Blue and Gray: Songs of the Civil War

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This collection from Altissimo! Recordings -- "Your Ultimate Source for America's Greatest Military Music" -- features the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, the U.S. Marine Band, and the U.S. Navy Band & Sea Chanter Chorus. It features tunes and songs that were either popular during or derived from the Civil War period. The old minstrel song "Turkey in the Straw" and Stephen Foster's classic "My Old Kentucky Home" offset the three medleys that form the brunt of the collection. These "Blue and Gray" medleys include such memorable material as "Girl I Left Behind," "Dixie," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This collection from Altissimo! Recordings -- "Your Ultimate Source for America's Greatest Military Music" -- features the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, the U.S. Marine Band, and the U.S. Navy Band & Sea Chanter Chorus. It features tunes and songs that were either popular during or derived from the Civil War period. The old minstrel song "Turkey in the Straw" and Stephen Foster's classic "My Old Kentucky Home" offset the three medleys that form the brunt of the collection. These "Blue and Gray" medleys include such memorable material as "Girl I Left Behind," "Dixie," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," the latter of which leads into a ten-minute spoken word/song piece that traces the history of this most famous of Civil War ballads. Rounding out the collection are two versions of "Taps." The first is a solo performance; the second features a chorus of trumpets over swells of brass. It's a reverent ending to an effective, concise survey of Civil War military song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • Label: Altissimo Records
  • UPC: 754422557429
  • Catalog Number: 5574
  • Sales rank: 147,173

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U.S. Military Bands Primary Artist
United States Air Force Band Band
United States Marine Band Band, Ensemble
United States Navy Band Band, Ensemble
United States Navy Sea Chanters Ensemble
United States Coast Guard Band Band, Ensemble
Edwin Franko Goldman Track Performer
Wendell MacLean Pipe, Track Performer
Paul Mundt Pipe, Soloist
Ian Webster Pipe
United States Air Force Singing Sergeants Choir, Chorus
United States Army Field Band Band, Ensemble
Ron Norman Soloist
Sea Chanter Chorus Choir, Chorus
I. Webster Track Performer
Daniel Nevius Cornet
United States Army Ceremonial Band Band
Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) Pipes & Drums Ensemble
Ben Morris Soloist
Carol Hawkins Wiley Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Tim White Spoken Word
Carl Hawkins Wiley Vocals
Ben Morris Vocals
Michael Ryan Vocals
United States Air Force Band, Europe Ensemble
Singing Sergeants Ensemble
Daniel Nevius Cornet
Tim White Narrator
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Morton Gould Arranger
Daniel Decatur Emmett Composer
Patrick S. Gilmore Composer
John Newton Composer
Jim Falzone Mastering
Bill Farrar Art Direction
William Steffe Composer
Anonymous Composer Composer
Edwin Franko Goldman Arranger
Thomas Knox Orchestration
Al McCree Executive Producer
Julia Ward Howe Composer, Text
Suzanne Spooner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
William Whiteman Fosdick Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful rendition by military folk!

    Okay, as a military veterans (and reservist) maybe I'm a bit biased in favor of this CD b/c all of the service bands/choirs are on it, but this is an excellent collection of Civil War music any way you look at it. "The Story of the Battle Hymn of the Republic" is the highlight of the CD--and I'm not just saying it because it's performed by my beloved Air Force compatriots, LOL it's a highly educational and informative examination of the history of the song adn the melody. I knew that "John Brown's Body" had preceded Julia Ward Howe's lyrics, but before I listened to this CD, I didn't know that (Southerner!) Bill Steffie's "Caanan's Happy Shore" had preceded even "JBB." Great renditions of "Taps" and "Amazing Grace" (on the tear-jerking bagpipes no less) too . . .

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