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Rambo
(2008)
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2008 Lionsgate
2008 Silva Screen
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
David Sabee

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Toyne

Performed by:
The Northwest Sinfonia

The City of Prague Philharmonic
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Lionsgate Records
(America)
(February 5th, 2008)

Silva Screen Records
(Europe)
(May 12th, 2008)
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Both albums are regular commercial releases, though the American product from Lionsgate fell out of print within a few years and sold for $50 or more. The Silva album remained more readily available at standard prices during that time.
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Buy it... if you respect Brian Tyler's ability to pay homage to Jerry Goldsmith's legendary themes for First Blood while also updating the franchise's sound to meet the expectations of more densely-weighted blockbuster music in the 2000's.

Avoid it... if that revision of Goldsmith's iconic style for the famed, lonely war veteran is understandably unacceptable to you, especially in Tyler's efforts during this period of his career to adopt many of the same overbearingly masculine tendencies as Hans Zimmer and his many associates for a sound that ultimately betrays John Rambo's personality.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,621
WRITTEN 3/22/11
Tyler
Tyler
Rambo: (Brian Tyler) Despite Sylvester Stallone's insistence upon continuously bringing back his most famous franchise characters in questionable returns, at least he allows his those screen personas to age appropriately on screen. Like boxer Rocky Balboa, war veteran John Rambo has enjoyed a troubled retirement, prodded into battle in his franchise's 2008 entry of many production names but ultimately called simply Rambo against Stallone's wishes. In this fourth call to screen duty (or third, if you consider that First Blood wasn't a battle of Rambo's making), the character is seen residing in a remote area of Thailand near the Burmese border, selling snakes and ferrying passengers on local rivers. When missionaries in Burma become victim to the same violent acts from its government soldiers and mercenaries that plague regional villages, Rambo eventually becomes involved in their rescue and the elimination of untold numbers of Burmese badguys. The amount of killing in Rambo greatly exceeds that in the previous three films, with some of the character's devastating actions giving even enthusiasts of the pulp hero a reason to pause. Stallone makes no apologies for the hundreds of deaths graphically seen in the action sequences, citing the film's effectiveness at bringing attention to the plight of the badly repressed and brutalized people of Burma. Although Burmese military forces fired upon the crew during filming and the country banned the sale of the film in its country, Stallone was successful at getting his message across, Rambo earning enough in worldwide theatrical and home video grosses to be labeled a success (and the actor/writer/director has even hinted at yet another possible film in the franchise). Stallone's satisfying collaboration with composer Brian Tyler began with Rambo, the composer a logical choice to replace the late Jerry Goldsmith in the franchise. Tyler's career overlapped with Goldsmith's for 2003's Timeline and his style in rhythmic brass writing has occasionally been compared to Goldsmith's legendary techniques. Tyler has often confessed a great admiration and knowledge of Goldsmith's music as well, with a proven talent for being able to incorporate or emulate the style of others into his own franchise works (The Final Destination another competent example). Stallone made it clear that he wanted Goldsmith's famous theme for John Rambo from First Blood to be adapted into Rambo, and Tyler was happy to comply. Whether or not Tyler's efforts in all other aspects of this score will satisfy Goldsmith collectors is a trickier question, however.



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Average: 3.13 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:39
• 1. Rambo Theme (3:34)
• 2. No Rules of Engagement (7:09)
• 3. Conscription (2:55)
• 4. The Rescue (4:04)
• 5. Aftermath (2:33)
• 6. Searching for Missionaries (7:07)
• 7. Hunting Mercenaries (2:43)
• 8. Crossing into Burma (6:59)
• 9. The Village (1:43)
• 10. Rambo Returns (2:44)
• 11. When You Are Pushed (2:26)
• 12. The Call to War (2:51)
• 13. Atrocities (1:40)
• 14. Prison Camp (4:42)
• 15. Attack on the Village (3:01)
• 16. Rambo Takes Charge (2:22)
• 17. The Compound (7:48)
• 18. Battle Adagio (3:10)
• 19. Rambo Main Title (3:30)
• 20. Rambo End Title (2:58)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from Tyler about the score, as well as photography from the recording sessions and a fold-out poster.
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