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Three Hit Albums from the U.S. Military Bands

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This double-disc anthology gathers three of the four U.S. Armed Forces Band long-players originally issued by RCA Victor in 1963. The project was unprecedented as the U.S. Department of Defense commissioned each military branch to record approximately a half-hour of their best-known and most beloved marches and patriotic melodies to raise funds for the National Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. Shortly after these platters were released, the venue was rechristened the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in honor of the President's passing in November of 1963. The United States Marine Band's full ensemble commences with "Marine's Hymn," which is often ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This double-disc anthology gathers three of the four U.S. Armed Forces Band long-players originally issued by RCA Victor in 1963. The project was unprecedented as the U.S. Department of Defense commissioned each military branch to record approximately a half-hour of their best-known and most beloved marches and patriotic melodies to raise funds for the National Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. Shortly after these platters were released, the venue was rechristened the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in honor of the President's passing in November of 1963. The United States Marine Band's full ensemble commences with "Marine's Hymn," which is often referred to by the opening lines "From the halls of Montezuma/To the shores of Tripoli." Additional selections of note are "Semper Fidelis" -- a John Philip Sousa adaptation from the Marine Corp motto "Always Faithful" -- "Stars and Stripes Forever," "America the Beautiful," "March of the Women Marines," "Chimes of Liberty," and "American Patrol." The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presents the United States Navy Band spotlights not only the instrumentalists, but also the Sea Chanters chorus on both the moving "Pledge of Allegiance"/"Star Spangled Banner" medley and "Anchors Aweigh." Among the almost obligatory Sousa inclusions are "King Cotton March," "The Thunderer," and "El Capitan." Notably, "National Cultural Center March" aka "John F. Kennedy Center March" was penned by none other than the combo's director, Lieutenant Commander Anthony Mitchell. A further zenith is Richard Rodgers' "Allies on the March" from the soundtrack to Victory at Sea 1952. Finally, The National Cultural Center Presents the United States Air Force Band contains contributions from the Singing Sergeants on "U.S. Air Force" aka "Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder", "Oh, Men Who Fly," "U.S. Air Force Blue," and an emphatic "Seventy Six Trombones" from Meredith Wilson's Music Man 1957. The Sousa marches on this volume are "Fairest of the Fair," "Bullets and Bayonets," as well as "Liberty Bell" -- the latter may be familiar as the "theme" to Monty Python's Flying Circus, although the reading here is not the one used on the television show. Similarly, football enthusiasts will undoubtedly recognize "Falcons' Victory March." Of the three "Star Spangled Banner"s within this collection, the Air Force rendering is arguably the most profound as it embraces the vigor and inherent pride of the composition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742046229
  • Catalog Number: 462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Marine Corps Hymn (1:06)
  2. 2 Semper Fidelis, march for band (2:34)
  3. 3 Bugler's Holiday, arranged for band (2:24)
  4. 4 Commando March, for band (2:50)
  5. 5 The March of the Women Marines (2:34)
  6. 6 March of the Olympians (3:19)
  7. 7 The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band (3:17)
  8. 8 The Chimes of Liberty, for band (3:05)
  9. 9 American Patrol, march for band (4:01)
  10. 10 America the Beautiful (original title "Materna") (2:24)
  11. 11 The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chor (1:23)
  12. 12 Anchors Aweigh (Official song of the U.S. Navy) - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:20)
  13. 13 El Capitan, march for band - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:15)
  14. 14 Jack Tar, march for band - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:18)
  15. 15 The United States Navy March - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:21)
  16. 16 Allies on the March: Mandalay / North Africa / Pagan Victory / Fate of - United States Navy Sea Chanters (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Thunderer, march for band - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:12)
  2. 2 The Washington Post, march for band - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:27)
  3. 3 National Emblem, march for orchestra (or band) - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:50)
  4. 4 John F. Kennedy Center March (National Cultural Center March) - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:15)
  5. 5 King Cotton, march for band - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:39)
  6. 6 The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chor - United States Navy Sea Chanters (2:00)
  7. 7 The Army Air Corps March ("Off we go into the wild blue yonder") - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (1:52)
  8. 8 American Salute, for orchestra - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (3:59)
  9. 9 The Boys of the old Brigade, march for band - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (2:30)
  10. 10 Oh, Men Who Fly - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (2:52)
  11. 11 The Fairest of the Fair, march for band - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (3:28)
  12. 12 Seventy-Six Trombones, song from "The Music Man" - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (3:33)
  13. 13 The Liberty Bell, march for band - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (3:24)
  14. 14 U.S. Air Force Blue, march - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (1:07)
  15. 15 Bullets and Bayonets, march for band - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (3:33)
  16. 16 Falcons' Victory March - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (2:42)
  17. 17 The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chor - United States Air Force Singing Sergeants (1:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
United States Marine Band Primary Artist, Ensemble
United States Air Force Band Ensemble
United States Navy Band Ensemble
Ken Carter Vocals
Sea Chanter Chorus Vocal Ensemble
William DuPree Vocals
George S. Howard Conductor
Technical Credits
Samuel Barber Composer
Morton Gould Composer
John Philip Sousa Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Bob Fisher Mastering
Meredith Willson Composer
Lewis Layton Engineer
Samuel A. Ward Composer
John Stafford Smith Composer
Francis Scott Key Composer, Text
Katherine Lee Bates Composer
Robert Crawford Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Edwin Franko Goldman Composer
David Philhower Engineer
Anthony A. Mitchell Director
Albert F. Schoepper Director
Ernst Forte Composer
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