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Full Metal Jacket [Soundtrack]

Vivian Kubrick Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Full Metal Jacket - Abigail Mead/Nigel Goulding
2. Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright
3. Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups
4. Wooley Bully - Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs
5. I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
6. These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
7. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
8. The Marines' Hymn - The Goldman Band
9. Transition - Abigail Mead
10. Parris Island - Abigail Mead
11. Ruins - Abigail Mead
12. Leonard - Abigail Mead
13. Attack - Abigail Mead
14. Time Suspended - Abigail Mead
15. Sniper - Abigail Mead

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Stan Kubrick's 1987 take on Vietnam is a strange disorientating "wriggle" through film genres and human psyche alike, and the movie ends up as a kind of docu-drama road movie where the protagonists are being wasted one by one. The original score is by Abigail Mead. Admittedly she only had to come up with a few, eerie underscore themes, but they do their job, although unaided by images her mid-1980s samples sound a bit dated. The title track is a groovy medley over the Marine training camp's hilarious marching songs--a nice header to the album. The "Ruins" theme is an illustrative piece of film music, and "Sniper" a classic emotion-trigger. The soundtrack's covers-inventory has obvious post punk characteristics, the only music from the period is the raunchy "I Like It Like That". Stones classic "Paint It Black" never made it through the copyright trap, which is a shame, but lovers of grunge can enjoy "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen and "Woolly Bully" all the same. The sickeningly sentimental pro-war Country smoocher "Hello Vietnam" by Johnny Wright, and Nancy Sinatra's reminder to the "gooks" what's in store, "These Boots Are Made For Walking", illustrate Kubrick's dark sense of humour, as does the Dixie Cups' "Chapel Of Love". --Yngvil V.G.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer be wary. April 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
_Full Metal Jacket_ is, unquestionably, one of the finest, most powerful movies ever made. Consequently, the release of this partial and somewhat garbaged-up soundtrack was and remains a serious disappointment.
Who thought of the electric/hip hop version of Lee Ermey calling cadence in the first track? The word, "atrocity" comes to mind. And "I Like It Like That," disingenuously asterisked as "music from the period," was NOT included in the movie. The overly long "Time Suspended" merely takes up space on the CD. But perhaps the most grevious oversight (perhaps they could not get licensing) is the ommission of, "Paint it Black," which as any devotee of this film knows is the capstone of the whole movie.
The positives: the rest of the CD, which includes the haunting Abigail Mead score ("Time Suspended" notwithstanding) and the rock music featured in the film.
Blip over the bad stuff and make your own tape, throwing in "Paint it Black," and you're there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only One Good Track.. Oct. 14 2002
Format:Audio CD
The first one... The rest of the CD is movie instrumentals that are excellent for falling asleep to, but that's about it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone Feb. 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
Abigail Mead, the composer of eight songs of this soundtrack, is actually Vivian Kubrick, daughter of Stanley Kubrick.
The disc has 15 tracks:
The first song is a hip-hop/techno mix of the cadences sung by Sgt Hartman in the first part of the movie, it is not a beautiful or good and I don't think it was necessary to include it.
The songs 2 to 7 are songs from the sixties and hear them during the movie creates a "mood" for the movie, for example, the song These Boots Are Made For Walking, by Nancy Sinatra and the scene in Vietnam which a prostitute is walking fits just perfectly and watch the movie without this song would have much less effect. Although they are not complex songs and most of the lyrics are foolish it's worth to have them in the score because they made a good part in the movie.
Song number 8 is the Marine's Hymn, a nice inclusion even thought it's not likely that someone would play this song very often at home.
The rest of the score are the instrumental themes composed by Abigail Mead, some of them are quiet and peaceful like Leonard, and others are more aggressive like Parris Island, with some nice stereo effects.
This is not the best score for a Stanley Kubrick movie and I suggest you to listen to it before you buy or you can have some bad surprises like not listening to Paint it Black, because it was not included or odd songs like Time Suspended. Actually I would suggest this soundtrack for Collectors, Kubrick fans or people with eclectic musical taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boot Camp scenes are hauntingly realistic Aug. 3 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The best part of this movie is the beginning, when they show what a raw recruit goes through at Boot Camp. It brings back a lot of memories because it was so well done. Lee Ermey just is exactly what a DI is at Paris Island. All the nuances, the lingo, the discipline. The acting is all first rate. Also, the combat portrayals in Hue City showed the type of frustration that vets faced in Vietnam. Snipers were nightmares to deal with. By the time you snuffed 'em out, you lost three or four men. The other movie that, in my opinion is the best war movie ever made, is Hamburger Hill. That movie showed what real grunt life was like in the bush.
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