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The Civil War Collection

Civil War CollectionAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Three Forks Of Hell / Arkansas Traveler / Pop Goes The Weasel 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Camp Chase 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Rebel Raid / Abe's Retreat 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. They Swung John Brown To A Sour Apple Tree 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dixie / Come Dance And Sing 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. McClanahan's March 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. St. Patrick's Day In The Morning / Gary Owen / Haste To The Wedding 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. There Is A Fountain 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Little Rose Is Gone / Billy In The Lowground 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bragg's Retreat / Leather Britches 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen16. Natchez Under The Hill / Turkey In The Straw 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Hell Broke Loose In Georgia 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. John Brown's March / John Brown's Dream 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Republican Spirit / Mississippi Sawyer 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Quince Dillon's High D / Richmond Blues 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Seneca Square Dance 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Bonaparte's Retreat / Bonaparte's Charge / Bonaparte's March 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: June 26, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gourd Music
  • ASIN: B000005C28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Review be heard over a dance crowd... intrinsic to the music of the day... [played] with style and enthusiasm. --Dirty Linen

Product Description

Three of the selections from this recording are featured in the DreamWorks film Lincoln. A superb quartet featuring Jim Taylor and friends on hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo and guitar, playing music for square dances, hoe-downs, and minstrel shows; for sitting around the campfire or socializing in the parlor.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is that sublime rarity, a collection of authentic ancient music on period instruments that stands on its own two feet as good listening music.
It was bought for me by our host in Virginia when we went to Richmond and visited the historic Tredegar Iron Works (and if that name doesn't stir your heart with some kind of American pride - whether you're a Billy Yank or a Johnny Reb - then you need to go back to your history books on the double). It's the perfect sonic accompaniment to Civil War history.
I'd never have gone out and bought a CD like that myself, because my experience of heritage recordings hasn't been too good. But when I listened to it in the car on the way home I was knocked out, and it's now our family's favourite driving music.
To transcend the cultural gap over around a hundred and forty years in this way calls for astonishing musical and production gifts. And if you've been getting into 'NewGrass' it would be particularly worth your while listening to this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection of Tunes & Great Liner Notes May 8, 2005
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Playing music was one of the few ways Civil War soldiers had to break the mind-numbing tedium of camp life in the weeks and months between battles. Back home, in civilian life, these tunes would be played at barn dances and hoe-downs, but around the camp fires they became a welcome distraction from the war. The old fiddle tunes in this impressive collection were all current during the 1860s, and would certainly have been in the repertoire of camp fiddlers both North and South. Several of these tunes take their names from incidents in the war, like The Rebel Raid, Bragg's Retreat, or Hell Broke Loose in Georgia.

`The playing on this instrumental collection is first rate; I particularly enjoy the lively fiddling of Bruce Greene. As a fiddler myself, I found the tune arraignments to be simple and straightforward, and was able to add several of these tunes to my own repertoire after repeated listening. The liner notes provided with the CD are outstanding - extensive notes are included for each tune, including Civil War stories and legends that have become part of each tune's lore. This CD is a great addition to any collection of Civil War or old timey music.

It is for reasons of personal taste that I only rated this fine CD as four stars. As a fiddler, I am partial to fiddle music, and almost all of the tunes here are old fiddle tunes. Jim Taylor, however, plays a hammer dulcimer, and plays or shares lead on most of the tunes. Even though Mr. Taylor is a fine player, I find that the dulcimer lacks the power and verve of a fiddle. It is a fine point of taste, but worth noting. Even with this caveat, this is the finest collection of its kind, and I enthusiastically recommend it.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old-timey pickin' and hammerin' December 20, 2002
By Michael
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It is so rare these days to here a male style hammer dulcimer player, such as Jim Taylor, that is playing with synchopation and a driving rhythm. I suppose that is politically incorrect to say these days. However, this style of dulcimer playing is very different than the harp like exquisite Celtic tunes of a Maggie Sansone. This is one of the few CD's out there that has this rare, near extinct art form. Dulcimers could be backpacked or horse hauled into remote areas, whereas pianos were the luxury of the monied class. While they had their pianos, linens, polished silverware and servants, the people that had the guts to fight the civil war on both sides or be a pioneer in the old west had their music. The only thing that is missing is friends, fellow soliders or family gathered around a camp fire or woodstove. There is also excellent banjo provided by Sheila Adams ( yes, a female banjo player ) and fiddle provided by Bruce Greene. Sheila is providing here a smooth finger style lead and counterpoint banjo. Bruce is using the flatter faced fiddle to its best advantage for its double notes and slides. This provides voice like expressiveness. Several songs have a dulcimer, banjo, fiddle shared lead. The songs themselves are timeless and you keep humming or whistling them long after listening. It is more than just historic value here. If re-issued as simply old time blue grass, it may be closer to the truth and accessible to a wider audience that may still be traumatized by their high school history class. My wish list for future albums is to please include Bodhran ( Irish Drum ), spoons and bones, and/or Octave Mandolin. The Mandolin is a perfect complement to dulcimer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent purchase! August 22, 2011
By Tamee
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Arrived promptly in good condition. Music plays just fine and I do love the music! If you enjoy fiddle and banjo music, plus Civil War tunes, you will love this! Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civil War Music February 6, 2010
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A gift for my Civil War buff son. He says he loves it and plays it on his drive back and forth to work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively fun and historic collection September 10, 2007
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The Civil war collection, is a great instramental cd.Jim Taylor gets amazing sometimes elequent sounds from his Dulcimer. Shelia Adams has a good Banjo solo on John Browns march and is steady throughout. Pat Sky is great on the Irish pipes on Theres a fountain the most somber song. Bruce Greene is one of the best fiddlers ive heard Turkey in the straw,, Moneymusk, John Browns Dream and most other songs have outstanding fiddle. These songs are lively and none are weak or sappy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds one of the 1860's conflict and what made the men forget the...
I highly recommend this cd for it's ideal way the music is played, reminding us of the way men used to enjoy music as a way of forgetting what happened that day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roberto Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars good acoutic music
I have this on two cassettes. The first is titled The Falls of Richmond. The second is titled Little Rose Is Gone. So I found both on one cd. Great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gadavada
5.0 out of 5 stars Very atmospheric
We bought this to provide a musical background to
a Civil War art exhibit. Loved it - and will continue
to play it at our historic site. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War Collection
I really like this CD. It not only is good back ground music for your historic events but I want to use it for a ball and perfect for a caller as well.
Published 16 months ago by Rosemary E. Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sounds I have ever heard
This music style is great. Unfortunately this music style ( and others) are very rare in Berlin, Germany. Is there more music from Jim Taylor?

I shall buy them.....
Published on February 13, 2007 by Markus Ventur
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much
I jam in the mountains with a group that plays both Irish music and what they call "old time music." This collection falls into both categories.
Published on May 29, 2006 by Carol A. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Traditional Tunes
When I first heard this, I played it through three times in a row. The hammered dulcimer, the fiddle and the banjo make you travel back in time to music played on the porch or at a... Read more
Published on July 4, 2005 by Virginia Allain
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