Rocky Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Rocky by Bill Conti.
At a glance:
25 minutes of score
Geek Score: 96.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 22.6
Album Excellence: 90%
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Up next in Expendables Month is the classic story of Rocky Balboa from 1975. Rocky directed by John G. Avildsen and story written by Sylvester Stallone became the ultimate underdog story about Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer who gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. It won oscars for both Best Picture and Best Director and it’s widely considered one of the best movies of all time. Bill Conti got the chance to compose the score for this movie and the Rocky fanfare has been doing its celebratory dance ever since.
I have so many great memories from this movie. It has such a wonderful story about this nobody, Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer who works for various low-lifes getting money for people who owes some people. Can you imagine being given the chance to fight against the heavy-weight champion of boxing? Crazy stuff and the journey from street bum to one of the most beloved and revered characters in all of film history is amazing to watch. The music by Bill Conti was perfect for the film and it all started with the classic ‘Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)’ which is used for sport montages even today. The heroism and bravery is strongly present.
It’s not all about the main theme either. The other cues have a strong presence as well such as ‘Going The Distance’ and the funky ‘Reflections’. It has romance with ‘First Date’
1. Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) *
2. Philadelphia Morning
3. Going The Distance
5. Marine’s Hymn Tankee Doodle
7. First Date
9. Fanfare For Rocky
11. Alone In The Ring
12. The Final Bell