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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Collection of Post-War Paranoia, 28 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Like An Atom Bomb: Apocalyptic Songs From The Cold War Era (Audio CD)
This CD brings together some of the greatest, most unusual and rarest of the records produced in the USA in the col war 1940s and 50s. From the gospel of the Golden Gate Quartet through the jazz of Benny Goodman to obscure country from Karl & Henty. Lovingly compiled with meticulous notes; this is a must have for any collection of americana.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining compilation of songs from the Cold War years of the 1940s and 50s. Great notes and graphics too!, 1 Jan 2013
This review is from: Like An Atom Bomb: Apocalyptic Songs From The Cold War Era (Audio CD)
Even though this CD was released over nine years ago, I just discovered it and love it. It's part of a fascinating series on the Buzzola imprint from the Chrome Dreams label. Each contains a selection of about 18 "vintage recordings" from ( in some cases) the 1920s to the 1950s revolving around a theme.. The packaging is worth mentioning because each digi-pak has great graphics and five pages of detailed - and informative - liner notes to, not only put the subject in perspective, but provide info on some of the often-obscure artists. What makes these collections more fun is that the musical genres are varied from pop to rock to blues and country as well as a sermon or two! And the sound quality is excellent!

This volume uses records from the post- WWII era through the 1950s when the "Cold War" was at its peak. I was a teen ager then and I remember both "duck and cover" films and fallout shelter. Ever anxious to use this "fear of the atom bomb" for profit, record companies issued records with titles like "Atom and Evi" (Golden Gate Quartet) and "Atomic Cocktail" (Slim Gaillard). Country (Hank Williams) and jazz (Benny Goodman) and blues (Charles Brown and Lightenin' Hopkins) artists recorded songs on the subject. The opening and closing tracks here are both the same song ("Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb") but the versions are as different as night and day.

I've got a few of the Buzzola series and will be posting reviews, while I seek out some more.
If, like me, you are a vintage music collector, you'll want to seek these albums out.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful!

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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