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Rocky IV (1985)

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Format: CD
Sku: 202238891
UPC: 828767598925
UPC 14: 00828767598925
Release Date: 2/28/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Burning Heart ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Heart's on Fire ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Double or Nothing ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Eye of the Tiger ~ Original Soundtrack
5. War ~ Original Soundtrack
6. Living in America ~ Original Soundtrack
7. No Easy Way Out ~ Original Soundtrack
8. One Way Street ~ Original Soundtrack
9. Sweetest Victory, The ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Training Montage - (Hidden Track) ~ Original Soundtrack
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producers include: Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik, Vinve DiCola, Ed Fruge, Bernard Edwards.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Phil Bonanno, Mike Clink, Larry Millas.
Muze PNote Quite simply, Rocky IV was a movie for the ages. The story of a man who had it all, only to lose so much overnight. Revolving around tension and alienation on the personal, political, spiritual and athletic levels, Sylvester Stallone's portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV was without question the most multi-dimensional role of his career. This isn't to shirk the original Rocky, which dealt with questions of class, ethnicity, and overcoming obstacles to victory -- but Rocky IV was more of a movie to be related to on a universal scale.
Muze PNote This indomitable spirit is best exemplified by the album's lead-off track "Burning Heart". The logical sequel to Survivor's epic, instantly recognizable and painfully unforgettable sports anthem "Eye of the Tiger" finds the central protagonist a bit more mature and refined; world-weary from his battles and exponentially more introspective than he was in his burning youth. This torch is then passed to John Cafferty; whom soundtrack fans will no doubt recognize from his work on Eddie & the Cruisers, Eddie & the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives and Eddie & the Cruisers: The Unreleased Tapes. Here, Cafferty has replaced his Beaver Brown Band with the urgent, yet mildly dated synthesizer work of Vince Dicola.
Muze PNote Decidedly pacing the album's soundtrack as well as setting the calm before the storm, the soundtrack producers wisely teamed up Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight for "Double Or Nothing." This combination was no doubt inspired by a similar pairing of blue-eyed soul boy George Michael with the legendary R&B diva Aretha Franklin, would hit the top of the charts with their fantastic duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" (which is, sadly, not included here).
Muze PNote Perhaps the soundtrack's second most popular tune (second only to "Eye of the Tiger" which makes a return appearance for good sales, no doubt), "Living in America" perfectly sums up the decadence, extravagance, and sheer bloated pompousness of the '80s.
Muze PNote Composer Vince DiCola makes another appearance by quietly stealing the show with ""Training Montage." Easily a proto-jock rock jam, this ranks up there with some of the finest sports anthems ever. And while it doesn't have the accessibility of Queen's "We Will Rock You," or Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll Part Two," it's emotional peaks and valleys set the perfect contrast to what's on-screen.
Muze PNote Balboa's struggle to gain the advantage, both physically and psychologically, and win the fight is beautifully scored by Dicola's "War/Fanfare from Rocky." Easily the weaker of the two pieces, this still complements the movie's climax and eventual denouement with grace and class. The final song not mentioned on this soundtrack belongs to one-hit wonder Touch. Finding a suitable Journey soundalike in the 2000s being a near impossible chore, Scotti Bros. and Stallone made the decision to go with Touch's stirring rendition of the song. The decision paid off in spades, as it still remains one of the best songs in the entire Rocky soundtrack catalog. ~ Rob Theakston

Associated Artists and Works

California Dreams
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1985
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 75989
Music Label Name Label : Volcano 3
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00828767598925

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