Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom

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by Robert Shaw Chorale
     
 
While most folks in the 1960s were being consumed by the unholy flames of rock & roll, a somewhat smaller sect was experiencing the wonders of stereo through the soft baton of Robert Shaw. Unlike Mantovani, Herb Alpert, and the Ray Conniff Singers, who saw the mining of the rock movement as a tool of survival,

Overview

While most folks in the 1960s were being consumed by the unholy flames of rock & roll, a somewhat smaller sect was experiencing the wonders of stereo through the soft baton of Robert Shaw. Unlike Mantovani, Herb Alpert, and the Ray Conniff Singers, who saw the mining of the rock movement as a tool of survival, the Robert Shaw Chorale found inspiration in the songs of Robert Foster and in the increasingly popular realm of sea shanties and spirituals. Essentially, Shaw did for easy listening what Martin Denny and Esquivel did for exotica. Battle Cry of Freedom is exactly what you'd think it is. Eighteen hammy and meticulously arranged songs of patriotism, from "the Battle Hymn of the Republic" to "Dixie," are impeccably performed and often quite poignantly by the heavenly voices of the R.S.C. As the decades have progressed, 20th century easy listening has acquired a definite "kitsch" tag, however, nestled amid the soft polyphony of Robert Shaw and his Chorale is a hint of "coolness." After all, in the '60s, easy listening was the equivalent of 21st century indie pop.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/1991
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266081424
catalogNumber:
60814
Rank:
60294

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Tracks

  1. The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  2. America
  3. America the Beautiful
  4. Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
  5. God Bless America
  6. Revolutionary War Medley: Yankee Doodle
  7. Revolutionary War Medley: Chester
  8. Civil War Medley: The Bonnie Blue Flag
  9. Civil War Medley: Lorena
  10. Civil War Medley: Dixie
  11. Civil War Medley: The Battle Cry of Freedom
  12. Civil War Medley: Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
  13. Civil War Medley: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  14. Service Songs Medley: From the Halls of Montezuma
  15. Service Songs Medley: Achors Aweigh
  16. Service Songs Medley: The Wild Blue Yonder
  17. Service Songs Medley: The Caissons Go Rolling Along
  18. The Star Spangled Banner

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Shaw Chorale   Primary Artist
Raymond Murcell   Baritone (Vocal)
Florence Kopleff   Contralto (Vocal)
James Wainner   Tenor (Vocal)
James Stover   Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas Pyle   Baritone (Vocal)
Robert Shaw   Conductor

Technical Credits

Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger
John Pfeiffer   Reissue Producer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Anthony Salvatore   Engineer
RCA Victor Orchestra   Contributor
Bernard Keville   Engineer
Joseph Habig   Producer
Tom Dietrich   Cover Design
William Steffe   Composer
Julia Ward Howe   Composer
Robert Shaw   Contributor

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Battle Cry of Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An album I listen to frequently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a single CD full of classic American patriotic songs THIS is the one. The Robert Shaw Chorale does a superb job of covering classic Americana. This would be a great collection to play while shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July or to introduce young people to some of our country's stirring and historic songs. The sound quality is good and the unashamed verve of the performers will stir even the most lukewarm of listeners. Be sure to add this one to your collection