The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy
Various Artists

The Great War
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Various Artists: The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy

Featuring 56 tracks, Archeophone's The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy traces the history of American involvement in World War I by reviewing the kind of records that were released. What unfolds is a drama in which the U.S. transforms through a series of stages: from curious bystander and political neutral to naive dove, then from idealistic booster to jingoistic hawk, and finally from jubilant victors to street-wise questioners asking "What was it all for?" With a 76-page full-color booklet featuring historical graphics, original research on the recording industry and a personal reflection on the war, The Great War is unparalleled among World War I music compilations. List price: $29.99

OVERVIEW

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 2001
  • UPC: 777215111219
  • Original release date: February 6, 2007
  • Running length: 158:25 / 56 tracks / 2 CD set
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 76-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1914-1926
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone's Critical Issues series
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Tracklist: CD 1
1. There’s a Long, Long Trail John McCormack 1917
2. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary American Quartet 1914
3. Keep Your Eye on Uncle Sammy Peerless Quartette 1914
4. War Talk at Pun’kin Center Cal Stewart 1915
5. I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier Morton Harvey 1915
6. Die Wacht am Rhein [excerpt] Male Quartet ca. 1914
7. President Wilson’s Historical Message, Part III [excerpt 1] Anonymous 1917
8. Schwertlied (Du Schwert an meiner Linken) Arion Brooklyn ca. 1916
9. Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You Irving Kaufman 1915
10. America, I Love You! American Quartet 1915
11. Stay Down Here Where You Belong Henry Burr 1915
12. Don’t Take My Darling Boy Away Sam Ash ca. 1915
13. President Wilson’s Historical Message, Part III [excerpt 2] Anonymous 1917
14. What Kind of an American Are You? Arthur Fields 1917
15. Let’s All Be Americans Now American Quartet 1917
16. Long Boy Byron G. Harlan with Peerless Quartet 1917
17. The Ragtime Volunteers Are Off to War Gus Van and Joe Schenck 1917
18. I’d Feel at Home if They’d Let Me Join the Army Billy Murray 1917
19. (Good Bye; and Luck be With You) Laddie Boy Nora Bayes 1917
20. I Don’t Know Where I’m Going but I’m on My Way Peerless Quartet 1917
21. Arrival of the American Troops in France Prince’s Band and Columbia Male Quartette 1917
22. When You Come Back (and You Will Come Back, There’s the Whole World Waiting for You) Raymond Dixon and Orpheus Quartet 1918
23. When We Wind Up the Watch on the Rhine Peerless Quartette 1917
24. Throw No Stones in the Well that Gives You Water Arthur Fields 1917
25. Paul Revere Vernon Dalhart 1918
26. Lafayette (We Hear You Calling) Reinald Werrenrath 1918
27. Somewhere in France Is the Lily Charles Hart 1917
28. I’m Going to Follow the Boys Elizabeth Spencer and Henry Burr 1917
29. Over There Enrico Caruso 1918

 

Tracklist: CD 2
1. From the Battlefields of France General J. J. Pershing 1918
2. Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land Edna Brown 1918
3. I Want to Be a Soldier Like My Dad Robert Lewis 1918
4. What Are You Going to Do to Help the Boys? Charles Hart and Shannon Four 1918
5. The Makin’s of the U.S.A. Peerless Quartette 1918
6. Indianola Billy Murray 1918
7. They’ll Be Mighty Proud in Dixie of Their Old Black Joe Albert Campbell and Henry Burr 1918
8. Won’t You Say a Word for Ireland? Irving Kaufman 1917
9. When Tony Goes Over the Top Billy Murray 1918
10. There’s a Little Blue Star in the Window (And It Means All the World to Me) Henry Burr 1918
11. My Sweetheart Is Somewhere in France Elizabeth Spencer 1917
12. If He Can Fight Like He Can Love (Good Night, Germany) Farber Sisters 1918
13. Tell That to the Marines Al Jolson 1918
14. Let’s Bury the Hatchet Arthur Fields 1918
15. What’ll We Do With Him Boys? (The Yanks Made a Monkey Out of You) William J. (“Sailor”) Reilly 1918
16. On Patrol in No Man’s Land Lieutenant Noble Sissle 1919
17. Fun in Flanders–Part 2 Lieutenant Gitz Rice and Henry Burr 1917
18. The Rose of No Man’s Land George Gordon and Robert Bruce 1918
19. Rainbow Division March Arthur Pryor’s Band 1918
20. Oh! What a Time for the Girlies When the Boys Come Marching Home Avon Comedy Four 1918
21. How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm? (After They’ve Seen Paree) Nora Bayes 1918
22. Dixie Is Dixie Once More American Quartet 1919
23. Johnny’s in Town Arthur Fields 1919
24. The Boys Who Won’t Come Home Henry Burr 1919
25. What Has Become of ‘Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo’ Bernard and Robinson (The Dixie Stars) 1924
26. Don’t Steal Daddy’s Medal (The Burglar and the Child) Arthur Fields ca. 1926
27. My Dream of the Big Parade Peerless Quartet with Billy Murray 1926

As opposed to other collections of music from World War I that emphasize only “songs the doughboys sang,” Archeophone’s The Great War: An American Musical Fantasy, investigates the role the recording industry played in promoting the war effort to the American public and traces the history of American involvement in the war by seeing the kind of records that were released. What unfolds is a drama in which the U.S. transforms through a series of stages: from curious bystander and political neutral to naive dove, then from idealistic booster to jingoistic hawk, and finally from jubilant victors to street-wise questioners asking “What was it all for?”

The Great War features a 76-page, full-color booklet with completely original research, a poignant personal reflection by collaborator Clarence Johnson, historic photos, and uncommon illustrations.

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