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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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. ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644851625
  • Catalog Number: 48516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Air-Raid Siren: Warning/Pearl Harbor Is Attacked December 7th, 1941 (7:39)
  2. 2 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Returns from Munich, ... - Lawrence Welk (6:27)
  3. 3 Indian Summer /President Roosevelt Opens the New York World's - Ginny Simms (4:09)
  4. 4 Neville Chamberlain Declares War, September 3rd, 1939/We'll Meet Again - Helen Forrest & Raymond Bloch (6:25)
  5. 5 Ed Murrow on the Retreat from Dunkirk, June 1940/(There'll Be ...) - Jack Miller (9:37)
  6. 6 The London Blitz, Fall 1940/I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire - Larry Stewart (13:17)
  7. 7 Winston Churchill Tells America "Give Us the Tools and We'll ..." - Max Williams (3:14)
  8. 8 Joltin' Joe Dimaggio - Betty Jane Bonney (3:06)
  9. 9 Stalin Wasn't Stallin' - Golden Gate Quartet (4:09)
  10. 10 This Is the Army, Mister Jones/Bell Bottom Trousers - Horace Heidt (11:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 When the Lights Go on Again/Paul O'Leary, Deputy ... - Jack Carroll (5:17)
  2. 2 William Joyce "Lord Haw-Haw" Broadcasts Over German Radio/Der ... @@Hoff, Carl and His Orchestra (9:26)
  3. 3 I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen/Girls, Don't ... - Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra (7:25)
  4. 4 They're Either Too Young or Too Old (3:26)
  5. 5 Ed Murrow Broadcasts His Experiences on a Bomb Raid Over Berlin/Comin' - Golden Gate Quartet (10:27)
  6. 6 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Dorothy Dunn (2:39)
  7. 7 On the Spot Account of American Forces Landing on Iwo Jima/Stars ... - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (4:26)
  8. 8 President Roosevelt Addresses Congress on the Results of the ... - Buddy Divito (10:04)
  9. 9 Hitler Speaks; Death of Hitler Is Reported/When That Man Is Dead ... - Buddy Clark (6:35)
  10. 10 Finale (0:47)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Love That Guy/Sentimental Journey - Edgar Fairchild (3:53)
  12. 12 Waiting for the Train to Come In - Harry James & His Orchestra (2:07)
  13. 13 It's Been a Long, Long Time - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:26)
  14. 14 My Guy's Come Back - Liza Morrow & Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:09)
  15. 15 Air Raid Siren: "All Clear" Signal (0:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Vocals
Lawrence Welk Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet Track Performer
Doris Day Vocals
Les 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
Al 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 Track Performer
Harry Babbitt Vocals
Ginny Simms Vocals
Betty Jane Bonney Track Performer
Harry Cool Vocals
Irene Daye Vocals
Karl & Harty Track Performer
The 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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A historical gem.

    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.

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