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America — but there isn't a boxed set
that musically traces the pursuit of
The recorded songs fall into many cat-
egories, including national allegiance
("The Star Spangled Banner" and "My
Country, 'Tis of Thee"), attitudes
toward war ("The Battle Hymn of the
Republic" and "Over There") and citi-
zen pride ("Yankee Doodle" and "This
Land is Your Land"). Detroiters can
wax nostalgic with "In My Merry
Oldsmobile," performed by Les
Brown's Band of Renown in 1946.
"When the series producers came to
us, they had some music already in
mind," Berkowitz says. "As our team
started seeing some of the footage, we
asked about other songs.
"We started to add to the sound-
track and eventually became music
consultants besides being producers of
the companion recordings. We added
a great deal of music to the film as
soundtrack as well as other songs to
create the boxed set and single CD."
Berkowitz, who has worked with
Columbia Records for 15 years, also has
been a musician, radio disc jockey, con-
cert promoter and agent. He worked
with Ken Burns on his jazz series and
was involved with a recent release of
pianist Glenn Gould's concerts.
"I worked on the freedom project for
six months — and a lifetime," Berkowitz
says. "I think of the recordings as a fun
listen as well as an experience into the
evolution of American music." ❑
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The 16-part Freedom: A History of
US begins airing weekly at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 5, on WTVS-
Channel 56. The three-CD
boxed set Freedom: Songs From the
Heart of America ($49.98) and the
single CD Freedom: A History of
US (Columbia/Legacy; $18.98),
featuring 20 contemporary music
highlights from the boxed set, are
now available where CDs are sold.
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Bless America," sung by Kate Smith;
J. Gorney and E.Y. Harburg's
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
sung by Bing Crosby; "Dancing in
the Dark," performed by Ben Selvin
& His Orchestra; "We'll Meet
Again," featurng Peggy Lee and
Benny Goodman; and Frank
Loesser's "Praise the Lord and Pass
the Ammunition," played by Kay
Kuser and His Orchestra.
And for fans of more contempo-
rary music, don't worry: Bob Dylan
("The Times They Are a `ChangH "),
Bruce Springsteen (performing
DYlazi's "Chimes of Freedom"),
Simon and Garfunkel ("America")
and Billy Joel ("Goodnight Saigon")
are all here too.
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ers appear to have been picked to
showcase the freedom theme with
less familiar renditions by contem-
The mix of works, and the
updates of some of the songs com-
bined with the classics, gives a nice
Just some of the contributions by
Jewish composers and performers
include Aaron Copland's "Simple
Gifts," performed by the New York
Lullabve," featuring David Grisman
with Jerry Garcia; a I 934 version of
"Semper Ficlelis,",performed by the
Goldman Band; "Stars and Stripes
Forever," with' Leonard Bernstein
condUcting the New York
Philharmonic; Irving Berlin's "God
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