WeImprovise! is a work in progress, proof of concept, & labor of love. Find Out More.

Soundtrack Of The War, A Ken Burns Film Inspires Three Companion CDs And A Box Set:

United States
English
  • • Sentimental Journey: Hits From The Second World War
  • • I’m Beginning To See The Light: Dance Hits From The Second World War
  • • Songs Without Words: Classical Music From The War


Each disc sold separately or packaged with soundtrack as four-CD box set.

THE WAR, A KEN BURNS FILM: DELUXE EDITION box set features a 24-page booklet essay by Ken Burns interspersed with 17 rare and moving images from the period, and a PBS Series Viewers Guide

All four albums and box set arrive in stores September 11, 2007, on Legacy Recordings

19 September 2007 — The most eagerly awaited television event of the fall season — THE WAR, a Ken Burns film -- premieres on September 23rd on PBS. In conjunction with the series, four individual albums will arrive in stores September 11th on Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

In addition to THE WAR soundtrack album — an eclectic mix of vintage era jazz, pop singers of the time, contemporary classical recordings, plus three previously unreleased performances by Wynton Marsalis and a previously unreleased performance by Norah Jones — Legacy will also issue three companion collections:

• Sentimental Journey: Hits From The Second World War: 20 tracks starring Frank Sinatra, the Mills Brothers, and the orchestras of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, and others, with vocals along the way by Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, and more; including such standards as “We’ll Meet Again,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Moonglow,” “Memories Of You,” “I’ll Get By,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Body And Soul,” “Blues In The Night,” “Skylark,” “Sentimental Journey,” and many others;

• I’m Beginning To See The Light: Dance Hits From The Second World War: 20 tracks featuring bands led by Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw; with such timeless dance hits as “In The Mood,” “Let Me Off Uptown,” “Taxi War Dance,” “The Sheik Of Araby,” “Pistol Packin” Mama,” “Cherokee,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “One O’Clock Jump,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “I’m Beginning To See The Light,” and many others;

• Songs Without Words: Classical Music From The War: 10 compositions from the pens of Copland, Dvořák, Elgar, Fauré, Ligeti, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, and Walton; as performed such luminaries as Aaron Copland himself and Benny Goodman, Leonard Slatkin & the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma & the New York Philharmonic, and others.

THE WAR soundtrack album and the three companion albums will be sold individually. They will also be packaged together in a box set, THE WAR, A KEN BURNS FILM: DELUXE EDITION, containing a PBS Series Viewers Guide and an essay written by Ken Burns.

THE WAR tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

Music is an integral element in the success of the award-winning documentary films produced and directed by Ken Burns, and three of his most recent projects have been accompanied by soundtrack albums released by Legacy Recordings: JAZZ (2001, certified multi-platinum), Mark Twain (2001), and Horatio’s Drive (2003).

Six years in the making, the series is nothing less than “a new masterpiece,” declared TV Guide. “THE WAR promises to be an unforgettable experience and could well rival Burns’s breakthrough landmark The Civil War in its simple yet profound artistry and universal appeal,” referring to the landmark 90 series that won four Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards.

THE WAR unfolds overseas and on the homefront by following four Americans from four American towns. The music complements the storyline; every title on the soundtrack album was personally chosen by Burns and Novick, for reasons that are explained throughout the liner notes essay.

“The music we chose for the film,” Burns and Novick write, “and for this soundtrack, is an essential element in our attempt to tell the story of the war. Each composition, each recording, helped us breathe life into old photographs and archival footage, added resonance to the testimonies of our witnesses… Again and again, we found that music — freshly created for our film as well as true to the period and gleaned from sources all across the world — helped us immeasurably in trying to describe the indescribable and express the inexpressible.”

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: HITS FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR (Legacy Recordings 88697 14538 2)

