Apocalypse Now (Soundtrack): Tipstor? Pick

Summary: From the very start?which is, ironically, the Doors? ?The End,? overlaid with the ominous throb of helicopter rotors?the 96-minute album takes a journey as dark as that of Martin Sheen?s Captain Benjamin L. Willard, who ventures deep into the Vietnamese jungle for an ill-fated showdown with Marlon Brando?s Colonel Kurtz.

Album: Apocalypse Now

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Elektra Records


Unlike conventional soundtrack albums, this one mostly foregoes actual musical selections, save a few exceptions (the Doors, Wagner?s fittingly apocalyptic ?The Ride of the Valkyries?). Instead, it follows the film?s narrative with a meandering mix of dialogue scraps, jungle noises, and firefights. The results are a bleakly hallucinogenic document of the ?70s.