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The Rock
(1996)
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Co-Composed, Co-Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Harry Gregson-Williams

Co-Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Composed and Co-Conducted by:
Don Harper

Co-Orchestrated by:
Suzette Moriarty
Ladd McIntosh
Walt Fowler
Dennis Dreith
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(June 26th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release. There was some initial difficulty finding it internationally. It was also available bundled in a 2-CD set with Crimson Tide (by the same label), though that product contains no extra music.
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Buy it... if you seek the official origin of the collaborative Media Ventures sound made famous by the many electronic imitation scores that have accompanied blockbusters in the following decade.

Avoid it... if you prefer hearing Hans Zimmer's solo writing talents and loathe the simplistic and bombastic synthetic style of action score to emerge from his numerous pupils and assistants since.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #36
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/16/08
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The Rock: (Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Hans Zimmer) It's interesting to look back at initial reactions to a movie like The Rock and ponder the fact that it received positive reviews from major critics at the time. Director Michael Bay has, in the following decade, worn out his welcome with many in the mainstream, though in 1996 his teaming with producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the (already deceased) Don Simpson extended the style of movies like Crimson Tide and Bad Boys to an even further extreme. It was also an era when a Bruckheimer and Bay production could haul in a fantastic Oscar-winning cast, led in The Rock by Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. The preposterous story involved a group of renegade ex-Marines who steal rockets tipped with poison gas and threaten to unleash it on San Francisco from the island of Alcatraz, unless (of course) Sean Connery and his witty tongue can save the day. Aside from spectacular visual effects, the birth of the late 1990's Media Ventures score, as a concept, cranked up the testosterone level with frantic, electronic zeal. Hans Zimmer, successful in the official creation of a modern blockbuster sound that was monumentally successful the previous year in Crimson Tide, didn't actually spend much time delving into the genre himself over subsequent years. While he is indeed to be credited as the brain behind the bombastic new style of action scoring, he would hand over the everyday duties of scoring such assignments to his vast array of assistant composers at his co-owned Media Ventures talent farm. While fans, both for and against Zimmer's production habits, would come to expect collaborative efforts between these young assistant composers in the following years, the scenario with The Rock came as a surprise to those expecting a score from Zimmer alone. For the first few years after its release, the common misperception was that Zimmer wrote most of the score and needed assistance in meeting the hectic post-production schedule.

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7,786 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.25 Stars
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this soundtrack rocks!!
jeroen - February 11, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.
1 comment  (854 views)
one of the best action scores ever written!
kharol - January 19, 2009, at 1:06 a.m.
1 comment  (1629 views)
Excellent score   Expand >>
Sheridan - August 19, 2006, at 10:31 a.m.
2 comments  (3880 views)
Newest: April 28, 2007, at 1:17 p.m.by E. Bell
the rock soundtrack
abdoo_hossam - July 29, 2006, at 11:40 p.m.
1 comment  (5143 views)
far better?   Expand >>
anon - July 9, 2006, at 10:26 a.m.
3 comments  (3433 views)
Newest: July 22, 2006, at 9:54 a.m.by shut up man
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:20
• 1. Hummell Gets the Rockets (6:25)
• 2. Rock House Jail (10:12)
• 3. Jade (2:01)
• 4. In the Tunnels (8:40)
• 5. Mason's Walk - First Launch (9:34)
• 6. Rocket Away (14:25)
• 7. Fort Walton - Kansas (1:37)
• 8. The Chase (7:35)

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