Number 17 isn`t really a song, although it does have a choral introduction provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
This version of the 1812 overture conducted by Eugene Ormandy was one of the most important pieces of music in my late teens to early 20s.
My first full time job was in a bank. I’d spend most lunch breaks in my car with the seat reclined and my recording of this performance playing at high volume on the stereo. I’m sure that eventually I knew it so well that I didn’t really need to listen to it anymore, but could play it all in my head.
With a finale featuring real cannons and church bells – I`ve never heard a better version.