Victory Collection

The Victory Collection


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This three-CD set is a well-conceived and executed collection of songs, spoken-word entertainment, interviews, and newscast transcriptions from 1941 through 1945, devoted to aspects of World War II and what life was like in the United States during the war. The three discs are divided up in broad thematic terms -- the first disc is the most entertaining, a selection


This three-CD set is a well-conceived and executed collection of songs, spoken-word entertainment, interviews, and newscast transcriptions from 1941 through 1945, devoted to aspects of World War II and what life was like in the United States during the war. The three discs are divided up in broad thematic terms -- the first disc is the most entertaining, a selection of songs that are alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) angry, funny, and sardonic, from the defiant, topical pop/country-based work of Carson Robison (who made a second career out of his morale-boosting, anti-Hitler anti-Japanese repertory) to Jazz Gillum's "Wartime Blues" and "One Letter Home," which tell about the war as perceived by the black community in Chicago. Disc Two is weighted toward softer, more directly sentimental pop sounds, though country music, such as it is, is also represented. Disc Three, really the heart of the collection, is made up of news reports and radio transcriptions of speeches by Franklin Roosevelt, dating between September 3, 1939, when war was declared against Germany by England and France over the invasion of Poland, intercut with the recorded recollections of reporters such as Ben Grauer, celebrities such as Margaret Whiting, and ordinary citizens as well, plus radio programs and some silly-sounding dramatic re-creations. The greatest amount of time and depth is given over to recollections of the Irving Berlin stage musical This Is the Army. This section comes off well, because it segues into a series of short talks by participants about the importance of songs to the G.I., and even the use (seldom talked about today) of American popular songs as a weapon against the morale of German soldiers. This 50-minute disc is heavily indexed, but the index points are not labeled or otherwise identified; the booklet is reasonably informative and well annotated. The collection isn't as strong as it might have been, because the music is limited to RCA's holdings -- on their best boxes, the Smithsonian has the budget to license from numerous labels -- but it's as good as we're likely to see.

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Disc 1

  1. It's Just a Matter of Time
  2. Plain Talk
  3. War Time Blues
  4. Pearl Harbor Blues
  5. Get Your Gun and Come Along (We're Fixin' to Kill a Skunk)
  6. Stop the War (The Cats Are Killin' Themselves)
  7. That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear
  8. Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep
  9. Pistol Packin' Mama
  10. Mussolini's Letter to Hitler
  11. Hitler's Reply to Mussolini
  12. Obey Your Air Raid Warden
  13. Shhh, It's a Military Secret
  14. News of the World
  15. Siam
  16. The Story of Jitterbug Joe
  17. One Letter Home
  18. Win the War Blues
  19. Hirohito's Letter to Hitler
  20. Hitler's Last Letter to Hirohito
  21. V-Day Stomp
  22. Leave the Dishes in the Sink, Ma
  23. I'm Goin' Back Whur I Come From

Disc 2

  1. This Is Worth Fighting For
  2. Dear Mom
  3. Three Little Sisters
  4. Siboney
  5. Rum and Coca-Cola
  6. Rose Ann of Charing Cross
  7. She'll Always Remember
  8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
  9. There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
  10. He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings
  11. Symphony
  12. A G.I. Wish
  13. Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland
  14. From the Coast of Maine to the Rockies
  15. Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima Isle
  16. Last Page of Mein Kampf
  17. (We'll Be Singing Hallelujah) Marching Through Berlin
  18. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  19. Just a Blue Serge Suit
  20. Counting the Days
  21. Spellbound
  22. God Bless America

