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listen  1. Ashokan Farewell (Album Version) [Clean]Jay Ungar And Molly Mason With Fiddle Fever 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. No More Auction Block For Me (Album Version) [Clean]Sweet Honey In The Rock 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lincoln & Liberty (Album Version) [Clean]Ronnie Gilbert 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dixie's landThe United States Military Academy Band 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Southern Soldier Boy (Album Version) [Clean]Kathy Mattea 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Aura Lee (Album Version) [Clean]John Hartford 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rebel Soldier (Album Version) [Clean]Waylon Jennings 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Follow the Drinking Gourd (Album Version) [Clean]Richie Havens 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Battle Hymn of the Republic (Album Version) [Clean]Judy Collins 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Album Version) [Clean]The United States Military Academy Band 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Was My Brother In The Battle (Album Version) [Clean]Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Yellow Rose of Texas (Album Version) [Clean]Hoyt Axton 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Run Mourner, Run (Album Version) [Clean]Sweet Honey In The Rock 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Give Us A Flag (Album Version) [Clean]Richie Havens 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Secesh (Shiloh) (Album Version) [Clean]John Hartford 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Somebody's Darling (Album Version) [Clean]Kathy Mattea 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. An Old Unreconstructed (Album Version) [Clean]Waylon Jennings 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Vacant Chair (Album Version) [Clean]Kathy Mattea 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Better Times Are Coming (Album Version) [Clean]Kate & Anna McGarrigle with Rufus Wainwright 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Lorena (Album Version) [Clean]John Hartford 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Marching Through Georgia (Album Version) [Clean]Jay Ungar And Molly Mason With Fiddle Fever 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Hard Times Come Again No More (Album Version) [Clean]Kate & Anna McGarrible And Families 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Oh I'm A Good Old RebelHoyt Axton 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Album Version) [Clean]Ronnie Gilbert 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: August 13, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000283E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Prompted by the success Ken Burns's popular Civil War documentary (which spawned its own soundtrack), Songs of the Civil War presents an eclectic assortment of contemporary performers tackling period pieces that date back to the War Between the States. Here's Sweet Honey in the Rock tackling the slave lament "No More Auction Block for Me," Judy Collins singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Kate and Anna McGarrigle essaying the lovely (and very suitable) "Hard Times Come Again No More." Between performances by name artists (Kathy Mattea, Waylon Jennings, and Richie Havens among them), instrumentals performed by the U.S. Military Academy Band provide a sense of time and place. --Steven Stolder

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Inspired by the successful Civil War documentary from Ken Burns, this powerful soundtrack tackles many diverse musical styles from traditional folk and bluegrass to black gospel and outlaw country.

Customer Reviews

Given as a gift to a civil war buff, who very much enjoyed it.
Bob
I highly recommend `Songs of the Civil War' to you and encourage you add not only it but also the soundtrack to the series to your music collection.
Simon Jackson
A variety of songs beautifully performed and emotionally effective.
Owl

