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Someone Talked!: Memories of WWII
     

Someone Talked!: Memories of WWII

 
The duo of William Bolcom and Joan Morris has commanded a national and even international audience for recording turn-of-the-century popular songs on the Nonesuch label. This little disc isn't of the same scope marketing-wise; it's a production more or less homemade in the duo's home base of Ann Arbor, MI, featuring as narrator a former disc jockey on the area's

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The duo of William Bolcom and Joan Morris has commanded a national and even international audience for recording turn-of-the-century popular songs on the Nonesuch label. This little disc isn't of the same scope marketing-wise; it's a production more or less homemade in the duo's home base of Ann Arbor, MI, featuring as narrator a former disc jockey on the area's onetime classical National Public Radio station. The album is no less carefully done than their big-name releases, however, and those interested in Bolcom and Morris, whose music-making has held up well over 40 years, should seek this disc out. They get an assist from another durable vocalist, Robert White. But the real innovation with this album is Schumacher's narration, which includes a few tidbits that even seasoned historians may not know. He mentions songs beyond the 19 that appear on the album, and the listener comes away with a renewed appreciation of how closely the events of the war were mirrored in popular song. There are a few familiar numbers, such as "The White Cliffs of Dover," but the group also unearths some intriguing oddities like "A Zoot Suit," with Schumacher pointing out that he himself owned one at one time. Songs deal not only with the life of soldiers and their sweethearts, but also with such details as blackouts, and Schumacher recalls being on a boat in the Detroit River and seeing the entire city go dark. The use of Irving Berlin's "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," to conclude the program is effective; Schumacher points out that Berlin wrote war-themed musicals for both world wars, and it's interesting to reflect that it's a rare musical style that has been so vigorous for so long. A unique keepsake for World War II buffs or fans of Bolcom and Morris, or indeed for anyone interested in the relationship between popular song and society.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Equilibrium Records
UPC:
0794055009520
catalogNumber:
95
Rank:
276957

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Tracks

  1. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: World War II began in 1939

    1. World War II began in 1939  (00:53)
  2. A Slip of the Lip, song  (00:49)
  3. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Jack, don't be too hip

    1. Jack, don't be too hip  (00:50)
  4. Any Bonds Today, song  (01:46)
  5. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Other Irving Berlin songs

    1. Other Irving Berlin songs  (00:47)
  6. The White Cliffs of Dover  (01:15)
  7. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The country was not ready

    1. The country was not ready  (01:37)
  8. G.I. Jive  (01:35)
  9. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Here's an English translation

    1. Here's an English translation  (01:26)
  10. Don't Sit under the Apple Tree, song  (01:58)
  11. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was a big hit

    1. That song was a big hit  (00:12)
  12. We'll Meet Again  (01:46)
  13. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was featured

    1. That song was featured  (00:42)
  14. They're Either Too Young Or Too Old (from "Thank Your Lucky Stars")  (02:01)
  15. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The war changed us

    1. The war changed us  (00:30)
  16. Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland, song  (02:03)
  17. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Preparing for the invasion

    1. Preparing for the invasion  (00:28)
  18. Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer, song  (01:18)
  19. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: We borrowed songs

    1. We borrowed songs  (00:12)
  20. Lili Marlene, song  (02:34)
  21. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The Germans were a formidable

    1. The Germans were a formidable  (00:57)
  22. A Zoot Suit, song  (02:20)
  23. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: I had a modified zoot suit

    1. I had a modified zoot suit  (00:24)
  24. It's Been A Long, Long Time  (01:46)
  25. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Almost 300,000 died

    1. Almost 300,000 died  (00:28)
  26. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition  (01:21)
  27. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: All of these songs were part

    1. All of these songs were part  (02:22)
  28. When the lights go on again  (01:39)
  29. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: There were many variations

    1. There were many variations  (00:08)
  30. I'll Walk Alone (from "Follow the Boys")  (01:59)
  31. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: And another lovely song

    1. And another lovely song  (00:04)
  32. I'll Never Smile Again, song  (01:34)
  33. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was written

    1. That song was written  (00:17)
  34. I Came Here to Talk for Joe, song  (01:44)
  35. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Meanwhile, a grateful U.S.

    1. Meanwhile, a grateful U.S.  (01:39)
  36. I'll Be Seeing You, song  (01:59)
  37. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: In 1918 Sgt. Irving Berlin

    1. In 1918 Sgt. Irving Berlin  (00:18)
  38. This is the Army, Mr. Jones, song (from "This Is The Army")  (02:21)
  39. Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: In case you hadn't heard

    1. In case you hadn't heard  (00:10)

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