The Ballad of the Fallen

The Ballad of the Fallen
Studio album by Charlie Haden
Released 1983
Recorded 1982 November
Genre Experimental big band
Avant-garde jazz
Length 51:51
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Charlie Haden chronology
Time Remembers One Time Once
The Ballad of the Fallen
Quartet West
Liberation Music Orchestra chronology
Liberation Music Orchestra
The Ballad of the Fallen
Dream Keeper
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

The Ballad of the Fallen is a jazz album by bassist Charlie Haden, 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 Bley also placed first in that 1984 poll's Acoustic Bass and Composer categories, respectively.

The album is in fact 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 reappeared in the LMO's new incarnation, together with six new members.

Track listing

LP side A:[4]

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

(Arrangements by Carla Bley.)


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Swenson, J. (Editor) (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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