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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curtain Call Productions, LLC
  • ASIN: B000ATQYVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THRILLING, BLOOD-STIRRING, AWE-INSPIRING

Written by R.J. Carter, The Trades

A number of adjectives instantly spring to mind when one hears the United States Military Academy Cadet Glee Club perform, none of which truly translates into words the palpable and powerful emotions wrung from the listeners: Thrilling. Blood-stirring. Awe-inspiring. These don't do justice to the work of the Cadets.

These rousing patriotic anthems and hymns of affirmation speak directly to the spirit. Recorded in the century-old Cadet Chapel, our nation's soldiers perform traditional standards as well as some newly-penned songs inspired by the state of world events. Doug Coppi, who wrote the lyrics to the album's leadoff song, Men of Freedom , comments in the liner notes, I penned these lyrics to the defiant Welsh tune, 'Men of Harlech' during that awful week following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11th . It's an a capella piece that completely fills the room your listening in; you really feel like you're standing in the midst of the Cadets as they sing, starting with one, then a few, and finally growing into an innumerable throng of voices in unison:

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Don't they know we'll stand fast Next to those who have passed All who fought for freedom sought By those oppressed and downcast Men of Freedom clutch it dearly Freedom's bell rings ever clearly Homes and loved ones all before ye Free Men will not yield!

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There are a good number of a capella or nearly a capella pieces on here, but there are also many songs accompanied by martial snares, and four songs ( This Christmastide, Jerusalem, Lest We Forget, and On Great Lone Hills ) that are driven by the great chapel organ -- the largest church organ in the world, according to the liner notes.

The Cadets also welcome a pair of guest singers onto the album. NYPD's Daniel Rodriguez delivers a charging aria with Into the Fire , a song of exhortation and a celebration of bravery. Lyrics alone don't do justice to Rodriguez's stirring interpretation:

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nto valleys, into waters Into jungles, into hell Let us ride, let us ride home again With a story to tell Into darkness, into danger Into storms that rip the night Don't give in, don't give up But give thanks for the glorious fight

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Tony award winner Lea Salonga ( Miss Saigon ) also guests on this album, singing Via Dolorosa with a moving passion that brings tears to the eyes; and when she performs the second verse in Spanish, the emotion evoked becomes completely overwhelming.

I would be completely remiss in my review if I were not to mention the absolutely amazing performance the Cadets put in on this album of The Star-Spangled Banner . A last minute addition to the album, this song is one the Cadets have performed numerous times at sporting events -- so much so that no retakes were required in recording this one. This is the National Anthem played the way it should be.

Stand Ye Steady is a necessary component for the music library of military families and patriots of all political stripes. Truly inspiring. --The Trades

POWERFUL AND AWE INSPIRING

Written by Kim Jones, Christian Music Guide, About.com

Maybe it's because my oldest son is in the U.S. Navy's basic training program. Maybe it's because I'm more patriotic than I thought. Either way, even though glee club style music is not normally my cup of tea, I was touched deeply by this release.

Powerful and awe-inspiring are two words that come to mind when I think of this release. The opening track, "Men of Freedom" is one that spoke deeply to my heart as the grand-daughter of a WWII and Korean War vet, the daughter of a Vietnam war vet and a military mom. Into The Fire , featuring tenor Daniel Rodriguez is another soul-stirrer, as is Lest We Forget , which is one of four songs that features the Cadet Chapel's organ, the largest church organ in the world. Special guest Lea Salonga ( Miss Saigon ) brings Via Dolorosa to a fuller life than I can adequately put words to. I don't speak Spanish, and the second verse is done in Spanish, but I didn't need to understand the words to be nearly overwhelmed by the feelings the song invoked.

The Star Spangled Banner and My Country 'Tis Of Thee are so well done that they bring patriotic feelings to the surface and then cause them to overflow.

One other thing that makes this project wonderful is that some of the proceeds from sales will be donated by Curtain Call Productions to charitable organizations assisting wounded U.S. troops and their families. The initial charity recipient is the Yellow Ribbon Fund in Washington, DC. The Yellow Ribbon Fund places money directly in the hands of families visiting their wounded and disabled family members, many of whom are amputees in area hospitals. --About.com

A SALUTE OF INSPIRATION

Written by Cindy O'Halloran, TrueTunes

STAND YE STEADY - Songs of Courage and Inspiration by USMA Glee Club Curtain Call Productions

The West Point Glee Club enchants us with songs of courage and inspiration. The dedication of these brave soldiers now reaches our ears through their remarkable blend of voices.

The song The Longest Day is a catchy march that gets your toe tapping. The performance is a spectacular display of the vocal ability of each section. The enthralling rendition of Via Delorosa reminds us of the love Christ showed. The love it took for Jesus to walk the road to Calvary vibrates from this powerful song. The hymn Rise up Oh Men of God speaks of being a soldier of the King of Kings and making the church great paralleling the commitment it takes to serve as a soldier in America.

The song Take Me Home/I Am a Soldier is an awesome demonstration of patriotism. I do not choose the time or place, convenience is not in my vocabulary. I stand at the ready, and when my orders come, I go...I AM A SOLDIER . The pledge is set over deep music that causes your ear to tune into the promise being spoken. My heart was deeply touched at the realization of their commitment, a commitment that is a gift to us all.

