When I was a little kid in like second grade around 86-87, I heard this album (on cassette, of course) via my older cousin. I was addicted to it immediately, borrowed it and crudely made a copy of it (putting two tape-recorders next to each other and using the built in mic to pick up the sound). I later got a real copy of the cassette as a Christmas present. I've often forgot about it since then, but I've never been sick of it. I finally bought the CD version 2 years ago.
This soundtrack is the one I remember most from any movie from the 80's. The only let-downs are the out of place laid-back adult contemporary track (the robot plays it while bringing Paulie his ice cream and beer) and the crappy 80's pop song (the robot is also guilty of this one, plays it while Rocky is washing his car...someone needs to shoot that f'ing robot). By all means stay away from tracks 3 and 8, they'll make you feel embarassed to be listening, even if you're alone. Everything else here is memorable. The James Brown track is also a little out of place, but it's acceptable since it was so heavily featured in the movie. Plus while listening to it I live out my fantasies of Drago punching James Brown. Hard.
Vince DiCola replacing what was mostly a Bill Conti score for the previous movies (and making a big transition from mostly orchestra to mostly synth) sounds very "80's" during the two instrumentals, but it doesn't matter since they are so outstanding.
Two Survivor songs and a few other great tracks from groups/artists we'd never heard of then and haven't heard from since top off an outstanding movie soundtrack.
So jump into your Lamborghini after dark, throw this sucker in your CD player, and drive really fast around town while reliving moments from your past films. Then go beat the crap out of some commies! And impatiently wait for Rocky VI.