Gods and Generals [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Gods and Generals [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by John Frizzell
     
 

After bringing Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels to the big screen in 1993 as Gettysburg, director Ron Maxwell returns to the Civil War with Shaara's son Jeff's prequel Gods and Generals, which re-creates the dramatic early days of the war, from 1861 until the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The films are also linked by Maxwell'sSee more details below

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After bringing Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels to the big screen in 1993 as Gettysburg, director Ron Maxwell returns to the Civil War with Shaara's son Jeff's prequel Gods and Generals, which re-creates the dramatic early days of the war, from 1861 until the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The films are also linked by Maxwell's choice of composer Randy Edelman, who once again conjures an appropriately sweeping musical backdrop. Starring Robert Duvall as General Robert E. Lee and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, Gods and Generals also benefits from the musical contributions of Grammy Award–winning composer and violinist Mark O'Connor, Bob Dylan, and former October Project lead singer Mary Fahl. Fahl's original song "Going Home" opens the film and poignantly reminds viewers that a soldier's most intense wish is simply to return home. Dylan's "Cross the Green Mountain" is a haunting, moving ballad that harkens back to his folky roots. Initial shipments of the soundtrack feature a limited-edition bonus DVD containing music videos, additional scenes from the film that will not appear in the theatrical release, director's notes, and the theatrical trailer for the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
After bringing Jeff Shaara's novel Gettysburg to the big screen in 1993, director Ron Maxwell returns to the Civil War with the prequel Gods and Generals, which re-creates the dramatic early days of the war -- from 1861 until the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The haunting score, by John Frizzell and Gettysburg composer Randy Edelman, is the perfect companion for a grand historical epic: a poignant, expansive work that gracefully captures the story's dramatic pulse. Thematically, Gods and Generals details the lives not only of pivotal characters General Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall) and Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), but also of the anonymous soldiers, wives, and families caught in the bloody, emotional conflict. From the simple, folk-like melodies that speak of war's personal tragedies to the soaring, orchestral passages that elucidate universal themes of honor, courage, and passion for personal liberty, Edelman and Frizzell's mastery of the medium is complete. Adding to the heroic air is October Project songwriter/vocalist Mary Fahl's soaring ballad, "Going Home," and Bob Dylan's deeply moving "Cross the Green Mountains" -- both especially commissioned for the film. Acclaimed violinist Mark O'Connor and the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney also guest on this fine recording.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Gods and Generals features John Frizzell and Randy Edelman's score, which mixes orchestral, Celtic, folk, and bluegrass into an appropriately sweeping, patriotic backdrop to this sequel to Gettysburg. However, Frizzell and Edelman use these elements in a somber and usually reverent way more often than a bombastic one, as evinced by pieces such as the film's main theme, "Loved I Not Honor More," "My Home Is Virginia," and "You Must Not Worry for Us." While most of the score is subdued, "The School of the Soldier" and "No Photographs" have a lively, but still nostalgic, feel that adds some lightness to the album. The soundtrack's Celtic-influenced pieces also offer a refreshing change from the rest of the score's necessary weight, and feature the album's guest stars: Paddy Moloney lends his uilleann pipes to "The First Crop of Corn" and "These Brave Irishmen," while Mary Fahl's rich alto is showcased on "Going Home." Bob Dylan closes out Gods and Generals with "'Cross the Green Mountain," which sounds more contemporary than most of the rest of the album, but still has enough rustic warmth to complement it gracefully. Overall, the soundtrack is a dignified, understated affair, but has enough personality of its own to work outside of the film's context.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998789128
catalogNumber:
87891

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Frizzell   Primary Artist
Bob Dylan   Piano,Vocals
Charlie Sexton   Guitar,Violin
Randy Edelman   Conductor
Benmont Tench   Organ
Larry Campbell   Guitar,Violin
Mary Fahl   Vocals
Tony Garnier   Bass
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Paddy Moloney   uillean pipes,tin whistle
George Recile   Drums
Mark OConner   Violin
Jake Jackson   Recorder

Technical Credits

Randy Edelman   Producer
Robert Maxwell   Director,Liner Notes
Elton Farokh Ahi   Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser   Producer,Engineer
John Lissauer   Arranger,Orchestration
Ed Rak   Engineer
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Mike O'Connor   Contributor
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Don Nemitz   Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
John Frizzell   Producer
Pat Sullivan   Mastering
Bruce Babcock   Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction,CD Package Design
Robert Elhai   Orchestration
Lolita Ritmanis   Orchestration
Andrew Kinney   Orchestration
Audrey DeRoche   Supervising Copyist
Jan Folkson   Pro-Tools
Paul Cremo   Executive Producer
Paddy Maloney   Contributor
Stuart Balcom   Orchestration
Carl Rydlund   Orchestration

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