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Africans In America
Original TV Soundtrack
Africans In America
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #2

The soundtrack to the six-hour PBS documentary Africans in America comes in two formats: this three-CD box set and a single-disc compendium. Largely composed and sung by Bernice Johnson Reagon, the soundtrack tells its own...  more »

      
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All Artists: Original TV Soundtrack
Title: Africans In America
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Original Release Date: 10/13/1998
Release Date: 10/13/1998
Album Type: Box set, Limited Edition, Soundtrack
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Folk, North America, Appalachian
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPCs: 014431944420, 014431944444

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The soundtrack to the six-hour PBS documentary Africans in America comes in two formats: this three-CD box set and a single-disc compendium. Largely composed and sung by Bernice Johnson Reagon, the soundtrack tells its own story of America's struggles, freedoms, and diversity--songs include spirituals, popular songs from America's early history, European folk tunes, and African vocal tracks. It can be an odd mix at times: the American Revolution tune "Brandywine Quick-Step" is followed by the multilayered, African-inspired a cappella composition "Mandiacapella." There are simply so many influences and intertwined histories, the sonic palette overflows with styles. It's overwhelming at times, but amid these 59 tracks are some gorgeous standouts. Who could resist the precious guitar solo of Toshi Reagon on "Steal Away," the simple instrumental joys of "Come unto Me," or the live congregation in progress found on "Run Mary Run"? --James Hendrickson

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CD Reviews

A Medely of Beautiful and Unique Pieces
J. Turner | Delaware, USA | 07/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this 3-cd set on a whim after seeing Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock in concert, and I was very impressed and happy when I got home and heard all the amazing music put together. With a balanced mixture of classical, American folk, gospel, blues, and African melodies, the music in this set evokes many moods, including spiritual, emotional, and joy. The pieces including Bernice R. Johnson's and her daughter Toshi's voices were the most impressive and moving. The slower pace of the first two CDs, which included more instrumental classical pieces, was the only thing keeping this set from being perfect. But this set is definitely worth the investment; I found many types of music I have never found elsewhere (or in such a collection) with such depth and quality."