Following their Nicolas Winding Refn curated releases of the soundtracks to Oldboy and It Follows is Milan Records recent addition in the series, the double vinyl reissue of Basil Poledouris’ cult soundtrack to Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987).
Basil Poledouris, who passed away in 2006, was part of the Film department class of 67 at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) where he took classes with legendary film composer Miklos Rosza (Ben Hur, El Cid). Classmates included directors George Lucas and surf buddy John Millius for which he would later score many films, the most celebrated of their joint efforts being Conan the Barbarian (1981) with his triumphant music.
Having previously scored Dutch director Paul Veroeven’s first Hollywood effort, the medieval adventure Flesh and Blood (1985), Poledouris step in two years later for Veroeven real breakthrough in America, Robocop, the sci-fi tale of a fatally wounded cop, played by Paul Weller, transformed into a powerful Law enforcement cyborg with haunted memories.
Offering a heroic sounding theme, appearing after a build up, late in the movie (thus also on the OST), Poledouris paints Weller’s tragic destiny in both dark arrangements and triumphant tones in the tradition of great epic fantasy action scores, underlining, musically, the Christ-like peplum style resurrection of the cop made of steel with epic strings, strong brass and driving percussion completed with electronic over dubs adding romantic melodies reflecting the character’s whole state of split mind.
The release features the entire score, Performed by the Sinfonia Of London Conducted by Howard Blake and Tony Britton , remastered for the occasion from the original tapes.