While Bon Jovi and the Academy Award-nominated song \"Blaze of Glory\" ensured huge sales for the Young Guns II soundtrack, true aficionados of the Young Guns movies have always been left frustrated by the lack of an official soundtrack release for the original 1988 movie.
In a daring departure from the Hollywood tradition of scoring westerns with traditional string and wind instruments contemporary to the period, composer Anthony Marinelli elected to give Young Guns an unapologetically modern rock overture.
Certainly it is the opening and closing credits that most fans will recall most readily, a piece repeated to great effect in the movie itself when the Regulators flee from John Kenny through a forest of thorns.
Who can forget the effortless cool with which we are first introduced to our six Regulators The grainy sepia-toned film stock. The way in which they seem to materialize from the dust and scrub, walking to the top of the bluff. The close ups of Estevez, Sutherland, Sheen, Phillips, Mulroney and Siemaskzo as they look straight to camera. And of course, that music!
Starting like a low heartbeat it builds slowly, pulling in an occasional hawk cry and snake rattle that complement the sparse New Mexico location. A drum beat starts. Barely noticeable at first, but building rapidly. An electric guitar joins, the beat getting faster and faster like a coiled animal ready to strike until finally it explodes in a full release of 80
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