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Spain in My Heart: Songs of the Spanish Civil War

by Various Artists

An international roster of great musicians perform classic and newly written songs (many in Spanish) inspired by the Spanish Civil War, conveying the bravery, pain and loss felt by soldiers and civilians alike with a conviction that transcends language an
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jarama Valley - Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie
5:05 album only
2. En La Plaza De Mi Pueblo - Michele Greene
3:41 album only
3. The Abraham Lincoln Brigade - John McCutcheon
3:40 album only
4. Asturias - Guardabarranco
2:44 album only
5. El Quinto Regimiento - Lila Downs
3:44 album only
6. The Bantry Girls' Lament - Aoife Clancy
3:42 album only
7. Garcia E Galan - Uxia
3:52 album only
8. Los Cuatro Generales - Joel & Jamaica Rafael
3:35 album only
9. Llego Con Tres Heridas - Eliseo Parra
3:16 album only
10. Noche Nochera - Guardabarranco
4:18 album only
11. Viva La Quinte Brigada - Shay Black & Aoife Clancy
4:17 album only
12. Si Me Quieres Escribir - Quetzal
3:10 album only
13. Tu Que Brillas - Michele Greene
3:26 album only
14. Los Marineros - Uxia
3:10 album only
15. Peat Bog Soldiers - Laurie Lewis
2:55 album only
16. Viva La Quince Brigada - Quetzal
3:05 album only
17. Taste Of Ashes - Laurie Lewis
4:07 album only


Album Notes
The idealistic appeal of "fighting the good fight" against the fascist troops of General Francisco Franco as he warred against Spain's democratically elected government drew more than 45,000 volunteer soldiers from over 50 countries during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This influx created a canon of war-related songs sung by the freedom fighters and revived during the American folk boom of the Fifties.

"Spain in My Heart" presents new recordings of vintage and recent songs inspired by the conflict and performed by an international roster of musicians. The United States is represented by folk's activist icon, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, master instrumentalist/ vocalist John McCutcheon, bluegrass singer/fiddler Laurie Lewis, East L.A.'s Quetzal, multicultural singer/songwriter/actress Michele Greene, and Joel and Jamaica Rafael of the Joel Rafael Band. From Mexico and Nicaragua come vocalist Lila Downs and Duo Guardabarranco, respectively. The Irish volunteers are solo artist Aoife Clancy, formerly of Cherish the Ladies, and Shay Black of The Black Family. Spain itself is represented by two of its leading contemporary singers, Eliseo Parra and Uxía.

The songs here, acoustic-based and many in Spanish, form a surprisingly delicate mosaic. Rather than emulating the strident chaos of battle, the CD conveys more subtle aspects of the conflict - yearning for simpler times ("Asturias," "En La Plaza De Mi Pueblo"); longing for distant loved ones ("The Bantry Girls' Lament"); the equal significance of life, love and death ("Llegó Con Tres Heridas"). The war and the bravery of the anti-fascist forces are addressed in such songs as "Jarama Valley," "El Quinto Regimiento," "Taste of Ashes," and "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade."

No matter in what language the songs are performed, the bravery, pain and loss felt by soldiers and civilians alike are rendered with a conviction and feeling that transcends words and forges an aching link with the listener.



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William Milz

Perfect bookend for "Pasiones" CD in my collection. Great.
Great sound quality and a fine collection of songs which seem to be taking on a renewed importance today.

Felix Krull

Great CD
attractive music excellently performed

Charles Jepson

A valuable contribution to a heroic event which must not be forgotten
This CD 'Spain in my Heart' so adequately reflects the aspirations, fears and sadnesses that the brave men and women of the International Brigades shared on the battle fields of Spain. The breath of songs truly reflects the internationalism and fellowship of those who sprung to the defence of Spain's fledgling democracy. If I were to have any criticism it would be the omission of 'Bandiera Rossa' and 'The Internationale', nevertheless an excelllent CD, one which will help to ensure the events of 1936-39 are never forgotten.

Antonio Corralero Romaguera

Idealism never dies.
This Cd is a great contribution to the recent history. There was a version made in 1971 I would like to know if it is in someone memory.

Tom Moore

A haunting and moving album
I found this album deeply moving and many of the tracks hauntingly beautiful, which is a little surprising given the horrific, historical circumstances which provided the inspiration for these songs. I defy anyone not to cry when listening to Michele Greene's rendition of Tú Que Brillas. The spirit of defiance to oppression echoes throughout this album.

Per Rasmussen

Spain in My Heart

Greg Casement

Very moving
Will listen to this CD more but I found the music very moving and almost haunting at times.If nothing else your heart goes out to the people of Spain at that time. They would get their democracy but it would take time. Who can forget the Satuday Night Live Skits when Franco was dying. A good indication of the contempt the rest of the world held in him at that time. Yes Generalrismo Franco is dead and no doubt occurpys a special place in hell.

murdo morrison dolan

spain in my heart
The spirit of resistance will never die as long as people are not prepared to lie down to facism.
great music tremendous performance by all the artists concerned.thank you. xxxxx


Los ideales de la república trascendieron a Franco y a los fascistas, éste CD honra aquellos ideales tan presentes hoy como ayer.
Saludos de México, país amigo de la república y posteriormente del exilio en sus momentos mas difíciles.


Franco murio,el fascismo paso, pero los ideales siempre estuvieron allí, trascendiendo, derrotando el paso del tiempo.
Saludos de México, país que hizo camino con la república y que dío cobijo a muchos españoles que huyeron del vance implacable del fascismo.
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