The Civil War: The Complete Work

Various Artists

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The Civil War: The Complete Work Review

by Jason Ankeny

The Civil War offers the complete recorded adaptation of Frank Wildhorn's acclaimed stage musical; spread across two discs, the assembled roster spans not only the musical spectrum (everyone from Hootie and the Blowfish to Patti LaBelle to Deana Carter) but also the worlds of drama (Danny Glover, James Garner and Ellen Burstyn) and even literature (Dr. Maya Angelou). The results are often fascinating -- both the personal and political drama of the war between the states resonate throughout these songs, and the performances achieve an intriguing balance between period texture and contemporary energy.

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