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Civil War Classics [Import]

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B000024YKG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Girl I Left Behind Me/Waiting for the Federals 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lorena 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cumberland Gap 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hard Times 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Yellow Rose of Texas 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tenting on the Old Camp Ground 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hard Crackers 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Marching Through Georgia 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ungar & Mason Hit's of the 60's (Kingdom Coming/Battle Cry/Dixie 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Faded Coat of Blue 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. President Lincoln's Hornpipe 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fisher's Hornpipe/Leather Britches/Bill Cheatham 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ashokan Farewell 5:030.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely classic 21 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If, like me, you know nothing of the American Civil War apart from the Ken Burns documentary, and the Ashokan Farewell, from the same series, you will still love this. In my opinion, the Ashokan Farewell may be one of the most beautiful pieces of music of the 20th century, and it's played here by its creators, along with, like it says on the label, other Civil War classics. It's fabulous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative interpretations Civil War tunes. 29 April 2013
By mihos
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Beautifully crafted,thoughtful arrangements coupled with sensitive performances make this a winner for anyone interested in the period, or who has been moved by "Ashokan Farewell" featured in Ken Burns renowned documentary "The Civil War".Extremely good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning sample of music from the mid 19th century 13 Jun 2000
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When I first heard this CD, I had just returned from a week at Ashokan, the camp behind the famous song 'Ashokan Farewell' that is included on this album. Most of the songs on this album are so lively that one wonders how anyone's fingers can fly over the fiddle so quickly. However, there are also several hauntingly slow songs that remind one of the lives lost during the Civil War. I enjoyed this CD so much that I listened to it daily for months and now it resides in my small stack of favorite CD's.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Fiddling and Much More 10 May 2005
By Theo Logos - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Jay Unger and Molly Mason are best known for their performance of the hauntingly beautiful tune Ashokan Farewell, a tune that Ken Burns used as the theme for his monumental PBS documentary The Civil War. Though Unger composed the tune in 1980, the Burns documentary has forever linked it with the Civil War. Unger and Mason perform it on this live album together with many songs of the Civil War and Civil War era.

Unger and Mason put on quite a show. They display a mastery of a variety of instruments as they play fiddles, guitar, banjo, piano, and harmonica. They sing, harmonize, tell stories and jokes, and induce the audience to participate in their show, all to a fine effect. Unger's voice is somewhat less than impressive, but loaded with sincerity, and when he harmonizes with Mason his vocal defects disappear and the result is quite good. They give brief but helpful introductions to these old war folk songs, providing useful information on song histories and context. But above all, they play with a sublime simplicity that can melt your heart, particularly when playing fiddle or piano.

The standout tracks on `Civil War Classics' are the fiddle tunes, where their talent absolutely shines. Ashokan Farewell is available on a couple of other CDs, but if you don't yet have it in your collection, that would be reason enough to buy this CD - it is one of the most haunting tunes that I have ever heard, and played here with simplicity and beauty in a five minute long version. The three fiddle tune medleys that they play are toe tapping lively, and a nice counter point to the slow, haunting grandeur of Ashokan Farewell. Molly Mason sings The Faded Coat of Blue with a clear, honest voice, and Jay Unger puts his less than perfect vocal abilities to great use on the joking soldier's parody song Hard Crackers.

Jay and Molly thoroughly captivated their audience with this performance at Gettysburg College, and if you love old time folk and Civil War music, you too will be captivated by this charming live CD.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live at Gettysburg College 14 May 2001
By Ken Kressin - Published on
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This record is a live recording of Jay and Molly at Gettyburg College. Jay and Molly both sing and primarily play fiddle, banjo, piano, and guitar. This is great if you wish you could attend one of their performances. They are a talented musical couple and I wish they would do more civil war music. However, civil war music is just one of their focuses.
The music generally includes an introduction and sometimes audience participation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! 5 Jan 2006
By Ken Roberts - Published on
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I hesitated for almost a year before purchasing this disc, for no other reason than the thought of "is it worth the money?"
After receiving the disc (today, in fact, just two days after ordering it!) I can tell anyone who may have the same concern to go on and order it, and do so today! This is an excellent source of the most popular of Civil War era tunes (except Ashokan Farewell) done in a very traditional style. Ms. Mason and Mr. Ungar compliment each other in every way on this CD, even though it's been stated in another review that Mr. Ungar's voice is "less than perfect." I must disagree. His voice fits the style of music perfectly to the era, perfectly to those who want to hear what an average local singer may have sounded like entertaining the troops, or perhaps serenading the family at a gathering.
Neither the introductions before each tune, nor the applause of the audience, does not take away from the music or the flow.
This CD is well worth your money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey back in time, Civil War 28 Mar 2008
By Franz Egri - Published on
Format:Audio CD
As always Jay Ungar & Molly Mason do a splendid job. Their presentations of songs from the Civil War era puts one back to that time; and you can feel the exuberance, sadness, & other myriad of emotions reflected via the songs of that tragic time of our history. We are certainly happy to add it to our collection.
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