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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.


Born: December 17, 1894 in Boston, MA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Easily the most popular conductor of his era, Arthur Fiedler was classical music's greatest ambassador since Mozart, and also one of those rare conductors whose records were not only successful, but serious profit centers, both for his orchestra and his record labels. Without regard to cultural and economic barriers, he promoted symphonic music for the enjoyment and appreciation of all listeners, programming pieces by everyone from Pachelbel to Gershwin to the Beatles and the Bee Gees. Born December...
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