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Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score is a soundtrack album for the 1976 film Rocky, composed by Bill Conti. It was released on vinyl in the United States on November 12, 1976 by United Artists Records, followed by a CD release by EMI Records on November 7, 1988. The soundtrack is notable for its inclusion of "Gonna Fly Now", the theme song from Rocky.

Rocky
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1976[1]
GenrePop, Philly soul
Length31:25
LabelUnited Artists Records
EMI Records/Capitol Records (reissue)
Rocky soundtrack chronology
Rocky
(1976)
Rocky II
(1979)
Singles from Rocky
  1. "Gonna Fly Now"
    Released: February 28, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Filmtracks.com4/5 stars[3]

Contents

OverviewEdit

Although the Conti version of "Gonna Fly Now" is the most recognizable arrangement, a cover of the song performed by legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on his Conquistador album prior to the release of the motion picture soundtrack actually outsold the soundtrack itself.[4] The version of Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" released on later records and CDs differs from the version used in the film. The vocals and guitars are much more emphasized in the film than on the versions released. The "movie version" has yet to be officially released.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

All music by Bill Conti.

  1. "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" (vocals: DeEtta Little/Nelson Pigford) – 2:48
  2. "Philadelphia Morning" – 2:22
  3. "Going the Distance" – 2:40
  4. "Reflections" – 3:19
  5. "Marines' Hymn/Yankee Doodle" (Jacques Offenbach/Thomas Holcomb/Traditional, arranged by Conti) – 1:45
  6. "Take You Back (Street Corner Song from Rocky)" (vocals: Valentine) – 1:49
  7. "First Date" – 1:54
  8. "You Take My Heart Away" (vocals: DeEtta Little/Nelson Pigford) – 4:46
  9. "Fanfare for Rocky" – 2:34
  10. "Butkus" – 2:12
  11. "Alone in the Ring" – 1:09
  12. "The Final Bell" – 1:56
  13. "Rocky's Reward" – 2:03

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1977) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[5] 4
US Top R&B Albums (Billboard)[5] 32

Additional musicEdit

Additional music featured in Rocky:

Title Musician(s) Key scenes/Notes
"Summer Madness"[6] Kool & the Gang Plays when Rocky returns to his home after his match against Spider Rico.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motion Pictures January–June 1976: Third Series, Parts 12–13". Catalog of Copyright Entries. The Library of Congress. 30 (1). 1977. ISSN 0090-8371.
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Rocky [Original Motion Picture Score]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rocky (Bill Conti) – Editorial Review". Filmtracks.com. Filmtracks Publications. December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Liner notes of the Conquistador album
  5. ^ a b Rocky (Original Motion Picture Score) - Bill Conti - Awards. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Kool and the Gang – History". Kool and the Gang Official Site. Red Light Management. Archived from the original on December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.