Someone Talked!: Memories of WWII

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Equilibrium Records
  • UPC: 794055009520
  • Catalog Number: 95
  • Sales rank: 339,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: World War II began in 1939 - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:53)
  2. 2 A Slip of the Lip, song - William Bolcom & Luther Henderson (0:49)
  3. 3 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Jack, don't be too hip - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:50)
  4. 4 Any Bonds Today, song - Irving Berlin & Irving Berlin (1:46)
  5. 5 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Other Irving Berlin songs - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:47)
  6. 6 The White Cliffs of Dover - William Bolcom & Walter Kent (1:15)
  7. 7 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The country was not ready - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (1:37)
  8. 8 G.I. Jive - William Bolcom & Johnny Mercer (1:35)
  9. 9 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Here's an English translation - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (1:26)
  10. 10 Don't Sit under the Apple Tree, song - Charles Tobias & William Bolcom (1:58)
  11. 11 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was a big hit - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:12)
  12. 12 We'll Meet Again - Hughie Charles & William Bolcom (1:46)
  13. 13 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was featured - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:42)
  14. 14 They're Either Too Young Or Too Old (from "Thank Your Lucky Stars") - Arthur Schwartz & William Bolcom (2:01)
  15. 15 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The war changed us - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:30)
  16. 16 Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland, song - William Bolcom & Kay Twomey (2:03)
  17. 17 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Preparing for the invasion - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:28)
  18. 18 Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer, song - Jimmy McHugh & William Bolcom (1:18)
  19. 19 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: We borrowed songs - Irving Berlin & Spoken Word (0:12)
  20. 20 Lili Marlene, song - Mack David & Norbert Schultze (2:34)
  21. 21 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: The Germans were a formidable - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:57)
  22. 22 A Zoot Suit, song - Ray Gilbert & Robert O'Brien (2:20)
  23. 23 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: I had a modified zoot suit - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:24)
  24. 24 It's Been A Long, Long Time - William Bolcom & Sammy Cahn (1:46)
  25. 25 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Almost 300,000 died - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:28)
  26. 26 Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition - William Bolcom & Frank Loesser (1:21)
  27. 27 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: All of these songs were part - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (2:22)
  28. 28 When the lights go on again - William Bolcom & Edward Seiler (1:39)
  29. 29 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: There were many variations - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:08)
  30. 30 I'll Walk Alone (from "Follow the Boys") - Jule Styne & William Bolcom (1:59)
  31. 31 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: And another lovely song - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:04)
  32. 32 I'll Never Smile Again, song - William Bolcom & Ruth Lowe (1:34)
  33. 33 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: That song was written - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:17)
  34. 34 I Came Here to Talk for Joe, song - Sam H. Stept & William Bolcom (1:44)
  35. 35 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: Meanwhile, a grateful U.S. - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (1:39)
  36. 36 I'll Be Seeing You, song - Sammy Fain & William Bolcom (1:59)
  37. 37 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: In 1918 Sgt. Irving Berlin - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:18)
  38. 38 This is the Army, Mr. Jones, song (from "This Is The Army") - Irving Berlin & Irving Berlin (2:21)
  39. 39 Memories of World War II, interview with Hazen Schumacher: In case you hadn't heard - Spoken Word & Michael Udow (0:10)
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