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The Civil War: The Complete Work


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  • Audio CD (January 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000DP1V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue - Charlie Daniels
2. Brother, My Brother - Michael Lanning
3. Lincoln: The Better Angels Of Our Nature - James Garner
4. By The Sword/Sons Of Dixie - Broadway All Stars
5. Tell My Father - Kevin Sharp
6. My Name Is Fredrick Douglas - Danny Glover
7. Freedom's Child - Hootie & The Blowfish
8. Missing You (My Bill) - Deana Carter
9. If Prayin' Were Horses - Cheryl Freeman And Michel Bell
10. Virginia - Gene Miller
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lincoln: The Bottom Is Out Of The Tub - James Garner
2. How Many Devils? - Broadway All Stars
3. Old Gray Coat - Trace Adkins
4. With These Hands - Amy Grant & Bryan White
5. The White House At Night - Ellen Burstyn
6. A Candle In The Window - Linda Eder
7. Greenback - Dr. John
8. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman? - Dr. Maya Angelou
9. Someday - Patti Labelle
10. Regimental Drummer - Michael English
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The Civil War (1998 Studio Cast)

Customer Reviews

Mr. Wildhorn and associates are to be commended for this effort.
Michael Butts
I highly recommend this CD for anyone who enjoys history, Broadway, or just intelligent and enjoyable music.
Moon Girl
Taking a serious subject like the US Civil War and turning it into a musical was a giant leap of faith.
Martin Wartenberg

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 2, 2000
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"The Civil War" is undoubtedly an awesome and moving listening experience. I was blown away by some of the material, and the whole collection is extremely entertaining. Mr. Wildhorn and associates are to be commended for this effort. The highlights of this two disc set: All the songs by the Broadway All-Stars (a great vocal exercise!); "If Prayin Were Horses," by Cheryl Freeman and Michel Bell; "Virginia," by Gene Miller; Travis Tritt's surprisingly good rendition of "The Day the Sun Stood Still,"; Linda Eder's reading of "A Nurse's Diary" and the subsequent vocalization of "I Never Knew His Name" are heartwrenching! "Old Gray Coat" by Trace Adkins is a moving treatise on a Rebel's love for his cause; Amy Grant and Bryan White offer "With These Hands," one of the best vocal jobs either artist has recorded; Michael English soars on "Regimental Drummer," another tear-bringing song; Betty Buckley's "Five Boys" captures the anguish and pride of a mother who loses five sons in the battle; Trisha Yearwood is magnificent with her delivery of "The Honor of Your Name," proving once again what a powerful performer she is! John Berry's "Last Waltz for Dixie," and the closing "The Glory" round out the highlights! Add to this expert readings from James Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Dr. Maya Angelou, Charlie Daniels and Danny Glover---you get a unique and powerful listening experience. HIGHLY HIGHTLY RATED.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren (lauverf@aol.com) on June 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
While I am by no-means a Wildhorn basher like so many of New York's close-minded theatre critics ( I loved Jekyll and Pimpernel...), I must say that I was less than impressed with this most recent work. I did have the oppertunity to see the show during it's short Broadway run, and while I found the music enjoyable and the performers in fine voice, I could not overlook the fact that a musical should tell a story, and this one did not. The show teeters on the fine-line between revue and book musical and somehow fails to do either genre justice. If Mr. Wildhorn wished to approach a topic as epic as the Civil War, he should have given us a new perspective with which to look at this much studied story. I do not feel this is too much to ask...Stephen Schwartz did it with Children of Eden...he took the Bible, the best known written work in history and gave us a whole new perspective with which to examine it. Wildhorn has an unquestionable gift for setting dark, haunting romances to music...but I am begining to question weather he will have much luck in any other venues. For a glimpse at the real future of Broadway, one should look to Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown...each have one review/song cycle and one serious book musical available for purchase here at amazon...songs with the perspective, intelligence, wit and beauty that Wildhorn seems to have left by the wayside in Civil War.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna Falen on February 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a Civil War buff who had the pleasure of seeing the play in Cincinnati with a fellow history teacher. We both were so entranced by the magnificent score and haunting lyrics that we bought the CD. The mixture of musical styles makes this a CD that will appeal to a cross section of music lovers and students of history alike. We are planning on incorporating this CD into our Civil War unit for 8th grade students. We feel the varied points of view explored in the lyrics and narrations will be an invaluable and memorable way to make the Civil War come alive for our students. On a more personal note, I can not get some of the lyrics "out of my head." They haunt me, especially MISSING YOU, FREEDOM'S CHILD, and BROTHER, MY BROTHER. I have told my colleagues, friends, and family about this CD, and encouraged them to buy it. I have also bought several extra copies for gifts. I don't know anyone who could not find something to suit their taste on this CD. Don't pass it by!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Sullivan on May 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although this is not the "traditional" music we are used to hearing it is a wonderful modern presentation of the thoughts and feelings that we as Living Historians work so hard to impress on the general public in the many encampments nation wide. I was ever so moved by the closing anthem and found myself in tears. Those of us who FEEL this History and have come to understand it's devestating horror and loss, appreciate the effort and thought put into this music and lyrics...ask those of us who portry this subject...not the critics...they can't possibly relate to the subject...their tuxedos are on too tight! This work should be judged by those of us who wear wool and layers of petticoats! Blue or Grey.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Lacy on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I fell in love with Frank Wildhorn's "The Civil War" the very second I listened to the first track, as I made my way home to Virginia, from a visit to NYC. This CD not only taught me a thing or two about the Civil War, but also created a new appreciation for the 620,000 casualties of the war, and an understanding of the time period itself. Being able to take yourself back in time, feel the pain they went through, and appreciate every detail through music. Here, I think Frank Wildhorn nailed it.
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