Monday, September 11, 2017

CD Review: Two New Soundtracks For "The Vietnam War" Reminds Us Of Hardships & Protest

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns returns this fall with a new 10-part series surrounding "The Vietnam War." Burns, along with Lynn Novick, will premiere the documentary on September 17th on PBS. Adjoining the documentary is not one, but two soundtracks. The first one features the original score from "The Vietnam War" series provided by Academy Award winners Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross. The 17-song, 2CD set features very atmospheric music that will impact your mood while listening to this subtle, but effective sonic landscapes of experimental sounds. Reznor certainly leaves his iconic stamp on these instrumental pieces of music along with the guidance of Ross. The music will certainly have more of an impact along with the visuals that accompany each of these tracks.
 
The second soundtrack for "The Vietnam War" includes 38 songs that helped define that era in music history. While the documentary film series features over 120 songs, these were picked to be included on this new 2-disc set as they are very effective pieces of music that will remind anyone of that period in time. The set begins with the voice of change throughout the sixties, Bob Dylan with his politically charged "A Hard Rain A-Gonna Fall." Dylan also shows up a couple more times in this compilation with "One Too Many Mornings" and "Don't Think Twice It's Alright." While many of the songs from that era are anti-war anthems like "Eve Of Destruction" by Barry McGuire and "It's My Life" by The Animals as they strike chords of riotous themes, songs like "Hello Vietnam" by Johnnie Wright and The Byrds "Turn! Turn! Turn!" were delivering more peaceful sounding anthems for the youth of that generation.
 
This was also the time when music had its second explosion, with music arriving from new bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Big Brother & The Holding Company. The landscape of music would be forever changed as groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Rolling Stones sung about current events as in "Ohio" and "Gimmie Shelter," respectively. There are also the timeless songs from that era ("America The Beautiful," "What's Going On" & "Let It Be") that make you proud to be alive and a lover of patriotism and music. To find out more about these two new amazing releases and about the new 10-part series on "The Vietnam War," please visit facebook.com/TheVietnamWarPBS.

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