Platoon (1986 Film) - And Songs From The Era CD, Soundtrack, Import
Platoon CD ATLANTIC, 81742-2, 11 Track
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
Add in "Respect" by Aretha, "Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson, "Hello I Love You" by the Doors, and "Groovin" by the Rascals.
And this adds up to a great period piece.
The "Adagio for Strings" intro/outro and the "Barnes Shoots Elias" interlude provide a nice change of pace. It's a short recording at only 33 mins, but overall a good soundtrack. Highly recommended if you like music from this period....
a classic, and the soundtrack contributed greatly to its