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Songs Of World War 1
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
To my surprise - and for such a low price - this CD set is consistently excellent. Within the 60 songs there are no real duds.

Most importantly for me, these are authentic recordings from the time and the sound is very good. I share another reviewer's disappointment that there is no further information on the recordings, specifically dates of recording, but that won't stop me from giving the package 5 stars. I am 66 years old and this collection contains most of the familiar favourites plus others I found myself knowing once I got into the chorus of the song. I am very satisfied with my purchase !
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
Considering most if not all these recordings are going on for 100 years old the sound is inevitably 'vintage,' but that is only to be expected. What loses a star is the total absence of any documentation! Far better to have charged another pound and included a booklet which would have greatly enhanced the set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2014
Lovely to hear original recordings of theses songs, our church is having a flower festival based on WW1 songs, so this was good research material, people never remember the verses only the chorus, the verses are well worth listening too.
Be great for schools doing projects on the Great War.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
The collectionof songs from this era is very good and is bringing back vivid memories for my mother who is busy with the Women's Institute getting ready to celebrate their centenary next year. One slight criticism is that there should have been a bibliography included to explain the songs and list the lyrics in full. Perhaps a re-issue with these included will be a best seller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2015
Extraordinary value for money in this evocative set of songs from the era. Some familiar, some less so. Interesting to see how some genuinely tug at the heartstrings while others are clearly bandwagon jumpers. The mocking of the conscientious objector as a camp 'pansy' is a truly chilling moment. Original recordings, so don't expect hifi sound, and I would have liked more notes and details than just a list of songs and artistes, but still a very worthwhile purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2015
Comprehensive original artist recordings of the most played songs in WW1. Nothing unfamiliar but amazingly fresh for such early sound recordings. Extremely good value considering the number of tracks and the fidelity achieved for the sources available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
Perfect for what it was intended.. Back up to the World War One Anniversary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2015
Studying WW1 with Open Uni-this cd helps as the lyrics of the songs encapuslate the optimism of men marching to certain death-it is a salute to their bravery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2014
Purchased for a relative who appreciated it greatly, especially the authentic sounding scratchiness. Will be used at local rememberance exhibition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2014
Just what was wanted for a World War One exhibition to be held next year. Good background music to create a suitable atmosphere.
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