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Rocky II
(1979)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Bill Conti

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Myers
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EMI Records
(July, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek only one of the first three soundtrack albums in the Rocky franchise, for this one summarizes all of the themes from the original classic while exploring the ideas that would be reprised to constitute most of Rocky III.

Avoid it... if nine minutes of gorgeous Bill Conti instrumentals (without 1970's pop or disco elements participating) in two tracks on this album aren't worth a continuation of a badly dated general sound for the concept.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,542
WRITTEN 12/15/09
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Rocky II: (Bill Conti) The greatest lesson of the 1976 popular hit Rocky was that you can succeed without winning the fight. The inevitable 1979 sequel, Rocky II, failed to resist the same temptations, allowing an initially reluctant Rocky Balboa to defeat champion Apollo Creed in a high profile rematch. Allotted a budget of twice the amount of the original film, Rocky II was another phenomenon at the box office, drawing in $200 million worldwide despite split decisions from critics. On the whole, Rocky II is still a superior film to most of those that followed in the franchise, retaining the cast of the original and further exploring the flaws of the title character, his questionable spending, and his unyielding care for his family. The music for Rocky was itself a monumental success, catapulting composer Bill Conti into the mainstream spotlight and selling at rates rarely seen in the soundtrack industry. Like many franchises, the sequel scores and their associated songs were bound by the parameters of the profitable equation used in the initial entry, and Rocky II and its successors thus contain a significant amount of overlap in content. Interestingly, the city of Philadelphia would no longer play a major role in the storyline after Rocky II, with this film and Rocky Balboa in 2006 the only sequels to show the famous character running through the streets of the city and glorifying its landmarks. Accompanying these scenes very memorably, of course, is Conti's main identity of the franchise, "Gonna Fly Now." Its fusion of pop and symphonic elements came to define the style of the music that Conti would provide for the initial three films, a blend that ensured these soundtracks' popular acceptance while often testing the patience of the collectors of strictly orchestral film scores. To his credit, Conti mostly resisted the movement towards massive orchestral sounds for motion pictures at the time (led by John Williams throughout the late 1970's), though there is some dramatic symphonic influence in Rocky II that serves as a precursor for a similar balance in Conti's one James Bond entry, For Your Eyes Only, a few years later. Because the Rocky II score combines many of the best aspects of Rocky and would be largely regurgitated in Rocky III, some enthusiasts of the concept point to this soundtrack as the best single representation of the franchise's music. If entering the realm of Rocky scores for the first time, this one is the likely the safest place to start.

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Average: 3.04 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:06
• 1. Redemption - piano performed by Bill Conti (2:34)
• 2. Gonna Fly Now (2:35)
• 3. Conquest (4:43)
• 4. Vigil - horn performed by David Duke (6:32)
• 5. All of My Life* - performed by DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford (4:00)
• 6. Overture (8:38)
• 7. Two Kinds of Love (2:37)
• 8. All of My Life - piano performed by Mike Lang (2:27)
* not used in the film

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