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Robocop Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack


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  • Composer: Basil Poledouris
  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00018U9X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 [*]

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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

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The extra tracks for ROBOCOP are excellent.
kametamorphic
Poledouris is awesome, the Robocop theme is one of the most memorable themes ever written for the movies!
dv_forever
This was much more than a simple action flick soundtrack.
Robert K.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on April 23, 2010
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kametamorphic on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At last we get to hear that great music that was missing from the LP. This CD is outstanding. Basil Poledouris has alwayys been one of my favorite film composers. The extra tracks for ROBOCOP are excellent. What a find!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on February 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With the monolithical achievement of Conan already behind him, Basil Poledouris served up powerful and emotional score for Robocop. The movie was already great but with such amazing music to stand alongside it how can you NOT get this CD?

With two separate themes, one for Murphy and one for Robocop Poledouris bridges together the score with snazzy synthesizer cues and a large orchestra. My fave track is 'Rock Shop'. Robocop's theme makes its first bombastic appearance here. 'Home' features some very sad cues of strings mixed with synthesizer. It perfectly defines Murphy's pain and longing for his old life. 'Showdown' is just pure action, as Murphy takes down his own assassins Poledouris throws all the themes together for a big send off.

This is big improvement on the old, out of print CD. Varese Sarabande no offers this score with digitally remastered sound (it's great on a home theatre) liner notes and a few extra tracks of TV jingles featured in the movie that were also composed by Basil Poledouris. Any serious collector of film music should by this score.
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