Iron Man 2 (soundtrack)

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Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album for the 2010 film of the same name consisting of music by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was released on April 19, 2010.

Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score, a separate film score album featuring music composed by John Debney, was released on July 20, 2010.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)
Genre
Length70:15
LabelColumbia
Producer
AC/DC chronology
Backtracks
(2009)
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Live at River Plate
(2012)

Background and release

The album of AC/DC songs was announced on January 26, 2010, and released on April 19 in the United Kingdom, the next day in the United States, and on April 23 in Australia. It consists of fifteen tracks originally released on ten different albums[a] between 1975 and 2008, with the music drawn almost equally from the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC. Some of the material was remixed by Mike Fraser for possible inclusion in the film,[3] but, of the songs included on the album, only "Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell" were ultimately featured in the film, while "Thunderstruck", "War Machine", and "The Razors Edge" were used in trailers and commercials; "Back in Black" had been featured in Iron Man (2008).

Like the soundtrack album for Stephen King's 1986 film Maximum Overdrive, which is titled Who Made Who and also exclusively features music by AC/DC, Iron Man 2 has been seen as, not a greatest hits collection, but a compilation album that contains both hits and lesser known tracks.[citation needed] Unlike Who Made Who, however, there are no new songs on Iron Man 2. Of the use of the band's music in the film, Steve Barnett, co-chairman of Columbia Records, 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."[4]

Music videos

A new music video for "Shoot to Thrill" was released on January 26, 2010. It features exclusive footage from the film Iron Man 2, as well as live concert footage of AC/DC performing the song in River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires in late 2009. The concert footage was later featured in the concert film Live at River Plate (2011).[4]

Upon the album's release, a music video for "Highway to Hell" was released. It features footage from the film Iron Man 2 alongside footage and live audio of AC/DC performing the song in River Plate Stadium in late 2009.

Reception and chart performance

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[5]
BBC(favorable)[6]
Kerrang![citation needed]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the online music database AllMusic gave the album a mixed review, writing 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."[5] 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."[6]

The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart upon its release, giving AC/DC their third No. 1 album in the U.K. after Back in Black (1980) and Black Ice (2008).[7] In the U.S., it sold 76,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's eighth top-10 release on the chart.[8] It reached the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Albums chart and stayed there for five consecutive weeks.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shoot to Thrill"Robert John "Mutt" Lange5:17
2."Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"
3:37
3."Guns for Hire"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
AC/DC3:26
4."Cold Hearted Man"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
  • Vanda
  • G. Young
3:34
5."Back in Black"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
Lange4:16
6."Thunderstruck"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
Bruce Fairbairn4:53
7."If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
Lange4:37
8."Evil Walks"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
Lange4:23
9."T.N.T."
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
  • Vanda
  • G. Young
3:34
10."Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
  • Vanda
  • G. Young
4:15
11."Have a Drink on Me"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
Lange3:57
12."The Razors Edge"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
Fairbairn4:23
13."Let There Be Rock"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
  • Vanda
  • G. Young
6:07
14."War Machine"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
Brendan O'Brien3:10
15."Highway to Hell"
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
Lange3:28
Deluxe Edition bonus DVD[9][10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shoot to Thrill" (Iron Man 2 video, 2010)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
 
2."The Making of "Shoot to Thrill" Music Video"  
3."Highway to Hell" (live at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2009)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 
4."Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" (live at The Apollo, Glasgow, April 1978)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 
5."If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" (promo clip, 1979)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 
6."Back in Black" (live at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, July 1996)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 
7."Guns for Hire" (live at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, November 1983)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Johnson
 
8."Thunderstruck" (live at Donington Park, England, August 1991)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
 
9."Let There Be Rock" (live at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, July 1996)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 
10."Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (live at Circus Krone, Munich, June 2003)
  • A. Young
  • M. Young
  • Scott
 

Personnel

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[56] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[57] Gold 10,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[58] Gold 20,000
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[59] Platinum 24,433[59]
France (SNEP)[60] Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[61] 3× Gold 300,000
Greece (IFPI Greece)[62] Gold 3,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[63] Platinum 6,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[64] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[65] Platinum 60,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[66] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[67] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[68] Gold 10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[29] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[69] Platinum 40,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[70] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] 2× Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[72] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score

Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)
GenreFilm score
Length72:01
LabelColumbia / Marvel Music
ProducerJohn Debney
John Debney chronology
Predators
(2010)
Iron Man 2: Original Motion Picture Score
(2010)
Machete
(2010)
Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtrack chronology
The Incredible Hulk
(2008)
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Thor
(2011)

Background

All of the songs on the film score soundtrack were composed by John Debney, except for "Make Way for Tomorrow Today", which was used for the Stark Expo in the film. It was composed by Richard M. Sherman as an homage to "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", a song he and his brother Robert wrote for a Disney attraction at the 1964 New York World's Fair.[73]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic
Filmtracks
Movie Music UK

James Christopher Monger from Allmusic wrote that Debney "had to contend with a near constant barrage of classic AC/DC songs when putting together his score". He called "I Am Iron Man" "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", and continued that "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."[74]

Track listing

All tracks are written by John Debney, except where 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"Sherman1:51

Additional music

Music featured in the film, but not included in either soundtrack album:

Notes

  1. ^ Eight albums, plus two different editions of Powerage (the version of "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" on Iron Man 2 is the full-length version originally released on the Australian and U.S. editions of Powerage, which did not include "Cold Hearted Man", which was originally released on the European edition of Powerage, which included the abbreviated single version of "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation").

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