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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS
  • UPC: 755174900143
  • Catalog Number: 49001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Just a Matter of Time - Carson Robison (2:41)
  2. 2 Plain Talk - Carson Robison (2:53)
  3. 3 War Time Blues - Jazz Gillum (2:41)
  4. 4 Pearl Harbor Blues - Doctor Clayton (3:03)
  5. 5 Get Your Gun and Come Along (We're Fixin' to Kill a Skunk) - Carson Robison (2:45)
  6. 6 Stop the War (The Cats Are Killin' Themselves) - Wingy Manone & His Orchestra (2:19)
  7. 7 That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear - Fats Waller (2:26)
  8. 8 Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep - Spike Jones (2:22)
  9. 9 Pistol Packin' Mama - Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band (5:10)
  10. 10 Mussolini's Letter to Hitler - Carson Robison (2:48)
  11. 11 Hitler's Reply to Mussolini - Carson Robison (2:43)
  12. 12 Obey Your Air Raid Warden - Tony Pastor & His Orchestra (2:32)
  13. 13 Shhh, It's a Military Secret - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:04)
  14. 14 News of the World - Cliff Nazarro (3:15)
  15. 15 Siam - Spike Jones (2:57)
  16. 16 The Story of Jitterbug Joe - Carson Robison (3:12)
  17. 17 One Letter Home - Jazz Gillum (2:38)
  18. 18 Win the War Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:45)
  19. 19 Hirohito's Letter to Hitler - Carson Robison (3:03)
  20. 20 Hitler's Last Letter to Hirohito - Carson Robison (3:01)
  21. 21 V-Day Stomp - Four Clefs (3:08)
  22. 22 Leave the Dishes in the Sink, Ma - Spike Jones (2:49)
  23. 23 I'm Goin' Back Whur I Come From - Carson Robison (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 This Is Worth Fighting For - Shep Fields (3:00)
  2. 2 Dear Mom - Sammy Kaye (3:00)
  3. 3 Three Little Sisters - Dinah Shore (2:17)
  4. 4 Siboney - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (3:14)
  5. 5 Rum and Coca-Cola - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (3:12)
  6. 6 Rose Ann of Charing Cross - Four Vagabonds (2:43)
  7. 7 She'll Always Remember - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:23)
  8. 8 Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer - Four Vagabonds (2:53)
  9. 9 There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere - Elton Britt (5:37)
  10. 10 He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings - Dinah Shore (3:16)
  11. 11 Symphony - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (3:14)
  12. 12 A G.I. Wish - Four Vagabonds (2:40)
  13. 13 Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (3:21)
  14. 14 From the Coast of Maine to the Rockies - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (2:49)
  15. 15 Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima Isle - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:33)
  16. 16 Last Page of Mein Kampf - Texas Jim Robertson (2:55)
  17. 17 (We'll Be Singing Hallelujah) Marching Through Berlin - Ethel Merman (3:10)
  18. 18 When Johnny Comes Marching Home - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:07)
  19. 19 Just a Blue Serge Suit - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (3:05)
  20. 20 Counting the Days - Dinah Shore (3:01)
  21. 21 Spellbound - Al Goodman & His Orchestra (4:57)
  22. 22 God Bless America - Kate Smith (2:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 For the Duration (30:00)
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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
Al Benson Double Bass
Melvin Chapman Double Bass
Alfred Elkins Double Bass
Doc Goldberg Double Bass
Jack Kimmel Double Bass
Ray Miller Double Bass
Al 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
Al 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
Les 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
Al 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
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Track Performer
Al Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ethel Merman Track Performer
Carson Robison Track Performer
Dinah Shore Track Performer, Vocals
Kate Smith Track Performer
The 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
The Modernaires Vocals
Bob Nolan Vocals
Norton Sisters Vocals
Carson Robinson Vocals
Clyde Rogers Vocals
Tim Spencer Vocals
George Ford Woodwind
Al 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
Tony May Mastering
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