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Words and Music of World War II
     

Words and Music of World War II

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This two-CD audio documentary mixes popular songs (usually excerpts) of the early to mid-'40s inspired by World War II and excerpts of famous speeches and news reports of the time, joined by some slightly ostentatious narration. If you're a music collector, it's not the ideal way to hear World War II topical songs, because most of the music tracks are incomplete

Overview

This two-CD audio documentary mixes popular songs (usually excerpts) of the early to mid-'40s inspired by World War II and excerpts of famous speeches and news reports of the time, joined by some slightly ostentatious narration. If you're a music collector, it's not the ideal way to hear World War II topical songs, because most of the music tracks are incomplete (although a few are whole). In addition, virtually all of the music is from the Columbia catalog, which does limit its scope somewhat. If you just want to get a sense of the war and how people lived through it, though -- and that's surely the intended audience of this package -- it is effective at conveying it. Some of the songs are familiar classics, like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by Gene Krupa & His Orchestra with Irene Daye on vocal, Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama," Les Brown's "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," and the Golden Gate Quartet's "Stalin Wasn't Stallin'." All, whether well known or not, deal with the war with either patriotism, humor, or pathos. There are also snatches of famous speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, and Douglas MacArthur, as well as news reports from famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644851625
catalogNumber:
48516

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Autry   Vocals
Lawrence Welk   Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet   Track Performer
Doris Day   Vocals
Brown   Track Performer
Johnny Desmond   Vocals
Benny Goodman   Track Performer
Harry James   Track Performer
Kay Kyser   Track Performer
Charlie Spivak   Track Performer
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Horace Heidt   Track Performer
Dick Jurgens   Track Performer
Jack Martin   Vocals
Noël Coward   Vocals
Kate Smith   Track Performer
Johnny Bond   Vocals,Track Performer
Kitty Kallen   Vocals
Dexter   Vocals
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey   Track Performer
Tommy Duncan   Vocals
Eddy Howard   Vocals
Jack Leonard   Track Performer
Liza Morrow   Track Performer
Butch Stone   Vocals
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Track Performer
Harry Babbitt   Vocals
Ginny Simms   Vocals
Betty Jane Bonney   Track Performer
Harry Cool   Vocals
Irene Daye   Vocals
Karl & Harty   Track Performer
Stardusters   Vocals
Gary Stevens   Vocals
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Eddy Howard & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Max Williams   Vocals
Buddy Divito   Vocals
Buddy Clark   Track Performer
Raymond Bloch   Track Performer
Jack Carroll   Vocals
Dorothy Dunn   Vocals
Amy Arnell   Vocals
Larry Stewart   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dubin   Composer
Larry Keyes   Engineer
Bruce Miller   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Nedra Olds-Neal   Producer
Frances Ash   Composer
Edgar Fairchild   Orchestra Director
Jack Miller   Orchestra Director

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Words and Music of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just finished listening to this recording with intense interest, since the war ended just two short years before my birth, and my father and uncles were among the ones who served. The choice of songs fit surprisingly well into the narration and proved eye-opening. Though I've heard and loved many of the songs and knew they were wartime melodies, I hadn't connected most of them to the events that inspired them. The speeches, and especially the news reports of those years, bring to life the events of the time, and the human emotions they inspired, in a way no history book or memorial ceremonies have done for me. All in all, this recording has proved a fascinating survey of life and culture as it was lived, both by our troops and the civilians left at home. A must buy for anyone not yet acquainted with the war and its historical and musical context.