I have to say that I never got into the "Rambo" trilogy very much, the films are ok actioners, but that's all. Having said that, composer Jerry Goldsmith's music for the trilogy seemed to outshine the films themselves. This is paticularly true of the score for Rambo First Blood Part II. The score. The Main Title gets updated a bit for this installment. It seems as though Jerry rethought it for the sequel. It sounds richer here. Another key is the combination of orchestra and synthesizer. Goldsmith has been creating this kind of hybrid for decades of course. For this score, though, the idea works wonders, none of it sounds like a cheap gimmick. The music fits the action and the superhuman nature of the title character. Because the film is all action, the music reflects that for sure. The theme that I mentioned before, is threaded throughout the expanded score from Silva Records. The surprising thing is that the Rambo Theme never seems to sound quite the same on the soundtrack. Not an easy task, under any circumstance, somehow the rarity is accomplished, and the composer never looks back.
The expanded CD features a six page booklet that will take you through this reissued version The producers wisely note that while the score is remastered, because some of the tapes were in very very bad shape, some distortions, (very minor) still remain. I can live with this since they admitted that problems exist. It is when they don't...that's when I get mad. The CD contains 6 ureleased tracks, along with the really dopey song "Peace In Our Life", sung by "Sly"'s brother Frank. The expanded score is recommended to any fan of Goldsmith. This edition has a playing time of 60 minutes, 32 seconds, with 21 tracks