Real American soldiers singing from their hearts is what this CD is all about. --TrueTunes

Product Description

For the first time ever, the USMA Cadet Glee Club of West Point has been filmed and recorded in the magnificent 100 year-old Cadet Chapel performing 16 specially selected songs hailing the cherished values of America. Stand Ye Steady Songs of Courage and Inspiration , standyesteady.com, was conceived and created by Curtain Call Productions to show support for all the Men and Women who have served and are now serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Set against the richly paneled Chapel altar and 80 Cadets splendidly arrayed in parade dress uniforms, the performance is highlighted with archival photographs and film footage of our Soldiers from WWII through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Stirring excerpts from the speeches of Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur introduce 4 of the songs.

Joining the Glee Club are two special guests - recording artist Daniel Rodriguez of NYPD fame, gives a rousing performance of his hit Into The Fire and Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon and the voice of Jasmine in Aladdin , gives a powerfully moving performance of the Christian music classic Via Dolorosa . Four of the songs, This Christmastide, Jerusalem, Lest We Forget , and On Lone Great Hills feature the Chapel s mammoth organ the largest church organ in the world! With arrangements by world-renowned Don Fraser and mixed by Gold Record Producer John McCracken (Michael Crawford s On Eagle s Wings ) and 7 time Grammy Winner Richard King at Sony Music Studios in New York City, this 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound performance offers the viewer an intimate, powerful and inspiring experience.

Stand Ye Steady Songs of Courage and Inspiration has been broadcast on PBS, TBN, Daystar TV and the Armed Forces Netwok.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this DVD supports organizations assisting those soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

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What a great collection of military songs.
Mark H. Townsend
The rich background vocals of the Cadet Glee Club musically frame two songs that underpin the message of this album - Bravery and Sacrifice.
Content_Rules
I found this CD while looking for something and when I heard the selections I ordered immediately, that was in 2004.
Carl M. Dozier

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John K. Mccracken on November 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant singing, great arrangements, beautiful and inspiring music. All sung by the phenomenal West Point Cadet Glee Club. Add Broadway star Lea Salonga and tenor Daniel Rodriguez and it's a tour de force recording of timeless material. I urge anyone who loves choral music and just plain great singing to buy this disc! You will not be disappointed. Performed in the magnificent chapel at West Point, the sound is incredible also. 5 Stars!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By aldrin on July 18, 2006
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Wonderful songs and wonderful renditions of the songs. I must say, though, that the numbers would have been better if they were performed with more "ooomph" (for instance, "The Star Spangled Banner" could have been sung with more power and the arrangement could have used more creativity). The wisest decision on this CD was the inclusion of the numbers from Ms. Lea Salonga (whose hauntingly beautiful voice is able to effectively draw listeners in) and Daniel Rodriguez, one of America's newest tenors. Overall a good CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Content_Rules on September 26, 2006
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When I saw and heard this music broadcast Veteran's Day on TBN and my friends serving in our Armed Forces in Iraq saw it broadcast on Armed Forces Network, I was so happy to find the stereo CD and companion Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound DVD on Amazon. I cannot stop listening to it! The 60 minute musical program, reminiscent of the great concept albums of years ago, is one of the most reverent, intelligent and passionate portrayals of America's character ever produced. It contains many styles of choral music - all superbly performed by the world famous Cadet Glee Club of West Point arrayed in breathtaking formation on the altar of the massive 100 year old Cadet Chapel. There are richly textured vocal a capella songs such as "Rise Up O Men of God", "Manisons of the Lord", one of the most popular new hymns written, and "America (My Country `Tis of Thee)". Your buttons will burst with pride when you hear the brand new song "Men of Freedom" introduced by a single Cadet then followed by a cascade of additional voices building to a unified and thunderous declaration of defiant freedom in a style reminiscent of the great Welsh Male Choirs. Four songs highlight the power and majesty of the largest church organ in the world. You'll have to fight the urge to stand at attention when you hear and feel its power kick in on "Lest We Forget", "On Great Lone Hills", "Jerusalem" and "This Christmastide". The musical variety is further enhanced by the addition of brass and percussion for the rousing marches, "The Longest Day" and "Non Nobis". When was the last time you heard these two songs - one by world famous singer, songwriter and teen idol, Paul Anka and the other a medieval celebration of thanksgiving sung in Latin!Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By music fan on December 11, 2005
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A wonderful album of inspirational and exceptional music. You can go to the Daniel Rodriguez official website and see a live stream of him doing this song with the West Point choir. Magnificent! Check on his website Multimedia page to see it at [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn D. Bowers on January 3, 2007
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Exceptional CD. Inspirational and motivational. Highy recommend this for anyone seeking great quality music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on April 21, 2006
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I bought this CD originally because it has Mansions Of The Lord and Jerusalem on it. Both are terrific. But there are some gems that were unexpected. Men Of Freedom (the lyrics were written in response to 9/11), sung to the tune Men Of Harlech, which I knew only as the song sung during the movie Zulu; America, which I hadn't really listened to in years and especially Into The Fire with Daniel Rodriguez all really touched me. This is a beautiful work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peyton on July 4, 2013
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I listen to this in my car daily. Love it. Wish the Glee Club would release more CDs. A few songs on the CD were not to my liking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Ayers on September 14, 2007
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The CD is exactly as advertised and exactly what I wanted. It is a collection of music aimed at Men of Honor. There may be a limited audience for this CD, but the audience is a great one.
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