Iron Man 2 (soundtrack)

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Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on April 19, 2010 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score, a separate film score album for the film composed by John Debney was released on July 20, 2010. The track "Make Way for Tomorrow Today", used for the Stark Expo, was composed by Richard M. Sherman as an homage to his own "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".[1]

Iron Man 2[edit]

Iron Man 2
Acdcironman.jpg
Soundtrack album by AC/DC
Released April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
Recorded July 1975 – April 2008
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll
Length 60:15
Label Columbia
Producer
AC/DC chronology
Backtracks
(2009)Backtracks2009
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Live at River Plate
(2012)Live at River Plate2012

Background[edit]

AC/DC's album was announced on January 26 and is seen as being used in the same sense as Who Made Who was for Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, not a greatest hits collection but a compilation album which contains both hits and lesser known tracks. Unlike Who Made Who, however, there are no new songs. Co-Chairman of Columbia Records, Steve Barnett said "Jon Favreau's vision and passion for AC/DC's music blend seamlessly into this incredible film; the music really underscores the high energy and excitement of the film." The album features an almost half-and-half mix of songs from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC.[2] The album features fifteen tracks from ten different albums, ranging from 1975 to 2008, all of which were remixed by Mike Fraser for possible film inclusion.[3] Only two songs ("Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell") were used completely in the film, while one song ("Back in Black") was actually featured in the previous film. "Thunderstruck", "War Machine", and "The Razors Edge" were used in trailers and commercials for the film.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleMusicOriginal releaseLength
1."Shoot to Thrill"Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian JohnsonBack in Black (1980)5:17
2."Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"Young, Young, Bon ScottPowerage (1978)3:37
3."Guns for Hire"Young, Young, JohnsonFlick of the Switch (1983)3:26
4."Cold Hearted Man"Young, Young, ScottPowerage (1978)3:34
5."Back in Black"Young, Young, JohnsonBack in Black (1980)4:16
6."Thunderstruck"Young, YoungThe Razors Edge (1990)4:53
7."If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"Young, Young, ScottHighway to Hell (1979)4:37
8."Evil Walks"Young, Young, JohnsonFor Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)4:23
9."T.N.T."Young, Young, ScottT.N.T. (1975)3:34
10."Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"Young, Young, ScottLet There Be Rock (1977)4:15
11."Have a Drink on Me"Young, Young, JohnsonBack in Black (1980)3:57
12."The Razors Edge"Young, YoungThe Razors Edge (1990)4:23
13."Let There Be Rock"Young, Young, ScottLet There Be Rock (1977)6:07
14."War Machine"Young, YoungBlack Ice (2008)3:10
15."Highway to Hell"Young, Young, ScottHighway to Hell (1979)3:28

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom April 19, 2010
United States April 20, 2010
Australia April 23, 2010

Music video[edit]

On January 26, 2010, a music video was released featuring "Shoot to Thrill" with exclusive footage from the film Iron Man 2. The live concert footage used in the video was filmed in late 2009 in Buenos Aires, later featured in the concert film Live at River Plate.[2] Upon the album's release, another music video featuring footage of the Buenos Aires concert and Iron Man 2 footage was released, this time featuring live audio from the "Highway to Hell" performance.

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[6]
BBC(favorable)[7]
Kerrang!3.5/5 stars[citation needed]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the online music database AllMusic gave the soundtrack a mixed review, stating that "this is good guts-and-guitar music, its only flaw being that it plays it totally safe…unless you stop to consider that it might be a bit of a risk to pitch a collection of 30-year-old music to the teenage audience of Iron Man 2."[6] The BBC gave the album a positive review, stating "Younger listeners might find it all a bit clichéd, but remember: AC/DC are the originators, their imitators responsible for diluting the package’s potency. For those about to rock, raise another salute to your enduringly enthralling forefathers."[7]

Iron Man 2 debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart upon its release, giving AC/DC their third No. 1 album in the U.K. after Back in Black and Black Ice.[8] The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 76,000 copies in its first week of release.[9] It became the band's eighth top 10 set in the U.S.[9] It reached No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Albums and stayed No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score[edit]

Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score
Iron Man 2 Score.jpg
Film score by John Debney
Released July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)
Genre Film score
Length 72:01
Label Columbia / Marvel Music
Producer John Debney
John Debney chronology
Predators
(2010)Predators2010
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Machete
(2010)Machete2010
Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtrack chronology
The Incredible Hulk
(2008) The Incredible Hulk2008
Iron Man 2
(2010) Iron Man 22010
Thor
(2011) Thor2011

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by John Debney unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ivan's Metamorphosis" 5:47
2."House Fight V1" 5:47
3."Making Pepper CEO" 1:08
4."Senate / Ivan Creates Drones" 3:37
5."Make Way for Tomorrow – Expo Version"Richard M. Sherman0:53
6."Rhodey Dons Suit" 0:56
7."Dying Hero" 1:51
8."Natalie Intro" 1:03
9."Monaco Drive" 0:41
10."Mayhem in Monaco" 7:25
11."Jailhouse Talk" 2:24
12."Ivan Escapes" 1:42
13."Gun Show" 2:10
14."Tony Discovers Dad's Secret" 4:09
15."Sledgehammer V2" 2:39
16."Nick Fury" 1:29
17."New Element / Particle Accelerator" 6:14
18."Sledgehammer" 1:07
19."New RT / To the Expo" 1:43
20."Black Widow Kicks Ass" 2:11
21."Iron Man Battles the Drones" 8:00
22."Ivan's Demise / The Kiss" 5:05
23."Thor" 0:39
24."I Am Iron Man" 1:30
25."Make Way for Tomorrow Today"Richard M. Sherman1:51

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars
Filmtracks2/5 stars
Movie Music UK3.5/5 stars

James Christopher Monger from Allmusic felt that Debney "had to contend with a near constant barrage of classic AC/DC songs when putting together his score". Monger felt "I Am Iron Man" was "a rousing, heroic, old-fashioned blast of all American guts and glory that sounds ripped (in a good way) from an old A-Team episode. Antagonist Ivan Vanko's theme is appropriately muscular and Russian sounding, while action cues are beefy and peppered with bursts of distorted guitar (presumably a nod to Angus Young's omnipresent riffage), resulting in a score that’s more than worthy of its narcissistic, heavily armored protagonist."[54]

Additional music[edit]

Music not included in the Iron Man 2 soundtrack but featured in the film:

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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