Gods and Generals [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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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 ...
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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.
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.

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: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998789128
  • Catalog Number: 87891

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music for a great movie!

    The music for Gods and Generals was perfect! I loved it! It was beautiful, and made the movie great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    missing song

    the album is great. but why is the song bonny blue omitted from the album. in the movie this song was done fantastic by the minstrels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredibly Lush and Deeply Moving

    I have only just heard this a couple of times, pre the movie's release. Music can make a movie an entirely different experience. As much can be said for the movie's influence upon the listener when reflecting again on the music. So my opinion is based solely upon the music alone. Like the title states, I was moved by the rich symphonic performances that make up the bulk of this CD. A couple of things to watch out for...Bob Dylan on a Sony Classical CD...who would have ever thought....(way to go, Bobbie!!)...and some playful music sandwiched in there somewhere else. The movie will most likely make these parts more pallatable as we would understand their importance to the whole. All in all, this one is a keeper that I intend to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best music since Gettysburg!

    The first time I heard the vocals by Fahl and Dylan (Dylan took a while to grow on me) I thought they were very fitting and set the tone of the movie. The rest of the instrumentals are great especially the theme "Gods & Generals" and "VMI Will Be Heard from Today"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The very best music soundtrack of all time!

    I think it goes as the best this year!!! I give it all the stars I can.

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