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Rudy Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 28 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000014TQ
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Main Title
2. A Start
3. Waiting
4. Back On The Field
5. To Notre Dame
6. Tryouts
7. The Key
8. Take Us Out
9. The Plaque
10. The Final Game

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Format: Audio CD
This little soundtrack is every bit as inspirational as the story of pint-sized Rudy. The music has become so popular that it's often used in trailers and tv spots. Few movies attribute their success to an uplifting score; some are burdened with sappy melodies and others lack the emotional investment of good music. Composer Jerry Goldsmith manages a happy marriage of both extremes, however. His score effectively becomes part of the film without overtaking it; it does what a good score should and deepens the action and characterizations.
Overall, the music is light in tone, never oppressive, which would have been an easy and obvious route for a movie about football. My favorite track is the "Main Title," which introduces the musical theme. It is hopeful, inspirational, and ultimately uplifting. Had I not first seen the movie, I could still gather this much about the film. Other tracks, such as "Waiting," "Tryouts," and "The Final Game" convey the spirited and triumphant atmosphere with a chorus of flutes whistling across strong, brassy undertones. I also liked the touch of nostalgia Goldsmith weaves in, cementing the hope and innocence of the story and era on film and CD.
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Format: Audio CD
After a successfull collaboration on the sports film Hoosiers, composer Jerry Goldsmith and director David Anspaugh, teamed up again for Rudy. Like Hoosiers before it, Rudy has a very memorable musical score, that is emotionally charged and powerful.
The gentle theme is a great basis for the inspiring real life story of Rudy The music travels with Rudy as he tries to realize his dream and play Notre Dame football. The magic of the score is in its simplicity. The combination of flute, choral, strings and piano makes for great music that will be with you, long after you first hear it. The soundtrack is a great to listen to, as you try, and complete any task (like writing product reviews). It will make the job just fly by. The best part of the score is without a doubt the rousing cue called "The Final Game" The liner notes feature a word or two, from both the real life Ruettiger and Anspaugh, about Goldsmith's work; As well as photos from the scoring/recording sessions, and a few film pics
Under normal circumstances, my only complaint about the soundtrack might be its length, at 36:48. But the music is so good here...I can let that slide. The CD has 10 tracks and comes highly recommended.
Note: Folks who like the score to Rudy as much as I do, should also check out the film on DVD, it features an isolated music score track option. When used, you can hear the entire score, including music, not found on this CD
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This is not just another sports story, human interest is the theme, and football is the game. Director David Anspaugh takes this to the highest plain...many people are involved in Rudy's life and he touches each one of them, just as he's about to do now...and Jerry Goldsmith's score (one of his best) puts you in that very sensitive and caring mood.
Goldsmith is a master of melody with shades of heartfelt feelings, not to mention he can swing the other way and give "dig your heels in" percussion, brass and power. From the opening track "MAIN TITLE", simply a sweet and beautiful theme, interwoven with musical underscoring in every cue. Many, not all scores can really get inside your head ~ "The Thorn Birds" (1983), by Henry Mancini comes to mind, he was one of the first composers to really give you melody within a score, complete and full, lots of heart and sincerity. Goldsmith proves without a doubt he's more than capable...just listen to "WAITING", slowly building with wind instruments, strings blending with tubular bells and brass answering the call..."TO NOTRE DAME", the irish will love this warm and tender almost sublime melody, the main theme once again faintly appears, you're drifting thoughts of the many students who previously occupied the halls of this great institution of education...Goldsmith's cue is arranged as a suite, combining all themes into one memorable experience.
Hats off to ~ Alexander Courage and Arthur Morton (orchestration), Robert Townson (executive album producer for Varese Sarabande), TriStar Pictures and our composer, conductor and producer...the legendary ~ JERRY GOLDSMITH!
Total Time: 36:48 on 10 Tracks ~ Varese Sarabande VSD-5446 ~ (1993)
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Rudy. Written by Jerry Goldsmith in 1993, this score is probably one of his best scores yet. Using a mix of brass, piano, and percussion, this is a gorgeous soundtrack with a peaceful tune, yet very complex. Using the flute has the primary intrument, and the piano as the secondary intrument, this soundtrack is for all who enjoy peaceful, beautiful, and enlightening music. Although much of the music is slow and quiet, tracks such as "Take us out" are very inspirational, and yet again, not tense. Every single track on this CD is worth listening to, so do not hesitate to buy it! This soundtrack is often compared to Jerry Goldsmith's "Hoosiers", and is much the same style. If you have never heard this music before, then your best chance is at the beginning of an NFL football game. Since the movie Rudy is based on football, it has become popular with NFL advertising. This music has a much different style from "The Ghost in the Darkness", but then again, probably a better score. Even the movie itself is almost as good as the score!
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