Soundtrack Review: The Rocketeer

Soundtrack Review: The Rocketeer

Soundtrack Review: The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Rocketeer by James Horner.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 64
Album Excellence: 85.4%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Rocketeer is a 1991 action film directed by Joe Johnston and starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly & Alan Arkin. Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor (Timothy Dalton) and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens. The score is composed by James Horner.

It’s finally here, one of James Horner’s finest efforts is finally here in expanded form. It has been long requested by many fans, me included and now Intrada Records has released a 2CD version of the classic adventure score and I can’t wait to dig in. I do find it a big bizarre that they chose to put the Melora Hardin songs on both CD’s. No need for that. Just give us the score. That’s what the skip button is for though. The score opens with the magnificent main theme in ‘Main Title’. This cue represents the romantic side of James Horner and it represents his love of flying. It is the culmination of over a decade of great Horner scores and one might call this “typical” Horner, but anyone who loves this knows that’s what you’ll get. To me this is a magical piece and a historic highlight in my film music collection and memory. I’ve always loved this theme and there are so many great parts in here like the great horn section at around 2:45. That’s flying. Up, up and away!

This score inspired me in the 90s, it blew me away originally and I’ve been listening to it a lot growing up and it has never once become boring. It is such a joy to have it all here, a lot more music and with better sound quality as well. For Horner fans this is a true joy. It even includes some big band music for those who didn’t get enough in “Cocoon”, but the main thing here is flying, flying in the face of adversity. It seems to me that Horner took his best adventurous action music from Battle Beyond The Stars and Star Trek and made it into a romantic feature about flying. While the original program kept the most spectacular pieces, the expanded version delves deep into other sides such as the bad guys, the drama and the comedy, something that’s only been available in the movie itself (officially). There are so many genres here mixed together in a beautiful stirred pot of Horner greatness. Of course the main dish are the adventurous flying action cues such as the magnificent ‘The Flying Circus’ and the main theme. By the way, you can really hear in ‘The Flying Circus’ that the inspiration came from his Star Trek scores. Since those are some of Horner’s greatest scores you can’t go wrong with that. No, there’s nothing wrong with this at all. Everything seems right in the world when I listen to this and so it should be. So do yourself a favour, grab a copy and do it now.

1. Main Title *
2. The Gizmo
3. Finding The Rocket
4. Neville And Eddie
5. Testing The Rocket
7. The Helmet *
8. The Laughing Bandit
9. Neville Eavesdrops
10. The Flying Circus
11. A Hero Is Born / Bye Bye Bigelow
13. Jenny’s Rescue
14. Love Theme *
15. Cliff To The Club
16. Cliff The Waiter
18. South Seas Send Up
21. Rendezvous At Observatory
22. Zeppelin
23. End Title / End Credits *

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Rocketeer, 9.1 out of 10 based on 9 ratings


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