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Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns

  • 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86091

  • Credits
    ProducerKen Burns; Dayton Duncan

    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

  • Critic Reviews
    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..."
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