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God Bless America

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Celebrate our extraordinary country with 23 patriotic standards from "America, the Beautiful" to "The Star Spangled Banner."

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If you have a patriotic bone in your body, you'll find it hard not be stirred by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's God Bless America. This 69-minute collection offers 23 flag-waving standards, from "America the Beautiful" and "The Star Spangled Banner" to "Shenandoah" and "This Land Is Your Land." These 1970s recordings tend toward the bombastic, with backing by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Symphonic Band, and Philadelphia Orchestra, but they don't sound overly dated, and there's also an intimate a cappella version of "When I First Came to This Land." Richard P. Condie and Jerold D. Ottley conduct, and baritone Robert Merrill contributes two brief solos. Choral music aficionados might also enjoy the Mormons' 1991 recording, Songs from America's Heartland. --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Masterworks
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000027YP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"God Bless America" is a nice recording. Everything is well performed. But like the Shaw recording of many of these same pieces, I think that patriotic music should be a bit crisper (i.e. it should have the flavor of a Sousa Band rather than a Symphony Orchestra). I also think that a men's chorus is perhaps a more effective instrument for most of these works (e.g. all of the service Hymns and anthems). Two fine recordings to consider are the patriotic recording by the all-male U.S. Army Chorus on the Allegro label and better still, the new patriotic CD - "The Spirit of Freedom" - by the Washington Men's Camerata on Gothic.
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Since I have never owned or listened to a MTC CD, I find this a little difficult to write about. However, I had quite an extraordinary experience with one song in particular off this collection. I was flying from Boston to Phoenix on America West airlines, and as we flew through a gathering of magnificent thunderheads, highlighted even further by the setting sun with a rich halo of muted yellows, pinks and oranges, the song Shenandoah came on channel 2 of their in-flight music channel. This stunning rendition of this folk song matched the passing of the towering thunderheads, while below you could see the lush green valleys below, and it was just a magical moment...if you have never been touched by just how magnificent a country we live in, I hope you have a chance to experience this sometime in your life. I bought this CD the next day after I got home, and about once a week, I put on Shenandoah, and in my mind's eye, I can watch this big beautiful country of ours roll by. I get goose bumps even now....The rest of the songs are equally as good, with the traditional arrangements coming through with grace and dignity. Without being too mushy about this, it really is a wonderful CD to listen to on a weekend, when you can just pop it in and listen as you go about your chores at home. I guarantee you that you will, at some time during your listening experience, feel goose bumps of your own starting to form.....
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I love Opera, Choirs and beautiful music and this C.D. did'nt deceive me. Although I'm a Frenchman, many of the songs recorded here were known to me. Originally, I bought this C.D. for the « Battle Hymn of the Republic » which, even in France, is a mythical song (I heard it for the first time with Joan Baez), but I was enthralled by all other songs, traditional and poetic as well as patriotic and « more military » ones. The Choirs are powerfull, with splendid voices and their technique is perfect. One might think here and there that there's too much organ, and it's interesting to listen to the « religious » Battle Hymn of the Republic on this C.D. and the more « military » one on the C.D. « Songs of America's Heartland » by the same Choirs. At any rate this C.D. makes me dream once more of the heart of America. And I'm longing to come back to Mount Rushmore... but meanwhile I can always watch it on the cover of the C.D. and listen to the music.
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I have been listening to this album since 2009 when I found some extracts on YouTube. Immediately, I knew I had to purchase it. This is probably the best album ever recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and also the best patriotic album ever. All the genres of American songs are represented here, from the majesty of patriotic anthems such as God Bless America to the quietness of folk songs such as Home On The Range; from the Broadway shows of Cohan's You're A Grand Old Flag to the official songs of our Armed Forces. I own multiple other patriotic albums, but there is none that is as good as this one. That's just it.

My favorite track is probably the original arrangement of our National Anthem. It is first introduced by the tenor and bass parts, sustained by the cellos and double basses, until "And the Rocket's red glare" when the sopranos and altos come in with the violins. On "Gave proof through the night", the brass section enters and doubles the choir's parts, and a magnificent crescendo comes right before "O say does that star-spangled banner" with the full orchestra and the choir singing at its loudest capacity. But what's even more interesting is that the choir sings the rarely heard 4th verse "O thus be it ever". The orchestral accompaniment is the same than in the first verse, but the specificity of this verse is the crescendo on the words "the land of the free", where the sopranos reach C6 on the word free. It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

Anyways, I think this album has to be owned by every American, since there is no music that extol the beauty of America better than these performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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This is a must have if you like the "Choir" and Tribute Songs. Many of the tracks are not heard much today, but if you are a "Baby Boomer" or older you will remember every one when at school or at All American events. I had to have it and especially with the Philadelphia Orchestra. It as a brand new CD from Amazon. It is a 1992 CD, but the sound is excellent and does not sound tinny or flat. I have listened to it in my car at least 10x in the 4 days since it arrived. It has 23 tracks so yo have a lot to listening pleasure. These are songs that make me proud to be an American. It is Sllendid.
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