Rocky Balboa: The Best Of Rocky Soundtrack
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(2006/CAPITOL/MGM) 18 tracks (all original versions) w.12p.booklet.
Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - DEETTA LITTLE & Nelson Pigfor
Eye Of The Tiger - SURVIVOR
Going The Distance
Living In America - BROWN, James
Redemption (Theme From Rocky II)
Fanfare For Rocky
Burning Heart - SURVIVOR
No Easy Way Out - TEPPER, Robert
Alone In The Ring
Heart's On Fire - CAFFERTY, John
Can't Stop The Fire
It's A Fight - THREE 6 MAFIA
Gonna Fly Now (John X Remix) - WILDE, Natalie
No matter whether or not you think Sylvester Stallone should have gone back to the Rocky trough one more time, this soundtrack is fun because it's basically a collection of music from all the past movies in the saga, ending with Three 6 Mafia's rap contribution to Rocky Balboa, "It's a Fight." The CD starts off with Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)," which remains so totally awesome that we can only bow to its 1970s brilliance; a 2006 remix tagged on at the end doesn't improve on it. Oddly, the sequencing isn't chronological, maybe so the two best-known tracks--the original theme and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," from Rocky III--could start off the CD with a one-two punch. But that also means that we zig-zag back and forth in the Rocky saga. James Brown's "Living in America" (from Rocky IV) has aged rather well, but the compilers realized Bill Conti's proto-disco score for the first installment still fares the best, and so five tracks are pulled from it (compared to just one from Rocky V). That old warhorse's still got some juice. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Many of these tracks are great to listen to while training! If you enjoyed the music from the films, I highly recommend this compilation.
However the reason i did not give this 5 stars is because they left off a couple of the best Rocky soundtrack songs:
Training Montage (Rocky IV)
The Measure Of A Man (Rocky V)
Hearts On Fire (Rocky IV) [Extended Version]
Its a shame really, because it would have been the most perfect soundtrack album of all time, but hey its still great, you just have to buy another 2 Rocky soundtracks with it if you want the complete 'best of' :-)
There is a fair bit of rubbish in their to pad it out but to get the classics I mentioned then it's worth it. There are a few tracks with short samples of motivational speech from the film and they are cheesy but good. It's classic for your ears only stuff. Download onto your mp3 player and nobody in the gym needs to know that Rocky is shouting "Yo Adrian" in your earphones. Just don't start shouting it out as you pick up the pace on the treadmill with 20 people training around you!
they contain a number of things that make them great,
the cinematography, the acting and the music.
Rocky would not be anywhere near as aweinspiring or heart warming,
without its amazingly good scores.
This has got to be the best compilation ever, contaning all of the
signiature songs from every one of the movies,
from the most well known songs like "gonna fly now" to lesser known
gems like "hearts of fire", each song has alot of emotion and
power behind it and can be enjoyed by fans or newcomers alike.
Like what another reviewer said this music is great and uplifting,
even if you havent seen the films.
the theme songs are what made the films great and if you love rocky then
this set should already be on your shelf at home.
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