Tuesday, September 11, 2018

VA - Battleground Korea ~ Sounds And Songs Of America's Forgotten War (2018)


Country | Mp3 320 kbps | 4 CD | 1,08 Gb

Battleground Korea, the weighty four-CD box from Bear Family, bears the subtitle "Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War," an assessment equal parts true and false. Compared to the wars that surrounded it -- it happened five years after World War II and ended two years prior to the escalation of military activities in Vietnam -- the Korean War doesn't occupy much space in the American popular consciousness, but it did generate two enduring works of art: The Manchurian Candidate and the 1970 feature film M*A*S*H, along with its accompanying television series. Both The Manchurian Candidate and M*A*S*H were written after the conclusion of the Korean War, but the recordings on Battleground Korea -- mainly music, but there is also a wealth of newsreel footage -- differ because they were produced during the war. These aren't reflections, they're documents of how the country felt as the battle raged. The box is broken into four acts -- the first disc is Going to War Again; the second, In Korea; On the Homefront occupies the third; Peace and Its Legacies forms the conclusion -- and on each CD, blues, country, gospel, and pop sit alongside each other, delivering an unspoken message that the entirety of the United States of America was in this together. Appropriately, a fair amount of the songs hover around the idea of propaganda: perhaps the songs aren't intended as recruitment, but even the laments about service aren't political protest, they're songs of personal woe. As such, Battleground Korea plays quite differently than its cousin set Next Stop Is Vietnam, the monumental 2010 set that documented all the upheavals and fallout from Vietnam. The Korean War wasn't as controversial as Vietnam so this box isn't as rich as Next Stop Is Vietnam, yet it's every bit as compelling for the very reason that the set makes good on the promise of its subtitle. By offering four discs of songs documenting every aspect of the Korean War, Battleground Korea illustrates how deeply the war did cut through America and, in the process, it generated a lot of good singles. Perhaps not a lot of great singles -- by and large, the Achilles' heel is that the songs are too specific in subject to be open for reinterpretation, so they're anchored to their era -- but no matter the genre, the music is strong, simply because it's performed by heavy-hitters who know how to deliver: Lightnin' Hopkins, Fats Domino, B.B. King, Lloyd Price, Vic Damone, Ernest Tubb, Delmore Brothers, J.B. Lenoir, Gene Autry, Jimmie Osborne, Dave Bartholomew, and Merle Travis all contribute memorable musical moments. While the performances are more substantial than the songs, the ephemeral nature of the songs winds up lingering in the memory: this war consumed the imagination of America for three years, then faded away, leaving behind music that is simultaneously ephemeral and weighty.

CD 1 - Going To War Again
1. U.N. Spokesperson - War Starts In Korea (0:20)
2. Lightnin' Hopkins - War News Blues (2:51)
3. Sunshine Boys Quartet - God Please Protect America (2:40)
4. Wally Fowler & His Oakridge Quartet - Pray, Pray, Pray (For The U.S.A.) (2:53)
5. President Truman - President Truman Speaks On War In Korea (0:37)
6. Hank Harral & His Palomino Cowhands - When They Raised The U.N. Flag In Korea (2:41)
7. The Four Barons - Got To Go Back Again (2:44)
8. Sunnyland Slim & His Trio - Back To Korea Blues (3:11)
9. Harry Choates & His Fiddle - Korea, Here We Come (2:32)
10. Vince Mondi - Goodbye Maria (I'm Off To Korea) (2:38)
11. Paul Mims - My New Career Is In Korea (2:51)
12. Vance Brothers - Draftboard Blues (2:31)
13. Ray Anderson & Tennessee Mountaineers - Draft Board Blues (2:31)
14. Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys - Uncle Sam Has Called My Number (2:20)
15. Smilin' Eddie Varnado & The Delta Ranch Hands - I'm A Soldier Boy Again (2:37)
16. Harvey Stone - Here We Go Again (3:04)
17. Fats Domino - Korea Blues (2:20)
18. Clifford Blivens & The Johnny Otis Band - Korea Blues (2:39)
19. Willie Brown - Korea Blues (2:33)
20. Max Bailey - Sorry Girl Blues (2:59)
21. B.B. King - Questionnaire Blues (2:57)
22. John Lee Hooker (Johnny Williams) - Questionnaire Blues (3:21)
23. Sonny Thompson - Uncle Sam Blues (2:48)
24. Lloyd Price & His Orchestra - Mailman Blues (2:11)
25. Big Boy Crudup - Mr. So And So (2:44)
26. Bob Newman - Greetings (2:43)
27. Tani Allen & His Tennessee Pals - I'm Back In The Army (2:50)
28. Cactus Pryor & His Pricklypears - (In Again, Out Again) Packing Up My Barracks Bag Blues (3:16)
29. Montana Slim (Wilf Carter, The Singing Cowboy) - The K.P. Blues (2:28)
30. Vic Damone & Vaughn Monroe - Message From Vic Damone (1:18)
31. The Rockets & Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra - The Girls Are Marching (2:19)

