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,See more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/1991
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266081424
catalogNumber:
60814
Rank:
8668

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Tracks

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

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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