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Spain in My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War

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The idealistic appeal of "fighting the good fight" against the fascist troops of General Francisco Franco as he warred against Spain’s democratically elected government drew more than 45,000 volunteer soldiers from over 50 countries during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This influx created a canon of war-related songs sung by the freedom fighters and revived during the American folk boom of the Fifties.

SPAIN IN MY HEART presents new recordings of vintage and recent songs inspired by the conflict and performed by an international roster of musicians. The United States is represented by folk’s activist icon, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, master instrumentalist/vocalist John McCutcheon, bluegrass singer/fiddler Laurie Lewis, East L.A.’s Quetzal, multicultural singer/songwriter/actress Michele Greene, and Joel and Jamaica Rafael of the Joel Rafael Band. From Mexico and Nicaragua come vocalist Lila Downs and Duo Guardabarranco, respectively. The Irish volunteers are solo artist Aoife Clancy, formerly of Cherish the Ladies, and Shay Black of The Black Family. Spain itself is represented by two of its leading contemporary singers, Eliseo Parra and Uxía.

The songs here, acoustic-based and many in Spanish, form a surprisingly delicate mosaic. Rather than emulating the strident chaos of battle, the CD conveys more subtle aspects of the conflict – yearning for simpler times ("Asturias," "En La Plaza De Mi Pueblo"); longing for distant loved ones ("The Bantry Girls’ Lament"); the equal significance of life, love and death ("Llegó Con Tres Heridas"). The war and the bravery of the anti-fascist forces are addressed in such songs as "Jarama Valley," "El Quinto Regimiento," "Taste of Ashes," and "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade."

No matter in what language the songs are performed, the bravery, pain and loss felt by soldiers and civilians alike are rendered with a conviction and feeling that transcends words and forges an aching link with the listener.

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"Fascinating…Kudos to everyone involved for putting together this historical and brilliant collection of songs. A+" -- Scene Magazine (Canada) September 4, 2003

"For something really different…the adventurous listener has a real treat on their hands here." -- Midwest Record Recap, September 21, 2003
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • ASIN: B0000C0FBP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When you learn the history of the Spanish Civil War, you realize that each of these songs sprang from conflict, blood, and sorrow.
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These stirring songs from the noble fight against Franco's facism are still important today. Sung in Spanish, English, or both, these songs honor the Fifteenth International Brigade and their brave allies and celebrate the spirit of freedom. The same struggle continues today in places like Chiapas. La Lucha continua.
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