To most fans of the Rocky franchise, the music found in the first and second Rocky film are the best soundtracks out of the entire series. I can understand that because the first two soundtracks in the 1970's were so innocent, pure and have some great instrumentals as well. With the 1980's the series shifted in a different direction and so did the music in the films, Rocky III featured more popular music and 1990's Rocky V soundtrack had some rap in it. While the first Rocky is an undeniable cinematic masterpiece and remains the favorite Rocky film, Rocky IV had its own charm and was a great movie as well. The soundtrack is particularly memorable for the montages that were in the movie, it's also very good 1980s popular music in general and catchy songs as well.
One of the most famous soundtrack songs of all time has to be Survivor's 'Eye of TheTiger' which debuted on the Rocky III soundtrack and makes a second appearance here. 'Burning Heart' from Survivor was in Rocky IV, a good rock track, and on this edition of Rocky 4 'Man Against The World' has also been included. 'No Easy Way Out' is a good, catchy 80's song, I loved it in the movie it fit the scene it was in so well. Got to hand it to Vince Dicola (more famous for his work on the Transformers series in the 80's) his compositions for the soundtrack are nothing short of epic: 'War' and 'Training Montage' were terrific songs and highlights of not only the soundtrack but the movie as well. Some songs here are great for a workout as well, for instance 'Hearts on Fire' and 'Training Montage' are sure to get you fired up and sweating. I love the inclusion of James Brown here, 'Living In America' is a great song and it had a nice part in the movie in which Brown himself appeared and sang the song. However some of the material here is slightly edited to be shorter and the sound has been remastered, I think the sound is very good and while I would've preferred the songs to be left as they were I don't think the editing really ruins anything.
The musical sound that is on the soundtrack for Rocky IV is very rooted in the 1980's, it sounds like music of its era which is great, it's almost like a time capsule for popular music in 1985! If you're visiting this page you probably have a good idea of this soundtrack, I suggest that you buy it if you're a collector or if you were someone who enjoyed the songs featured in Rocky IV. If you're not a fan of 1980's music I say stay far away! You could also go for 'Rocky Balboa: The Best Of' (4 songs from Rocky IV) or 'The Rocky Story' (6 songs from Rocky IV) who both have a few songs from Rocky IV, rating : 3.5/5.