For The Love Of Liberty (Ost) CD (2010)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview


Label Blix Street Records/e1
SKU 217087902
UPC 739341009723
UPC 14 00739341009723
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Author Various
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Lawrence Brown; Frank Martin; Steve Goldstein; Bill Straw
CatalogID G2-10097
Lable Name Blix Street Records
Released 2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00739341009723
Musical Guests
Andrae Crouch
Andrae Crouch Choir
Linda McCrary
Album Notes and Credits
This gloriously eclectic soundtrack to For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots, which originally ran on PBS in February 2010 as part of the network's Black History Month programming, helps add texture and context to a comprehensive depiction of the heroic actions of black men and women in America's armed services. The film itself was a large, celebrity-rich undertaking, featuring Halle Berry as the host, narration by Avery Brooks, and even an intro by Colin Powell -- plus voice-over readings by everyone from Morgan Freeman and Susan Sarandon to Donald Sutherland and Louis Gossett, Jr. The soundtrack, which deservedly won the 2010 Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music at the Park City Music and Film Festival, presents 17 pieces taken from the uniquely patched score, which fascinates endlessly with its colorful combination of instrumental passages and vintage and contemporary vocal performances. Black history and gospel music go hand in hand, so it's not surprising that the most memorable tracks are rousing, inspirational takes on "The Minstrel Boy" and "O Holy Night," featuring the Andra? Crouch Choir. The journey is rich and must be heard all the way through -- or better yet, experienced while watching the film itself, but a few individual tracks bear mention, including Billie Holiday's original heartbreaker "Strange Fruit," which is bookended with Lawrence Brown's melancholy "Desperate Times" to illustrate the human rights violations black pats overcame; Brown is the composer of the film's overall score, too. Also unique is rising opera star Amber Mercomes' "Pie Jesu" (from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem") and Oren Waters' blues/gospel turn on the longing holiday classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas." For the most part, the soundtrack is purposely driven by African-American artists performing tunes most often identified with white artists, which helps the viewer/listener realize that the sacrifices made in American wars were not limited by race. This is a truly incredible musical document to accompany a powerful film that should be seen by more people. ~ Jonathan Widran
Disc 1
1 Minstrel Boy - (featuring Andra? Crouch)
2 Give Me Liberty
3 Vale of Slavery
4 Was My Brother in the Battle - Carol Y. Dennis-Dylan
5 Battle Hymn
6 Buffalo Soldiers
7 Bella Wood
8 We'll Meet Again - Andra? Crouch Choir
9 Desperate Times/Strange Fruit
10 Desperate Times, Pt. 2
11 Sea Duty
12 I'll Be Home For Christmas/Bella Wood (Reprise)
13 O Holy Night - (featuring Andra? Crouch)
14 Chappie's Flight
15 Mo Nam Blues
16 Pie Jesu - Amber Mercomes
17 For Love of Liberty
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