iTunes (U.S.)
eBay (U.S.)
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
     1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    2. Inferno
   3. The Accountant
  4. The Girl on the Train
 5. Sully
6. The Magnificent Seven

       1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
      2. Wolf Totem
     3. Mission: Imp. - Rogue Nation
    4. Jurassic Park
   5. The Martian
  6. Journey 2: Mysterious Island
 7. Jupiter Ascending
8. Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
   BEST OF JAMES HORNER (1953-2015):
         1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
        2. Willow
       3. The Land Before Time
      4. Glory
     5. Legends of the Fall
    6. Apollo 13
   7. Titanic
  8. The Legend of Zorro
 9. Avatar
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
Home Page
Album Cover Art
1987 Varèse
1987 TER (U.K)
Album 2 Cover Art
2004 Varèse
Album 3 Cover Art
2010 Intrada
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steven Scott Smalley

Conducted by:
Howard Blake
Tony Britton
Labels Icon
Varèse Sarabande

That's Entertainment Records, U.K.

Varèse Sarabande
(January 27th, 2004)

Intrada Records
(April 12th, 2010)
Availability Icon
The 1987 Varèse Sarabande album is completely out of print, as is the identical T.E.R. album released concurrently in the U.K. The 2004 Varèse Sarabande album is another regular U.S. release. The 2010 Intrada album is limited to 3,000 copies and did not immediately sell out upon its debut at soundtrack specialty outlets.
Also See Icon

Decorative Nonsense
(inverts site colors)

   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... on the 2004 or 2010 expanded and remastered pressings even if you're content with the original 1987 album, for Basil Poledouris' consistently robust action writing is presented in far better light on the reissues.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the composer's best merging of synthesizers and orchestra, in which case his concurrent Cherry 2000 is far more accomplished in this area.
Review Icon
WRITTEN 1/30/04, REVISED 5/24/10
RoboCop: (Basil Poledouris) Among the top action franchises of the 1980's was that of RoboCop, the cheesy, violent, and entertaining science fiction story of a Detroit city gone to hell (nothing too fictional about that part) and the cyborg supercop that battles its criminal masterminds. The first American venture by director Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop and its pop success would produce two sequels and a television show, all of which featuring the robotic officer against either the criminals who killed his previous, human self, other criminals who are just bad dudes, or even mega badass robot killing machines conjured to replace or destroy Robocop. Like other Verhoeven films, such as Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers, RoboCop is extremely violent; the image of seeing a melting human struck and dismembered by a car is typical of the highly stylized brutality seen in this film. And yet, with little public appreciation of the comparisons, RoboCop was a film full of Verhoeven's supposedly heavy parallels between Murphy (the cop who becomes the cyborg upon his gruesome death) and the crucifixion and resurrection of the ever-popular Jesus Christ. Whether you believe these messiah intentions or not, RoboCop did become part of a more simplistic genre of American "blow 'em up" action films. The director had originally dismissed the script as simply this kind of juvenile American punk fun; he had just finished Flesh + Blood but had decided to abandon Europe's censorship rules and take his work to United States. One member of his crew remaining with the rising director was composer Basil Poledouris, who had written the romantic and yet brutal score for Flesh + Blood. For RoboCop, Poledouris would be able to tinker with a trend that would soon become a passion of his: combining synthesizers with hugely orchestral constructs. The resulting experiment was suitable for the half-human, half-machine cyborg at the heart of the story, and score collectors should be grateful that the producers of the film ultimately elected for this approach rather than the tempting, totally synthetic (i.e. Tangerine Dream) or hard rock alternative. In fact, the recording of the electronics was made live with the symphonic ensemble in London, Poledouris observing the hybrid result in the control room rather than conducting. Ultimately, however, RoboCop remains a somewhat overrated score that doesn't really merit its long history on album and consequent fervor from collectors.

Ratings Icon
Average: 3.44 Stars
***** 153 5 Stars
**** 93 4 Stars
*** 109 3 Stars
** 78 2 Stars
* 52 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
"Rock Shop" is different in the film than on the OST   Expand >>
ultimagameboy - April 20, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
2 comments  (1201 views)
Newest: March 5, 2012, at 11:43 p.m. by
Mark - 224 - February 25, 2004, at 12:59 a.m.
1 comment  (2546 views)
Clemmensen, you are wrong about the trak list for original   Expand >>
Mark - 224 - February 1, 2004, at 1:59 p.m.
10 comments  (5427 views)
Newest: February 2, 2004, at 7:41 a.m. by

Track Listings Icon
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Varèse and T.E.R. Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:05
• 1. Main Title (0:32)
• 2. Van Chase (4:50)
• 3. Murphy's Death (2:30)
• 4. Rock Shop (3:38)
• 5. Home (4:05)
• 6. Robo vs. ED-209 (2:00)
• 7. The Dream (3:00)
• 8. Across the Board (2:28)
• 9. Betrayal (2:12)
• 10. Clarance Frags Bob (1:40)
• 11. Drive to Jones' Office (1:40)
• 12. We Killed You (1:30)
• 13. Directive IV (1:00)
• 14. Robo Tips His Hat (2:00)
• 15. Showdown (5:00)
(These track titles from the packaging are erroneous)
2004 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 42:20
2010 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:04

Notes Icon
The original pressings contain no extra information about the score or film, and their track titles reference the wrong cues. The inserts of the 2004 Varèse Sarabande and 2010 Intrada albums include detailed information about the score and film.
Copyright © 2004-2017, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from RoboCop are Copyright © 1987, 2004, 2010, Varèse Sarabande, That's Entertainment Records, U.K., Varèse Sarabande, Intrada Records and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 1/30/04 and last updated 5/24/10.
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload