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Platoon And Songs From the Era Soundtrack
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In a musical collection that is as much soundtrack as it is score, Oliver Stone's Platoon is a breakthrough for its ability to embody the extremes of the human condition in Vietnam. While most of the songs by themselves are commonly found as representative of the era, together they become a personality. Smokey Robinson's soulful and heartfelt "Tracks of My Tears" is offset by the down-home pride of Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee". In turn, they are challenged by the escapist fantasies of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay". The glue that held these social groups together in Vietnam, however tenuous the bond, was the common experience of combat. Here this combat takes form as Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings; Barber's violins play first at the aftermath of the torching of a Vietnamese village and then again as the undercurrent for Charlie Sheen's reflective monologue at the film's finale. Each time, they embody the pain and anguish of the previous moments, searching for cause but finding only loss and despair. The strings become the screams of the wounded, the souls of the lost and the conscience of the living, and in doing so, the Adagio for Strings itself serves as a testament to an experience that must be faced to be understood. --James Stockstill
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The only thing about this CD that some may find irritating is the inclusion of sound clips from the film in the score tracks. Although the monologue fits perfectly with the mood of the final piece, you may not want to hear it every time you stick the CD in. Likewise, the sound of fire and explosions in "Village" can distract from the music. Still, your mileage may vary. I don't think it's that big of a problem.
This is the most consistently good soundtrack CD I've found. Well worth acquiring for any fan of cinema.
I think that Platoon is far better than some of the other films portraying the Vietnamese war at the time notably "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket", but the music score is exceptional and remains a haunting memory whatever.
Platoon is one I have not seen, the soundtrack includes 8 top songs from soul and rock artists of the wartime era.
However the classical tracks are mostly on the dark side as befits the film, so be aware while the soul/rock songs are mostly upbeat, the remainder are not.