1982 Soundtrack – Rambo: First Blood

First Blood is a 1982 American action adventure film directed by Ted Kotcheff. It is co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who must rely on his combat and survival senses against the abusive law enforcement of a small town. It is based on David Morrell’s 1972 novel of the same name and is the first installment of the Rambo series. Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna also appear in supporting roles.

The film’s score was composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, whose theme “It’s a Long Road” added a new dimension to the character, and featured in the film’s three sequels and animated spin-off. The soundtrack was originally released on LP by the Regency label, although it was edited out of sequence for a more satisfying listen. The album was reissued on CD with one extra track (“No Power”) twice, first as one of Intrada Records’ initial titles, then as an identical release by Varèse Sarabande. The complete score was released by Intrada in a 2-CD set, along with a remastered version of the original album (with the Carolco logo [previously released on La-La Land Records’ Extreme Prejudice album] and the Rambo: First Blood Part II trailer music added), on November 23, 2010, as one of their MAF unlimited titles.


1  Home Coming (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:28
2  Escape Route (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:44
3  First Blood (Jerry Goldsmith) 04:41
4  The Tunnel (Jerry Goldsmith) 04:05
5  Hanging On (Jerry Goldsmith) 03:39
6  Mountain Hunt (Jerry Goldsmith) 06:10
7  My Town (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:00
8  The Razor (Jerry Goldsmith) 03:13
9  No Power (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:56
10  Over The Cliff (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:09
11 It’s a Long Road (Instrumental) (Jerry Goldsmith) 02:58
12 It’s a Long Road (Theme from First Blood) (Jerry Goldsmith) 03:21


12 It’s a Long Road (Theme from First Blood)

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Vocals Dan Hill

Liner Notes

Producer – David Paich, Jerry Goldsmith, Marty Paich
Producer (Vocals) – Bruce Botnick (Track 1)
Arranged By – David Paich, Marty Paich
Arranged By – Arthur Morton
Conductor – Jerry Goldsmith
Edited By – Randy Tominaga
Engineer (Assistant) – Judy Clapp
Engineer – Greg Ladanyi
Engineer (Recording) – Allan Snelling
Mixed By – Randy Tominaga
Orchestrated By – Arthur Morton

Cover, Illustration – Pencil Pushers Inc

Recorded At – EMI Studios Abbey Road
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
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