- What is war?
- Look around you
- Flying high: Contains Sgt. MacKenzie (after Jos. Rizza Kilna)
- First step
- NVA base camp
- More telegrams
- I'll go with you
- Photo montage
- That's a nice day
- Jack's death
- Final battle
- Final departure
- End credits: Contains Sgt. MacKenzie (by Jos. Rizza Kilna) / The mansio
From a record company point of view, the opportunity to create a musical counterpart to writer/director Randall Wallace's Vietnam war movie We Were Soldiers must have seemed ideal, and Sony has responded by getting a large number of its developing pop and country acts, among them Train and Five for Fighting on the pop side and Tammy Cochran and Montgomery Gentry on the country side, to record new material for the project. This is a "music from and inspired by" soundtrack, though there is no indication which songs were used in the actual film. Clearly, the songwriters (most of whom are not the same as the performers) were inspired by a story of wartime separation ("Good Man," "Some Mother's Son") and camaraderie ("For You," "Soldier"), as well as that Vietnam-specific complaint, "Why weren't the vets welcomed home as heroes?" ("Didn't I"). All this self-righteous solemnity might be easier to take if it were in the service of a movie about a different war and not another of those Hollywood rationalizations attempting to justify Vietnam by focusing on the grunts. (Is Hollywood ever going to make a film about the people who were right about Vietnam?) But even then, the tone would be so heavy-handed that it wouldn't be much fun to listen to.
Performance CreditsCatherine Bott Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Carmen Daye Soprano
Andy Findon Woodwind
Nick Glennie-Smith Conductor
Karen Hua-Qi Han Erhu
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Maurice Murphy Trumpet
Peter Lale Viola
Karen Han Erhu
Constance Chase Choir Director
Jenny O'Grady Choir Director
Technical CreditsNick Glennie-Smith Arranger,Producer
Mal Luker Producer,Engineer,Sound Design,Engineering
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Randall Wallace Producer
Ashley Irwin Orchestration
Randall Wallace Lyricist
Jenny O'Grady Director
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We Were Soldiers [Original Motion Picture Score] based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
It's mostly country, which I'm not a big fan of, but it's ''light'' country, that can also be appealing to pop fans.
...How does a fella like me, who was a Witness to the Heroism of so many in the -Valley of Death- that was the IA DRANG of 1965, thank Music Composer ..NICK GLENNIE-SMITH.. for his ..''WE WERE SOLDIERS''.. Soundtrack Score that now feels like Theme Music to my Life...? ...His luscious strings, plesantly thundering drums and inspiring solos and choirs put me right back at the 1st Major Battle of the Vietnam War ..and soothes me now. This is a HEALING. ...Movie Director ..RANDALL WALLACE.. has said that his outstanding film ..''WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. was meant to honor and heal America's Hero Vietnam Vets. ..GLENNIE-SMITH's.. Music quietly comes up on ya ..and captures your heart. ..My favorite Film Score has always been ..JOHN BARRY's.. lushly romantic ..''SOMEWHERE IN TIME'' ..with JANE SEYMOUR -&- CHRISTOPHER REEVE. ..''WE WERE SOLDIERS''.. is a Perfect Match. ...Thank you ..NICK..!!! ...Signed:..-ALOHA RONNIE- Guyer / U.S. 7th Cavalry / Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 / Landing Zone Falcon
Completely moves me every time I listen to this. There isn't a bad track on it. It's sad, hopeful, inspiring, humbling...beautiful.
This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Again here I agree with previous reviews that the score is what add the additional qualities to the movie. The music is absolutely beautiful. Is there a website or a place where a person can view the score of the various pieces performed in this movie? It would be much appreciated if you can respond.
Utterly amazing best that should make us proud that these are our fellow Americans.
This movie was the best movie I have seen in a long time...it quickly became my all time favorite and the score has a lot to do with it. I believe music is key to the emotion one feels from watching a film. This definitely did it for me!
I had one major and one minor disappointment with this 'soundtrack' album. The major disappointment is it does not include the pulse pounding Irish drum set from the "Broken Arrow" sequence. The minor disappointment is the only two tracks on the album actually from the movie are presented last. Otherwise it's not bad, although a bit more 'countryish' than I personally care for.
I bought the CD specifically for "Sgt. McKenzie" since I'm a former bagpiper and love haunting tunes; I listen to this track over and over! "For You" is another absolutely moving song, sung by Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews. My other favorite is "The Beautiful" by Five for Fighting. Some of the other songs are just OK for me; I typically skip through to my favorites.