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RoboCop Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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When noted Dutch director Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the mid-'80s, few could have guessed he would embrace the prevailing action film culture with such unabashed enthusiasm. The assaultive, pulp-on-steroids sensibility of Robocop made it a huge success, but came injected with critiques of American TV and pop culture that were often wrapped in the muscular irony of Basil Poledouris' driving, synth-pumped orchestral score. This new edition of the modern sci-fi classic underscores the point with bonus tracks of the film's jangly TV news and commercial parodies, but it's still the industrial crunch of Poledouris' back-to-the-future neo-modernism that take center stage on this digitally remastered deluxe edition. Powered by an aggressive performance by a then-newly reformed Sinfonia of London and recorded at legendary Abbey Road (the score's frequent metallic percussion is the studio's fire extinguisher being struck with a hammer), Poledouris' music manages to evoke themes of sacrifice and redemption that are as old as the Bible, yet infuse them with a cold detachment that suggests a future of uncertain humanity. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main title
  2. Van chase
  3. Murphy's death
  4. Rock shop
  5. Home
  6. Robo vs. ED-209
  7. The dream
  8. Across the board
  9. Betrayal
  10. Clarence frags Bob
  11. Care package
  12. Robo drives to Jones
  13. We killed you
  14. Directive IV
  15. Showdown
  16. Have a heart [*]
  17. OCP monitors [*]
  18. Nuke 'em [*]
  19. Big is better [*]


Product Details

  • Composer: Basil Poledouris
  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • ASIN: B00018U9X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Third time's the charm for RoboCop with the complete score at last on CD. Originally released by Varese Sarabande on CD Robocop Original Motion Picture Soundtrack waaaaay back in 1987 and was then re-released in 2004 Robocop Original Recording Remastered with Extra Tracks with the inclusion of 4 additional brief media cues : "Have A Heart," "OCP Monitors," "Nuke 'Em," and "Big Is Better" which were simply tacked onto the end of the original album. If you missed out on that one like I did, you're in luck because Intrada has finally given Robo a release proper by including all of the music from the two previous releases and the additional unreleased music and remastered and re-arranged the cues into their proper sequencing from the film with an expanded 56:04 runtime.

Beginning with the "Main Title" which runs 8 seconds longer than the Varese release with a longer "Media Break" bridge and is followed with "Have A Heart" from the Jarvik 7 television commercial and the unreleased "OCP Monitors" from Dick Jones' corporate presentation for the future of law enforcement in Delta City. "Twirl" is a brief synthesized cue that introduces us to Officer Alex Murphy as he practices his T.J. Lazer gunfighter move just before "Van Chase" ("Can you fly, Bobby?") as he and Officer Lewis pursue Clarence Boddicker and his thugs to a burned out industrial factory in Old Detroit. "Murphy Dies In O.R." retitled from the original "Murphy's Death" cue followed by "Robo Lives" as Murphy is resurrected as the mechanical cyborg ("Go Robo!") previously unreleased.
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Ok, so let's get things out of the way, this soundtrack is only 42:20 long. Not much perhaps. Certainly not as long as the famous Conan the Barbarian soundtrack by Poledouris. It's not the composer's fault. In Conan the Barbarian, Poledouris was asked by director John Milius to provide as much music as possible to drive the film, like in Star Wars for instance John Williams had the same task given to him by George Lucas. In Robocop it's different, the film is not driven by the music for the most part, it's not saturating the movie all the time but it comes in during some truly dramatic moments and gives the film so much life and power, taking it to another level. Poledouris is awesome, the Robocop theme is one of the most memorable themes ever written for the movies! No doubt about it.

Most of the tracks here are pretty short with little thematic development but there are some great action cues, like track 2 for instance which becomes very mysterious half way through as Murphy and Lewis hunt the bad guys. The final showdown is intense and the music for the scenes when Robocop visits his old home and later when the police force tries to gun him down in the garage are emotionally powerful. The Robocop theme pops in on several tracks on this CD but for the definitive number, go to track 4, titled 'Rock Shop' and hear that theme in all it's resplendent glory. It correlates to the scene where Robocop destroys that cocaine factory and captures Clarence Boddicker! Some really great stuff to blast up on your stereo!

If you love Poledouris and his work for Robocop, you must also have his Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, make sure it's the original Varese Sarabande CD, expensive but worth it.
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A while back when the new Robocop movie came out, Pedro Bromfman scored the film and included some of Basil Poledouris's original Robocop theme briefly within the soundtrack. I had never been able to find the original score for Robocop as it resurfaces every few years and then disappears because of limited runs. The prices for the CDs obviously get very high and out of my price point so I was very excited to finally catch a re-release this time around.

There are quite a few mixed reviews here listed for various versions of the releases so I wanted to clarify that this is the 2015 re-release done by Milan Records. A few years ago, Intrada Records released a version that contained four previously unreleased tracks: Have a Heart (2), O.C.P. Monitors (3), Nukem (10), and Big is Better (20). Thankfully, this version by Milan has those missing cues as well. In fact, this version by Milan Records is the exact same version that was released by Intrada a few years ago. It has the same track listing and run time of about 57 minutes. The only difference between the two versions is the package presentation. Intrada is well known for putting together very nice collector editions of the media they release which includes really nice pictures on the disc and 20 plus page CD inserts that contain historical information about the film, scoring, and composer. This particular release by Milan is pretty bare bones and comes in a digipack with no insert. It does have a picture of Robocop on the inside cover and the disc itself has no picture on it...just black. The CD itself, however, sounds great on my system and it is awesome to hear the Robocop score in all of it's 80's action/science fiction wonder!
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