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Platoon (1986 Film) - And Songs From The Era [Soundtrack]

Georges DelerueAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Adagio For Strings "The Village"Platoon Soundtrack 1:46Album Only
listen  2. Tracks Of My TearsSmokey Robinson 2:57Album Only
listen  3. Okie From MuskogeeMerle Haggard 3:05Album Only
listen  4. Hello, I Love YouThe Doors 2:13Album Only
listen  5. White RabbitJefferson Airplane 2:33Album Only
listen  6. "Barnes Shoots Elias"Platoon Soundtrack 3:10Album Only
listen  7. RespectAretha Franklin 2:28Album Only
listen  8. [Sittin' On] The Dock Of The BayOtis Redding 2:45Album Only
listen  9. When A Man Loves A WomanPercy Sledge 2:52Album Only
listen10. Groovin'The Young Rascals 2:31Album Only
listen11. Adagio For Strings (LP/ Charlie Sheen Dialogue Version)Platoon Soundtrack 6:53Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: December 24, 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IKT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


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 this 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 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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CD ATLANTIC, 81742-2, 11 Track

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Oliver Stone's 1986 Oscar-winning Platoon is, even after 18 years, still one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. Based on Stone's true-life experiences as a young infantryman who served "in-country" with the 25th Infantry Division in 1967, Platoon began the trend of combat films about Vietnam (Hamburger Hill, Charlie 84MoPic) that spanned the late 1980s and paved the way for more realistic combat films about any war, including Saving Private Ryan.
Platoon was, of course, well-acted, directed magnificently and photographed in such a way that viewers left the theater feeling as though they, too, had been "in the bush" for a combat tour of duty. Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Tom Berenger all created indelible characters in their portrayals of Sgt. Elias, Pvt. Taylor, and Sgt. Barnes, the trinity upon which the tale of Stone's film is centered. But adding its own emotional firepower is the spare but effective score by composer Georges Delerue.
Not that Delerue goes the Williams/Horner/Goldsmith path of composing a wall-to-wall symphonic score with themes and cues to underscore Pvt. Taylor's year of combat and confusion and the various battle sequences in the film. No, Delerue apparently only composed one original cue worthy of inclusion into this 11-track "compilation" soundtrack album. The piece, "Barnes Shoots Elias," is a spooky, atmospheric, almost claustrophobic composition that evokes both the oppressive atmosphere of the jungle and the darkness of Sgt. Barnes' resentment of the free-spirited but disillusioned Sgt. Elias.
Delerue and the music coordinator for Platoon chose Samuel Barber's elegaic Adagio for Strings as the film's signature orchestral "theme.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Adagio for Strings" is ruined! August 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD has some enjoyable songs which represent the era and the soldiers of Vietnam extremely well, such as "Hello, I Love You" and "Tracks of My tears". The one track of original score ("Barnes Shoots Elias") is excellent and very creepy and the stereo gunshot takes you completely by surprise at the end!
The sound quality of most of these songs is not the best, but still listenable, (this is due to the songs being recorded years ago on old analog equipment, as is explained on the CD cover). It's a cheap and cheerful release, but there is a major spoiler that has dragged my rating of the CD down from five stars to only two...
...and that is "Adagio for Strings". The CD treats this beautiful music horribly! For a start, the last part of the song (the reprise of the main theme after the high-pitched crescendo) has been cut off from the track and slapped onto the start of the CD as a separate track called "The Village", where the music is drowned out by sounds of fire and explosions. While this is moderately effective, they could have at least left the proper version of Adagio intact.
The worst part however is the main Adagio track at the end of the CD. The beginning of the song (which I personally believe is the best part) is again drowned out by pointless sound effects. This time it is the noise of helicopter blades and then dialogue by Charlie Sheen (the speech at the end of the film). This is disgusting! The rhythm becomes ruined and the monologue becomes predictable and boring on repeated listens - which is a shame as it is actually a pretty good one *when* *used* *in* *the* *film*! But to have this on the CD obscuring the music is ludicrous!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's been a long time.... May 2, 2002
By richard
Format:Audio CD
Ever since I saw this film, when I was young, the soundtrack never left me.'Adagio for Strings' has got to be THE best song ever written with more emotion than anything that you could compare it to including the beatles. Its took me tens years to find it and now it's all mine...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of music plus movie dialogue January 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have never seen this movie, but I love this album. Even the opening track "The Village" which is a part of 'Adagio for Strings' interspersed with gunfire brings vivid pictures to my mind of what is happening. Then there's the great mix of music from the 'Vietnam' era ranging from Merle Haggard to The Doors. "Barnes shoots Elias" is a touching, orchestral piece that ends with a rifle shot. The album ends with "Adagio for Strings" which starts off with some dialogue by Charlie Sheen and the sound of helicopters in the background, before the orchestra takes over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars not listed February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Truely a work of art. It includes dramatic music from the movie as well as music from the era. If you have seen the movie and liked it, I STRONGLY urge you to buy this. It will truely move you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool soundtrack February 12, 2011
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Contains some of my favorite songs from the era: Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"; "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard; and "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

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....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic standards of the era
Excellent selection of era favorites. The movie, of course, is
a classic, and the soundtrack contributed greatly to its
Published 4 months ago by William R. Toddmancillas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a great collection of songs from the Vietnam War era. It's a good cross-sectional profile of popular music of the day.
Published 5 months ago by Derek Saul
1.0 out of 5 stars The disc is damaged or poorly done.
Most of the songs will not play. In a way, the disc is more representative of the era than the music, constant frustration.
Published 6 months ago by Davis Lee Frye
Published 13 months ago by FANATICWHITESOX
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
cd is very good and all the music reminds me of growing up in the 60's and 70's.it is also one of the best movies i have ever seen. thanks for quality products amazon.
Published on July 14, 2010 by angela hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Classical Pieces And Some Songs From The Era.
I have not seen the film, but it's clear from the 3 classical tracks that it includes trauma, saddness, loss and a brief ray of hope at the end. Read more
Published on June 29, 2010 by J. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame, Shame
Only two songs were playable on the DVD, speaking more to the vendor than the music. I forget the vendor name, but I wouldn't buy from them again.
Published on August 7, 2009 by Gym Cop
4.0 out of 5 stars Background noise sucks...I want the real music!
I purchased this album specifically for the Adagio for Strings. I found this piece hauntingly beautiful. Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by Eric Heidel
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
Side 1

1-"The Village" Adagio for Strings -The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2-Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson
3-Okie from Muskogee-Merle Haggard... Read more
Published on February 25, 2008 by lucedays
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of songs from the film
Ive loved this movie since i was 12 years old and ive also loved the music that plays all trough out it. Read more
Published on December 30, 2007 by Trentsinmypants
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