Paul Hertzog

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This is Paul Hertzog in his "native" state.

Paul Hertzog is an American film composer. In his brief career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hertzog composed the soundtracks for two Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, Kickboxer and Bloodsport, as well as the scores for Breathing Fire and My Chauffeur. Currently, Hertzog works as a teacher at Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California, where he teaches English and Music Theory.

Recently, after nearly a twenty-year hiatus, Hertzog has released in 2009 a new CD titled Freeing the Waters. It consists of previously unreleased tracks written during his years as a film composer.[1]

Film Scores[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Soundtrack CDs for both Kickboxer and Bloodsport were created in limited quantity. Because of this, they are considered collectors items by many, and are usually very hard to find.

Hertzog worked with Stan Bush on both scores.

Bloodsport tracklist[edit]

  • 1. Fight to Survive (02:23) - Performed by Paul Delph
  • 2. Kumite (Main Title) (02:39)
  • 3. Father and Son / Training (04:24)
  • 4. The Tree and the Sword / In Hong Kong / The Walled City / Ceremony (07:43)
  • 5. Chong Li Kills (02:50)
  • 6. On My Own - Alone (03:34) - Performed by Paul Delph
  • 7. The Second Day (04:23)
  • 8. The Morning After (02:45)
  • 9. Preparation (02:32)
  • 10. Dim Mak (01:59)
  • 11. Powder (03:42)
  • 12. Triumph (02:33)

On June 26, 2007, a limited edition re-release of the soundtrack on CD by record label Perseverance Records was created. This release is considered by fans of the soundtrack as a vast improvement over all previous releases as the CD contains for the first time, the original versions of the tracks performed by Stan Bush as heard in the motion picture. The track listing for this limited edition version is as follows:

  • 1. "Steal the Night" (04:28) - performed by Michael Bishop
  • 2. Kumite (02:25)
  • 3. Captain (00:23)
  • 4. Flashback/Martial Science/Father & Son/Training/Tree & Sword (10:20)
  • 5. In Hong Kong (00:58)
  • 6. The Walled City (01:53)
  • 7. Dim Mak (00:42)
  • 8. Police (00:14)
  • 9. First Day: Ceremony/ First Fight/Good, Bad, Ugly/Dux vs Arab (04:31)
  • 10. "Fight to Survive" (02:02) - performed by Stan Bush
  • 11. Morning After (01:55)
  • 12. Second Day (04:25)
  • 13. Samoan Balls (02:16)
  • 14. Jackson Falls (01:28)
  • 15. "On My Own - Alone" (02:12) - performed by Stan Bush
  • 16. Here for the Final?/Inspector, No! (00:57)
  • 17. Paco vs Dux (02:20)
  • 18. Chong Li Kills (01:29)
  • 19. Preparation (00:49)
  • 20. Finals/Powder/Triumph (07:28)
  • 21. "Fight to Survive" (End Title) (02:40) - performed by Stan Bush
  • 22. "Steal the Night" (instrumental version) (04:32)

Kickboxer tracklist[edit]

Similarly to Bloodsport, the soundtrack to Kickboxer was remastered in 2006 and released by Perseverance Records. The tracklisting for the 2006 full score CD is as follows:

  • 1. To the Hospital / We'll See (01:15)
  • 2. Groceries (01:47)
  • 3. Very Stupid (00:45)
  • 4. Tai Chi (02:55)
  • 5. First Kiss (00:53)
  • 6. Stone City (02:34)
  • 7. Second Stone (00:53)
  • 8. Hospital (02:21)
  • 9. Palm Tree (00:30)
  • 10. Advanced Training (01:49)
  • 11. Ancient Voices (02:08)
  • 12. Mylee Is the Way (01:32)
  • 13. Warriors (00:45)
  • 14. Buddha's Eagle (01:01)
  • 15. Kidnap (01:01)
  • 16. You've Done It Before (01:45)
  • 17. Downstairs (00:54)
  • 18. Round One (02:12)
  • 19. Round Two (01:36)
  • 20. The Hook (01:32)
  • 21. Round Three (01:32)
  • 22. The Eagle Lands (04:02)

Freeing the Waters tracklist[edit]

  • 1. The Violet Hour (2:46)
  • 2. April Fools' Day (5:48)
  • 3. Walk on Wide Water (5:01)
  • 4. A Wicked Plot (3:50)
  • 5. Kyoto Forest (5:49)
  • 6. Sue Across the Sea (5:29)
  • 7. Black Pearls (6:12)
  • 8. Love in a Labyrinth (6:34)
  • 9. Freeing the Waters (4:26)

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