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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

by Carmine Coppola Carmine Coppola




To view Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece Apocalypse Now is to investigate the dark side of human nature, to probe Heart of Darkness. Listening to the soundtrack is to experience the film again in another, no less mind-bending light. Arranged by Coppola and his father Carmine, the music, dialogue and narration match the film's chilling descent into madness. The score, heavy on electronics and synthetic noise, dangles the listener in front of an abyss akin to the frightful mood evoked by the film's terrifying visceral psychedelics. Keeping with the sequence of the film's action, the soundtrack traces Captain Willard's trip up the river to meet Colonel Kurtz. From the opening helicopters' muffled whirls to the echoes of the unforgiving Vietnamese jungle, the sounds of Apocalypse Now amount to poundings and shrieks of synthesized paranoia, accurately capturing the confusion and discord depicted in the film. Excerpts from the film, named after script indicators such as "Saigon," "The Nung River," "Do Lung Bridge," "Horror," and "Even the Jungle Wanted Him Dead," provide precise snapshots. Some cuts are pure dialogue, while others are dialogue interspersed with the sound of the film. Only three actual songs, each memorable in their own light, appear on the soundtrack: "The End" by The Doors, which captures the film's doors of perception theme, "Susie Q" and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." For Apocalypse Now's devotees, this album brings the film to life without the aid of the visuals. But, since the dialogue cuts run long, the album may prove to be a huge snore for just about any other listener. On a whole it's an unconventional soundtrack; rather, it's a facsimile of many of the film's crucial scenes and an auditory synopsis of a phenomenal cinematic experience.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2005
Label: Wea Int'l
UPC: 0075596082624
catalogNumber: 9608262
Rank: 45574


Disc 1

  1. The End
  2. Saigon
  3. The End (Pt. 2)
  4. Terminate
  5. The Delta
  6. P.B.R.
  7. Dossier #I
  8. Colonel Kilgore
  9. Orange Light
  10. The Ride of the Valkyries
  11. Napalm in the Morning (Dialogue)
  12. Pre-Tiger
  13. Dossier #II
  14. Susie-Q
  15. 1
  16. 75 Klicks (Dialogue)
  17. The Nung River

Disc 2

  1. Do Lung Bridge
  2. Letters from Home
  3. Clean's Death
  4. Chief's Death/Strange Voyage
  5. Strange Voyage
  6. Kurtz' Compound (Dialogue)
  7. Willard's Capture
  8. Errand Boy (Dialogue)
  9. Chef's Head
  10. The Hollow Men
  11. Horror (Dialogue)
  12. Even the Jungle Wanted Him Dead (Dialogue)
  13. The End

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmine Coppola   Primary Artist,Conductor,Track Performer
Mickey Hart   Percussion
Doors   Track Performer
Flash Cadillac   Track Performer
Randy Hansen   Guitar
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Patrick Gleeson   Synthesizer
Bernie Krause   Synthesizer
Richard Beggs   Synthesizer
Georg Solti   Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richard Wagner   Composer
Doors   Contributor
Don Preston   Contributor
Jim Morrison   Composer
Rhythm Devils   Contributor
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Jordan Amarantha   Contributor
Greg Errico   Contributor
Zakir Hussain   Contributor
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Ken Kessie   Engineer
Bill Kreutzmann   Contributor
Phil Lesh   Contributor
Jim Loveless   Contributor
Flora Purim   Vocal Effect
Paul Rothchild   Producer
David Rubinson   Producer
Nyle Steiner   Contributor
Shirley Walker   Contributor
Bill Steele   Engineer
Francis Ford Coppola   Director,Producer
Walter Murch   Sound Effects
Eleanor Broadwater   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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