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Rocky IV [Bonus Track]
     

Rocky IV [Bonus Track]

 

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Quite simply, Rocky IV was a movie for the ages. The story of a man who had it all, only to lose so much overnight. Revolving around tension and alienation on the personal, political, spiritual and athletic levels, Sylvester Stallone's portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV was without question the most multi-dimensional role of his career. This isn't to

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Quite simply, Rocky IV was a movie for the ages. The story of a man who had it all, only to lose so much overnight. Revolving around tension and alienation on the personal, political, spiritual and athletic levels, Sylvester Stallone's portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV was without question the most multi-dimensional role of his career. This isn't to shirk the original Rocky, which dealt with questions of class, ethnicity, and overcoming obstacles to victory -- but Rocky IV was more of a movie to be related to on a universal scale. This indomitable spirit is best exemplified by the album's lead-off track "Burning Heart." The logical sequel to Survivor's epic, instantly recognizable and painfully unforgettable sports anthem "Eye of the Tiger" finds the central protagonist a bit more mature and refined; world-weary from his battles and exponentially more introspective than he was in his burning youth. This torch is then passed to John Cafferty; whom soundtrack fans will no doubt recognize from his work on Eddie & the Cruisers, Eddie & the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives and Eddie & the Cruisers: The Unreleased Tapes. Here, Cafferty has replaced his Beaver Brown Band with the urgent, yet mildly dated synthesizer work of Vince Dicola. Decidedly pacing the album's soundtrack as well as setting the calm before the storm, the soundtrack producers wisely teamed up Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight for "Double Or Nothing." This combination was no doubt inspired by a similar pairing of blue-eyed soul boy George Michael with the legendary R&B diva Aretha Franklin, would hit the top of the charts with their fantastic duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" (which is, sadly, not included here). Perhaps the soundtrack's second most popular tune (second only to "Eye of the Tiger" which makes a return appearance for good sales, no doubt), "Living in America" perfectly sums up the decadence, extravagance, and sheer bloated pompousness of the '80s. Composer Vince DiCola makes another appearance by quietly stealing the show with "Training Montage." Easily a proto-jock rock jam, this ranks up there with some of the finest sports anthems ever. And while it doesn't have the accessibility of Queen's "We Will Rock You," or Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll Part Two," it's emotional peaks and valleys set the perfect contrast to what's on-screen. Balboa's struggle to gain the advantage, both physically and psychologically, and win the fight is beautifully scored by Dicola's "War/Fanfare from Rocky." Easily the weaker of the two pieces, this still complements the movie's climax and eventual denouement with grace and class. The final song not mentioned on this soundtrack belongs to one-hit wonder Touch. Finding a suitable Journey soundalike in the 2000s being a near impossible chore, Scotti Bros. and Stallone made the decision to go with Touch's stirring rendition of the song. The decision paid off in spades, as it still remains one of the best songs in the entire Rocky soundtrack catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0828767598925
catalogNumber:
75989
Rank:
4327

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Dan Hartman   Composer,Producer
Vince DiCola   Composer,Producer
Frank Sullivan   Composer
Jimi Jamison   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
Jim Peterik   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Tepper   Composer
Bill Conti   Composer
Ken Perry   Engineer
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Chris Lord-Alge   Engineer
Phil Bonanno   Engineer
Joe Chiccarelli   Producer,Engineer
Mike Clink   Engineer
Peter Cox   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Reissue Producer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Richard Drummie   Composer
Joe Esposito   Composer
Ed Fruge   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Duane Hitchings   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Julian Mendelsohn   Engineer
Charlie Midnight   Composer
Larry Millas   Engineer
Ron Nevison   Producer
Tony Papa   Engineer
Gary Stevenson   Producer
Dave Whitman   Engineer
Mark Wilder   Producer,Reissue Producer
Paul Williams   Composer
Frankie Sullivan   Composer,Producer
Jake Hooker   Composer,Producer
Ken Lowrey   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Robin Garb   Executive Producer,Soundtrack Executive Producer,Original Executive Producer
Yuji Muraoka   Liner Notes
Ken Lowrey   Engineer

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