Battle Cry of Freedom

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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: 6/6/1991
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266081424
  • Catalog Number: 60814
  • Sales rank: 75,549

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Battle Hymn of the Republic - Robert Shaw (5:23)
  2. 2 America - Robert Shaw (4:22)
  3. 3 America the Beautiful - Robert Shaw (4:31)
  4. 4 Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean - Robert Shaw (4:09)
  5. 5 God Bless America - Robert Shaw (4:21)
  6. 6 Revolutionary War Medley: Yankee Doodle - Robert Shaw (2:35)
  7. 7 Revolutionary War Medley: Chester - Robert Shaw (2:15)
  8. 8 Civil War Medley: The Bonnie Blue Flag - Robert Shaw (1:22)
  9. 9 Civil War Medley: Lorena - Robert Shaw (3:55)
  10. 10 Civil War Medley: Dixie - Robert Shaw (1:30)
  11. 11 Civil War Medley: The Battle Cry of Freedom - Robert Shaw (1:50)
  12. 12 Civil War Medley: Tenting on the Old Camp Ground - Robert Shaw (4:31)
  13. 13 Civil War Medley: When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Robert Shaw (1:08)
  14. 14 Service Songs Medley: From the Halls of Montezuma - Robert Shaw (1:24)
  15. 15 Service Songs Medley: Achors Aweigh - Robert Shaw (0:35)
  16. 16 Service Songs Medley: The Wild Blue Yonder - Robert Shaw (1:02)
  17. 17 Service Songs Medley: The Caissons Go Rolling Along - Robert Shaw (1:11)
  18. 18 The Star Spangled Banner - Robert Shaw (3:58)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    An album I listen to frequently.

    An album I listen to frequently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST collection of patriotic American songs

    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

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