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Rocky
(1976)
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1988 Original
2006 Re-Issue
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Bill Conti
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
EMI Records
(November, 1988)

Capitol/EMI Records
(December 5th, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the 1988 and 2006 albums are regular U.S. releases identical to the original LP in contents, ranging from $3 to $7 in value (respectively). The 2006 product is a 30th anniversary remastering.
Awards
AWARDS
The score was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award. The song "Gonna Fly Now" was nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you want one of the most popular and inspirational scores ever written, an iconic work of the 1970's used throughout the subsequent decades by many in the mainstream to motivate them during workouts and sporting activities.

Avoid it... if the unashamed major-key enthusiasm and stereotypical symphonic and pop blend of the title theme for the film, obviously its heart and soul, has for you become both too outdated and overexposed through the years.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,418
WRITTEN 12/11/09
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Rocky: (Bill Conti) Whether or not you can tolerate Sylvester Stallone's bumbling mannerisms and bulging physique, only positive attributes can be applied to his mainstream debut with 1976's Rocky. United Artists allotted only $1 million to the script that Stallone had written and attached himself to as the necessary star, but that investment led to over $100 million in earnings and three top Academy Awards for Rocky, as well as nearly half a billion dollars in total grosses for the franchise that followed. Until the sixth film in the series, Rocky Balboa, restored a fair amount of dignity to the famed character in 2006, the four sequels from 1979 to 1990 completely lost track of the reason why the original Rocky was so compelling. It was the ultimate underdog and affirmation story, using the sport of boxing as the backdrop for a journey of personal redemption and a surprisingly tender love story. Stallone, whose career up to that point had included a variety of schlock (including borderline pornography), wrote the script in only three days but managed to tailor it perfectly to his limitations as an actor. He has never been an impressive actor, but he has always remained likable, and it is this intangible sense of connection that has ultimately drawn viewers to connect with and root for Rocky Balboa in a variety of situations, whether in the boxing ring, with his family, or in the process of self-discovery. Whereas the sequels degenerated into sports spectacles (despite retaining the entirety of the major cast for the first successors), Rocky served as a lesson in perseverance, guiding countless real-life athletes seeking to better themselves through dedication and hard work. The circumstances of the title character's unlikely bout with a heavyweight champion are a bit ridiculous, but what matters is that Rocky's loss to the intimidating Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is insignificant compared to his ability to "go the distance" in the ring and, of course, win the then-sister of Michael Corleone (Talia Shire). The film also remains the most famous screen identity of the city of Philadelphia, gloriously shot during Rocky's training sequences. Likewise, the main theme for the film, written by Bill Conti, has remained a symbolic heartbeat of the city, as well as one of the most famous movie themes of all time. Even if you've never seen any of the Rocky films, you've inevitably heard this theme performed countless times by marching bands or over public address systems at sports arenas. If John Williams' theme from Jaws is played to frighten the visiting team, Rocky follows to inspire their defeat.



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Average: 4.09 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:17
• 1. Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - performed by DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford (2:48)
• 2. Philadelphia Morning (2:22)
• 3. Going the Distance (2:39)
• 4. Reflections (3:19)
• 5. Marines' Hymn/Yankee Doodle (traditional) (1:45)
• 6. Take You Back (Street Corner Song From Rocky) - performed by Valentine (1:49)
• 7. First Date (1:54)
• 8. You Take My Heart Away - performed by DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford (4:46)
• 9. Fanfare for Rocky (2:34)
• 10. Butkus (2:12)
• 11. Alone in the Ring (1:09)
• 12. The Final Bell (1:56)
• 13. Rocky's Reward (2:03)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The sparse insert includes a note by Stallone about Conti and the score.
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