Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Songs Of The Civil War has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by bull_moose
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All of our used items are 100% Guaranteed to play.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Songs Of The Civil War CD

4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Prime Music Join Prime Prime Members
Songs Of The Civil War
"Please retry"
Streaming 
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, CD, August 13, 1991
"Please retry"
$6.99
$4.34 $0.42
Vinyl
"Please retry"
$4.99
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$6.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Songs Of The Civil War
  • +
  • The Civil War
  • +
  • Civil War: Songs Of The South
Total price: $30.37
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Inspired by the successful Civil War documentary from Ken Burns, this powerful soundtrack tackles many diverse musical styles from traditional folk and bluegrass to black gospel and outlaw country.

Amazon.com

Prompted by the success Ken Burns's popular Civil War documentary (which spawned its own soundtrack), Songs of the Civil War presents an eclectic assortment of contemporary performers tackling period pieces that date back to the War Between the States. Here's Sweet Honey in the Rock tackling the slave lament "No More Auction Block for Me," Judy Collins singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Kate and Anna McGarrigle essaying the lovely (and very suitable) "Hard Times Come Again No More." Between performances by name artists (Kathy Mattea, Waylon Jennings, and Richie Havens among them), instrumentals performed by the U.S. Military Academy Band provide a sense of time and place. --Steven Stolder
  • Sample this album Artist - Artist (Sample)
1
30
4:08
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
5:27
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
2:10
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
1:14
Play in Library $0.99
 
5
30
2:34
Play in Library $0.99
 
6
30
1:25
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
3:27
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
3:23
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
2:14
Play in Library $0.99
 
10
30
2:11
Play in Library $0.99
 
11
30
3:40
Play in Library $0.99
 
12
30
2:13
Play in Library $0.99
 
13
30
2:41
Play in Library $0.99
 
14
30
2:37
Play in Library $0.99
 
15
30
2:53
Play in Library $0.99
 
16
30
4:10
Play in Library $0.99
 
17
30
1:49
Play in Library $0.99
 
18
30
4:10
Play in Library $0.99
 
19
30
1:43
Play in Library $0.99
 
20
30
4:41
Play in Library $0.99
 
21
30
2:58
Play in Library $0.99
 
22
30
2:25
Play in Library $0.99
 
23
30
1:52
Play in Library $0.99
 
24
30
1:49
Play in Library $0.99
 
25
30
0:58
Play in Library $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: August 13, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000283E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Civil War songs haunt my earliest memories. My father was a history buff who had his boys memorizing the Gettysburg Address before they entered kindergarten, and I cannot remember a time when I did not know the songs of the Union and Confederate soldiers. As someone who has known and loved these songs all my life, I must say that `Songs of the Civil War' is simply one of the best collections of this music that I have ever heard.
The songs on this collection were obviously selected with great care. Many of the greatest hits of the Civil War are here, like When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Dixie Land, and Marching through Georgia, but more obscure material has also been included, like Lincoln & Liberty, which was an unofficial campaign song for the Republican in the 1860 election. Both Union and Confederate songs are well represented. These songs do not attempt to recreate arrangements and instrumentation of the 1860s, and might not pass muster at a strict re-enactor's campfire, but they are outstanding examples of the best of folk, country, and gospel music.
The real strength of this CD is the all-star cast that performs these songs. Jay Unger is here, opening the CD with his haunting fiddle tune Ashokan Farewell, which gained fame through Ken Burn's Civil War documentary. The late, great John Hartford performed three songs, including the best rendition of Lorena that I have ever heard. Ever the good ol' Southern boy, Waylon Jennings lent his distinctive growl to fine versions of Rebel Soldier and An Old Unreconstructed. Hoyt Axton turned in my favorite performance on the CD with a near perfect rendition of Yellow Rose of Texas.
Read more ›
1 Comment 71 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
As I sit here writing this review the CD `Songs of the Civil War' is playing in the background. There are two things, which surprise me; firstly that each time I listen to this collection I enjoy it that little bit more and secondly after playing it so much I'm surprised that the disc hasn't wore away to nothing! Ken Burns, the co-producer of this album and of course the producer of the spectacular TV series `The Civil War' suggests that "Music, songs are a kind of glue that holds our history together and binds the present with the past to form our most important memories." Unlike the soundtrack to the series, which is mainly traditional music and instrumentals `Songs of the Civil War', offers the listener a whole range of songs that capture the essence of the both the Civil War and the social and political philosophies that gave birth to it. There are songs from the perspective of both North and South, from the position of the soldier, from their families left behind, from the slaves on the auction block, ballads, foot stompers, humour and laments, they are all represented here and then there is Ashokan Farewell which still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!
I highly recommend `Songs of the Civil War' to you and encourage you add not only it but also the soundtrack to the series to your music collection.
Enjoy!
Comment 45 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
If you liked the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" or have actually heard of the album "White Mansions," then you would want to check out this 1991 collection of "Songs of the Civil War." The various artists are not only folk singers like Judy Collins and Richie Havens, but country singers such as Waylon Jennings and Kathy Mattea, and artists who work the area in between, namely John Hartford. But mainly this album is going to be of primary interest to those interested in the Civil War who will most enjoy hearing familiar songs sung by familiar voices, and certainly be introduced to both new songs and singers as well, such as when Sweet Honey in the Rock sings "No More Auction Block." Sometimes you will be surprised to learn who is singing what, as I was when Jennings did "Rebel Soldier," but that just speaks to why this is such a great album.

In fact, when the U.S. Military Band shows up to play instrumental version of "Dixie's Land" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," it is something of a disappointment since these tracks are most like what we have heard on previous collections of Civil War music. I know that Havens is not doing "Follow the Drinking Gourd" the way it was done back in the 1850s, but I do not have a problem with his "modern" interpretation of the song sung by slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. The only one where I did not like the interpretation was when Hartford did "Lorena" more up tempo than I think the song should be sung. There are some liberties taken with the song selection, because while "Ashokan Farewell" is so closely identified with the Civil War because of the Ken Burns documentary, it is not a song "from" the Civil War (I suppose that semantically "of" gets the title off the hook).
Read more ›
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I can't vouch for the authenticity, but to my non-historical-musically-trained ear, it sounds like it could be authentic. This is a collection of Civil War -era songs, and probably more modern songs written about that era. They are performed by a wide variety of musicians, from the U.S. Military Academy Band to Judy Collins to Waylon Jennings to the McGarrigle Sisters. The arrangements sound authentic - I'm not hearing any electronic instruments - but they don't sound like they're performed on "period" instruments. Personal favorites are the gospel-sounding tunes "No More Auction Block for Me" and "Run, Mourner, Run," and the Richie Havens tunes "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Give Us A Flag."
The entire collection is interesting and widely varying in mood, from melancholy to gung-ho. Just under 70 minutes of music here. I would recommend it to anybody who loves music, and is interested in the lore of this dark period in history.
There seems to be some confusion between reviewers, as to whether this is the "Ken Burns" music (from the documentary television series). My CD says "Produced by Jim Brown, Ken Burns and Don DeVito." But inside, it says the recordings are from the PBS Special, "The Songs of the Civil War." Have I cleared up the confusion?
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Songs Of The Civil War
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Songs Of The Civil War


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?