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We Were Soldiers Soundtrack


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listen  1. For YouJohnny Cash;Dave Matthews 4:57Album Only
listen  2. Some Mother's SonCarolyn Dawn Johnson 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fall Out (Album Version)Train 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. SoldierSteven Curtis Chapman 4:38Album Only
listen  5. Good ManIndia.Arie 3:32Album Only
listen  6. The Beautiful (Album Version)Five For Fighting 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Dear Old Friend (Album Version)Mary Chapin Carpenter 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Believe (Album Version)Tammy Cochran 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Widowing FieldJars Of Clay 3:57Album Only
listen10. Not So Distant DayJamie O'Neal;Michael McDonald 3:38Album Only
listen11. Didn't I (Album Version)Montgomery Gentry 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Glory Of LifeRascal Flatts 4:24Album Only
listen13. Sgt. MacKenzieJoseph Kilna MacKenzie 4:39Album Only
listen14. The Mansions of the LordUnited States Military Academy Glee Club 6:32Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005Y6PN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We Were Soldiers ~ We Were Soldiers

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The "music from and inspired by" the Mel Gibson Vietnam film is a full slate of new recordings by a wide range of mainstream stars, along with bagpipe and glee-club pieces that convey the movie's sobriety. Quiet, detailed vignettes by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Patty Griffin's "My Dear Old Friend") and India Arie ("Good Man") express the human losses inherent in the conflict, while the pop-country duo Montgomery Gentry offer "Didn't I," the plaint of the returning vet. Much of the rest is inspirational pop of various stripes. Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews team for the ethereal "For You," while Five for Fighting's "The Beautiful" recalls Matthews's most radio-ready tracks. Atmospheric moments from Christian-poppers and up-and-coming Nashville stars complete the package, which is sure to appeal both to fans of the film and those who'll apply the patriotic sentiments to present-day realities. --Bob Roget

Customer Reviews

The soundtrack is just as good as the movie.
Eileen M Roberts
I bought this cd right after the movie, not thinking to scout out the cd when I purchased it.
J. Munyon
Even the great period pop songs from the movie like "Hold On, I'm Comin'" weren't included.
jazzyjohnny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Many millions were moved to tears by the dramatic conclusion of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, in which a powerful piece of choral and instrumental music was played while the honor guard marched in, lifted the casket, and recessed down the aisle with the cross and candles and priests leading the way. That music was an arrangement of the last cut on this album, and the album is worth it if only to be able to have this music handy for future reference. I remember thinking, as the tears streamed uncontrollably down my face, that I'd have maintained my composure but for the music. Indeed, I never shed a tear during the funeral until that music began to play over the scene of the handsome young soldiers bearing their commander-in-chief to his final resting place. I remember thinking that this music had a cinematic quality to it, deeply sad but carrying a strength and resilience that perfectly matched the image of the President as he was recalled by the eulogies of those who loved him. A powerful piece of music indeed, and one that should be remembered even if the rest of the album is less memorable.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Smedberg on March 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I saw this movie the other night, and was deeply touched and impressed. The orchestral soundtrack was a perfect match with the story, creating an atmosphere of patriotism, and yet sadness that this kind of sacrifice in necessary for our country's defense. I went out and looked, and found this CD, and didn't look at it closely enough until it was open and too late.
To this album's credit, its actual title (not as seen here) is "Music From And Inspired By" We Were Soldiers. To be precise, two tracks of fourteen are heard anywhere in the film: the last two, one of which is the closing credits. Here I was, looking for beautiful, classical-style soundtrack music a la Braveheart or Gladiator, and I am treated to truly boring new offerings from groups like Five For Fighting and Train. Don't get me wrong: I own albums from both of these groups that I truly enjoy listening to. But this is not the time or place for them.
It is one thing for a movie to advertise itself with the popular music it sports, to bring in viewers who assume that anyone who has the good taste to put Dave Matthews, or Three Doors Down, or whatever other band into their movie, must be capable of putting together a movie that is decent in other respects too. But this CD is nowhere near what the music of this movie was really about.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cara E. Anderson on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This collection of songs seems to be more a testimonial to our military than entertainment for our jaded ears. We need only contemplate those involved to see that it's another gift of a sort from Mel Gibson, et al. Sure, they make the money - but we have the profound experience of listening, and of hearing what these songs say to us about war, love, and sacrifice. The first cut, "For You", in the gravelly, aged, tired, and marvelous voice of Johhny Cash, with a bit of sweet balance from Dave Matthews isn't, as someone earlier commented, a "rockabilly duet" - this is a song done in the first-person tense, of that ultimate sacrifice made 2000 years ago on a cross outside of Jerusalem, and it reminds us that our military - in whatever wars - have been ready to sacrifice their lives as well. An outstanding musical performance, followed by 12 more good-to-excellent pieces which all, in one way or another, reflect the experience of war. The biggest goose-bumps are saved for last with "The Mansions of the Lord". Who would have guessed that in this age of hip-hop and half-dress a pair of contemporaries would reach into their souls and present to us a hymn truly of the Grand Tradition: the words were written today/the words were written 2000 years ago; the melody is simultaneously anguish and triumph. The composer (Nick Glennie-Smith) and the lyricist (Randall Wallace - who wrote Gibson's film "Braveheart") have given to every fallen soldier's loved ones a glimpse of that soldier's Easter Day. This hymn is now being performed during military funerals - a tradition begun in Ronald Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral. So - this album is great listening, with a good mix of performers, and styles - but beyond that, it's music that speaks to the soul.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DrBig on March 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was very disappointed with this soundtrack. The music from the film is notably absent. A soundtrack is supposed to feature music from the film, isn't it? This CD simply fails to remind of the film in any way. Overall, a good CD, but it has little to do with the movie. The only track on this CD which reminds me of any portion of the movie is the Gallic piece they play during dustoff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "klent337" on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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I thought that the majority of these songs used for this soundtrack were great. Especially Sgt. MacKenzie & Mansions of the Lord which were the only two songs from the actual film...the singer/songwriter Joseph Kilna MacKenzie is a member of the group Clann An Drumma. Its the guy singing several times in the movie.
One thing to keep in mind is that besides the two above mentioned tracks the rest of the songs were INSPIRED by the movie. They were written to augment the feelings artists got from the movie.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Munyon on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, kind of anyways. I bought this cd right after the movie, not thinking to scout out the cd when I purchased it. I had assumed that this cd would feature the score and IT DIDN'T! Oh well, my stupidity is to blame for that I suppose.
Among the songs on this cd are a few solid songs like Tammy Cochran's 'I Believe' and a new version of Steven Curtis Chapman's 'Solidier'. Buyer beware, though, this cd only has one song from the movie. If you want my honest assessment, buy the REAL movie score, not this cd.
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