Soldier's Joy: a Civil War Odyssey CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Cmh Records
SKU 60628912
UPC 027297882027
UPC 14 00027297882027
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2004
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 8820
Lable Name CMH Records
Released 03/30/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00027297882027
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Norm Cohen.
Arrangers: Nat Vincent; M. Christian.
The premise of Soldier's Joy: A Civil War Odyssey seems a bit shaky, since it purports to be inspired by Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain novel, and given the high-profile movie made from the book, this disc smacks more of marketing than it does inspiration, especially since most of the songs included here were old even when the Civil War was fought, and the recorded versions selected are 20 or 30 years old. However, Norm Cohen's liner notes, which sketch out the fascinating history of some of these period songs, save this project from the scrap heap; it's interesting to note how much musical borrowing was going on even in the mid-1800s, reminding listeners that sampling is hardly a new phenomenon. "Brother Green" (done here on banjo by Leroy Troy) takes its melody from the ancient folk tune "Barbara Allen," and has also been recorded as "The Dying Soldier." The story (a dying soldier communicates his dying wish) is maudlin, but that melody, in whatever guise, is supremely beautiful. The melody to "Aura Lee," supposedly written in 1861 by W.W. Fosdick, is also achingly beautiful (it is done here by Simon Grace), and should be familiar to most listeners, since it was lifted for Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender," recorded in 1956. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Home Sweet Home - Benny Martin
2 Brother Green - Leroy Troy
3 Soldier's Joy - Bubby Spicher
4 Cumberland Gap - Leroy Troy
5 When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Simon & Verity Grace
6 Give The Fiddler A Dram - Merle Travis/Red Herron
7 Two Little Boys - Simon & Verity Grace
8 Grandfather's Clock - Granpa Jones
9 Devil's Dream - Joe Maphis/Red Herron
10 Aura Lee - Simon & Verity Grace
11 Dixie - Arthur Smith/Benny Martin
12 Goober Peas - Arthur Smith
13 Darling Nellie Gray - Johnny Gimble
14 Go Down Yonder Moses - Eddie Adcock Band
15 Marching Through Georgia - Hoot Hester/Sam Levine
16 Girl I Left Behind, The - Jim & Jesse
17 Write A Letter To My Mother - Leroy Troy
18 Faded Coat Of Blue - Laura Weber
19 My Pretty Quadroon - Grandpa Jones
20 Yellow Rose Of Texas - Tommy Faile
21 Maryland, My Maryland - Dick & Jacquie Schuyler
22 Listen To The Mockingbird - Paul Warren
23 Lorena - Don Ange
24 Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Rhonda Renee
25 Angel Band - Carl Story
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