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Rocky III
(1982)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Bill Conti
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
EMI Records
(July, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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The song "Eye of the Tiger" was nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you are attracted to the popular "Eye of the Tiger" title song or if you seek to create as complete a compilation of Bill Conti's sentimental symphonic music for the franchise as possible.

Avoid it... if the limited six minutes of pretty Conti material (for the high-impact, emotional scenes in the film) on the inadequate album aren't worth a product that mostly regurgitates tracks from previous Rocky albums.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,672
WRITTEN 12/15/09
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Rocky III: (Bill Conti) One thing about the Rocky franchise was certain: as Rocky Balboa achieved greater and greater fame and thus became a spectacle of mainstream media, so too did the film franchise depicting him degenerate into a show rather than a story. Lead actor Sylvester Stallone, who once again wrote and directed the sequel, attempted to maintain this realistic and honest assessment of the sport of boxing (as well as the encroaching entertainment value of professional wrestling) while not losing touch with the sentimental aspects of Rocky's personal life. Along with the death of his mentor and trainer, a surprising and growing friendship with former adversary Apollo Creed extends the personal narrative. The Rocky phenomenon was still running strong into the 1980's, now enjoying a significantly larger budget while yielding returns in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Even more than Rocky IV, the 1982 entry of Rocky III is perhaps best remembered for its introduction of favorite character actors to movie-goers; both Mr. T and Hulk Hogan were destined for successful careers after their roles in this picture. With the franchise proven financially, Stallone had a few more resources from which to draw for the soundtrack for Rocky III as well. The involvement of Bill Conti for the score was an obvious choice (Stallone hailed the composer's similar Italian roots), though he would not have the opportunity to write a new pop and symphonic-blended song for a third time. Instead, Stallone asked the rock group Survivor to write the now infamous song "Eye of the Tiger," named after the secondary title of the film and an element of Apollo's training of Rocky in the narrative's latter half. Topping the charts as a single for several weeks and returning a Rocky album to the limelight, the song's opening thirty seconds have since become a normal anthem for large-scale sporting events. It represented the film's only Academy Award nomination, however, placing some perspective on how far the franchise had fallen in the minds of industry establishment. Indeed, some of the personal touch of the original film was lost, the inspiration turned wholesale for the purposes of flashier entertainment. The memorable Survivor song, despite its obvious, lasting popularity, testifies to this shift. Not surprisingly, Stallone also turned to his brother for an even greater role in Rocky III; not only is the "Take You Back" song reprised in two forms for the soundtrack, but Frank performs the more contemporary (and a bit obnoxious) "Pushin'" as well.



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Average: 2.77 Stars
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Total Time: 31:53
• 1. Eye of the Tiger - performed by Survivor (3:53)
• 2. Take You Back (Tough Gym) - performed by Frank Stallone (1:48)
• 3. Pushin' - performed by Frank Stallone (3:10)
• 4. Reflections (3:21)
• 5. Mickey - French horn/piano performed by Vincent DeRosa and Mike Lang (4:39)
• 6. Take You Back - performed by Frank Stallone (3:37)
• 7. Decision (2:05)
• 8. Gonna Fly Now - performed by DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford (2:50)
• 9. Adrian (1:42)
• 10. Conquest (4:40)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film (in fact, the interior of the insert is almost completely blank).
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