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Heaven & Earth
(1993)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Kitaro

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Randy Miller

Co-Produced by:
Budd Carr
Gary Barlough

Feature Solos by:
Kitaro
Yu Xiao Guang
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Geffen Records
(December 7th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you enjoy the few truly beautiful and successful merging of Western orchestral power and Eastern instrumental and vocal authenticity.

Avoid it... if an Oriental variant on the basic dramatic structures of the likes of John Barry, in conjunction with Kitaro's synthetic experimentation, override the appeal of simplistic harmony.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #772
WRITTEN 6/23/99, REVISED 5/13/07
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Heaven & Earth: (Kitaro) Oliver Stone's trilogy of films inspired by his own experiences with the Vietnam War ended with Heaven & Earth, following the critically and popularly praised Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. Never experiencing the same success as its predecessors, Heaven & Earth suffered from a lack of satisfying continuity in its script and drew disappointing returns despite featuring Stone's typically lavish visual sense. The story of Heaven & Earth is based on the autobiographical books of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese woman whose tragedy in her worn-torn homeland led to an unpredictably successful business career in the United States. After being tortured as a girl by both sides of the war, her journey from her village leads to a marriage proposal from a dissolutioned American soldier. Together, they reside in San Diego, forcing her to endure both the disdain of her in-laws and acclimation to the new society of excesses. The torments shown in the film's first half are gut-wrenching, though they represent the more engaging narrative material. Balancing the ideas of heaven and earth for Stone would be an unlikely choice for composer for the film, with his collaborator for the project before and after Heaven & Earth (John Williams) unavailable during his busy 1993 scoring schedule for Spielberg films. Perhaps the unlikeliest hiring came when it was announced that Japanese musician Kitaro was assigned to the project. Kitaro had written a small handful of scores in the 80's and had contributed production talents to a few others. His experience in large-scale Western scoring for Hollywood films was non-existent, though after Stone's questionable treatment of music in Platoon, few were surprised. Kitaro would go on to write one other major film score in 1997 (The Soong Sisters) before devoting his time to performing as an actor in films instead. His concert work and album compositions, however, live on, and are by far the source of Kitaro's larger fame as a composer through the decades.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:58
• 1. Heaven and Earth (Land Theme) (7:38)
• 2. Sau Dau Tree* (3:41)
• 3. Ahn & Le Ly Love Theme (4:54)
• 4. Saigon Reunion (5:48)
• 5. ARVN (3:41)
• 6. Sau Nightmare (0:58)
• 7. V. C. Bonfire (0:47)
• 8. Trong Com* (0:43)
• 9. Ahn's House: Entrance/Please Come Visit My Village of Hoa Qui*/Ahn Sends Le Ly Away (6:27)
• 10. Destiny (1:13)
• 11. Last Phone Call (1:40)
• 12. A Child Without a Father (2:04)
• 13. Village Attack/The Arrest (1:21)
• 14. Walk to the Village (3:00)
• 15. Steve's Ghosts (1:31)
• 16. Return to Vietnam (2:04)
• 17. End Title (10:27)
* Vietnamese folk music, produced by Budd Carr

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