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The Civil War: The Complete Work

Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy, Linda EderAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)


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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: #22,574 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

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The Civil War (1998 Studio Cast)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome and Moving Listening Experience 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A few catchy melodies a musical does not make... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Music 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
4.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional and "Feeling" Piece of Work 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely entrancing! December 14, 1999
By L. Lacy
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service and quality.
Arrived on time but had a cracked case.
The disc was fine, some wear but sound quality was good.
Would order again from this supplier.
Published 1 month ago by marycatherine dries
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece Of Art
What a wonderful piece of art. This musical is one of the best I've ever been in to. I'd like to get the original cd or dvd maybe, because there is no option to purchase it in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars The War in heartsong
I listen to this beautiful work at least once a week. "The Civil War" makes the listener an eager youth in 1861, itching for heroism and adventure to the true agony and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fruit Loop
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
I previously purchased the shorter CD and just had to hear more. "This Old Gray Coat", "Virginia" and, "For the Love of Dixie" are top shelf and I play... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ann Youell
5.0 out of 5 stars great america music A+++
One of my favor new tapes of a strong part of american history great music to listen to. I'm sure anyone would love this cd i there collection.
Published on September 2, 2011 by John Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War soundtrack
This is a great product! I replaced the case, now it's good as new!! Shipping was fast and efficient!
Published on March 12, 2011 by C.Abel
5.0 out of 5 stars And it all started by my watching the Tony Awards...
Several years ago, I just happened to catch the performance of the cast of 'The Civil War' on the 'Tony Awards' broadcast... I was hooked. Read more
Published on August 22, 2009 by A Good Film Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildhown's Best Work By Far
It may not have worked as a book musical, but as a concept album, it's the best thing Frank Wildhorn has ever written. None of these Broadway singers immitating pop. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by eastvillage
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Moments
Taking a serious subject like the US Civil War and turning it into a musical was a giant leap of faith. Read more
Published on March 23, 2009 by Martin Wartenberg
2.0 out of 5 stars wildhorn fans beware
I bought this because I thoroughly enjoy Frank Wildhorn's work. It is somewhat true to what one would expect from the creator of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Jekyl and Hyde but mostly... Read more
Published on May 31, 2008 by Tanner the Seeker
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