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The War: A Ken Burns Film Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000TSIJU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. American Anthem - Norah Jones - Norah Jones
2. Walton, The Death of Falstaff - Leonard Slotkin & London Philharmonic Orchestra - London Philharmonic Orchestra
3. The Wang Wang Blues - Benny Goodman Sextet - Benny Goodman Sextet
4. Movin' Back - Wynton Marsalis (composer & arranger) - Wynton Marsalis
5. How Long Blues - Count Basie - Count Basie
6. In the Nick of time - Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Sam Bush & Mike Marshall - Edgar Meyer
7. It's Been a Long, Long Time- Bing Crosby with Les Paul - Bing Crosby
8. America My Home (Excerpt) - Wynton Marsalis (composer & arranger) - Wynton Marsalis
9. If I could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) - Kay Starr, accompanied by the Capitol International Jazzmen - Kay Starr
10. Blue As the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur (Excerpt) - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble - Yo-Yo Ma
11. Until I'm In Your Arms Again - Wynton Marsalis - Wynton Marsalis
12. Variations For the Healing of Arinushka - Kalle Randalu - Kalle Randalu
13. Basie Boogie - Count Basie & His Orchestra - Count Basie & His Orchestra
14. Solitude - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
15. Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Harp and Piano (Excerpt) - Benny Goodman, Aaron Copland & Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Aaron Copland
16. If You Can't Smile and Say Yes - The King Cole Trio - The King Cole Trio
17. American Anthem - Amanda Forsyth & Bill Charlap - Amanda Forsyth

Editorial Reviews

The soundtrack for The War, documentarian Ken Burns's 2007 PBS series on World War II, alternates between earlier, wartime, and postwar material, all designed to complement the narrative. The material was clearly selected to evoke the mood of the era: Benny Goodman's sextet tears off a hot 1942 "Wang Wang Blues," and Count Basie lets fly with "Basie Boogie" (1941) and the prewar "How Long Blues." Also evoking the war years are Bing Crosby's hit "It's Been a Long, Long Time" with the Les Paul Trio, "Solitude" (1934) by Duke Ellington's Orchestra, and Kay Starr's "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)" and the Nat "King" Cole Trio's "If You Can't Smile and Say Yes" from a wartime V-Disc. Classical numbers include Leonard Slatkin and the London Philharmonic's 1989 version of "London: The Death of Falstaff" and an excerpt of Benny Goodman, in his spare time a respected classical clarinetist, performing "Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Harp, and Piano" with Aaron Copland and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra in 1950. Newer recordings include Norah Jones's "American Anthem," reprised at the end by Amanda Forsyth and Bill Charlap, "Movin' Back," "Until You're in My Arms Again," and "America My Home" by Wynton Marsalis. --Rich Kienzle

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Very good soundtrack!
Nancy Hyte
It would be good if we as a country could participate in today's soldiers' experiences with some sort of sacrifice and unity.
During the bombing sequence of Monte Cassino, there is a beautiful "religious" piece playing in the background.
Mark Alexander

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on September 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD seems to be the lead in sampler of the music to Ken Burns' documentary, The War, his long awaited film on the Second World War. Actually it is just one of four separate CDs available if you don't want to buy the entire soundtrack. One of the CDs is strictly classical music, two popular, and this one relies on a hodgepodge of music, mostly period, some not, mostly popular, some classical, one or two semi-new age, some jazz, etc. Although Burns uses his selections with the same special care and nicety that marked his Civil War songs, there is never the thematic consistency as was the case with the grandaddy of this sort of production, Victory at Sea. A few words on this Homeric original documentary on World War II are in order to give perspective on Burns' efforts. Winner of an Emmy in 1954, Victory at Sea was the brainchild of Henry Salomon, a researcher for historian Samuel Eliot Morison's monumental 15 volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. (A great book incidentally.) Salomon was friends with Robert Sarnoff, son of the chairmen of RCA, and they successfully talked up a huge and expensive half-million dollar project, based on Morison's book and using film archives from the warring countries. With the cooperation of the US Navy they ended up with an incredible 60 million feet of film. I'm sure Ken Burns could tell us just how many minutes that runs, but whatever the time involved it's a lot! This series was shown in 26 half-hour programs without commercial interruptions - surprise! - beginning in the Fall of 1952 and finishing up in May of 1953. Burns covers the entire War in almost exactly the same time, one hour more at 14 hours. (Perhaps like many of the G.I.s he documents Burns is superstitous about the number 13?Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea B on October 26, 2007
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I bought the soundtrack and another CD from the set looking for that grim piece of music you hear on the first program in the series while the veteran Marine describes the island of Bougainville as a "pile of pestilence." It is so totally devoid of hope and dripping in misery -- it just etched itself in my brain. It had those weird woooo woooo moaning sounds and just sad, sad chords -- the LAST piece I thought it would be was a Wynton Marsalis composition, but I have underestimated him once again. It is an amazing piece and it is on this soundtrack CD. The moaning is evidently a guitar although that's a new guitar sound to me. Several people I have asked could not identify this spooky piece, and were wondering about it. If that is the piece you are looking for, yes, it's here, and it's not the Yo-Yo Ma/Silk Road Ensemble piece. It's Wynton Marsalis!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Owen on October 6, 2007
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One reason for the wide acceptance of the highly praised 15 hour television documentary "The War" can be found in its wonderful soundtrack. Like other productions from Ken Burns and company, "The War" comes with a cross section of music drawn from pop tunes of the period, evocative classical themes and original compositions composed for this spectacular production that not only strongly support the visuals but capture the essence of countless emotional moments. Available as a four CD set or individually, music from "The War" includes a carefully selected overview on three CDs, (the fourth CD - Song Without Words - consists of classical selections,) of American pop music from the early 1930s - Louis Armstrong's "Memories of You" to Benny Goodman's version of "We'll Meet Again" - heart breakingly sung by Peggy Lee to Harry James' Aug. '45 release of "Waiting For The Train To Come In." Personal favorites like "Rose Room" and "Frenesi" appear along with Billie Holiday singing for Teddy Wilson's band, "Pennies From Heaven", Billy Eckstine and Earl Hines with "Skylark" and the quintessintal expression of returning home, Les Brown's "Sentimental Journey" with the great Doris Day. Part of what makes these tunes - orginally recorded mostly during the 1940s -sound so fresh is the loving digital sound restoration and mastering they received . Gene Krupa's "Let Me Off Uptown" with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldrige never sounded more full bodied and fresh as if someone stumbled into a treasure trove of state of the art undisturbed mono masters. What a treat to have these orginal tunes sounding so airy and dynamic.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baseball Fan on October 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The previously unreleased American Anthem by Norah Jones is worth the price of the entire CD. I was a great tribute to the Greatest Generation !

The work by Wynton Marsalis is incredible & I really enjoy the tempo of the song In The Nick Of Time....

You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley H. Mcbee on April 6, 2008
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Very moving; at times brings me to tears especially American Anthem performed by Miss Norah Jones; grateful this aired while my father was still here; I wanted to view it and have the CD as a tribute to him; may we never forget the sacrifices of that generation; watching the program should be required of every American; and the CD makes a wonderful momento..
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