Title Artist(s) Recorded

  • 1. We’ll Meet Again Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (Peggy Lee, vocal) March 42
  • 2. Dancing In The Dark Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Jan. 41
  • 3. Little Brown Jug Glenn Miller & His Orchestra April 39
  • 4. I’ll Be Seeing You Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Frank Sinatra, vocal) Feb. 40
  • 5. Moonglow Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Jan. 41
  • 6. Memories Of You Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (Lionel Hampton, vibraphone) Oct. 30
  • 7. I’ll Get By Harry James & His Orchestra (Dick Haymes, vocal) April 41
  • 8. On The Alamo Benny Goodman & His Sextet (incl. Count Basie, Charlie Christian) Jan. 41
  • 9. Pennies From Heaven Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (incl. Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday) Nov. 36
  • 10. Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra Oct. 39
  • 11. Let’s Get Lost Frank Sinatra — air check
  • 12. Blues In The Night Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Sept. 41
  • 13. There Shall Be No Night Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (incl. Ben Webster, Herb Jeffries) Sept. 40
  • 14. Echoes Of Harlem Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters (incl. Duke Ellington, piano) Jan. 38
  • 15. Skylark Earl Hines & His Orchestra (Billy Eckstine, vocal) March 42
  • 16. Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week Frank Sinatra, vocal, accompanied by orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl Nov. 42
  • 17. Paper Doll The Mills Brothers Feb. 42
  • 18. Long Ago And Far Away Frank Sinatra, Vocal, accompanied by orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl Feb. 44
  • 19. Sentimental Journey Les Brown & His Orchestra (Doris Day, vocal) Nov. 44
  • 20. Waiting For The Train To Come In Harry James & His Orchestra (Kitty Kallen, vocal) Aug. 45


I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT: DANCE HITS FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR (Legacy Recordings 88697 14539 2)

Title Artist(s) Recorded

  • 1. C Jam Blues Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra Jan. 42
  • 2. Frenesi Artie Shaw & His Orchestra March 40
  • 3. In The Mood Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Aug. 39
  • 4. Let Me Off Uptown Gene Krupa & His Orchestra May 41 (incl. Anita O’Day, Roy Eldridge, G. Krupa)
  • 5. Taxi War Dance Count Basie & His Orchestra March 39 (with Lester Young)
  • 6. The Sheik Of Araby Coleman Hawkins’ All Star Octet Jan. 40
  • 7. Pistol Packin” Mama Al Dexter & His Troopers March 42
  • 8. American Patrol Glenn Miller & His Orchestra April 42
  • 9. For The Good Of Your Country Count Basie & His Orchestra (Jimmy Rushing, vocal) July 42
  • 10. Cherokee Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra July 39
  • 11. Rose Room Benny Goodman Sextet (incl. Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton) Oct. 39
  • 12. Opus #1 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (incl. Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco) Nov. 44
  • 13. I’m Beginning To See The Light Harry James & His Orchestra (Kitty Kallen, vocal) Nov. 44
  • 14. Tuxedo Junction Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel) & His Orchestra July 39
  • 15. One O’clock Jump Count Basie & His Orchestra Jan. 42
  • 16. I’m Confessin” Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (incl. Henry “Red” Allen, Benny Carter) June 41
  • 17. (I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (Tex Beneke & The Modernaires, vocal) May 42
  • 18. Boogie Woogie Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Sept. 38
  • 19. “Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It) Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Jan. 39
  • 20. Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (incl. Gene Krupa, Vido Musso, Harry James) July 37


SONGS WITHOUT WORDS: CLASSICAL MUSIC FROM THE WAR (Legacy Recordings 88697 14370 2 7)

Composer: Title Artist(s)

  • 1. Walton: The Death Of Falstaff (Second Movement) Leonard Slatkin & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2. Dvořák: Cello Concerto In B Minor Yo-Yo Ma & New York Philharmonic
  • 3. Copland: Concerto For Clarinet, Strings, Harp And Piano Benny Goodman, Aaron Copland & Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • 4. Ligeti: Lamento from Hommage À Brahms Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Saschko Gawriloff
  • 5. Fauré: Elégie, Op. 24 Steven Isserlis & Pascal Devoyon
  • 6. Liszt: Nuages Gris Barry Douglas
  • 7. Messiaen: Quartet For The End Of Time (Third Movement) Ensemble Tashi
  • 8. Copland: Grovers Corners from Our Town Aaron Copland & New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • 9. Mendelssohn: Song Without Words Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax
  • 10. Elgar: Nimrod from Enigmavariations Leonard Slatkin & London Philharmonic Orchestra


The War, A Ken Burns Film: www.pbs.org/thewar
Previous Entry
Chicago Celebrates Four Decades

Rhino Celebrates Chicago’s 40th Anniversary With A New Limited-Edition Double-Disc, 38-Song Career-Spanning Collection Features 30 Top Forty Hits Sequenced Chronologically From One of America’s Best-Selling and Longest-Running Bands T …

The War: A Ken Burns Film – The Soundtrack
Next Entry
The War: A Ken Burns Film – The Soundtrack

7-Part, 15-Hour Documentary On WW II, Premieres September 23rd On PBS Soundtrack CD Features New Recordings By By Norah Jones And Wynton Marsalis Inlcudes WW II-Era Music From Count Basie, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Kay S …

Patreon Logo, Become A Patron

Help support WeImprovise! for as little as $5/€5/£5 per month via Patreon Patreon.