Songs of WWI: From Original Recordings 1914-1926

Songs of WWI: From Original Recordings 1914-1926

     
 
Historical events always have some impact on the subject matter of popular songs, wars most prominent among them. But no war seems to have been as immediately influential on pop music as World War I. Especially in the U.S., where the country's attitude toward the war evolved over time, it inspired a range of sentiments in song through the years leading up to and

Overview

Historical events always have some impact on the subject matter of popular songs, wars most prominent among them. But no war seems to have been as immediately influential on pop music as World War I. Especially in the U.S., where the country's attitude toward the war evolved over time, it inspired a range of sentiments in song through the years leading up to and following American involvement. Patriotic isolationism characterized the immediate response to the European declaration of war in August 1914. Gradually, however, American indifference and neutrality gave way to the conviction that the U.S. should enter the war on the side of the Allies, and after it did so in April 1917 there was an outpouring of popular songs extolling the effort, led by George M. Cohan's composition "Over There." The American sense of humor wasn't lost, however, especially after the tide had turned. By the mid-1920s, the war fervor had long since given way to doubts about the value of the enterprise, creating an interwar mood of renewed pacifism. The selections on Songs of WWI are presented roughly chronologically, and the 40-track album contains many of the most popular war-related songs; 30 songs were chart hits, and of those, 20 of the versions here were the most popular ones (including 13 number one hits). Major recording stars of the day, such as the Peerless Quartet, Billy Murray, the American Quartet, Henry Burr, and John McCormack, are represented, as are such stage stars as Nora Bayes, Al Jolson, and Van and Schenck. That said, the song selection can be second-guessed on two grounds: first, several of the songs, while contemporary with the war period, do not relate to it in their lyrics. Second, there are quite a few obscure war songs here, while some that were more popular at the time and are better remembered are missing. The lack of availability of all popular music from the first three decades of the 20th century is so dire that almost any collection is welcome, and this one, focused on a particular aspect of that music, contains much valuable work by important artists that deserves to be heard. It isn't perfect by any means, but it represents the kind of compilation that should be undertaken much more frequently.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Take Two Records
UPC:
0734021050125
catalogNumber:
501

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
  2. Keep the Home Fries Burning
  3. Madelon
  4. There's a Long, Long Trail
  5. Roses of Picardy
  6. Pack Up Your Troubles in You Old Kit Bag
  7. I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
  8. It's Time for Every Boy to Be a Soldier
  9. Till the Clouds Roll By
  10. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny Oh!
  11. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
  12. Will You Remember
  13. Over There
  14. Goodbye Broadway, Hello France
  15. When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France
  16. K-K-K-Katy
  17. When I Send You a Picture of Berlin
  18. Au Revoir But Not Goodbye Soldier Boy
  19. Till We Meet Again
  20. Smiles

Disc 2

  1. Poor Butterfly
  2. Memories
  3. Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight
  4. Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land
  5. Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip
  6. Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
  7. I Don't Want to Get Well
  8. We'll Do Our Share-While You're Over There
  9. I'm Gonna Pin My Medal on the Girl I Left Behind [from the Ziegfeld Fol
  10. Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers
  11. Tha Caissons Go Rolling Along (U.S. Field Artillery March)
  12. The Further It Is from Tipperary
  13. The Laddies Who Fought and Won
  14. We Don't Want the Bacon-What We Want Is a Piece of the Rhine
  15. The Yanks Started Yankin'
  16. Let the Rest of the World Go By
  17. I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now
  18. How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm-After They've Seen Paree?
  19. My Buddy
  20. My Dream of the Big Parade

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Philip Sousa   Conductor

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
John Philip Sousa   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Harry Lauder   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Harry Russell   Composer
Ben Ryan   Composer
Harry Tierney   Composer
Rida Johnson Young   Composer
George Asaf   Composer
Ernest R. Ball   Composer
Billy Baskette   Composer
Harry Carroll   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Bill McKenna   Liner Notes
Jean Schwartz   Composer
R.P. Weston   Composer
Ivor Novello   Composer
Raymond Hubbell   Composer
Jim Bedoian   Producer
J. Will Callahan   Composer
Jack Judge   Composer
J. Keirn Brennan   Composer
M.K. Jerome   Composer
Stoddard King   Composer
Haydn Wood   Composer
Herman E. Darewski   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Felix Powell   Composer
Piantadosi   Composer

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