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Gods & Generals Soundtrack

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1. Going Home (performed by Mary Fahl), 2. Gods and Generals, 3. You Must Not Worry For Us, 4. Loved I Not honor More, 5. Lexington Is My Home, 6. The School Of The Soldier, 7. Go To Their Graves Like Beds, 8. My Heart Shall Not Fear, 9. These Brave Irishmen, 10. To The Stone Wall, 11. You'll Thank Me In The Morning, 12. The First Crop Of Corn, 13. My Home Is Virginia, 14. No Photographs, 15. VMI Will Be Heard From Today, 16. Too Much Sugar, 17. Let Us Cross Over The River, 18. The Soldier's Return, 19. 'Cross The Green Mountain (performed by Bob Dylan)

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This prequel to director Ronald Maxwell's 1993 epic Gettysburg is no less sweeping in its scope, covering the early years of the American Civil War from Manassas to Fredericksburg. But while its musical score (a collaboration between vets John Frizzell and Randy Edelman) offers up a comparable range of music styles, it's a soundtrack that crucially revolves around emotional concerns of a more intimate, human scale. Its folk-rooted historical connections are given voice by Mary Fahl's Celtic-tinged "Going Home" and Bob Dylan's brooding "Cross the Green Mountain," while a sweeping, yet infinitely melancholy orchestral main title suggests the true, tragic costs of the conflict. Spare, haunting tracks like "Loved I Not Honor More," "My Home Is Virginia," and "The Soldiers Return" predominate to an unusual degree in a war epic, pastoral suggestions of tranquility defiled. Conversely, the battle cue "VMI Will Be Heard from Today" seems to pulse with a dark, medieval energy that's anything but heroic. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Going Home - Mary Fahl
  2. Gods And Generals - John Frizzell
  3. You Must Not Worry For Us - John Frizzell
  4. Loved I Not Honor More - John Frizzell
  5. Lexington Is My Home - Mark O'Connor
  6. The School Of The Soldier - John Frizzell
  7. Go To Their Graves Like Beds - Randy Edelman
  8. My Heart Shall Not Fear - Randy Edelman
  9. These Brave Irishmen - Paddy Moloney
  10. To The Stone Wall - John Frizzell
  11. You'll Thank Me In The Morning - Mark O'Connor
  12. The First Crop Of Corn - Paddy Moloney
  13. My Home Is Virginia - Randy Edelman
  14. No Photographs - Randy Edelman
  15. VMI Will Be Heard From Today - John Frizzell
  16. Too Much Sugar - Mark O'Connor
  17. Let Us Cross Over The River - John Frizzell
  18. The Soldier's Return - Mark O'Connor
  19. 'Cross the Green Mountain - Bob Dylan

Disc: 2

  1. 'Cross the Green Mountain - Bob Dylan
  2. Going Home - Mary Fahl


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007MB7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Personally, this soundtrack is the first Academy Award-winning nominee of 2003 (and others agree). 'Cross the Green Mountain and Going Home are haunting ballads that not only reflect upon the Civil War, but also upon each other. One is the Celtic song, Going Home, beautifully performed by Mary Fahl. The second, Bob Dylan's country song 'Cross the Green Mountains, is eight minutes long but still adds greatly to the soundtrack. From what I know about the movie, the Irish Brigade was given some deal of screen time, so naturally, I think more about the Union during Going Home, and the Confederates during 'Cross the Green Mountain.

