The Civil War (1991) Though it has been meticulously assembled, this collection of music from Ken Burns' 11-hour PBS series, The Civil War , — a gospel "Battle Hymn… Various Artists Folk Soundtracks
Music Review

The Civil War (1991)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genres: Folk, Soundtracks

Though it has been meticulously assembled, this collection of music from Ken Burns' 11-hour PBS series, The Civil War, — a gospel ''Battle Hymn of the Republic,'' a brass-band ''Yankee Doodle,'' a sad 'n' slow ''Dixie'' — would be easy to pass up except for one thing: It contains Jay Ungar's rendition of his ''Ashokan Farewell,'' the modern-day folk ballad for fiddles and guitar that served as the series' theme and became an instant hit. Tender, haunting, and filled with delicate melodic twists, it's a tune of such runaway gorgeousness that the rest of the album could consist of old Don Ho medleys and still be graded: A

Originally posted Jan 11, 1991 Published in issue #48 Jan 11, 1991 Order article reprints