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CD Freedom: Songs From The Heart of America Released by Columbia Records

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Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings are mining their rich archive of American recordings to prepare a unique, collectible boxed set that will be the musical counterpart to PBS much-anticipated chronicle of the struggle for freedom in our country.

The 3-CD set Freedom: Songs From The Heart of America, along with a single-CD best-of collectionthat is being released at the same time, are part of a multi-media set of products inspired by the History of US book series by award-winning author Joy Hakim. Oxford University Press is releasing Freedom: A History of US, a companion book to the PBS series; and PBS Home Video is releasing the Freedom television series on DVD and VHS.

The 67-song boxed set includes songs written over the course of the last two-and-a-half centuries, and recordings dating back to the early 1900s. Included are songs covering virtually every important historical event in our country’s history from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, and from the Industrial Revolution to Prohibition.

Columbia/Legacy is also releasing a single CD, Freedom: A History of US (Original Soundtrack Recording), which features the key songs from the PBS series.
Freedom: Songs From The Heart of America is produced by Grammy-winning producers Michael Brooks and Steve Berkowitz, along with Grammy-nominated producers Al Quaglieri and Nedra Olds-Neal. The team worked closely with Kunhardt Productions, producers of the PBS series, in finding music that fit the themes of the television series, and, just as important, could stand alone as a collectible bosxed set of recordings celebrating freedom in America.

Featured are well-known pieces of Americana such as “The Star Spangled Banner” (performed by Duke Ellington), “Shenandoah Lullabye” (performed by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman) and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee’” (performed by Mahalia Jackson), as well as lesser known songs that chronicle and celebrate dramatic historical events featured in the PBS series -- songs such as “Erie Canal” (performed by Suzanne Vega & Dan Zanes), “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” (performed by Bing Crosby), and “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit that Ball?” (performed by Count Basie.

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