The Ballad of the Fallen

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The Ballad of the Fallen
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Studio album by Charlie Haden
Released 1983
Recorded November 1982
Genre Experimental big band
Avant-garde jazz
Length 51:51
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Charlie Haden chronology
Time Remembers One Time Once
(1981)Time Remembers One Time Once1981
The Ballad of the Fallen
Quartet West
(1986)Quartet West1986
Liberation Music Orchestra chronology
Liberation Music Orchestra
(1969) Liberation Music Orchestra1969
The Ballad of the Fallen
(1983) The Ballad of the Fallen1983
Dream Keeper
(1990) Dream Keeper1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

The Ballad of the Fallen is a jazz album by bassist Charlie Haden, with arrangements by Carla Bley, that was recorded in 1982 and released in 1983. The album was voted jazz album of the year in Down Beat magazine's 1984 critic's poll. Haden and Carla Bley placed first in that 1984 poll's Acoustic Bass and Composer categories, respectively.

The album is the second by Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra,[3] the follow-up to their 1969 Liberation Music Orchestra. Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Michael Mantler, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman, and Haden himself appeared in the LMO's new incarnation with six new members.

Track listing[edit]

1. "Els Segadors" ("The Reapers") (Catalan traditional) – 4:14
2. "The Ballad of the Fallen" (folk song from El Salvador) – 4:19
3. - "If You Want to Write Me" ("Si Me Quieres Escribir") (traditional) – 3:55
4. - "Grandola Vila Morena" (José Afonso) – 2:11
5. - "Introduction to People" (Carla Bley) – 3:55
6. - "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" ("El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido!") (Sergio Ortega) – 1:40
7. "Silence" (Charlie Haden) – 5:49

LP side B:

1. "Too Late" (Carla Bley) – 8:24
2. "La Pasionaria" (Charlie Haden) – 10:26
3. "La Santa Espina" (Àngel Guimerà/Enric Morera) – 6:58



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 91. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ The Ballad of the Fallen at AllMusic
  4. ^ Ballad of the Fallen at

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