Songs of the Civil War

Songs of the Civil War

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by Cumberland Three
     
 
The Cumberland Three's second and third albums combined on one CD, and reissued in the wake of Ken Burns' Civil War series. Songs of the Civil War are spirited performances, based on arrangements by Oscar Brand or the group members, with only one original

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The Cumberland Three's second and third albums combined on one CD, and reissued in the wake of Ken Burns' Civil War series. Songs of the Civil War are spirited performances, based on arrangements by Oscar Brand or the group members, with only one original ("Bessie") by John Stewart, that fits in perfectly with the period material. The original order of release put the North's volume first, but the CD puts the South's songs first among the 23 tracks. The material holds up remarkably -- some of the more familiar songs include "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Hold Our Glasses Steady," "Story of the Lamb" (aka "Rally Round the Flag Boys"), "Bring the Good Old Bugle" (aka "Marching Through Georgia"), "Back to Home," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The singing and playing are of a very high caliber, with "Gonna Get You" being perhaps the best sung song here, followed closely by "Shipmates Come Gather," stunningly moving performances of "The Boys Are Home" (aka "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"), and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." And "Bring the Good Old Bugle" offers Stewart's best banjo work.

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Release Date:
02/01/1991
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227073923
catalogNumber:
70739

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Songs of the Civil War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We originally checked this out at our local library to teach our children about music and American History. It has since become one of our family's favorite titles and we were glad to find it at B & N. The harmony of the male voices is very soothing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cumberland Three (C3 from here on out for brevity) sing and play these songs in a very entertaining and catchy manner I especially love their instrumental work on "Marching Through Georgia," the best out of the five versions of the song in my collection. BUT they, (C3 that is) took some, ahem, liberties with historical accuracy of the titles and lyrics. Thus "Roll, Alabama, Roll" becomes "Number 292," "Battle Cry of Freedom" becomes "The Story of the Lamb," "Marching Through Georgia" becomes "Bring the Good Old Bugle," and so forth. The worst song on this CD is "Hold Our Glasses Steady," as it's insulting to the intelligence of any serious Civil War scholar, although neo-Confederates who still insist that "we never really lost, the Yankees never licked us" will love it. The problem w/the song is that it conveys the impression that the Battle of Shiloh was completely one-sided victory for the South . . . when the reality is that while the South certainly DID have the upper-hand on the first day of the battle due to the element of surprise, ultimately Shiloh turned out to be a bloody slaughter for BOTH sides of the conflict AND a strategic NORTHERN victory. Indeed, 'twas where Ulysses S. Grant first garnered Abe Lincoln's attention, i.e. to the tune of "I can't spare this man. He fights." My historical nit-picking notwithstanding, a very enjoyable CD. Just be sure to employ your sense of "suspension of disbelief" if you're a fellow stickler for historical accuracy.