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The Killing Fields

Mike OldfieldAudio Cassette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00000EC3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pran's Theme
2. Requiem for a City
3. Evacuation
4. Pran's Theme 2
5. Capture
6. Execution
7. Bad News
8. Pran's Departure
9. Worksite
10. The Year Zero
11. Blood Sucking
12. The Year Zero 2
13. Pran's Escape/The Killing Fields
14. The Trek
15. The Boy's Burial/Pran Sees the Red Cross
16. Good News
17. Étude

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Mike Oldfield January 27, 2004
By shr nfr
Format:Audio CD
For those folks who think that Mike Oldfield is nothing more than one more way to play "Tubular Bells" have a surprise in store if they get this album. It is a truely different sort of Mike Oldfield than we have been exposed to of recent. In many ways, it is a shame that he did not continue to fully develop this side of himself in his later work. Make no mistake, I own and enjoy everything he has produced on disc, but this album is special.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, as always February 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is an emotional experience -- and a work of audio art. From beginning to the finale, Etude, is the theme of the war in sound, with all of its emotional impact. War has been done so many times you'd think (hope!!) it would get old, but Mike Oldfield's music is as new and wonderful as ever. With Mike Oldfield's always-original music, you're always taking a chance -- but I'd place my money on this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Sad and Haunting January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have just finished listening to this album in it's entirety, on a snowy night in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has been years since I listened to this, but have to agree with the reviewer that called this a "diamond" in Oldfield's long list of albums. When placed in the context of the movie, the music on this cd could not be more on the mark of the emotions that the movie evokes. When you consider the horrors and sadness that the main character of the movie lived through, the music Oldfield composed for this film fits these two themes almost as if he had lived through it himself. The title of my review seems to be the two main themes that the tracks bring out in the listener, and sort of vary back and forth within the cd. It takes a while for this album to grow on you, but once it does, it is with you for good.
And if you are a perceptive listener, you will notice that the album ends on a note of hope and of better things to come, even though the cut itself starts out with the sadness theme.
Also, for those who know a bit about the context and the main character of the movie, how ironic is it that he was to live through all that he did only to be murdered by a mugger in a major American city? Defies logic..still, his memory and his story survive as an inspiration for those who would take the time to examine it.
Highly recommended, but do not expect typical Mike Oldfield. You're not going to get it. And depending on what album you are talking about..(Guitars, the Millenium Bell, and some others), that's a good thing. It's really too bad that he hadn't done more soundtracks, if this one is any indicator of his potential for them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden diamond in Mike's discography September 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
it is a music to "Killing fields" - a tale about cambodian civil war and terror brought by red khmers in eigthies and seventies.Mike did a great job and made a really moving soundtrack that brings to life whole film without watching it in the moment.with a use of massive choir,strings,lots of synths and slightly hidden guitar he creates a specific claustrofobic atmosphere ("Evacuation","Execution") but also he brings some more hope into whole music ("Etude","Good news").
a great,moving music to a great moving movie.Get movie and the music as well - they both deserve it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars music that paints pictures June 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
this is oldfield's most visually evocative album ever. the music was so brilliantly matched to the action that every track brings a scene vividly to mind. a helicopter landing in a bombed out street, a cow being airlifted, the sweep of the cambodian fainforest, the horror of the killing fields. not so sure it won't sound weird if you haven't seen the movie, though. there's some serious sound experimentation going on here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still one of the best soundtrack recordings October 12, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's sad that Mike Oldfield composed only one movie soundtrack. It's a breath-taking work of art that fits to the atmosphere in the movie perfectly. It's a brilliant piece of music to a brilliant movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect work. Nothing comes close. August 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of my five "perfect albums". There's is not a single track out of place here. A wide range of emotions and moods are covered, from the brutal, violent "Evacuation", monumental and gothic "Requiem for a City" , sorrow-filled "Pran's departure" to the joyful and triumphant "Pran finds the Red Cross". It can be a dark trip through your subconscious and admittedly some parts can be very, very eerie. It is an extraordinary contribution to a extraordinary movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack and not a soundtrack October 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
From the first time I heard this album around 1987, I always heard it disregarding a bit it was a soundtrack. In fact, it is synthesiser music in some of its proportion and although it has classical sections it has a certain city feel. As a huge fan of Mike Oldfield I have to say it's not one of his best albums, but it has remarkable moments, from which I would collect:

1- The eerie surreal sound collage 'Evacuation'.
2- The beautiful orchestral moment of 'Pran's Departure'.
3- Strange and emotional 'Bad News' (my favourite track from the album).
4- The nice melody of 'The Trek'.
5- The haunting synthesiser short passages all over the album.
6- Refreshing 'Good News', an optimistic Oriental melody sooothing from the loaded atmosphere of the album.
7- Of course, nice and sad (but hopeful) Fernando Tárrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' Oriental rendition, 'Etude'.

It is a nice album that works either as a soundtrack and as a normal album. The pity is I'm not really happy with the treatment it received in the movie. Some of the best moments are played in a really low volume. I suppose it counts that I'm a dedicated Mike Oldfield fan!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazimg!
I have always loved this movie and thought the soundtrack was absolutely amazing. My father had the soundtrack on cassette years ago.
Published 4 months ago by Phillip Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars endless fields
The Killing Fields is definitely not part of the wonderful classic '73-'81 period of Mike Oldfield's innovative career, and it's important to understand that it's a soundtrack and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars unique and strong music
I have remembered the music ever since I saw the movie many years ago. The strong, unique, and sometimes stirring music covers a range from sounding classical, to metalic, to... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Dwight N. Rousu
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Music well done for a chilling Movie
This music cd was full of innovative, as well as amazing beauty. It captures the emotions portrayed in the film, and the viewer. Read more
Published on March 27, 2010 by W. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and breathtaking soundtrack
As somebody who isn't a huge Mike Oldfield fan I was incredibly moved by this album. I also think what makes it even better is its excellent fit with the movie for which it was... Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by James Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great soundtrack
Since the movie, I fell for the music of this soundtrack (and there haven't been many soundtracks I love). It has feeling and understanding. Read more
Published on April 25, 2006 by pitojenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantástico, pero ...
la última canción "Étude" no es original del gran Mike, sino que es la pieza "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" del compositor español... Read more
Published on March 4, 2003 by Fco Javier Onate Cuadros
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