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We Were Soldiers [Soundtrack]

We Were Soldiers Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0045DO86A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For You
2. Some Mother's Son
3. Fall Out
4. Soldier
5. Good Man
6. The Beautiful
7. My Dear Old Friend
8. I Believe
9. The Widowing Field
10. Not So Distant Day
11. Didn't I
12. The Glory of Life
13. Sgt. MacKenzie
14. The Mansions of the Lord (Suite)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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
2.0 out of 5 stars When did soundtracks stop being soundtracks? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion of Mel Gibson 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sgt. MacKenzie March 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the movie music? March 12, 2002
By DrBig
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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They tricked me!!!!!!! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by scott tunstall
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice product
Wanted this for several of the songs. As described, shipped quickly and is a good product. Would purchase again if needed.
Published 2 months ago by Gary
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie soundtrack much better.
Was disappointed in the Soundtrack. They didn't have the songs from the dance which were very important. The soundtrack wasn't as near as good as the movie soundtrack. Read more
Published 3 months ago by beverly bauchert
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
I really enjoyed the songs played in the movie, but except for one I believe none were included on this CD. If you expect to receive the songs heard in the movie, don't.
Published 3 months ago by walter E. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars we were soldiers
the case was broken but the cd in side was fine and we love it and enjoyed it very nicely
Published 6 months ago by tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Worn out
I've played this cd so much I think I've worn it out. Use 2 songs when escorting veterans funerals. May be making another purchase soon through
Published 7 months ago by Noel Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay soundtrack
Seriously bought this for one song and as a gift for my father. He's not big into MP3 so I had to get the CD for him. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emily V.
4.0 out of 5 stars expecially the Mansions of the Lord
Chosing for the last piece Mansion of the Lord. I see the movie all ready some time ago. Very good soundtrack.
Published 13 months ago by mario pini
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack
Bought it for one song and enjoyed the whole CD! Highly recommend buying this disc! A moving and inspirational musical pleasure!
Published 13 months ago by Andrue Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
Great collection of songs. I am glad I bought this. I plan to order again and give as possible gift.
Published 19 months ago by Kat
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