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The Rock: Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack


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listen  1. Hummell Gets The RocketsNick Glennie-Smith 6:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rock House JailNick Glennie-Smith10:12Album Only
listen  3. JadeHans Zimmer 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. In The TunnelsHarry Gregson-Williams 8:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mason's Walk - First LaunchNick Glennie-Smith 9:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rocket AwayNick Glennie-Smith14:12Album Only
listen  7. Fort Walton - KansasHarry Gregson-Williams 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The ChaseNick Glennie-Smith 7:35$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OFT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Alcatraz-themed potboiler was the final film initiated by the vaunted masters of the action McMovie, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer; the flamboyant Simpson died of a drug overdose soon after its release. Modern synth-orchestra fusion master Hans Zimmer is unaccountably teamed with Nick Glennie-Smith and Harry Gregson-Williams here, and the results are, well, just McFine. Not surprisingly, Zimmer's done better work on better films. --Jerry McCulley

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This soundtrack is one of the best I've ever listened to .
Eran Cohen
Track two begins with action music,but quickly turns into the choral theme and then introduces a new theme that sounds almost like journey music.
Johannes Ehn Hellstrand
Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith,and Harry Gregson-Williams do a phenomenal job in composing the music for this movie.
Brandon Cutro

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, Hans Zimmer is a versatile composer who can conjure up incredible music for many different types of films. He demonstrates his talent in the action movie "The Rock". I was very impressed with the soundtrack of the movie and constantly listen to it over and over again. It's one of those soundtracks in which you'll never get bored of. The whole CD runs approximately 1 hour and 20 seconds and has 8 tracks.

Hummel Gets the Rockets (6:26): This is probably my favorite track on the whole CD. It starts off with soft strings and builds into a crescendo during the beginning credits of the movie, as radio dispatches of Hummel's doomed men are played back. The music dies down and reaches a sad tone as Hummel goes to tell his wife that he is about to do something that he couldn't do while she was alive. The music takes an upward turn with a loud introduction with brass and heavy percussion as Hummel's men breach the U.S weapons depot. This is my favorite part of the song and it has a driving beat with The Rock's theme tune.

Rock House Jail (10:13): The beginning explodes with loud percussion and brass and dives into the movie's theme tune. This lasts for about 2 minutes and then subsides into a roller coaster of volume and tune that rise and fall in an incredibly fluent way. In the movie, this music is played when Hummel's men seize Alcatraz and set up their HQ. It is also when Goodspeed and Mason get onto the island fortress with the Navy SEALS.

Jade (1:58): This song takes an unusual turn and composes mainly of the beautiful sounds of a flute. This is played while Mason greets his daughter at the Apollo memorial and spends a few quiet moments with her.

In the Tunnels (8:40): This track starts off with strong percussion and brass.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Cutro on November 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Lots of hyphenated names are present in this smashing soundtrack. Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith,and Harry Gregson-Williams do a phenomenal job in composing the music for this movie. It is hard to tell which composer came up with what cue. Hans Zimmer came up with the main theme and some other main cues used in the film. Track 1, which is the best track and also basically the main title, opens quietly stating a main cue, came up with by Hans Zimmer. Following that is the main theme both orchestral and synthesized with some choir. I love the trumpet solo used in this track. After that, it speeds up a tad and gets a little more into the action side. I love the low brass or synthesized music here, I can't tell which is being used. The end has the trumpet solo again, which is really good. Track 2 starts off with the loud music used to end the last track,followed by a new theme. This track is basically track 1 continued. The exact same stuff heard in track 1 is on track 2, just arranged a bit differently. Track 3 is a very soft, pretty theme for Jade, the daughter of Sean Connery's character in the movie. Flutes play the theme which make it innocent and beautiful. Great track. Track 4 is back to the same music heard in the first 2 tracks. Only this time, the percussion is a key factor in the scoring. There is more percussion sound in this one than any other track. A new theme is stated, followed by the main title. Over-synthesized percussion almost ruined this track. Also, the electric guitar is used for the first time in this track to accompany the theme. A trumpet solo is used at the end to finish out the track. This one rocks! Track 5 starts out with a different arrangement of the theme,followed by Jade's theme also arranged differently.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jamon147" on January 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was THE album I listened to during my first year at art school, any time I had a project due in 18 hours that needed to get done well and done fast, which was frequently. It's big and fast and pounding and it gets the job done. However, it also has a lovely little theme ("Jade") which, years later, still pops into my head on occasion.
Yes, I suppose Hans Zimmer has done better work on better films -- you'll notice a marked similarity in Gladiator and in Pirates of the Caribbean (scored by Zimmer's protege Klaus Badelt, but "overproduced" by Zimmer). But I for one liked The Rock a lot, for what it was, and the music -- which I listen to more often than the music from either of the two other movies above -- has done an excellent job of staying with me long after I saw the movie. If you want music to finish projects by, this album is it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Kaminski on May 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, Hans Zimmer is a musical genius!

I highly recommend owning this CD, as this score is truly one of a kind. When this music is cranked up, it tends to create its own environment in the room; the energy of the music is incredibly powerful, yet extremely pleasing to the ear. My only advice is that one must have very high quality speakers with a powerful subwoofer to fully appreciate the music on this disc. The subtleties in the music, especially in the bass and percussion, will make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up, but will not likely be heard without quality speakers and the extra low-impact of a subwoofer.

The sound energy produced while playing this CD is overwhelming, but still extremely pleasing to listen to.

I can't recommend this soundtrack enough!!!
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