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|Songs of the Civil War|
Songs of the Civil War
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop
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Some selections too "Country" for my liking.
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This collection was well crafted musically. Both vocalists and instrumentalists (banjo, clarinet, flute, penny whistle, fiddle, mandolin, guitars, hambone, etc...)perform admirably. The first few selections, most notably "Cumberland Gap" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (by Leroy Troy and Simon & Veracity Grace), were enjoyable in that the treatment of the music was different from any I'd previously heard and very spirited. *This is something I value in a CW CD of which I own more than 30 at this time. However the further I progressed into the selections, the more I was reminded of performances which I'd expect to hear on some C & W music show. A good example is "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Rhonda Renee. To my ear it had that "Tammy Wynette/Loretta Lynn/Dolly Parton" twang. Those by Grandpa Jones put me in mind of performances on HeeHaw. Unfortunately that doesn't jibe with my tastes or what I hope to ! ! hear in Civil War music. I wish I'd been able to HEAR some selections before purchasing. It would have stayed on the shelf had I been able to do so."
An Interesting Mix
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD contains an unusual mix of standards from the Civil War era. Many of the songs, such as those by Grandpa Jones, remained popular down through the 1950's via the Grand Ole Opry. Others are not so recognizable, but are interesting nonethless. A few evoke the heavy sentimentality so typical of the time. Others are good for a laugh ("Goober Peas"). All in all, if you enjoy folk and/or historical tunes, you won't be disappointed."
Good collection of Civil War songs
C. Norko | 02/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this at a Civil War battlefield a few years ago on a whim. It has the necessities, "Dixie" (a banjo rendition) and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". The best are the folksy bluegrass tracks, particularly "Cumberland Gap" and "Brother Green". The singing is a bit amateurish but it's tolerable. "Home Sweet Home" and "Listen to the Mockingbird" are great instrumental tracks, it's clear they had some talented banjo and fiddle players participating. Overall, it's a pretty enjoyable album, especially if you want a better taste of Civil War era life."