - Billiant!
There is not a weak track on the entire album. "Gonna Fly Now" became a #1 top-40 hit in 1976, and has inspired countless millions with its upbeat thrilling souhd. But it does not end there. "Going the Distance" is another solid composition that grabs your soul with its gritty determination and tension. "First Date" and "You Take My Heart Away" show the tender side of the Rocky soundtrack, being the love themes of the Rocky movie.
In the top-20 of all-time musical scores, this has to rank solidly in this group. It is music that stands the test of time. I still listen to the album 30 years after its release, and find great enjoyment in it. I treasure it, and it occupies a special place in my music collection.
Buy it to inspire you, buy it as music to exercise to, buy it to remember the movie - just buy it. You will love this album, guaranteed.
Thank you Bill Conti for creating a masterpiece.
Jim "Konedog" Koenig"
Inspirational and stimulating
goING_96815 | Notting Hill, London, UNITED KINGDOM | 10/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have all the soundtracks for Rocky 1-4 (as a Rocky fan I don't reckon that a fifth movie was made and I don't even know if they released a soundtrack?) and they're all great. Some people might think it's a little bit too pompous and pretentious...but I think it's just inspirational and stimulating!
If you're doing sport, out running or lifting weights, it might be a good idea to put on Rocky! The music makes you fly, and even if you're not climbing the Rocky Steps in Philly, you know that you could do that if you had them in front of you. This music inspires..."