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 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Composed and Conducted by JAMES HORNER
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 357

I love aviation. I’ve always loved flying. I’ve always wanted to
do a movie about flying. And I would love to do it.

-- James Horner

Just over a year ago the world lost maestro James Horner in a tragic accident. A year later we are still devastated by the loss, but resolved to continue to celebrate and preserve his musical legacy for generations to come. As part of that mission, and to keep his music in the forefront of our thoughts, Intrada presents an expanded edition of one of his most beloved scores, the 1991 Hollywood Pictures film, The Rocketeer. The score is particularly fitting because it embodies his passion for flying. But few films were about flight, at their core, the way The Rocketeer is, and Horner seized the opportunity to pen a musical love letter to his muse. He composed one of his most straightforwardly leitmotif-laden scores, with a main theme featuring two distinct personalities: one a calm, majestic melody, lovingly introduced over the film’s main titles; the other with a rocket pack strapped to it, ushered into service for action sequences. Horner wrote two other major leitmotifs: a pining, damsel-in-distress theme for Jenny, and a simple, slithering line for Neville Sinclair. The latter is a slice of uncomplicated menace, usually crawling upward on a solo woodwind or brass instrument. The former is a vintage love theme, oozing old Hollywood. Passion, wavering loyalties and danger are all cooked into Jenny’s theme, which Horner cleverly braids into the Rocketeer theme or Sinclair’s slimy motif as the story demands.

For this important new presentation of James Horner’s dynamic score for The Rocketeer (including over 20 minutes of music not previously released), Intrada was given access to the complete scoring sessions captured on Sony PCM 3348 format 48-channel digital tape and mixed by Shawn Murphy to digital two-track stereo. We feature the entire 82-minute film soundtrack on CD 1 and the first part of CD 2. Following that, we present the original 1991 CD with its remixed album versions and various differences. After creating their film mixes, Horner and Murphy created several special album remixes. The remixes often spotlighted instrumental colors in ways that were different from the film versions, depending on what Horner was most interested in focusing on between the two mediums. In addition, knowing an album was planned, he composed and recorded a fully developed version of the love theme specifically for the CD, slated simply as “Love Theme” in the sessions and titled “Jenny” on the album.

The film stars Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Terry O'Quinn, Alan Arkin and Paul Sorvino. Cliff Secord (Campbell) is an All-American pilot whose life-changing discovery of a jetpack turns him into the crime-fighting Rocketeer.

INTRADA Special Collection 357
Retail Price: $29.99
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

CD1 Original Film Soundtrack
01. Main Title (4:43)
02. The Gizmo (3:25)
03. Finding The Rocket (1:52)
04. Neville And Eddie (1:07)
05. Testing The Rocket (2:40)
06. Lothar Gets Wilmer (1:44)
07. The Helmet (0:45)
08. The Laughing Bandit (1:10)
09. Neville Eavesdrops (1:25)
10. The Flying Circus (6:35)
11. A Hero Is Born/Bye Bye Bigelow (2:51)
12. Begin The Beguine (3:44)
13. Jenny’s Rescue (3:52)
14. Love Theme* (5:10)
15. Cliff To The Club (0:49)
16. Cliff The Waiter (0:32)
17. When Your Lover Has Gone (3:28)
18. South Seas Send Up (3:43)
19. Neville Sinclair’s House (7:19)
20. Cliff Caught (1:38)
21. Rendezvous At Observatory (8:10)
CD1 Total Time: 67:23

CD2 Original Film Soundtrack (Continued)
01. The Zeppelin (7:56)
02. End Title/End Credits (6:30)
Total Time: 14:32
Total Soundtrack Time: 81:55

1991 Soundtrack Album
03. Main Title / Takeoff (4:43)
04. The Flying Circus (6:23)
05. Jenny* (5:10)
06. Begin The Beguine (3:44)
07. Neville Sinclair’s House (7:20)
08. Jenny’s Rescue (3:21)
09. Rendezvous At The Griffith Park Observatory (8:10)
10. When Your Lover Has Gone (3:28)
11. The Zeppelin (7:56)
12. Rocketeer To The Rescue/End Title (6:30)
Album Total Time: 57:16
CD2 Total Time: 71:55
*Not Featured in Film

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   CitizenJoe   (Member)


Easily my fastest Intrada purchase ever.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Landstander   (Member)

Friggin' awesome.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Ordered, one of my all time favourite Horner scores.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

So. Very. Ordered.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Maestro Sartori   (Member)

Oh, if I can make till payday Wednesday, then, yes IT WILL BE ORDERED!!!

and looking through past posts about my holy grails, I came across this:

For me, the scores I still would love to get my hands on are:

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The Three Musketeers (Kamen)
The Rocketeer <<<======
Ghostbusters II
Dick Tracy
Wes Craven's New Nightmare <<<<=====

Still have a few left. Of course, my major ones have already come true. Back to the Future trilogy, Hook, Batman and Batman Returns, The Shadow, Braveheart, The Abyss, all of the Nightmare on Elm Street series.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Release of the year. I'm calling it.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

Ordered, of course.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

OK I was wrong. There was no hesitation buying this even though disc 2 has the remastered album and it is $30. It is such a fantastic score that I can't wait to hear in full form.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Todd Smith   (Member)

In my Horner Top 5! Ordered!

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Absolutely fantastic.....thank you Intrada !!!

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Wow those samples sound spectacular. Almost bought two it sounded so good.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Gotham95   (Member)

I agree this will be the release of the year. I thought about getting two. Just ordered. I can't wait to hear it.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   WhoDat   (Member)

Fastest CD purchase of the year. Thank you, Intrada... this one was a long time coming.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Do we pay in dollars or Deutschmarks?

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

Ordered. Grateful for this. Only took 3 years!

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The movie came out under the Walt Disney Pictures banner (the album came out on Hollywood Records).

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   Smokey McBongwater   (Member)

Another vote for release of the year!

Such a wonderful and beautiful score.

Job well done intrada!

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2016 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)

I confess that I've never seen the film nor heard the score, but the samples sound great.

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