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Gods and Generals
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
John Frizzell
Randy Edelman

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Solo Performance by:
Mark O'Connor
Mary Fahl
Bob Dylan
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(February 4th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an extremely well written, performed, and recorded tribute to the American Civil War and the ethnicity of its soldiers in both the song and score for Gods and Generals.

Avoid it... if dramatic war genre scores of immense orchestral and choral resonance upset you by reminding you of the tragedy of death, dismemberment, and other hideous topics.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #158
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/10/09
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Gods and Generals: (John Frizzell/Randy Edelman) With Michael Shaara's "The Killer Angels" translated onto screen in 1993's popularly successful television production of Gettysburg, Jeff Shaara's equally precise prequel, "Gods and Generals" made the leap to the big screen in 2003. Covering the two years of intensive warfare in the American Civil War between 1861 and 1863, Gods and Generals introduces the commanding officers central to both stories and leads them up to a climax which ends just prior to the pivotal battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The prior film was likewise produced under the heavy hand of Ted Turner, and the authenticity conveyed in many of the production values was retained. For the prequel, much changed in the cast, with only Jeff Daniels reprising his role as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in the second film. Robert Duvall received significant criticism for underplaying in the role of General Robert E. Lee. As for the music for these Shaara adaptations, the choice of Randy Edelman as a composer for the newer project was met with a wide range of responses, from those who praised the elegant themes of his Gettysburg score to those who damned its electronic nature as inappropriate for the genre. He returned to provide some filler cues for Gods and Generals, though his dramatic theme for Gettysburg makes no appearance. The mass majority of score material for the production is provided by John Frizzell, whose career up to 2003 had been noteworthy for most film music collectors in the form of adequate, but not particularly outstanding action and horror scores. Here, he was given the largest opportunity of his career and made the most of it. The marketing of the Sony Classical album for Gods and Generals focused mostly on the songs performed by Mary Fahl and Bob Dylan for the project, in addition to the violin performances by master fiddler and violinist Mark O'Connor. The more voluminous inspiration in the film, though, is created by Frizzell. The score occupies roughly fifty minutes on the album and was a powerful and thematically rich early introduction to the year of film music in 2003.



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My first score
David Lounsberry - January 27, 2009, at 9:51 a.m.
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Excellent score
Sheridan - August 26, 2006, at 2:53 a.m.
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Orchestration
N.R.Q. - July 19, 2006, at 12:06 p.m.
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Now this is how deep male choir REALLY sounds like
Andy - July 17, 2006, at 3:08 p.m.
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My children loved it!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:58
• 1. Going Home - performed by Mary Fahl (4:56)
• 2. Gods and Generals - written by John Frizzell (3:42)
• 3. You Must Not Worry for Us - written by John Frizzell (2:09)
• 4. Loved I Not Honor More - written by John Frizzell (3:13)
• 5. Lexington is My Home - written by John Frizzell (1:23)
• 6. The School of the Soldier - written by John Frizzell (3:58)
• 7. Go to their Graves Like Beds - written by Randy Edelman (2:24)
• 8. My Heart Shall Not Fear - written by Randy Edelman (1:46)
• 9. These Brave Irishmen - written by John Frizzell (2:51)
• 10. To the Stone Wall - written by John Frizzell (3:41)
• 11. You'll Thank Me in the Morning - written by John Frizzell (3:20)
• 12. The First Crop of Corn - written by John Frizzell (3:26)
• 13. My Home is Virginia - written by Randy Edelman (4:24)
• 14. No Photographs - written by John Frizzell/Randy Edelman (2:53)
• 15. VMI Will Be Heard From Today - written by John Frizzell (2:42)
• 16. Too Much Sugar - written by John Frizzell (1:56)
• 17. Let Us Cross the River - written by John Frizzell (2:48)
• 18. The Soldier's Return - written by John Frizzell (2:02)
• 19. Cross the Green Mountain - performed by Bob Dylan (8:14)

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The insert includes lengthy information about the score and film from director Ronald Maxwell. The packaging includes a "limited edition" DVD in addition to the regular music CD. The 24-minute DVD contains music videos of both songs as well as bonus footage from the film and its theatrical trailer.
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