Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II

Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353577421
catalogNumber: 35774
Rank: 65281

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Ella Mae Morse   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Ray Anthony   Track Performer
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
Phil Moore   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Pete Welding   Producer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Marlene Bergman   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Jeri Sullivan   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Martin Block   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
S. Russell   Composer

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