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 Posted:   Apr 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I would like individual releases of the scores as well. Each one has its own issues.

As Schiffy mentions, the album for the first film is a reasonable representation of the score, but it is also true that the iconic film recordings do deserve a release. The album was remastered for the film's 30th anniversary, but I don't know if it was the kind of remastered where the sound is actually improved, or if it was just brickwalled to hell.

The second film's score is pretty well represented on the album (although the stereo channels are reversed on most of the tracks on the CD) but could use a remaster. I love the second film's score, and there are quite a few moments in the film that I wouldn't mind having as well, primarily the film version of Rocky's training montage.

Rocky III doesn't represent that score very well at all, being more of a retrospective release, with recordings of “Gonna Fly Now” and “Reflections” from the first film's album, and “Conquest” from the second film's, while both were recorded again for the film. On the other hand, it does have “Mickey” and “Adrian.” This is the score that would benefit the most from an expansion (and remaster, the orchestral cues don't sound all that great on the CD).

The score for Rocky V hasn't been released at all, and while it does rely heavily on familiar material, there are some really nice flourishes here and there that it would be nice to have. While Rocky Balboa is mostly familiar material as well, it works a lot of those themes in really new and beautiful ways. Of all of the unreleased Rocky scores, this one may be the most contemplative.

“Gonna Fly Now” was recorded anew for each Conti project except Rocky V. To date, the film versions of none of them have been released.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   jmarc   (Member)

Finally saw CREED & though the call backs to the earlier themes were nicely done. Makes me wasn't the original scores more though.

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