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The Magic That Is The Rocky Soundtrack
on 17 October 2002
Back in 1976 a young unknown called Sylvester Stallone shocked the world with his phenomenal and ground-breaking sports film Rocky, which detailed a similarly unknown boxer's shot at the Heavyweight Championship Of The World, but in spite of the film's other assets, it was nothing without the outstanding soundtrack of Bill Conti, with classic tunes such as "Gonna Fly Now". Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s the Rocky series grew and grew, gaining the praise of many fans and critics, and Bill Conti was the man behind the soundtracks of the first two sequels. However, in 1985 Stallone made Rocky IV, the defining film in the series where Rocky must travel to Russia to defeat a fearsome opponent (played by Dolph Lundgren in a breakthrough role), and for the first time Conti was not the man behind the music. This time it was Vince DiCola with the tunes, and he was responsible for what must be the most inspirational music, let alone movie soundtrack, of all time. What you have on this CD is a testament to the spirit of man, with rocking 80s classics such as Robert Tepper's "No Easy Way Out" and James Brown's "Living In America" paving the way for Survivor's legendary "Eye Of The Tiger" and Vince DiCola's own masterpiece "Training Montage", before the track which is beyond all reasonable doubt the most inspirational tune of all time - John Cafferty's "Hearts On Fire". If ever you need pieces of music to help you in physical training or to help you re-instill your faith in human spirit and strength, this is it. You are missing out if you do not experience this.