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The Rocketeer: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Audio CD, Soundtrack, March 12, 1996
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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

Product Details

  • Composer: James Horner, James Horner
  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000OAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SchoolofSoul on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Payne on May 7, 2000
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 By Ian S. Reinard on 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 By "marek_s-hayward" on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kimkats on July 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Melora Hardin .... what a perfect voice for this song! It's a stupendously wonderful song to start with, even as a Harry James instrumental, but the lyrics are superbly sung by Hardin! Wowser....
The rest of the soundtrack is perfectly suited to the movie, which is a blast (no pun intended!) to watch. Just a lotta good fun, and after all, Timothy Dalton is always easy on the eyes, even when he's a bad guy! Wonderful music, done very much in the style of the times. Well done, Mr. Horner, and Bravo Melora Hardin!
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