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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.
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on January 13, 2003
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
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on May 10, 1999
This Particular CD was made here in the UK and I brought it when it first came to release on 8th May 1999, this Soundtrack includes 6 extra tracks which are available for the first time anywhere in the world, and this soundtrack includes an 8 page booklet which is about the film and the music. As you know if you are a Jerry Goldsmith fan that he creates music for movies which are so great that you should watch a movie and then watch it again but concentrate on the backround music you will find that it has a perfect match with the film "Typical Goldsmith" and I assure you if you buy this soundtrack and also the other two soundtracks to "First Blood" And "Rambo III" you will not be dissapointed I assure you so what are you waiting for "GO FOR IT"
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Any fan of action music or of Jerry Goldsmith should get this powerful and outrageous CD. The music to First Blood was itself very good but this time Goldsmith takes the main theme, developes it even more and adds a new, totally brilliant 'Part II' theme that rocks the house. Whenever this theme is played you'll be punching the air or be too excited to do anything but yell 'YES!'. Check out track 13 if you don't believe me.
With the exception of the last track (Sly's brother Frank singing a song) this CD is bursting at the seams with action tunes of the best kind. It's so exciting, determined, triumphant and heroic that no music fan can live without. Rambo: First Blood Part II is an incredible soundtrack and one to worship Jerry Goldsmith for. I'd give it a million stars if possible!
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on December 1, 2003
One only needs to sample a few of the above tracks to find out how wonderful (more so than the 1985 film) Jerry Goldsmith's score is for the second in the John Rambo saga.
Being infatuated with the score for FIRST BLOOD, this score is like finding new rooms in a familiar, old house --
Rooms well-lit and pumped on anabolic steriods!
Also in this score, one will see Goldsmith's immaculate ability to mix the modern electronic with the traditional orchestra.
A must have for any beginning, intermediate or advanced Goldsmith collector!
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on November 18, 2001
One only needs to sample a few of the above tracks to find out how wonderful (more so than the 1985 film) Jerry Goldsmith's score is for the second in the John Rambo saga.
Being infatuated with the score for FIRST BLOOD, this score is like finding new rooms in a familiar, old house.
Rooms well lit and pumped on steriods!
Also in this score, one will see Goldsmith's immaculate ability to mix the modern electronic with the traditional orchestra.
A must have for any beginning, intermediate or advanced Goldsmith collector!
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on November 18, 2001
One only needs to sample a few of the above tracks to find out how wonderful (more so than the 1985 film) Jerry Goldsmith's score is for the second in the John Rambo saga.
Being infatuated with the score for FIRST BLOOD, this score is like finding new rooms in a familiar, old house.
Rooms well lit and pumped on steriods!
Also in this score, one will see Goldsmith's immaculate ability to mix the modern electronic with the traditional orchestra.
A must have for any beginning, intermediate or advanced Goldsmith collector!
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on September 21, 2001
this soundtrack is outstanding! even if you don't like the movie you need to hear this cd. so bold, powerfull, and patriotic. you just can't quit listening to it. of my collection of over 300 soundtracks, rambo2 the complete soundtrack makes my top 10 list.
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on December 11, 1999
One of the best Goldsmith's score of his career. The musical arrangement is absolutly fabulous. The score is more Powerfull than the movie. The film doesn't match WITHOUT the music, certainly! Track 7, 11 and 19 are outstanding! and all of track are good...
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on March 26, 2002
This score to the movie Rambo II is highly agressive and energetic, to say the least. Way to go Jerry for taking what was a highly soft soothing theme from first blood and turning it into a theme for a hero.
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