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Robot Jox
(1990)
Album Cover Art
1993 Prometheus
2017 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Frederic Talgorn

Produced by:
Alan E Smith
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Prometheus Records
(1993)

Intrada Records
(September 18th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1993 Prometheus album was a regular international release to soundtrack specialty outlets, and long remained available at its original prices. The 2017 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $18.
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Buy it... if you smirk when hearing Frederic Talgorn's campy, romantic style of thematic development or the brassy fanfares that often accompany this particular genre's gladiator-like duals.

Avoid it... if the cheese factor in these simplistic B-film scores, including somewhat sparse and imprecise orchestral performances, is just too great to overcome.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,212
WRITTEN 4/19/97, REVISED 12/19/17
Talgorn
Talgorn
Robot Jox: (Frederic Talgorn) There was a time in the 1980's when giant robots were the hottest thing around, and the father/son team of Albert and Charles Band brought several movies about them to the big screen. While many of these mecha-genre films were animated at the time (The "Transformers" television cartoon seemingly spurred them all into production at once), advancements in film technology made live-action robot films possible by the outset of the 1990's. One of the first was Robotjox (at one time named "RoboJox" and eventually renamed Robot Jox for legal reasons), directed by famed sci-fi, action, and horror master Stuart Gordon. The concept of this plot was as ridiculous as any of the other giant robot films that would follow. There always has to be some far-fetched reason why there are huge robots fighting each other over flaming ruins, and in the case of Robot Jox, the story tells us that fifty years after the nuclear holocaust, war has been outlawed and all battles between the two superpowers (Soviets against Americans, of course) are settled by huge robots in arena duels. One such giant robot dual, as per usual involving one person controlling each machine from within, involves the ownership of Alaska. That should give you enough information to make the proper judgment that Robot Jox is an intellectual wasteland. They even made one of the robots in the film into a giant transformer capable of becoming a tank; indeed, there are reasons why the director and screenwriter battled endlessly during this much-delayed production. Poor sets, clumsy stop motion robot effects, and other difficulties with the low-budget renderings of the robots caused the film to be laughable, especially compared to the equivalents that would greatly improve their visual effects as early as 1995. Movies like Robot Jox were typically plagued by cheap, synthetic scores, and in reality, this film could have been decently served by one as well. But Gordon found himself a worthy collaborator for these projects in French composer Frederic Talgorn, and enough funding was allotted for him to conduct a rousing performance by the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra for portions of the film. The composer spent all of his personal fee on ensuring the orchestral integrity of the work, a move made in part to launch a career in Hollywood through the product. To a degree, this investment paid off, as Talgorn did enjoy some relatively mainstream projects in the 1990's, including further work for Gordon.



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Average: 3.17 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:19
• 1. Overture (3:35)
• 2. Prologue/The Battlefield (2:44)
• 3. Achille's Bedroom (1:38)
• 4. "Open Her Up!" (1:14)
• 5. "Crash and Burn"/Achilles vs. Alexander (6:57)
• 6. Achilles Leaves (1:44)
• 7. Fanfare for Athena/The Jock Strap Bar (3:38)
• 8. "Hey Jock, Old Buddy" (2:01)
• 9. The Traitor (1:55)
• 10. Alexander's Four-Legged Robot (1:09)
• 11. "That Won't Work"/Achilles to the Rescue (2:47)
• 12. Space Battle (2:24)
• 13. Transformation (1:07)
• 14. The Final Confrontation (2:34)
• 15. "We Can Both Live!"/End Titles (4:28)
2017 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:23

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The inserts of both albums include extensive information about the score and film.
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