John Frizzell and Randy Edelman do a superb job in this soundtrack. Although Frizzell composed the majority of the music, you can still hear a little of the original Gettysburg theme from time to time. One improvement I think they made was the addition of vocals to the music. Gods and Generals and VMI Will Be Heard From Today are good examples of these vocals. I'm listening to the music now, and WOW, it has EVERYTHING! Even if you don't like the Civil War, and you don't want to see the movie, you have to hear this music!!
The DVD was great addition to the soundtrack. It has the theatrical trailer on it, as well as two music videos and six or so deleted scenes. Face it, if you're a Civil War fanatic, the DVD alone is worth the overall cost!
This soundtrack does a superb job of including the many feelings of the war while still packing the epic punch of Gettysburg. It displays everything from the tragedy and the horror to the hopeful and the inspirational, no matter what side they were on, and in the end, it offers us something that is truly American.
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This soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. Very different from the great soundtrack of Gettysburg, it is still as moving and as powerful. From the playfulness of "No Photographs" to the bouncy "The School of the Soldier" to the powerful "VMI Will be Heard From Today", there is not a single track that is not of the highest quality on the CD.
Usually I am not a big fan of artists making a song for the movie, instead preferring entirely orchestrated soundtracks. However, Mary Fahl's "Going Home" and Bob Dylan's "Cross the Green Mountain" are two very big exceptions to that rule. "Going Home" is hauntingly beautiful, with a touch of Celtic influence that does good things for it.
If it ended there, the package would have been wonderful. However, the bonus DVD made it even better. The music videos of Fahl and Dylan's songs are great, and the 6 deleted scenes whet your appetite for February 21.
If you haven't bought this soundtrack yet, I would recommend you do it ASAP.
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By Joseph on February 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is increadible!! The theme song alone justifies the cost of this CD!. Most of it is much slower then "Gettysburg" 1993, yet very well written and fitting. After having seen the Movie, I thought "To the Stone Wall" needed to be less happy and more dramatic and sad to show the bravery of the 20th Maine as they charged the hill at Fredericksburg and failed. When I heard the Gods and Generals Theme (track 2) for the first time, I was moved to tears! I can't count how many times I have listened to this track. It has to be one of the most emotional and powerful Movie themes ever written!! All I can say is WOW!!!
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This is one fabulous soundtrack! The voice of Mary Fahl is exquisite and Bob Dylan is classic. The orchestral arrangements are extremely evocative. Emotions are evoked, spirits are stirred and sorrow is palpable through this powerful music. The vocals underlying several of the pieces speaks of the spirit of the past. Rarely am I so moved listening to music. The bonus DVD really is a bonus. The additional period music is a treat - hearing it performed on the correct instruments in the correct manner. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars! Robert E. Lee is quoted as saying "You cannot have an army without music" - You cannot have a movie of this epic proportion without equally epic music. Edelman, Frizzel, Mark O'Connor, Mary Fahl and Bob Dylan have all created or performed music of the highest calibre.
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This is one of the best movie soundtracks in years. Listening to the various offerings on this album, one can almost hear the bullets flying, the troops marching, the exhausted soldiers returning home from battle. Mary Fahl's opening score "Going Home" is quite simply the best song of the year ... it is a haunting and moving song of soldiers returning home after hard marching and hard fighting. One need not have enjoyed or even seen the movie "Gods and Generals" (which I liked and appreciated, but not everyone did) to enjoy this album.
In addition to the fine music, the set also includes some nice extras, including a great video by Mary Fahl singing "Going Home" and some other nice-to-haves. This album is a fabulous value.
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Film score fans debate which is better, "Gettysburg" or "Gods and Generals", but they both have good elements. The biggest problem with Randy Edelman's music for "Gettysburg" was his use of electronics and synthesized sounds, which understandably seems misplaced when trying to immerse an audience into a more authentic time period. "Gods and Generals" is fully orchestral and this makes its scope seem much more powerful and with bigger depth. I believe this music works much better standing on its own, away from the film. The movie has too many pretentious scenes that the music is forced to portray, inadvertently making the music feel overly melodramatic. But, on its own, John Frizzell's music takes on a completely different scope and is extremely impressive. Its power seems at times not in the battle music, but in the quiet reflective pieces, especially the sensitive "Go to their Graves like Beds" which has potent and beautiful piano work. The music is consistently solid and there is excellent violin and choral work. If you are a collector of film music, I think you might be very surprised with this CD. Do not judge the music as you heard it during the film (a strange thing to say since film music is designed for film). It was a mistake that I had made. Frizzell's work is a far, far better listening experience separated from the movie.
The second disc in the package is a DVD which includes the trailer, the two Dylan and Fahl music videos, and more interestingly, six deleted scenes from the film itself that strangely are not even available on the actual DVD.
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