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Album Review

America the Beautiful is a collection of "typically American" songs performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Only a few selections are overtly patriotic ("American Salute (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the title track); the main focus of the program is on quintessentially American composers such as Aaron Copland ("Fanfare for the Common Man," "Hoedown"), George Gershwin ("Strike Up the Band"), John Phillip Sousa ("The Stars and Stripes Forever"), Irving Berlin ("Alexander's Ragtime Band"), Scott Joplin ("The Entertainer"), Charles Ives ("Variations on 'America'"), and Meredith Willson ("Seventy-Six Trombones"), as well as traditional songs like "Prayer of Thanksgiving" and "When the Saints Go Marching In," plus the Woody Guthrie folk standard "This Land Is Your Land." While most of the material isn't exactly unfamiliar, that actually works in the disc's favor — it comes off as a showcase of the range and depth of talent in American popular composition, and it's a fitting tribute.

Customer Reviews

Great American Music!

Every song on this Boston Pops album is a wonderful addition to any Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or 9/11 remembrance. It's both reverent and fun, both toe-tapping and soothing. From the Big Band to Sousa, and everything in between, this album recreates the American experience in music and song. A "must have" for any American patriot.

Remaster of the Master

Having the original CD of John Williams' America the Beautiful this remaster was well done. With improved sound quality, improved music order and of course adding the historical recordings from Arthur Fiedler makes this a unique album. It does set the mood for patriotism. The intelligence of John Williams and Arthur Feidler and the magnificent sound of Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus just gives you goose bumps! Enjoy me, you will listen to this more than once,


This album is terrific. I love all the music. I played it at a July 4th party and it set the mood for the day.


Formed: July 11, 1885 in Boston, MA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

For year after year, decade after decade, the Boston Pops were one of the most popular orchestras in America. Through concerts, tours, and an endless series of record albums, they brought classical music, marches, and contemporary pop to millions of listeners. Over the course of the 20th century, the orchestra was recorded more than any other. They developed a repertoire that functioned as the de facto American classical and pop lexicon. The Boston Pops were populists, emphasizing melody and texture...
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