Disc 3

  1. For the Duration

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Hobbs   Accordion,Alto Saxophone
Charles Magnante   Accordion
Frank Novak   Accordion,Clarinet
Charlie Wilson   Alto Saxophone
Perry Botkin   Banjo,Guitar
James H. Smith   Banjo,Guitar
Sam Weiss   Bass
Cy Bernard   Cello
Arthur Baker   Clarinet
Del Porter   Clarinet,Vocals
Xavier Cugat   Violin
Sammy Kaye   Track Performer
Freddy Martin   Tenor Saxophone
Vaughn Monroe   Vocals
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Benson   Double Bass
Melvin Chapman   Double Bass
Alfred Elkins   Double Bass
Doc Goldberg   Double Bass
Jack Kimmel   Double Bass
Ray Miller   Double Bass
Morgan   Double Bass
Gene Traxler   Double Bass
Howard Workman   Double Bass
Harry Breuer   Drums
Alberto Calderon   Drums
Armand Jackson   Drums
Spike Jones   Drums,Track Performer
Jack Martin   Drums
Carl Maus   Drums
John Morris   Drums
Moe Purtill   Drums
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Robert White   Drums
Robert White   Drums
John Williams [drums]   Drums
Avola   Guitar
Robert Ballard   Guitar
Ken Binford   Guitar
Elton Britt   Guitar,Track Performer,Vocals
Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar
John Cali   Guitar
Tony Gottuso   Guitar
Johnny Green   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Hackett   Guitar
Carl Kress   Guitar
Carmen Mastren   Guitar,Vocals
Ted Summitt   Guitar
Artie Wayne   Guitar
Jazz Gillum   Harmonica,Track Performer,Vocals
Catalino Rolón   Maracas
William Wirges   Organ,Piano
Burness   Piano
Jerry Carr   Piano
Adam Cato   Piano
Bill Clifton   Piano
Blind John Davis   Piano
John Davis   Piano
Jack Fina   Piano
Tony Gale   Piano
Charlie LaVere   Piano
Horace Malcolm   Piano
Mel Powell   Piano
Arnold Ross   Piano
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Stuart Anderson   Saxophone
Tex Beneke   Saxophone,Vocals
Larry Binyon   Saxophone
Arnold Brillhardt   Saxophone
Ernie Caceres   Saxophone
Jack Chaney   Saxophone
Dick Clark   Saxophone
Murray Cohen   Saxophone
Chester Hazlett   Saxophone
Fletcher Hereford   Saxophone
Klink   Saxophone
Johnny MacAfee   Saxophone
John McAfee   Saxophone
Pete Mondello   Saxophone
Drew Page   Saxophone
Archie Rosate   Saxophone
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Sid Stoneburn   Saxophone
Harold Sturr   Saxophone
John Turnbull   Saxophone
Charlie Wade   Saxophone
John West   Saxophone
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Track Performer
Doctor Clayton   Track Performer,Vocals
Four Vagabonds   Track Performer
Freddy Martin & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Glenn Miller Orchestra   Track Performer
Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ethel Merman   Track Performer
Carson Robison   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer,Vocals
Kate Smith   Track Performer
Sons of the Pioneers   Track Performer
Tony Pastor & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fats Waller   Track Performer,Vocals
Wingy Manone & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Norman Bailey   Trombone,Trumpet
Joseph Bennett   Trombone
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Charlie Butterfield   Trombone
Joe Conigliaro   Trombone
Frank D'Annolfo   Trombone
Tommy Farr   Trombone
Ray Heath   Trombone
Glenn Hughes   Trombone
Sam Hyster   Trombone
King Jackson   Trombone
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
George Robinson   Trombone
Paul Tanner   Trombone
Joe Tarto   Trombone
Lloyd Turner   Trombone
John Best   Trumpet
Russ Case   Trumpet
Jimmy Fitzpatrick   Trumpet
Frank Blake   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Trumpet
Bobby Guyer   Trumpet
Bruce Hudson   Trumpet
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Jorge Lopez   Trumpet
Wingy Manone   Trumpet,Vocals
Billy May   Trumpet
Harry McKeehan   Trumpet
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Robert Nichols   Trumpet
Frank Ryerson   Trumpet
Stephen Schultz   Trumpet
Andy Secrest   Trumpet
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Del Staigers   Trumpet
Ruby Weinstein   Trumpet
Rueben "Zeke" Zarchey   Trumpet
Ransom Knowling   Tuba
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Edward Bergman   Violin
Truman Boardman   Violin
Emil Briano   Violin
Rex Call   Violin
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Noah Landberg   Violin
Lloyd Perryman   Violin
Frank Pinero   Violin
Irving Prager   Violin
Joe Quadri   Violin
Joe Raymond   Violin
Jacob Shulman   Violin
Eddie Stone   Violin
Harry Urbont   Violin
Jack Zayde   Violin
Irving Zir   Violin
Crew Chiefs   Vocals
Ken Curtis   Vocals
Carl Grayson   Vocals
Marion Hutton   Vocals
Modernaires   Vocals
Bob Nolan   Vocals
Norton Sisters   Vocals
Carson Robinson   Vocals
Clyde Rogers   Vocals
Tim Spencer   Vocals
George Ford   Woodwind
Freistadt   Woodwind
Babe Fresk   Woodwind
Bob Lawson   Woodwind
Romeo Penque   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Xavier Cugat   Director
Shep Fields   Director
Gordon Jenkins   Director,Arranger
Leonard Joy   Director
Sammy Kaye   Director
Freddy Martin   Director
Jack Miller   Director
Vaughn Monroe   Director
Tony Pastor   Director
Ralph Wilkinson   Arranger
Roger Gorman   Art Direction
Charlie Margulis   Contributor
Bruce Talbot   Producer
David Tarnow   Producer

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