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Rollerball Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, May 7, 2002
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • ASIN: B000065V8J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bach: Toccata In D Minor
2. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8: First Movement
3. Previn: Glass Sculpture
4. Previn: Executive Party
5. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5: Third Movement
6. Albinoni: Adagio
7. Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz
8. Previn: Executive Party Dance
9. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5: Fourth Movement

Editorial Reviews

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Director Norman Jewison's original 1975 Rollerball was an odd mix; half action thriller (about a future blood sport that crossbred the most violent aspects of roller derby and hockey), half futurist cautionary tale (about the dangers of all-encroaching corporate power and the decadent elite who wield it). In retrospect, it was all too prescient on both counts. It also marked one of the last major Hollywood forays of conductor-composer Andre Prévin, who conducted the film's pastiche of Bach (the ominous if clichéd Toccata and Fugue in D Minor served as the game's theme), Albinoni (the Adagio is the film's main theme), Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich. The soundtrack was produced in the wake of Kubrick's epochal uses of classical music in scoring his near-future epics 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and the inspiration and intent here is obvious. Previn added three brief cues of his own (the evocative, modernist "Glass Sculpture" and the kitschy funk-exotica of "Executive Party" and "Executive Party Dance"). With the London Symphony under his baton, the veteran Previn produces an effective version of the Adagio and wrings appropriate drama from the Russian works as well. -–Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

I loved this film and the music, just can't wait to get the right movie soundtrack.
J. Holroyd
The choice of music carries the sheer might of the game scenes as well the quiet reflections that pervade James Caan's character throughout the film.
Ray Visconti
I paid a substantial premium for what I thought was the original item, and instead was sent something totally different.
A. G. Bell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've loved Rollerball since I was 10 years old. It's one of my favorite movies of all time and a 70's Sci-Fi classic - truly underrated! I have the DVD and I watch it regularly and it grips me everytime. The Jewison commentary is awesome!
I managed to get a vinyl copy of the album a couple years ago. It was badly scratched, but I did not care.
Why I like the album is one simple reason - Preston's rendition of Tocatta & Fugue in D Minor. In my opinion, it IS the Tocata. No other version by any other artist compares. It was worth the whole album just for that.
It also teaches me that there is good in every situation. Although the re-make of the movie was not received well, without the re-make, I don't know if this CD would ever have been re-released.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "tes1979" on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was trying many years to find it!! The Rollerball soundtrack is the best I've ever heard or better the best music I ever heard.
Andre Previn found the way to express by music the feeling of something very precious which is no longer Lost for Ever
and only our memories and the music speaks about it.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FisherApple on December 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Great classic movie (starring John Houseman, James Caan) that tasks roller-balling to the limit! I saw this with the parents growing up and many times on television in the 1980's, as it was a preferred Saturday afternoon matinee in the city in which I had my residence. Anyhoo, The soundtrack (Andre Previn) is a classic composite of great baroque music (eerily popular in the 70's), and weird space-aged party ditties to commemorate pre-neon concepts of futuristic corporate, world takeovers and sleazy soirees that followed. I bought this jewel in the classic vinyl format, because I am not only one of those snobby audiophiles, I also pay homage to the movie's vintage roots. So, if you are a baller like me, you will love the movie and treasure the soundtrack.
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By David Masters on September 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Even if you've never seen the movie, this is an excellent album to get if you like classical music. It includes Bach's "Toccata in D Minor" (listed on the album as "Toccata and Fugue"), which is the powerful opening theme of the movie, played grandly on a church organ. The album is worth it for that piece of music alone, but it has many other worthy entries, including music from Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Previn and Albinoni. Crank up your stereo system and let this album thunder out.

WARNING: there are two different "Rollerball" movies, each with their own soundtrack. There is the 1975 version (this one; the movie starred James Caan), and a 2002 version (from the remake starring Dean Cain). Twice now I have ordered this version, had the confirmation email list this version, and had the package invoice list this version... but what I received was the 2002 version. I would suggest that immediately after you order this album, you email the seller and ask them to double check their shipment to make sure that you get the correct version.
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By J. Holroyd on October 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Made the mistake of ordering from ImportCD's. Got the Rollerball 2002 remake cd.
Got a refund only. Still out the money to ship the wrong CD back to them.
I loved this film and the music, just can't wait to get the right movie soundtrack.
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Comprei por este site um disco que conduzido por ANDRE PREVIN e qual a supresa ao não receber o título comprado e sim uma nova versão. Como preço dos impostos e do envio não vou retornar o CD e ficar no prejuízo...
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