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Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns - Original Soundtrack Recording
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Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns - Original Soundtrack Recording
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Hailed as perhaps the greatest filmed document in the history of the sport, Ken Burns's epic series chronicled more than a century's worth of baseball lore. The producers paid nearly as much attention to the audio as the s...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns - Original Soundtrack Recording
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 9/6/1994
Release Date: 9/6/1994
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Nostalgia, Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597934021, 075597934045, 075597934069

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Hailed as perhaps the greatest filmed document in the history of the sport, Ken Burns's epic series chronicled more than a century's worth of baseball lore. The producers paid nearly as much attention to the audio as the stunning visuals, but this soundtrack is slightly uneven. Baseball errs on the side of good taste a bit too often, what with contributions from Bruce Hornsby, Carly Simon, and Natalie Cole peppered amid classics by the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The well-chosen historical material--including calls spanning five full decades--should interest die-hard fans, though. --David Sprague

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Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 7/27/2006...
Too many versions of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Nostalgic recordings that are somewhat hard to hear.

CD Reviews

For the Baseball lover's heart and soul
Ken | Cliffwood Beach, NJ United States | 02/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a simplistically beautiful CD. The cuts range from the joyous to the deeply moving. From Garison Keillor's opening reading of Walt Whitman's thoughts on baseball to the closing quiet of the Star Spangled Banner, the listener is taken on a musical and aural journey through the history of Our National Pastime. Even though the game of today can be a pale imitation in some ways of what it once was, baseball still has a strong emotional hold on millions of Americans.
While I love listening to the entire CD, my favorite track above all is the moving"Steal Away". I always think of Jackie Robinson when I hear this song. The song has the feel of quiet dignity and a life lived in simple strength.
If you love baseball like I do, buy this CD.....you'll be so glad you did."
Steal Away Home
David Bradley | Sterling, VA USA | 06/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ken Burns is smart enough to realize that some of the best music in many films, including BASEBALL, is the incidental music. As he did with THE CIVIL WAR soundtrack, Burns includes plenty of the beautiful piano solos from the PBS special on this CD.The inclusion of the calls from The Shot Heard 'Round The World and Hank Aaron's 715th HR is a nice touch. Nothing drives people crazier than cranking that up real loud in afternoon traffic.Unfortunately, what you see in the film and hear on the soundtrack is what baseball was in this country, and what it is now. It's still a popular game, it still makes a lot of money, it still has a lot of fans. But the love for the game, the feeling so many of us had for the players and the teams, isn't there any more. Would a major political figure speak so poetically on behalf of a player now, and would so many people listen and be as touched, as when Jesse Jackson gave his eulogy for Jackie Robinson?For that matter, will there ever be another sports figure even half as important as Jackie Robinson?"