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Theo Logos on May 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Civil War songs haunt my earliest memories. My father was a history buff who had his boys memorizing the Gettysburg Address before they entered kindergarten, and I cannot remember a time when I did not know the songs of the Union and Confederate soldiers. As someone who has known and loved these songs all my life, I must say that `Songs of the Civil War' is simply one of the best collections of this music that I have ever heard.
The songs on this collection were obviously selected with great care. Many of the greatest hits of the Civil War are here, like When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Dixie Land, and Marching through Georgia, but more obscure material has also been included, like Lincoln & Liberty, which was an unofficial campaign song for the Republican in the 1860 election. Both Union and Confederate songs are well represented. These songs do not attempt to recreate arrangements and instrumentation of the 1860s, and might not pass muster at a strict re-enactor's campfire, but they are outstanding examples of the best of folk, country, and gospel music.
The real strength of this CD is the all-star cast that performs these songs. Jay Unger is here, opening the CD with his haunting fiddle tune Ashokan Farewell, which gained fame through Ken Burn's Civil War documentary. The late, great John Hartford performed three songs, including the best rendition of Lorena that I have ever heard. Ever the good ol' Southern boy, Waylon Jennings lent his distinctive growl to fine versions of Rebel Soldier and An Old Unreconstructed. Hoyt Axton turned in my favorite performance on the CD with a near perfect rendition of Yellow Rose of Texas.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Simon Jackson on August 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As I sit here writing this review the CD `Songs of the Civil War' is playing in the background. There are two things, which surprise me; firstly that each time I listen to this collection I enjoy it that little bit more and secondly after playing it so much I'm surprised that the disc hasn't wore away to nothing! Ken Burns, the co-producer of this album and of course the producer of the spectacular TV series `The Civil War' suggests that "Music, songs are a kind of glue that holds our history together and binds the present with the past to form our most important memories." Unlike the soundtrack to the series, which is mainly traditional music and instrumentals `Songs of the Civil War', offers the listener a whole range of songs that capture the essence of the both the Civil War and the social and political philosophies that gave birth to it. There are songs from the perspective of both North and South, from the position of the soldier, from their families left behind, from the slaves on the auction block, ballads, foot stompers, humour and laments, they are all represented here and then there is Ashokan Farewell which still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!
I highly recommend `Songs of the Civil War' to you and encourage you add not only it but also the soundtrack to the series to your music collection.
Enjoy!
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If you liked the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" or have actually heard of the album "White Mansions," then you would want to check out this 1991 collection of "Songs of the Civil War." The various artists are not only folk singers like Judy Collins and Richie Havens, but country singers such as Waylon Jennings and Kathy Mattea, and artists who work the area in between, namely John Hartford. But mainly this album is going to be of primary interest to those interested in the Civil War who will most enjoy hearing familiar songs sung by familiar voices, and certainly be introduced to both new songs and singers as well, such as when Sweet Honey in the Rock sings "No More Auction Block." Sometimes you will be surprised to learn who is singing what, as I was when Jennings did "Rebel Soldier," but that just speaks to why this is such a great album.

In fact, when the U.S. Military Band shows up to play instrumental version of "Dixie's Land" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," it is something of a disappointment since these tracks are most like what we have heard on previous collections of Civil War music. I know that Havens is not doing "Follow the Drinking Gourd" the way it was done back in the 1850s, but I do not have a problem with his "modern" interpretation of the song sung by slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. The only one where I did not like the interpretation was when Hartford did "Lorena" more up tempo than I think the song should be sung. There are some liberties taken with the song selection, because while "Ashokan Farewell" is so closely identified with the Civil War because of the Ken Burns documentary, it is not a song "from" the Civil War (I suppose that semantically "of" gets the title off the hook).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Hulme on May 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't vouch for the authenticity, but to my non-historical-musically-trained ear, it sounds like it could be authentic. This is a collection of Civil War -era songs, and probably more modern songs written about that era. They are performed by a wide variety of musicians, from the U.S. Military Academy Band to Judy Collins to Waylon Jennings to the McGarrigle Sisters. The arrangements sound authentic - I'm not hearing any electronic instruments - but they don't sound like they're performed on "period" instruments. Personal favorites are the gospel-sounding tunes "No More Auction Block for Me" and "Run, Mourner, Run," and the Richie Havens tunes "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Give Us A Flag."
The entire collection is interesting and widely varying in mood, from melancholy to gung-ho. Just under 70 minutes of music here. I would recommend it to anybody who loves music, and is interested in the lore of this dark period in history.
There seems to be some confusion between reviewers, as to whether this is the "Ken Burns" music (from the documentary television series). My CD says "Produced by Jim Brown, Ken Burns and Don DeVito." But inside, it says the recordings are from the PBS Special, "The Songs of the Civil War." Have I cleared up the confusion?
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