As a history teacher, I am constantly on the lookout for music that can help to bring the past alive. This CD does a wonderful job for both the American Revolution and the Civil War. While the country twang of some of these pieces may jar young sensibilities, students quickly warm to the authentic verve of the performances. The Revolutionary period includes such chestnuts as the "Riddle Song" (and actually omits "Yankee Doodle"), but also some jokes of the period, including a hysterical folk version of a taming of a shrew. The Civil War period is split between northern and southern songs. There are the standards "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Dixie," but also more obscure songs like "Lincoln and Liberty" and "Goober Peas." All in all, a great tool, especially for the price. (Quote from Amazon reviewer)
he biggest female vocalists of today including Fiona Apple, Patty Griffith and Nikka Costa, come together to pay tribute to the legendary, Cy Coleman. Cy Coleman's work encompasses countless Broadway hits as well as standards performed by iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Lucille Ball and Tony Bennett. A career spanning well over four decades, Cy Coleman left us with an extensive collection of truly timeless hits. The album peaked at number 32 of Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.