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Rambo: First Blood Part II
(1985)
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1985 Varèse
1999 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
2016 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Bruce Botnick

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1985)

Silva Screen Records
(May 18th, 1999)

Intrada Records
(August 8, 2016)
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The 1985 Varèse Sarabande album is long out of print. The expanded 1999 Silva Screen and 2016 Intrada albums are both regular commercial releases, the latter retailing initially for $30.
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Buy it... on the definitive 2016 Intrada album if you're driven by Jerry Goldsmith's relentless action of the 1980's, with outstanding adaptations of his themes from First Blood serving as highlights of the sequel score.

Avoid it... if you have been previously annoyed by Goldsmith's mid-80's scores that feature extremely harsh tones in the prominent mix of grating synthetic rhythms.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #335
WRITTEN 5/16/99, REVISED 1/21/17
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Goldsmith
Rambo: First Blood Part II: (Jerry Goldsmith) Co-written by James Cameron and Sylvester Stallone, the 1985 sequel to First Blood proved to be a successful enough profit vehicle to immediately launch the production of another sequel. The original tale of 1982 had been one of ultimate psychological loss, and although John Rambo is not killed in the film as he was in the book that inspired the screenplay, he is a man for whom solitude is his destiny. The two sequels continue this theme, for his narrow focus and lack of friend or family makes him an easy killing machine with a vague political agenda. The Russians ultimately became his enemies in the sequels, and he blows through them like a mechanized terminator, suffering from predictable betrayals, captures, and escapes along the way. His injuries don't stop him, his weapons never run out of ammunition, and the badguys never stop pursuing. As more of a straight action film than the first one, Rambo: First Blood Part II presented composer Jerry Goldsmith with the opportunity to take his comparatively varied score for First Blood and adapt its central themes into a far more listenable and straight-laced action explosion. Both sequel scores by Goldsmith, along with Brian Tyler's much later extension of the franchise, would espouse this characteristic, placing some token ethnicity into the equation while faithfully following the action on screen with nonstop and frightfully enjoyable bombast. The ethnic elements and sound quality of Rambo III are much superior to those of First Blood Part II, but Goldsmith's handling of the original themes is astonishingly intelligent and satisfying in the second installment.



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ShinjiGumballKodai - May 8, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
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RE: Rambo: First Blood Part II
RedSportsCar - April 4, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
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Rambo: First Blood Part II Formula
Bruno Costa - January 6, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.
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One of the best action scores ever
Karol - December 16, 2007, at 12:14 a.m.
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Goldsmith was the best   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1985 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:16
• 1. Main Title (2:12)
• 2. Preparations (1:16)
• 3. The Jump (3:18)
• 4. The Snake (1:48)
• 5. Stories (3:26)
• 6. The Cage (3:55)
• 7. Betrayed (4:22)
• 8. Escape from the Torture (3:39)
• 9. Ambush (2:45)
• 10. Revenge (6:14)
• 11. Bowed Down (1:04)
• 12. Pilot Over (1:52)
• 13. Home Flight (3:01)
• 14. Day by Day (2:06)
• 15. Peace in Our Lives - performed by Frank Stallone (3:18)
1999 Silva Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:32
2016 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 140:21

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes for the 1999 album offer an in-depth analysis of the score, with track-by-track commentary by Paul Tonks and Barbara Dinallo, as well as an overview of the recording's sound quality. The insert of the 2016 Intrada album also includes extensive notes about the recording.
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