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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect score!
This is an unusual score for an action film - commonly they don`t have so much and so good orchestral music. Hans Zimmer and the others uses a large orchestra and chorus in the score. One reason to why this score is so extremly popular is may be the electric guitars,which gives it a rock sound combined with classical music. The only folt is that the calm music is too...
Published on 8 Feb 2001 by Johannes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many cooks, horrible album arrangement
The Rock is not a wonderful or classical soundtrack that deserves any awards but it does contain some great action beats and exciting chase music. But there are too many people working here on this score and it's a bit of a mess I'm afraid to say.

First we have Hans Zimmer, then Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams and even some contributions by James...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect score!, 8 Feb 2001
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Johannes (Stockholm, Sweden) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rock (Audio CD)
This is an unusual score for an action film - commonly they don`t have so much and so good orchestral music. Hans Zimmer and the others uses a large orchestra and chorus in the score. One reason to why this score is so extremly popular is may be the electric guitars,which gives it a rock sound combined with classical music. The only folt is that the calm music is too short (there are only three minutes on the entire disc). Among the other tracks,I love the first one. It makes a perfect introduction with the choirs and the rocky sounding Navy Seals theme. All the themes are heard there. It is followed by the intensive and sometimes calm Rock House Jail,with In the Tunnels as the main action track on the first half. The real action breaks out in track six,which is a fourteen-minute symphony of sorrow and intensive music,and in the final track,The Chase,all the themes are reprised in action versions to create some real car chase music. Over all,the score is one of the best of the 1990`s and definitly worth to buy. I am a a fan of Hans Zimmer by now. If Pearl Harbor is as good as this,I will be a greater fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ROCK C D ., 29 Oct 2013
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The Rock cd Excellent service the cd is off good quality. I have used this firm before to buy used c.ds and will do so again
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5.0 out of 5 stars The rock, 5 Aug 2013
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What a soundtrack! The music is great, just like the film. So if you are into your soundtrack this one to the one to buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music - "earlyish" Zimmer style., 13 April 2013
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This soundtrack has so many elements of Hans Zimmer's dramatic percussive and orchestral style. It has great tunes, and decent beats and brass. Some tracks are inevitably better than others, and it feels a little dated now (2013) compared to some of his more recent soundtracks. All the same, if you like Hans Zimmer's style, it's a great (shortish) soundtrack to add to your other Zimmer CDs. You can see where Zimmer is coming from in the music, and you can hear elements that he uses in other soundtracks. It has some great moments in that are worth waiting for as you listen to the soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars david kwan, 28 April 2012
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Very good score! Hank Zimmer fans must have items!
I have buy together with Crimson Tide soundtrack! Both amazing items!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good test disc, 11 Nov 2010
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The music from the film has always seemed to us very atmospheric. If you have a good sound system, proper hi-fi, then this disc will give the bass system a good workout. We even rented the disc again after hearing the CD. I can not understand why it did not win award as an outstanding peice of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful, 26 Mar 2010
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As a fan of Hans Zimmer I have already got a number of his film soundtrack albums but this one has to be the best. I thought Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End was good, but this is even better. It really captures the moods in the film but is also extremely enjoyable to listen to even if you've never seen the film. If you like good rousing music you'll love this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid!, 15 Aug 2000
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The soundtrack is got to be one of the best around, it makes the movie what it is and brings forth the superb action scenes to life. It has a mixture of action music, such as the car chase scene ( track 8 - the Chase ) and some soft, calm music ( such as tracks 3 - Jade and 7 - Fort Walton : Kansas . If your gonna get one soundtrack this year, make it this one! It's a soundrack that everyone will find something enjoyable in......It's unesacpable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rock Soundtrack, 7 May 2009
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Love the film ? love the soundtrack ! n-one who has seen this film would say it is boring and the soundtrack reflects that. It has to be aid this is up there with the best soundtracks ever and i have always wanted it...and if you have...now you can own it! its a must buy along with the film or after the film one of the greatest films of all time. buy everything.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many cooks, horrible album arrangement, 29 April 2013
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The Rock is not a wonderful or classical soundtrack that deserves any awards but it does contain some great action beats and exciting chase music. But there are too many people working here on this score and it's a bit of a mess I'm afraid to say.

First we have Hans Zimmer, then Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams and even some contributions by James Newton Howard. It should sound good, but it doesn't...literally. Outside of a few nice themes this is just 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-organized determination make a whole great track. It's very different from the version heard in the film.

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 16 and a bit 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. Well, almost, 2 minutes of build-up (painful on the ears) and 2 minutes of calm at the end (Jade's theme makes a return) bookend some very cool tunes. Again, it is very different from the version in the film, as is the case with almost all these tracks.

Track-7 'Fort Walton,Kansas' is the happy-end music that was played at the end of the film. It's featured nowhere else on this CD (though it was more than once in the film) so its inclusion here is almost useless considering we've not heard it exercised in other tones and moods.

Track 8 'Chase' is stuck on stupidly at the end of the CD for some reason. It is very cool chase music that is quite exhilarating, but why is last on the track list?

If I were in charge of this music project I would have seriously cut down on the amount of composers involved. Gregson-Williams contribution seems to be exactly the same as the rotten score he created for 'The Replacement Killers'. Newton Howard's style is dissolved in the rest of Hans Zimmer's and Glennie-Smith's additions. Who was the REAL guidance behind this score?

This CD is not ideal for those of you who like the score in the film as much of it is missing. The CD lasts for over an hour but features many silent parts and, as I have repeatedly said, is completely out of chronological order. It should have just been, in order, actual music tracks from the film instead of suites of different moods and different styles from different composers. It adds up to a thoroughly unsatisfying experience. But for those of you who just love the music in the film; go for it. Hardcore film score fans may want to consider the points I have just made first.
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