The Wrestler

January 27, 2009 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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4:45
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  • Original Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 KOCH Records
  • Total Length: 56:21
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  • ASIN: B001QSIOH6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,117 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on March 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The only major song "missing" from this soundtrack is Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler." (UPDATE: Not true. Another reviewer reminded me that GNR's "Sweet Child" is also missing. I totally forgot about that one!)

Granted, that's a pretty big omission because the song IS the movie. It perfectly sums up The Wrestler and comes at a crucial moment in the film. However, I can understand the omission because, from what I've read, Springsteen gave director Darren Aronofsky the song for free. Perhaps Springsteen didn't want to have to charge to include the song on this soundtrack. Or maybe he wanted to charge too much. Who knows? It's not here, which is a shame.

Despite that glaring omission, to address something a previous reviewer mentioned, the song Randy and Cassidy dance to in the bar IS on the disc. It's "Round and Round" by Ratt. I don't remember hearing Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" in the movie. Maybe it was there. Maybe it wasn't. If it was, it was on for such a split second that it didn't even register with me. So it not being on the soundtrack is no big loss.

One thing I noticed is that the version of Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" included on the soundtrack is NOT the version from the 1980s. It's a version with new vocals recorded in 2006. I think the movie uses the 1980s version because I don't recall the extra vocal flourishes the late Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow added to the version recorded in 2006. Expecting to hear the classic 1980s version, but getting instead the re-recorded 2006 version, was kind of irritating. The 1980s version was perfect in every way, and it's a song I grew up listening to. So the new version isn't an improvement. It's a step down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Byng on March 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I also enjoyed this CD even though, as a previous reviewer mentioned, there are some flaws and some missing songs. One song which is also missing, and has not been mentioned, is "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses, which is also used at a critical point in the film -- when Cassidy is trying to talk Ram out of going into the ring for his final match, and Ram explains to her that the ring is where he truly belongs. I understand that this song was also given to the filmmakers for free, so perhaps it was also a licensing issue which kept this song off the soundtrack. But I enjoyed the movie so much that I wanted the soundtrack as a "souvenir" of the film, until the DVD arrives next month. I just make my own "soundtrack" by adding "Sweet Child" and "The Wrestler" songs to the end of the CD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Gallant on February 18, 2010
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I loved this movie when it came out. I also loved the music that was playing when I was watching. It took me back to the 80's when in my opinion Heavy Metal was at it's top. Every song rocks and I was pleasantly impressed by Rhino Bucket and have since ordered two of their CD's. The song Dangerous by Slaughter is also very good. You won't be disappointed in buying this product.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on May 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Director Darren Aronofsky has talked about the small music budget for the film, which has made for the release of an incomplete soundtrack.

Axl Rose - due to his friendship with actor Mickey Rourke - allowed the use of Sweet Child o' Mine in the movie at a fraction of the typical cost, but it is not included on the soundtrack. Also missing on the album is Bruce Springsteen's The Wrestler, the original version of Quiet Riot's Bang Your Head (Metal Health) - it is a "remix" from several years ago - and the incidental music used in the movie.

The album is a neat 1980s FM rock radio sampler, with a couple solid hip-hop tracks in the mix, which should suffice as long as a fan is not concerned about having a complete package of music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lunch Box Hero on June 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I love the mix of artist on this soundtrack .It is a fun soundtrack for a Saturday night party. The tracks range from the unsung bands from the eighties,current hip Hop icons to unknown acts that have good tunes. I am going to buy this and the dvd ,then invite all my friends over and have Wrestler night.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Umfress on June 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Loved this CD--the only downside to it is it doesn't have Guns 'n' Roses Sweet Child of Mine on it. I agree that it should have been included. I downloaded this whole CD onto my Ipod and it makes great workout music for the 80's fan. A great CD for an excellent movie!
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