Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns
by Various Artists
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- Released: April 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
NAPRA Review - 01-02/02, p.74"...Captures a fertile, restrained-yet-joyful, adolescent-Americana flavor that serves as a backdrop to Samuel Clemens'/Mark Twain's world..."
- 1.Mark Twain Monologue: Made In The Image Of God - Kevin Conway
- 2.Sweet Betsy From Pike - Bobby Horton
- 3.Dogue Creek - Bobby Horton
- 4.Wagoner's Lad - Jacqueline Schwab
- 5.Howl - Ed Gerhard
- 6.Mighty Big River - Bobby Horton
- 7.Shadow On The Marsh - Al Petteway
- 8.Poor Wayfarin' Stranger - Bobby Horton
- 9.Shuckin' The Bush - Fiddlin' Johnny
- 10.How Can I Keep From Singing - Jacqueline Schwab
- 11.Mark Twain Monologue: Old Voices - Kevin Conway
- 12.For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name - Bobby Horton
- 13.When Tomorrow Comes - Jacqueline Schwab
- 14.Wagoner's Lad - Bobby Horton
- 15.Falls, The - Bobby Horton
- 16.Ties That Bind - Jacqueline Schwab
- 17.Rosin The Bow - Bobby Horton
- 18.Amelia - Jacqueline Schwab
- 19.Mark Twain Monologue: Shakespeare Is Dead - Kevin Conway
- 20.Dill Pickle Rag - Fiddlin' Johnny
- 21.Hard Times - Jacqueline Schwab
- 22.Hard Times - Bobby Horton
- 23.Sweet Betsy From Pike - Peter Ostroushko
- 24.Maple Leaf Rag - Jacqueline Schwab
- 25.Mark Twain Monologue: Two Unaccountable Freaks - Kevin Conway
- 26.Sweet Betsy From Pike - Jacqueline Schwab
- 27.How Can I Keep From Singing - Bobby Horton
- 28.Mark Twain Monologue: Advice For Arrival In Heaven - Kevin Conway
- 29.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Bobby Horton
This is the soundtrack to the Ken Burns documentary MARK TWAIN featuring Mark Twain monologues as spoken by actor Kevin Conway plus musical performances by
Bobby Horton, Jacqueline Schwab, Ed Gerhard, Al Peteway, Fiddlin' John et al.
Includes liner notes by Ken Burns.
This is the soundtrack to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS television series Mark Twain, performed by folk musicians recreating the sound of American folk, popular, and spiritual music circa the late-19th century. Some of the songs would have been familiar in Twain's time, such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger," "Maple Leaf Rag," and "Sweet Betsy From Pike." Others were written after Twain's death, but have a similar feel of Americana from the late 1800s, and a handful were actually written specifically for the soundtrack. Most of the 29 selections are performed either by Alabama multi-instrumentalist Bobby Horton or pianist Jacqueline Schwab, both of whom had collaborated with Burns on several of his previous documentaries, such as his well-known Civil War series, which used similar music. If you've seen that or other Burns documentary projects like Baseball and Lewis and Clark, you know what to expect: homespun, laid-back sounds that are evocative of past times. They're a little nostalgic and corny, and impeccably executed, though in a manner that emphasizes their utility as backing tracks, rather than expressing much individuality or interpretation on the part of the performers. Five of the tracks are brief spoken excerpts of Twain's writings, read by actor Kevin Conway. ~ Richie Unterberger
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