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The Rock: Original Score Soundtrack
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|1. Hummell Gets The Rockets|
|2. Rock House Jail|
|4. In The Tunnels|
|5. Mason's Walk - First Launch|
|6. Rocket Away|
|7. Fort Walton - Kansas|
|8. The Chase|
This Alcatraz-themed potboiler was the final film initiated by the vaunted masters of the action McMovie, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer; the flamboyant Simpson died of a drug overdose soon after its release. Modern synth-orchestra fusion master Hans Zimmer is unaccountably teamed with Nick Glennie-Smith and Harry Gregson-Williams here, and the results are, well, just McFine. Not surprisingly, Zimmer's done better work on better films. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
First we have Hans Zimmer, then Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams and even some contributions by James Newton Howard. It may sound wicked but there is not distict style to this score other than 'Another Media Ventures Product'.
The first track 'Hummel Gets The Rockets' is very cool. It takes a few minutes to get going but has some powerful stuff in there. One half Battlefield Tragedy plus one half well-organised determination make a whole great track.
Track 2 'Rockhouse Jail' isn't so great. It's a suite of many different musical cues from throughout the film and it's here that you realize the CD just isn't going to play them in chronological order. The result is a track that starts of with the wonderful main theme of The Rock and then loses it in incoherence.
Track 3 'Jade' is a nice little tune that tries to sound Scottish but doesn't. It's makes for a nice break from the action music but isn't likely to make you well-up with emotion.
Track 4 'In the Tunnels' is pretty weak. There is a very cool burst of action near the end but most of this track is boring with just loads of sound effects and weird noises in place of real music.
Track 5 'Mason's Walk-First Launch' is even worse. There is only one ACTUAL piece of music in this track stuck right in the middle. The rest is sound effects and weird noise. Bo-ring. In the 6 years I've had this CD I've only listened to this entire track once.
Track 6 'Rocket Away' is 15 minutes of pure action.Read more ›
I bought it during the early days of my army service , and listened to it for hours on those long days in an outpost on the border with Lebanese , picturing the movie in my mind and forgetting about the mundane routine I loved to hate . Apparently , my high appraisal was common in Israel , when in the winter of '96 , 6 months after the record company had started to import the soundtrack , they decided to distribute (authorized , of course) locally-made copies following the unexpected demand .
"The Rock" really suceeds in conveying every feeling / emotion / sensation it was meant to pass on to the viewers in the theatre halls . You can feel the plot happening with each sign , in every tune , experiencing the enthusiasm , adrenaline , fear , grief and happiness this movie is packed with in an extraordinary generosity .
The score is diversed musically-wise ; one of the tracks named "Jade" is surprisingly delicate and beautiful and escorts the meeting of Mason with his long lost daughter named Jade . Watching the scene and hearing "jade" in the background can squeeze tears from almost anyone , despite being a short scene in a fast paced action film . The opposite is the outstanding track "The Chase" , that redefined the meaning of a pursuit rhythm to me . Up to ths day , the excitement it generates every time I hear it is almost unparalleled and stands in line with the best action beats I know .
This score is unique and essential recording - and is one of the clear cases in which you get the maximum value for your buck .
Most recent customer reviews
An old movie ... a timeless sound track. Zimmer is usually worth a listen.Published 8 months ago by Al Rennie
I wish that they had included more score from the movie. That's is why the "The Rock" complete score exist, which runs approx. 85 minutes. So get it you find it. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
This is, simply the most action packed score I own. I couldn't find it anywhere (in New Zealand that is), so I bought it off Amazon. It's awesome.Published on Feb. 28 2004
This was THE album I listened to during my first year at art school, any time I had a project due in 18 hours that needed to get done well and done fast, which was frequently. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
not only is the movie one of the best ever made, the cd matches up to it. although theres no words its still a motivational, calming and relaxing cd. its awesome. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003
This is a very cool CD. There is heartpounding music, entertwined with very beautiful melodies. Better than John Williams. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003
It was a great plot with excellent music. The music really tops off all the scenes throught the film. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003 by Phillip
Take (in my eyes) two of Hollywood's best composers, include another one I had never heard of before and the result is: incredible!! Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by Ruud Horevoorts
Simply divine! This soundtrack captures the very essence of The Rock's interest in moral paradoxes and, like the film, refuses to play judge to subjective morality. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Rob