The Killing Fields (album)

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The Killing Fields
A rectangular slit on a grey background featuring a sunset photo of a work site. Yellow text is at the bottom of the image; "This is a story of war and friendship, anguish and honour. A ruined country and one man's will to live...". Two red squares at the top left and right say the album title The Killing Fields and Mike Oldfield Original Film Soundtrack.
Soundtrack album by Mike Oldfield
Released 26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)
Recorded England, Germany & Switzerland 1984
Genre World Music
Length 38:09
Label Virgin
Producer Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield chronology
Discovery
(1984)
The Killing Fields
(1984)
Islands
(1987)
Singles from The Killing Fields
  1. "Étude"
    Released: 26 November 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Killing Fields is the 10th record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1984. It was the soundtrack album for the British drama film of the same name based on the experiences of two journalists in the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It is the only full score written by Oldfield and the music was orchestrated by David Bedford.

History[edit]

Though Oldfield's music had been used in films before (see The Exorcist and The Space Movie), this was the first time he had written specifically for film, and so far the only time. Oldfield composed the album on a Fairlight CMI.

Like many movies, the album is not a comprehensive record of all the Oldfield soundtrack music used in the film. Most notably, the music accompanying the darkroom sequence does not feature on the album. The single from the album, "Étude", is taken from the Francisco Tarrega piece "Recuerdos de la Alhambra".

Oldfield spent six months working on the score for The Killing Fields before going on tour, but when Oldfield returned the producers of the film asked for more music to be written, prompting Oldfield to ask for the use of an orchestra and a choir; three months later the score was finished.[2] It was released just a few months after Oldfield's previous album, Discovery.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mike Oldfield, except where stated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pran's Theme" – 0:44
  2. "Requiem for a City" – 2:11
  3. "Evacuation" – 5:14
  4. "Pran's Theme 2" – 1:41
  5. "Capture" – 2:24
  6. "Execution" – 4:47
  7. "Bad News" – 1:14
  8. "Pran's Departure" – 2:08

Side two[edit]

  1. "Worksite" – 1:16
  2. "The Year Zero" – 0:28 (David Bedford)
  3. "Blood Sucking" – 1:19
  4. "The Year Zero 2" – 0:37
  5. "Pran's Escape / The Killing Fields" – 3:17
  6. "The Trek" – 2:02
  7. "The Boy's Burial / Pran Sees the Red Cross" – 2:24
  8. "Good News" – 1:46
  9. "Étude" (Francisco Tárrega, arranged by Mike Oldfield) – 4:37

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Killing Fields at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Interview with Mike Oldfield". Roland Power-on magazine. 1999-06-06. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 

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