The Rocketeer (Music from the Original Motion Soundtrack)

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Before Titanic, James Horner was not above composing scores for cartoonish family films, and many of those that brought him on their production board owe him greatly. The Rocketeer directed by Joe Johnston Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, October Sky entails the story of a young pilot during World War II who happens upon a rocket pack that allows him to fly. The film is based on the tradition of old film serials that left theater-goers hanging with "To be continued," and aside from modern production, it is old fashioned and innocent fun. Horner's score begins and ends with the brilliant "Main Title," which is so moving it was used in previews for later films that did ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Before Titanic, James Horner was not above composing scores for cartoonish family films, and many of those that brought him on their production board owe him greatly. The Rocketeer directed by Joe Johnston Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, October Sky entails the story of a young pilot during World War II who happens upon a rocket pack that allows him to fly. The film is based on the tradition of old film serials that left theater-goers hanging with "To be continued," and aside from modern production, it is old fashioned and innocent fun. Horner's score begins and ends with the brilliant "Main Title," which is so moving it was used in previews for later films that did not yet have finished scores. Most of the Rocketeer soundtrack elicits the adventure and lifting spirit of the film and reveals how Horner incorporates rich instrumentals in the tiniest crevices. Even when the film involves danger, as in "Jenny's Rescue," the composer takes care when it is hardly even required. Instead of some "duh-duh-duhs," he brings on a full, stunning orchestra and when he overdoes it, it is in a jolly way -- he never exhausts his medium. That is what separates him from inferior composers, and what makes a nice film like The Rocketeer extra nice. It is a soundtrack worth listening to, and Melora Hardin's covers of E.A. Swan's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" add just the right touch of '40s authenticity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616111722
  • Catalog Number: 161117
  • Sales rank: 19,874

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Horner Primary Artist, Conductor
Melora Hardin Track Performer
Technical Credits
Billy May Orchestration
James Horner Producer
Elliot Kaplan Orchestration
John Neufeld Orchestration
Cole Porter Lyricist
Dave Collins Mastering
Maria DeGrassi-Colosimo Art Direction
Ethan Chase Stage Manager
Conrad Pope Orchestration
Greg Dennen Stage Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Rocketeer Soundtrack

    well, the rocketeer brings you back to the 1930's. not that i am from way back then, i am 24 years old. ...But that was the golden age of aviation, and it brings the feel of prop-driven planes, and air races, and mafia cars. The rocketeer soundtrack has the great fast paced music, themes, the slow revealing music of the main title, and the 1940 swing and big band. it's all you need when you fire up your biplane and go for a spin. Take it from me and I'll take you for a test flight. Maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    Well, I was at disneyland. And above the rocket rods, there is that thing that turns around every 15 minutes. And when it turns around it plays really great music. So I said to my friend, ''What is that song?'' Luckly he is a band nerd, and knew it was ''The Rocketeer''. So the next day I went and bought this CD and I just love it. Great French Horn parts! So if you would like exciting yet peacful music, buy this great CD.

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