THE VIETNAM WAR Score to Debut on September 15, 2017

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Uni­ver­sal Music Enter­pris­es announced that THE VIET­NAM WAR, a new 10-part series direct­ed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will begin air­ing on PBS on Sep­tem­ber 17, 2017, will be accom­pa­nied by two com­pan­ion sound­tracks to be released on Sep­tem­ber 15, 2017.

THE VIET­NAM WAR fea­tures tes­ti­mo­ny from near­ly 80 wit­ness­es, includ­ing many Amer­i­cans who fought in the war and oth­ers who opposed it, as well as Viet­namese com­bat­ants and civil­ians from both the win­ning and los­ing sides.

Ten years in the mak­ing, the series brings the war and the chaot­ic epoch it encom­passed vis­cer­al­ly to life. Writ­ten by Geof­frey C. Ward, pro­duced by Sarah Bot­stein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, dig­i­tal­ly re-mas­tered archival footage from sources around the globe, pho­tographs tak­en by some of the most cel­e­brat­ed pho­to­jour­nal­ists of the 20th cen­tu­ry, his­toric tele­vi­sion broad­casts, evoca­tive home movies, and rev­e­la­to­ry audio record­ings from inside the Kennedy, John­son and Nixon admin­is­tra­tions. The series fea­tures more than 100 icon­ic musi­cal record­ings from many of the great­est artists of the era, and orig­i­nal music from Trent Reznor and Atti­cus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensem­ble fea­tur­ing Yo-Yo Ma.


Original Score

THE VIET­NAM WAR — Orig­i­nal Score by Trent Reznor & Atti­cus Ross will fea­ture over 90 min­utes of new, orig­i­nal music on 2CD and 3LP, writ­ten and record­ed by Acad­e­my Award-win­ning com­posers Trent Reznor and Atti­cus Ross.

We are incred­i­bly hon­ored to be a part of this project. With ‘THE VIET­NAM WAR,’ Ken, Lynn and Sarah have cre­at­ed some­thing of vital impor­tance. To bear wit­ness to their process was immense­ly inspir­ing. The sheer scale of the project com­bined with the mag­ni­tude of the sub­ject mat­ter was ini­tial­ly daunt­ing for us, but the com­mit­ment, care and rev­er­ence they dis­played made the expe­ri­ence deeply sat­is­fy­ing on many lev­els,”

~ Trent Reznor & Atti­cus Ross


CD 1

  1. Less Like­ly
  2. Four Enclosed Walls
  3. The For­ev­er Rain
  4. Rem­nants
  5. Oth­er Ways To Get To The Same Place
  6. Torn Polaroid
  7. Before Dawn
  8. What Comes Back
  9. Jus­ti­fied Response
  10. Count­ing Ticks

CD 2

  1. A World Away
  2. The Right Things
  3. Pass­ing The Point
  4. Strangers In Lock­step
  5. Before And After Faith
  6. The Same Dream
  7. Haunt­ed

The Soundtrack

In addi­tion, The Viet­nam War — The Sound­track includes many of the icon­ic songs rep­re­sent­ing the era, includ­ing 38 tracks on 2CD cho­sen from the 120 tunes fea­tured in the film. The sound­track will include: The Bea­t­les; Cros­by, Stills, Nash & Young; Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Jimi Hen­drix; Buf­fa­lo Spring­field; Simon & Gar­funkel; Janis Joplin; Phil Ochs; The Temp­ta­tions; Bar­ry McGuire; The Byrds; Otis Red­ding; The Ani­mals; San­tana; Mar­vin Gaye; Nina Simone; The Temp­ta­tions; Book­er T. and the M.G.s; Pete Seeger and more.

The viet­nam war — the sound­track

CD 1

  1. A hard rain’s a-gonna fall – bob dylan
  2. Hel­lo viet­nam – john­nie wright
  3. It’s my life – the ani­mals
  4. Eve of destruc­tion – bar­ry mcguire
  5. Turn! Turn! Turn! (to every­thing there is a sea­son) – the byrds
  6. Mas­ters of war – the sta­ple singers
  7. Mus­tang sal­ly – wil­son pick­ett
  8. Smoke­stack light­nin’ – howl­in’ wolf
  9. Back­lash blues – nina simone
  10. The sound of silence – simon & gar­funkel
  11. One too many morn­ings – bob dylan
  12. Ain’t too proud to beg – the temp­ta­tions
  13. Are you expe­ri­enced? – the jimi hen­drix expe­ri­ence
  14. I’m a man – the spencer davis group
  15. Green onions – book­er t and the mg’s
  16. Strange brew – cream
  17. Waist deep in the big mud­dy (live) – pete seeger
  18. A whiter shade of pale – pro­col harum
  19. The lord is in this place – fair­port con­ven­tion
  20. For what it’s worth – buf­fa­lo spring­field

CD 2

  1. Don’t think twice, it’s all right – bob dylan
  2. Piece of my heart – big broth­er & the hold­ing com­pa­ny
  3. Mag­ic car­pet ride – step­pen­wolf
  4. The let­ter – the box tops
  5. Bad moon ris­ing – cree­dence clear­wa­ter revival
  6. Soul sac­ri­fice – san­tana
  7. Tell the truth – otis red­ding
  8. Okie from musko­gee – mer­le hag­gard
  9. The thrill is gone – b.B. King
  10. Psy­che­del­ic shack – the temp­ta­tions
  11. Ohio – cros­by, stills, nash & young
  12. Get togeth­er – the young­bloods
  13. Gimme shel­ter – the rolling stones
  14. Tail drag­ger – link wray
  15. Amer­i­ca the beau­ti­ful – ray charles
  16. What’s going on – mar­vin gaye
  17. Bridge over trou­bled water – simon & gar­funkel
  18. Let it be – the bea­t­les

THE VIET­NAM WAR will be avail­able on Blu-ray and DVD on Sep­tem­ber 19, 2017 from PBS Dis­tri­b­u­tion at shopPBS​.org.  The DVD and Blu-ray extras include a 45-minute pre­view pro­gram, two spe­cial seg­ments on the con­tem­po­rary lives of two of the program’s par­tic­i­pants, and delet­ed scenes. The series will also be avail­able for dig­i­tal down­load.

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