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Songs Of The Great War: Keep The Home Fires Burning

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retrospective
  • ASIN: B00HS4QKJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Keep The Home Fires Burning - John Mccormack - John McCormack
2. It's A Long Way To Tipperary - The American Quartet - American Quartet
3. You Made Me Love You - Al Jolson - Al Jolson
4. After You've Gone - Marion Harris - Marion Harris
5. When You Wore A Tulip - The American Quartet - American Quartet
6. A Little Of What You Fancy Does You Good - Marie Lloyd - Marie Lloyd
7. Chinatown, My Chinatown - The American Quartet - American Quartet
8. The Sunshine Of Your Smile - John Mccormack - John McCormack
9. K-K-K-Katy - Billy Murray - Billy Murray
10. Tiger Rag - The Original Dixieland Jazz Band - The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
11. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - John Mccormack - John McCormack
12. Over There - Enrico Caruso - Enrico Caruso
13. I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier - The Peerless Quartet - The Peerless Quartet
14. The Cobbler's Song - Peter Dawson - Peter Dawson
15. Roses Of Picardy - Richard Tauber - Richard Tauber
16. Home, Sweet Home - Deanna Durbin - Deanna Durbin
17. Jerusalem - Paul Robeson - Paul Robeson
18. If You Were The Only Girl In The World - Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler - Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler
19. Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny, Oh! - The Andrews Sisters - The Andrews Sisters
20. For Me And My Gal - Judy Garland & Gene Kelly - Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
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To mark the centenary of The Great War, Retrospective presents a fascinating musical portrait of the recordings people enjoyed while they "kept the home fires burning" and of the songs written during that cataclysmic period. There was plenty of jingoism (Over There!), but even more escapism (If You Were The Only Girl In The World), and perhaps the strongest thread was one of pure nostalgia for simple love (Roses Of Picardy). The programme is split into two halves with the first 13 tracks consisting of original recordings made at the time by such as John McCormack (The Sunshine Of Your Smile), Billy Murray (K-K-K-Katy) and Al Jolson (You Made Me Love You), in which the sentiments still shine through the primitive pre-electrical sound. The second half features a baker's dozen of the most popular songs of 1914-1918 as interpreted by later artists Paul Robeson (A Perfect Day), Bing Crosby (Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral) and so on the revivals often being inspired by World War II.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Songs of the Great War 15 Jan 2014
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This interesting compilation derives from popular songs dating from the years of the Great War. All the items are attractive but few of them rate higher than that in terms of musical quality. Make no mistake, the best music to come from the time of the Great War came from the likes of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and Charles Ives, in other words from composers of art music rather than popular music. Even so, there is a rich vein of nostalgia here and some memorable material. There are 26 tracks in all, across a span of nearly 80 minutes, representing excellent value for money, starting with performances by, for example, John McCormack, Al Jolson and Marie Lloyd and going on latterly to recordings made a generation later by the likes of Bing Crosby and Doris Day, these latter in songs that date from the Great War years but were still alive and well much later. In these instances the basic material may be authentic but the performances have a period flavour from a different era.
In all cases the atmosphere and quality of the recorded sound reflects huge credit on the work of Alan Bunting, who was responsible for the restoration and remastering. All credit too goes to that industry stalwart Ray Crick, who compiled the collection. The supporting documentation is particularly helpful and informative, well written and beautifully presented, with many insights into the music and full details of the recordings themselves. There is much to be enjoyed here, but what is to be treasured is the material recorded around the time of the War itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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very nostalgic and just what i have been looking for- many thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 July 2014
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Useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 16 Jun 2014
By LizB
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Purchased to play at our Heritage Society's Exhibition to commemorate
ww1 Centenary this Saturday. Good quality recordings, atmospheric, good choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real echo of the past 14 May 2014
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I bought this CD to accompany an exhibition about the Great War, we put on in our Village. It added real atmosphere and there was sad and cheery songs. Several people commented on it and some wanted to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Mar 2014
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Is going to be brilliant for the tea dance I am organising to commemorate the 1st World War bring on the singing and dancing.
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