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Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack

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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

1. Gonna Fly Now
2. Philadelphia Morning
3. Going The Distance
4. Reflections
5. Marines' Hymm/Yankee Doodle
6. Take You Back
7. First Date
8. You Take My Heart Away
9. Fanfare For Rocky
10. Butkus
11. Alone In The Ring
12. The Final Bell
13. Rocky's Reward

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: December 3, 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002U8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Thor on September 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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!!)<---

1. Gonna Fly Now - A reason to buy the soundtrack starts with this heartbeating music. The well known theme of all the Rocky movies, simply fantastic music. Includes singing which power it up even more. After this song, you're sold. Length: (2:48)

2.Philadelphia Morning - After agreeing with Mick to manage Rocky, Rocky trains for the first time and gets up at 4 o'clock in the morning. The training goes harder than he expected, and that is heard in the music. The music really descripes a dark cold winter morning in Phiadelphia, which is absolutely fantastic. You can truely feel how Rocky felt in that moment through the music. He felt like: My mind wants to, but my body can't. Length: (2:21)

3. Going the Distance - The true opposite of track 2. Rocky is now full of life and spirit, ready to do it, to go that distace (15 complete rounds in the boxing ring with the heavywait champion of the world)The music on this track is also used during the Battlescenes in the movie. Rocky gets hit and falls down to the floor, struggling to get up again, while Adrian, his true love, walks in and sees him get up and keep going! Length: (2:39)

4. Reflections - Rocky comes into his appartment after a fight. Looking in the mirror and at an old photograph of himself he feels regret. Again, the music goes deep into Rocky's mind, feeling that frustration of a struggling mind. This track which also appears in "Rocky II", is not on the Rocky II soundtrack, but it is on this one. So if you are looking for that track music, it is right here.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Hughes on December 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is a missing song from the movie that everyone didnt catch. Everyone confuses 'Reflections' as the song that is playing when Rocky comes home after the first fight and pops on a record then goes to the mirror. This is not true.

The song that is playing and is absent from the Soundtrack is 'Summer Madness' by Kool & the Gang'-1974. It took me a long time to track down this song because I knew all these years that was not Reflections playing in that part.

I gave this record a 4 star, but should've gave it a three after figuring out that Bill Conti may have wrote 'Reflections' to sound similar to 'Summer Madness' to maybe avoid putting someone else's song on his complete album. You can make up your own mind on that, but the album is not complete as Kool & the Gang was left off the album. Sorry to disappoint. Now go get that song and complete it yourself as i did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When "Rocky" pulled off the big upset to win the Oscar for best picture, it had several things that helped this low budget film close the gap with the big Hollywood productions (remember, it was up against "Network," "Taxi Driver," "All the President's Men," and "Bound for Glory"). One of those was the idea that you could "win" without winning, which was a fairly radical idea at the time, but quickly abandoned in the sequels that followed. But one of the key ingredients was the memorable score by Bill Conti. The strength of the score is much more than the "Fanfare for Rocky," although certainly the opening trumpet burst suggested to viewers that they were about to see something special, even when first confronted with the sight of Rocky Balboa taking a pounding as a club fighter. Ultimately, what makes this a great musical score is that it is Conti's music that drives what are arguably the two most memorable sequences in the film: the final training montage and the montage that covers the fight with Apollo Creed between the first and final rounds. In both instances it is the music that carries the moments (although I also want to acknowledge the Oscar winning work of film editors Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad). Even during the final titles, it is the latter stripped down to the eloquent strings that creates the final mood of the audience leaving the theater.
"Gonna Fly Now" reached #1 on the pop charts and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Song (it lost to Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams' "Evergreen" from the remake of "A Star is Born") but the score was not even nominated.
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