Track ListingClick tracks with speaker icon to listen
|1||Drums of Wars||0:08|
|2||Oliver Wendell Holmes (qoute)||0:29|
|3||Ashokan Farewell (listen to full-length track)||4:02|
|4||Battle Cry of Freedom||1:40|
|5||We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder||4:22|
|6||Dixie/Bonnie Blue Flag||1:55|
|7||Cheer Boys Cheer||1:09|
|9||Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier||0:51|
|15||Batte Hymn of the Republic||1:36|
|16||All Quiet on the Potomac||1:13|
|17||Flag of Columbia||1:03|
|18||Weeping Sad and Lonely||1:08|
|21||When Johnny Comes Marching Home||0:42|
|23||When Johnny Comes Marching Home||1:43|
|24||Marching Through Georgia||0:54|
|25||Marching Through Georgia (lament)||1:10|
|26||Battle Cry of Freedom||2:30|
|27||Battle Hymn of the Republic||3:20|
|28||Ashokan Farewell/Sullivan Ballou Letter||3:23|
News & Reviews
- Monday, April 15, 2013
To celebrate Jackie Robinson Day—marking the day when, in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in professional baseball—the Nonesuch Journal revisits Natalie Cole's performance of "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?," off the original soundtrack recording to Ken Burns's landmark 1994 documentary Baseball. Listen to the track here.
- Monday, April 4, 2011
Ken Burns's Acclaimed "The Civil War" Airs on PBS; Nonesuch Soundtrack Won Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album
The Civil War, the five-part film by Ken Burns, deemed one of the most popular offering ever presented on public television, is airing anew on PBS stations across the US this week. Nonesuch released the official soundtrack recording to the film back during its original run in 1990; it went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Featuring traditional American music ranging from brass bands to gospel choirs, “the music in The Civil War achieves an eloquence parallel to that of the narration," wrote GQ, "and it reinforces the visual illusion of aching, coming-to-life immediacy."
About this Album
1991 Grammy Award Winner: Best Traditional Folk Album
Nonesuch released the official soundtrack recording to The Civil War, the five-part film by Ken Burns deemed one of the most popular offering ever presented on public television, in 1990. With over 14 million viewers each night, The Civil War earned high critical acclaim and a 13 percent market share in the Nielsen ratings for its debut telecast. The documentary series traces the personal and political fortunes of both the leaders and the soldiers who were involved in America’s greatest internal conflict.
Featuring traditional American music ranging from brass bands to gospel choirs, “the music in The Civil War achieves an eloquence parallel to that of the narration, and it reinforces the visual illusion of aching, coming-to-life immediacy. All the music is contemporary to the period; Burns even hired musicians to play instruments that are no longer made.” (GQ) Ken Burns, the creator of the series, and John Colby served as producers of the recording.
Among the well-known American songs featured in The Civil War are “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “Dixie”, “Shenandoah”, and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”. The theme music to the series, “Ashokan Farewell”, a hauntinq fiddle tune, opens and closes the 30-track recording. It also includes two spoken word excerpts of an opening track taken from the writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a reading of a love letter from a Union soldier to his wife which serves as the finale of the recording.
The Old Bethpage Brass Band, Dr. Kirby Jolly, director
The Abyssinian Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, Dr. Jewel T. Thompson, director
The New American Brass Band, Robert Sheldon, director
Produced by Ken Burns and John Colby
Music research and coordination: Jesse Carr
Ashokan Farewell from Waltz of the Wind by Fiddle Fever, produced by Jay Ungar and Fiddle Fever, and We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder from River of Life: Harmony of One, by Bernice Johnson Reagon, produced by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon, both available from Flying Fish Records. Dixie produced by Bobby Horton.
Engineers: Billy Shaw, Don Wershba, Michael Golub, Paul Goodman, Scott Hull
Recorded at Soundesign, Brattleboro, Vermont; Soundtrack, 39th Street Music, and BMG Studios, New York
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Design by Kristeen Ballard
Cover Image: The 5th Vermont at Camp Griffin, Virginia, at the beginning of the Civil War, Library of Congress