Ken Burns - Civil War-Music from Pbs Series

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    Personnel: Bernice Johnson Reagon (vocals); Jay Ungar (guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Molly Mason, Russ Barenberg, Bobby Horton (guitar); Peter Amidon (banjo); Peggy James, Evan Stover, Matt Glaser (fiddle); John Levy (cello); Yonatin Malin (flute); Jesse Carr (recorder); Art Baron (euphonium); Jacqueline Schwab, John Colby (piano). Liner Note Author: Ken Burns. Recording information: 1984-1990. Directors: Robert Sheldon; Kirby Jolly; Dr. Jewel T. Thompson. Editors: Ed Barteski; Phoebe Yantsios; Tricia Reidy; Paul Barnes; Meredith Woods. Photographers: Franklyn Fulton; Robert Rhodes. Unknown Contributor Roles: John Colby; Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir. Elektra/Nonesuch scored one of the biggest successes of the classical specialty label's history with this soundtrack to the Ken Burns public television series The Civil War. More a multi-artist compilation than an actual "soundtrack" in the formal sense, the album is filled with low-key highlights from the series -- Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" is the most familiar of the material that was new to most listeners, but it was surrounded by fare such as "Battle Cry of Freedom," "Bonnie Blue Flag," "Dixie," "Hail Columbia," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which will certainly be known, at least by memory, to anyone who attended school in the United States before 1967 or so. There's also some representation of spirituals, most notably "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder." There are some full-band performances here ("Yankee Doodle," "Parade") and a few tunes featured in more than one incarnation (most notably "Marching Through Georgia"), but the overall thrust of this soundtrack is toward the small-scale and intimate in terms of sound and arrangements -- it's a far cry from the mostly upbeat Civil War song compilations that appeared in the late '50s and the start of the 1960s, in the run up to the war's centenary. Less is more seems to have been the operating theory behind the music, which makes it more enduring as a listening experience -- subtlety being a hallmark of the music -- and a strong tug on the conscience and the intellect. And the final track, "Ashokan Farewell/Sullivan Ballou Letter," the latter read by Paul Roebling, can bring a tear to the eye of the most hardened listener. ~ Bruce Eder


    UPC 075597925623
    Runtime 48 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Soundtracks
    Label Nonesuch Records
    Producer Fiddle Fever; Julie Dunfey; Jay Ungar; John Colby; Ken Burns; Toshi Reagon; Bernice Johnson Reagon; BobbY Horton
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Drums of War - Old Bethpage Brass Band
    • 2. Oliver Wendell Holmes - Paul Roebling
    • 3. Ashokan Farewell - Evan Stover/Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Molly Mason/Russ Barenberg
    • 4. Battle Cry of Freedom - Jacqueline Schwab
    • 5. We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder - Bernice Johnson Reagon
    • 6. Dixie/Bonnie Blue Flag - New American Brass Band
    • 7. Cheer Boys Cheer - New American Brass Band
    • 8. Angel Band - Molly Mason/Russ Barenberg
    • 9. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Jesse Carr/Jacqueline Schwab
    • 10. Lorena - Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Molly Mason
    • 11. Parade - New American Brass Band
    • 12. Hail Columbia - New American Brass Band
    • 13. Dixie - Bobby Horton
    • 14. Kingdom Coming - Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Art Baron
    • 15. Battle Hymn of the Republic - Jacqueline Schwab/Matt Glaser
    • 16. All Quiet on the Potomac - Jacqueline Schwab
    • 17. Flag of Columbia - Jacqueline Schwab
    • 18. Weeping, Sad and Lonely - Peggy James/Jesse Carr/Jacqueline Schwab
    • 19. Yankee Doodle - Old Bethpage Brass Band
    • 20. Palmyra Schottische - New American Brass Band
    • 21. When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Old Bethpage Brass Band
    • 22. Shenandoah - John Colby/John Levy
    • 23. When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Yonatin Malin/Peter Amidon/Jacqueline Schwab/Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Molly Mason
    • 24. Marching Through Georgia - Peter Amidon/Jay Ungar/Matt Glaser/Molly Mason
    • 25. Marching Through Georgia (Lament) - Jacqueline Schwab
    • 26. Battle Cry of Freedom - Jacqueline Schwab
    • 27. Battle Hymn of the Republic - Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
    • 28. Ashokan Farewell/Sullivan Ballou Letter - Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Burns, Ken

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