*The Miles Davis jam named Zimbabwe off the lp Pangea, was the last of two pieces performed on the second of two nights (February 1, 1975) at the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan. As with the first concert captured on the simultaneously released Agharta, the ferocious band also included guitarists Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas, saxaphonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Al Foster and percussionist James Mtume.
In honor of Veteran's Day, the courageous men and women that have fought in past and present wars and those that might fight in (hopefully never to come) future wars, RFW respectfully rewinds to The Apocalypse End. This remixed update of a show which was originally posted on RFW on October 5, 2006 is a set I have been perfecting since a spontaneous
WBCN, Boston overnight session in 1979.
The New York Dolls
Bernard L. Krause
and an incredibly talented supporting cast of musicians, actors, editors and recordists.
* The following is an excerpt from the the original post - the words still ring true.
Apocalypse Now almost cost director Francis Ford Coppola his life! It gave to the world a night-fever look at the underbelly of the Vietnam War and burned phrases like "terminate with extreme prejudice" and "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" into our collective brain.
It's OST is one of the best examples of the marriage of music and cinema. Constructed by Coppola and his father Carmine, the use of "The End" is so effectively intertwined with the ominous sound of Patrick Gleeson's moog helicopters in the distance that it never fails to invoke chills and visions of the ravaged fields of Vietnam under heavy attack - the flames, the smoke, the sounds and Jim Morrison's dark poetry all synchronized together by them like master-magicians.
Francis, I'm still stunned and amazed.
If it's been years or if by any chance you've never seen Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux or Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, the equally compelling documentary by Eleanor Coppola , I recommend that you make it a point to put it on your list.