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Born on the Fourth of July
(1989)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Trumpet Performed by:
Tim Morrison
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(December 19th, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you respect John Williams' masterful ability to merge the lush sounds of Americana and the stark representations of alienation in one powerful package.

Avoid it... if the album's inclusion of period songs, as well as Williams' largely unlistenable war cues, don't compensate for only 25 minutes of score on the product.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #331
WRITTEN 6/14/98, REVISED 7/30/06
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Born on the Fourth of July: (John Williams) The 1980's were the renaissance for films about the brutal effects of the Vietnam War, and Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July was one of the more powerful entries in that series. A snapshot of an American life ruined and redeemed, the film tackled both horrors of the war itself and its aftermath on the disillusioned veterans who were often shunned upon their return to America. The story of Born on the Fourth of July follows one man's similar journey, and through Stone's realistic examination of sanity in its primary character, the film remains an underestimated and unfortunately diminished memory for most viewers. One of the most powerful elements of the film was John Williams' remarkable score. The maestro would begin to accept more projects of a grand political stature in the late 1980's and early 1990's, and while the quality of these scores would vary (as would the quality of the Stone films for which Williams would write music), the composer always seemed to capture the grim solitude of the subject matter better than anyone else. His sense of translating alienation and heroicism into remorseful and sorrowful solo performances in the orchestra is unmatched in the era. His integration of those solos into the full ensemble performances is also of note, particularly in Born on the Fourth of July. The instrument of choice for Williams here, as it would be in JFK, is the trumpet, and Tim Morrison's solo performances in this score are not to be missed. It is in these slightly harsh, but ultra-noble trumpet solos that Williams flawlessly captures the concept of alienation, and he is not about to let you forget about its effect.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:24
• 1. A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall (4:58)
Performed by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
• 2. Born on the Bayou (4:54)
Performed by The Broken Hornes
• 3. Brown Eyed Girl (3:07)
Performed by Van Morrison
• 4. American Pie (8:32)
Performed by Don McLean
• 5. My Girl (2:43)
Performed by The Temptations
• 6. Soldier Boy (2:39)
Performed by The Shirelles
• 7. Venus (2:21)
Performed by Frankie Avalon
• 8. Moon River (2:41)
Performed by Henry Mancini

Original Score:
• 9. Prologue (1:22)
• 10.The Early Days, Massapequa, 1957 (4:57)
• 11. The Shooting of Wilson (5:07)
• 12. Cua Viet River, Vietnam, 1968 (5:02)
• 13. Homecoming (2:38)
• 14. Born on the Fourth of July (5:44)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes include a short paragraph from the director of the film, but has no extra information about the score.
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