Does Anybody Know I'm Here?: Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1962-1972

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
As much a penetrating and painful lesson in American history as it is a fantastic set of vintage, obscure soul, Does Anybody Know I'm Here? Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 62-72 -- the follow-up to Kent's superb A Soldier's Sad Story -- documents a very different dimension of antiwar protest music: Edwin Starr's classic "War" aside, the mainstream antiwar canon comprises songs written and performed almost entirely by white folkies Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, et al., but the African-American response was just as potent and provocative, with an underlying sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement that speaks volumes about the mindset of the black counterculture as war...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
As much a penetrating and painful lesson in American history as it is a fantastic set of vintage, obscure soul, Does Anybody Know I'm Here? Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 62-72 -- the follow-up to Kent's superb A Soldier's Sad Story -- documents a very different dimension of antiwar protest music: Edwin Starr's classic "War" aside, the mainstream antiwar canon comprises songs written and performed almost entirely by white folkies Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, et al., but the African-American response was just as potent and provocative, with an underlying sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement that speaks volumes about the mindset of the black counterculture as war raged not only in Southeast Asia but also in places like Detroit and Watts. Ranging from the mournful soul of Marvin Gaye's opening "Soldier's Plea" to the blistering funk of Funkadelic's closing "March to the Witch's Castle," the set spans not only musical styles but also varying shades of polemical intensity -- some cuts are confrontational and direct, others elegiac and allegorical, but all burn with the emotional honesty and complexity that are the hallmarks of soul music at its finest. Other highlights include the Dells' title cut, Archie Bell & the Drells' "A Soldier's Prayer," and the Impressions' "Don't Cry My Love."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667224529
  • Catalog Number: 245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soldier's Plea - Marvin Gaye (2:45)
  2. 2 Wait for Me - Brothers of Soul (3:03)
  3. 3 Your Heart Belongs to Me - The Velvelettes (2:55)
  4. 4 Soldier's Goodbye - William Bell (3:03)
  5. 5 Please Mr. President - King Solomon (3:27)
  6. 6 Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man) - The Charmels (2:33)
  7. 7 A Soldier's Prayer 1967 - Archie Bell & the Drells (3:07)
  8. 8 Take Good Care - Tony Mason (2:38)
  9. 9 Keep a Light in the Window Until I Come Home - James W. Alexander (2:54)
  10. 10 Don't Cry My Love - The Impressions (3:03)
  11. 11 Please Wait for Me (My Darling) - Masters of Soul (2:57)
  12. 12 Don't Cry My Soldier Boy - Thelma Houston (3:00)
  13. 13 War - The Temptations (3:13)
  14. 14 Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again? - The Sweet Inspirations (2:55)
  15. 15 Standing on the Corner - Watson & The Sherlocks (2:24)
  16. 16 Does Anybody Know I'm Here? - The Dells (3:17)
  17. 17 A Letter from My Son - Melverine Thomas (5:03)
  18. 18 I Can't See You No More (When Johnny Comes Marching Home) - Joe Tex (2:48)
  19. 19 Medley: Vaya Con Dios/Fellow in Vietnam - Inez & Charlie Foxx (7:01)
  20. 20 Open Letter to the President - Roy-C (3:11)
  21. 21 I Should Be Proud - Martha Reeves (2:56)
  22. 22 Welcome the Boys Back Home - Bill Moss & the Celestials (3:23)
  23. 23 March to the Witch's Castle - Funkadelic (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Pate Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Archie Bell Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
George Clinton Producer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Bobby Eaton Composer
Charlie Foxx Composer, Producer
George Gordy Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Buddy Killen Producer
Billy Moss Producer
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton Producer
David Porter Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Charles Stepney Arranger
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
M. Thomas Composer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Jerry Wexler Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Johnny Pate Arranger, Producer
Joseph Moore Composer
James Alexander Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Richard Knight Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Ralph Bailey Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Roy Hammond Composer
James Hines Composer
King Solomon Composer
Marvin Phillips Composer
Harold Hopkins Composer
Buddy Pepper Composer
Inez James Composer
Bobby Lee Miller Producer
Jesse Herring Composer, Producer
Melverine Thomas Composer
Larry Russell Composer
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