Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II

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All Music Guide - John Bush
World War II and big-band pop-era compilations are released almost as regularly as Christmas albums, and the glut has caused more harm than good; it seems any good ones are quickly swallowed up by the racks full of short, ill-advised, uninformative collections. Though any single label could never do justice to the war years, with a little clever licensing the Capitol compilation Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II transcends its slightly simpy title to deliver 40 great tracks of traditional pop. Most of the standards of the day are included: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" by Kay Kyser, "G.I. Jive" by Johnny ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
World War II and big-band pop-era compilations are released almost as regularly as Christmas albums, and the glut has caused more harm than good; it seems any good ones are quickly swallowed up by the racks full of short, ill-advised, uninformative collections. Though any single label could never do justice to the war years, with a little clever licensing the Capitol compilation Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II transcends its slightly simpy title to deliver 40 great tracks of traditional pop. Most of the standards of the day are included: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" by Kay Kyser, "G.I. Jive" by Johnny Mercer, "Long Ago (And Far Away)" by Jo Stafford, and "Sentimental Journey" by Les Brown (with Doris Day), though there's no Glenn Miller, except for his appearance on "Jukebox Saturday Night" by Tex Beneke. More than any other label, Capitol captured the can-do attitude of America during the early '40s, with a spate of classic songs poised halfway between jump blues and novelty big band, songs like Nat King Cole's "Straighten up and Fly Right," Ella Mae Morse's "Cow-Cow Boogie," Freddy Martin's "The Hut-Sut Song," Benny Goodman's "Jersey Bounce," and the Andrews Sisters' "Rum and Coca-Cola." Add the great liner notes of Will Friedwald and Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II stands as one of the best -- and easily the best-sounding, courtesy of astonishing 24-bit remastering -- compilations of its era: just this side of definitive, but packed full of great music summoning the sound and feel of a nation at war.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353577421
  • Catalog Number: 35774
  • Sales rank: 23,217

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time (2:53)
  2. 2 Green Eyes - Helen O'Connell (2:49)
  3. 3 Who Wouldn't Love You? - Kay Kyser (2:39)
  4. 4 Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:07)
  5. 5 Cow Cow Boogie - Freddie Slack (3:13)
  6. 6 A Sleepy Lagoon - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:06)
  7. 7 Strip Polka (2:57)
  8. 8 I Had the Craziest Dream (2:40)
  9. 9 Jukebox Saturday Night - Tex Beneke (3:14)
  10. 10 Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - Harry Babbitt (2:35)
  11. 11 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (2:38)
  12. 12 I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James & His Orchestra (2:54)
  13. 13 Shoo Shoo Baby (3:12)
  14. 14 Amor (2:54)
  15. 15 Straighten Up and Fly Right (2:37)
  16. 16 Long Ago (And Far Away) (2:55)
  17. 17 G.I. Jive (3:23)
  18. 18 I'll Walk Alone (3:15)
  19. 19 It Had to Be You (3:11)
  20. 20 The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rum and Coca-Cola (3:05)
  2. 2 Candy - Johnny Mercer (3:13)
  3. 3 Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (3:08)
  4. 4 Dream - The Pied Pipers (2:49)
  5. 5 Chattanooga Choo Choo - Ray Anthony (2:37)
  6. 6 Chloe - Spike Jones (2:42)
  7. 7 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer (3:01)
  8. 8 Tampico - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (2:43)
  9. 9 Waiting for the Train to Come In - Peggy Lee (3:06)
  10. 10 It's Been a Long, Long Time - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:07)
  11. 11 Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (3:04)
  12. 12 Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser (3:18)
  13. 13 The Hut-Sut Song - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (2:35)
  14. 14 Mister Five by Five - Freddie Slack (3:02)
  15. 15 It's Only a Paper Moon - Nat King Cole (2:58)
  16. 16 Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me - Red Dorris (3:05)
  17. 17 I Love You (2:42)
  18. 18 Mairzy Doats - The Pied Pipers (2:46)
  19. 19 It Might as Well Be Spring - Dick Haymes (3:08)
  20. 20 AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Johnny Mercer (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Andrews Sisters Track Performer
Peggy Lee Track Performer
Ella Mae Morse Track Performer
The Pied Pipers Track Performer
Jo Stafford Track Performer
Ray Anthony Track Performer
Les Brown Track Performer
Benny Goodman Track Performer
Harry James Track Performer
Spike Jones Track Performer
Stan Kenton Track Performer
Kay Kyser Track Performer
Freddie Slack Track Performer
Helen Forrest Vocals
Helen O'Connell Track Performer
Dick Haymes Track Performer
Andy Russell Track Performer
Tex Beneke Track Performer
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Johnny Mercer Track Performer
Martha Tilton Track Performer
Harry Babbitt Vocals
Betty Hutton Track Performer
Freddy Martin & His Orchestra Track Performer
Red Dorris Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
Pete Welding Producer
Marlene Bergman Art Direction
Mark Chalecki Remastering
Bryan Kelley Producer
S. Russell Composer
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