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The Rocketeer: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

James Horner , James Horner Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: James Horner, James Horner
  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title/Takeoff
2. The Flying Circus
3. Jenny
4. Begin The Beguine
5. Neville Sinclair's House
6. Jenny's Rescue
7. Rendezvous At Griffith Park Observatory
8. When Your Lover Has Gone
9. The Zeppelin
10. Rocketeer To The Rescue/End Title

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This music makes me cry, but in a good way! May 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm not kidding. Today I was watching the DVD of "The Rocketeer" (which I'd rented; the movie's terrific and should really have a special edition DVD, but I digress), and this music actually put a lump in my throat and made me all teary-eyed! The main theme, as orchestrated by Horner, is truly, without a doubt, one of the most MOVING pieces of music I have heard in my lifetime. There's something very "Americana" about the theme; although it sounds as if it's inspired by aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes, men who dreamed impossible, crazy dreams which actually worked, it quite literally sounds like the American Dream, interpreted musically. It's one of those classic pieces of music that can be used in a myriad of other purposes; it's quite similar in spirit to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, John Williams' Olympic Fanfare, or Jerry Goldsmith's orchestration of the National Anthem as heard in "Poltergeist" -- it's THAT good. It has also been used by Disney in its Paris theme park and at EPCOT Center, for the Fountain of Nations -- obviously Disney knows a terrific theme when they hear it.
There's only been one other piece of music, or more specifically motion picture score, which has had a similar effect on me (eliciting tears just by hearing it), and that's John Williams' scoring for the portion of "E.T." where E.T. and Elliott say goodbye (and even then, I'm probably choked up because the music reminds me so much of the movie; Horner's Rocketeer score doesn't have quite that same effect, which is actually a good thing -- it means the theme is non-specific to the film).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
...the Rocketeer sure is one of them! When it comes to James Horner, his best scores are probably Willow, Glory, and The Rocketeer. It is sad that The Rocketeer isn't better known as a soundtrack to collectors, and it is often under rated. This soundtrack is a must for all soundtrack collectors, and should be respected as one of the better CDs out there. The main theme is a slow and gorgeous tune played with strings, before blending into a more swifter, flying music. The Flying Circus is my favrorite of the CD, beginning as a quick and tense song, yet giving you a clear picture of what's going on. Played primarily with brass, Horner takes this track from descending chords to the main theme played with strings then on to a really hillarious song, making you feel as if you are visiting the corn fields. The other big track of the CD, The Zeppelin, begins as brass and strings play up and down the scale, and continues on into a quite exciting song, always having a suprise around the corner. Although much of the music is on the tense side (yet then again, bot so tense) other tracks, such as Jenny's theme, is much like the Rocketeer's main title...Quiet, slow, and lots of strings. This soundtrack is a MUST for everyone! Anyone who appeals to anything such as Star Wars, Willow, Hook, or Cutthroat Island, this score is very similar. My choice? Give it a try whatever you do!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Music Score Benchmark July 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of my continuing favorites. I tell you that for film scores, this one sets the bar pretty high. Since this soundtrack was released, I have personally used this one as the benchmark test for any new stereo equipment I have purchased. The spectrum of sound included, in the second track in particular, will test the speakers of a new sound system better than many test disks that I've seen. The sound is able to pull you into your mental review of the film more effectively than most other soundtracks out there, with certain exceptions of course. This soundtrack is overall that which many scores fail to be, a musical painting of the film, not just filler music. This is a memorable disk for a memorable film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horner doing Horner December 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This was one of Horner's pre Titanic scores written at a time when many still thought of him as a poor man's Williams or Goldsmith. This might explain the very williamsesque 'Jenny' theme - the Disney producers had hoped that the Rocketeer would be their Indiana Jones.
Much of this music, though, is also a classic case of Horner doing Horner, taking his favorite motifs from StarTrek II and cocoon and weaving a new (and very effective) theme through them. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of original, thrilling and epic score here for your money, with long tracks none of which are duds.
Ideal for either for those who just loved the much under-rated film or those who love Horner and get a perverse kick out spotting him quoting himself.
Oh, and watch out for one of the best finale riffs of a score I think I've ever heard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Action Score From Horner Thus Far May 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Horner's score for the comic film The Rocketeer is considered one of his best works and action scores. I cannot disagree on that. The uplifting, noble theme for the hero can send your mind soaring. In the beginning of the score after a slow flowing lyrical piano rendition of the theme, the theme played by the strings soars off with beauty and grace. It is my favorite heroic theme, next to Danny Elfman's Batman theme. The Flying Circus track definately sounds like something out of a comic, full of the ups and downs in of flying through the sky. The part where the hero breaks into action is truly a classic in action film history. Jenny's theme is beautiful and tries to copy the romanciful style John Williams used for Han and Leia's theme in The Empire Strikes Back, especially on Jenny's Rescue. The small motif for the sinister Neville Sinclaire played largely by the trumpets can be compared to the Nazi's motif on Raiders Of The Lost Ark but with a mid-1900's sound to it. Jenny's Rescue is truly a swashbuckling track, much like the second track, with a lighthearted touch to it and some romantic flare to it. Track 7 gets sinister and tense but track 9 really steals thet part, a dark confrontation with Neville and his goonies on top of a zeppelin, a great climatic piece with a explosive end. The End titles is much like a reshowing of the first track and ends with a fun and wild ending. I recommend this soundtrack for anyone who wants to hear a real action score or hear one of Horner's best scores.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful music!
What a wonderful music! Probably the main theme with piano and orchestra it is the best music of Horner and one of the bests os Hollywood!
Published 1 month ago by Antonio Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this score by James Horner
I really liked this score by James Horner. It is at times light hearted, dark, ominous and mysterious, uplifting and action filled. If you've seen the film I recommend it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by leo134
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Rocketeer!
Love the background music from the Rocketeer movie, excellent soundtrack music. Brings the feel of the movie right into the room with you.
Published 8 months ago by Shavager
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Action Score
One of Horner's better works, "The Rocketeer" is a super fun, no-holds-barred, action-packed orchestral score, yet one which also has a heart; there are some tender... Read more
Published 12 months ago by GabrielH
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rockteer - great song!
The music score is very good but then it ought to be as the original score material was composed and conducted by James Horner no less. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Horner's heroic marches
James Horner, in the same tradition that Korngold and Williams have done, brings about the heroic march to underscore the excitement and thrill of a man flying through the air... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cinemabon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic big band sound from the early 1930s
If you saw the movie, you will truly enjoy this soundtrack having all the songs in full length, even though some were very clipped in the film itself. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John A. Eney
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Horner Score
James Horner is among the most reliable of film composers, and he doesn't let us down one bit in this score for The Rocketeer. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul's Review
This Motion Picture production is a really comical film. There is even some historical fact in the picture. The Hollywood sign did catch fire and burned down the "Land" word.
Published on May 22, 2012 by Paul D. Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but too similar to THE RIGHT STUFF
I enjoy Horner's music, but I'm not blind (or deaf) to his faults. He plagiarizes other composers and himself so often, that I often wonder if he does it as a joke. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Daniel S. Lee
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