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The Oliver Stone Connection UNIVERSAL UMD 80530 2 CDs  


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This is an unusual CD; many will find it absorbing; a few might feel it's rather indulgent. Oliver Stone describes how and why he chose the music for many of his films. His commentary is reproduced in the booklet so that for repeated hearings you can programme them out. The first CD is mainly concerned with selections from artists such as Yolocamba Ita; Smokey Robinson; Don McLean; Peggy Lee; Jefferson Airplane and The Doors for such films as Salvador and Platoon. Stone makes the comment that songs and music was important to the men in Vietnam - "music was a survival item, it was as important as your rifle..." Interestingly, for the film The Doors, we learn that Val Kilmer who played Jim Morrison had a very good voice which could in many ways emulate Morrison. The film's sound track ended up with a seamless mix of Kilmer and Morrison. CD 1 includes an intelligent and intriguing 8½ minute track - The End - from The Doors.

The second CD for me is the most interesting for it includes some fascinating material in Stone's comments on the symphonic music used in such films of his as: Heaven and Earth (An unusual and beautifully exotic score by Kitaro); Salvador with George Delrue's love theme; Wall Street (Stewart Copeland); U-Turn (Ennio Moricone); and JFK (John Williams). Stone also explains why he picked Barber's Adagio for Platoon - the serenity of the music to contrast with the visual images of the horror of war.

Ian Lace

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