I am very pleased with this Silva Screen America release of the complete score for "Rambo: First Blood-Part II" because, quite frankly, I think this is one of Jerry Goldsmith best action film scores.
I have always loved Goldsmith's oriental flavor in this album because the main title fits the scene for which it was written perfectly. The tender moment of the album is best represented in 'Stories' where Rambo tries to tell a female Vietnamese rebel what he is looking for in life. The action tracks are incredible, especially 'Betrayed', 'Escape From Torture', 'Bowed Down', and 'Pilot Over'; but I'd like to make a special mention to 'The Jump' where Goldsmith makes a remarkable musical description of the scene in which Rambo gets stranded at the plane door while attempting to jump on a parachute. The suspense moments of the album do not slow the pace of the album, especially 'The Cage' and the first half of 'Revenge'. The song 'Peace In Our Life' -as performed by Frank Stallone -is kinda catchy, but it's not quite as emotional as Dan Hill's 'It's A Long Road' from the original Rambo movie.
Then there are the extra tracks such as 'River Crash/The Gunboat' and 'Village Raid/Helicopter Flight' that make this one a better album than the original Varèse Sarabande release.
This is a very good album, and it showcases what I once again believe it's one of the best action scores by the great Jerry Goldsmith.