That's Why We're Marching: WWII and the American Folk Song Movement

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fifteen of the 25 tracks on this 71-minute disc are previously unreleased and the rest are not easily available. That's no reflection on their quality, but it is a clue to their limited typicality: these are songs written and recorded in the first half of the 1940s in response to world events before and during World War II; after the war, they dated fast. In fact, some of them became obsolete even before the U.S. entered the war. The earliest songs are three tracks by the Almanac Singers who included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and others from the spring of 1941 decrying the actions of the Franklin Roosevelt Administration that inclined the country toward the war. When...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fifteen of the 25 tracks on this 71-minute disc are previously unreleased and the rest are not easily available. That's no reflection on their quality, but it is a clue to their limited typicality: these are songs written and recorded in the first half of the 1940s in response to world events before and during World War II; after the war, they dated fast. In fact, some of them became obsolete even before the U.S. entered the war. The earliest songs are three tracks by the Almanac Singers who included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and others from the spring of 1941 decrying the actions of the Franklin Roosevelt Administration that inclined the country toward the war. When the songs were recorded, they expressed a commonly held sentiment. But only a couple of months later, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the singers themselves repudiated their sentiments, and another six months later, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they seemed positively treasonous. The rest of the album's songs are patriotic, pro-war expressions of the need to overcome Hitler and win the war. But even amid such mainstream sentiments, the left-wing folksingers slip in lyrics in support of unions and civil rights, more long-standing views for them. They also find space to praise U.S. ally the Soviet Union in songs that became politically unacceptable after the war. Fifty years later, of course, all of this makes for a musical, historical curiosity, and a listener's primary interest is likely to be the opportunity to hear previously unissued music by Guthrie, Seeger, Leadbelly, Josh White, Burl Ives, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and a host of other excellent folksingers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074002124
  • Catalog Number: 40021
  • Sales rank: 282,666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freedom Road (2:20)
  2. 2 Talking Sailor Blues (3:03)
  3. 3 Ballad of October 16 (2:49)
  4. 4 Billy Boy (2:23)
  5. 5 Plow Under - Almanac Singers (2:27)
  6. 6 I'm Gonna Put My Name Down (3:04)
  7. 7 What Are We Waiting On (What Are We Waiting For) (2:09)
  8. 8 Citizen C.I.O. - Union Boys (2:31)
  9. 9 Sinking Of The Reuben James (3:01)
  10. 10 You Better Get Ready - Union Boys (2:32)
  11. 11 If You Want to Do Your Part (2:56)
  12. 12 Move Into Germany - Union Boys (3:00)
  13. 13 So Long (It's Been Good to Know You) (2:47)
  14. 14 Martins and the Coys - Union Boys (3:01)
  15. 15 Mr. Hitler (4:34)
  16. 16 Sally Don't You Grieve (2:25)
  17. 17 Jimmy Longhi Story (6:05)
  18. 18 When the Yanks Go Marching In (2:46)
  19. 19 Round And Round Hitler's Grave (1:10)
  20. 20 The Fuhrer (3:10)
  21. 21 Miss Pavlichencko (2:30)
  22. 22 National Defense Blues - Sonny Terry (3:14)
  23. 23 Gee But I Want To Go Home (1:47)
  24. 24 Looking For A Home - Pete Seeger (3:10)
  25. 25 Now That's It's All Over - Pete Seeger (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Harmonica
Woody Guthrie Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Cisco Houston Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Burl Ives Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Pete Seeger Banjo, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Josh White Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Almanac Singers Track Performer
Tom Glazer Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham Accordion, Choir, Chorus
Alan Lomax Vocals
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Pops Foster Bass Guitar
Lee Hays Vocals
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Track Performer
Bess Lomax Hawes Mandolin, Vocals
Butch Hawes Guitar, Vocals
Dupree Track Performer
Vincent "Jimmy" Longhi Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Hally Wood Vocals
Millard Lampell Vocals
Arthur Stern Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Union Boys Track Performer
Doc Reese Vocals
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
Almanac Singers Composer, Contributor
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Jeff Place Liner Notes
Guy Logsdon Liner Notes
Dupree Contributor
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