CD 2 - In Korea
1. Newsreel Announcer - Heading For Korea (0:35)
2. The Gospel Pilgrims - Korea (Fightin' In The Foreign Land) (2:40)
3. Bill Cason - Foxhole In Korea (3:02)
4. Steve Rogers - Inchon (5:00)
5. Jimmie Osborne - Thank God For Victory In Korea (2:56)
6. John Carpino - The Ballad Of Chosin (4:36)
7. Oscar Brand & Short Arms - We're Moving On (1:59)
8. J.B. Lenoir - I'm In Korea (3:12)
9. Eric Sevareid & Robert Pierpoint - Robert Pierpoint Under Fire In Korea (1:15)
10. Delmore Brothers - Heartbreak Ridge (2:54)
11. Ernest Tubb - A Heartsick Soldier On Heartbreak Ridge (3:05)
12. The Four Lads & Edward R. Murrow - Where The Need Is (1:03)
13. Elton Britt - Korean Mud (2:57)
14. Howdy Doody - Request For Blood Donations (0:39)
15. Tommy (Weepin' And Cryin') Brown - No News From Home (3:05)
16. Sherman 'Blues' Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy - Lost In Korea (3:11)
17. Jack Powers - From A Foxhole (3:18)
18. William Cook & The Marshall Brothers - A Soldier's Prayer (3:22)
19. Rocky Porter - Please Say A Prayer (For The Boys Over There) (2:59)
20. Lightnin' Hopkins - Sad News From Korea (3:13)
21. Sonny Osborne - A Brother In Korea (2:57)
22. The Louvin Brothers - From Mother's Arms To Korea (2:49)
23. Carl Sauceman & The Green Valley Boys - Wrap My Body In Old Glory (2:40)
24. Slim Rhodes - Red White And Blue (2:31)
25. Elton Britt & The Skytoppers - Rotation Blues (2:44)
26. Billy Mize - Pusan (2:12)
27. Jim Eanes - A Prisoner Of War (2:49)
28. Kay Kellum & His Dixie Ramblers - When I Get Back (2:35)
29. The Kalvin Brothers - Somewhere In Korea (2:17)

CD 3 - On The Homefront
1. Newsreel Announcer - A GI Writes To His Kids - A Posthumous Letter (1:10)
2. Red Foley - Dear Little Girls (3:01)
3. Tex Ritter - Daddy's Last Letter (3:22)
4. Tiny Hill - Two Letters (2:55)
5. Jackie Doll & His Pickled Peppers - When They Drop The Atomic Bomb (2:41)
6. Alan Jackson & President Truman - The Truman-MacArthur Dispute (1:55)
7. R.D. Henden & The Western Jamboree Cowboys - Oh! Mr. President (3:06)
8. General MacArthur - General Of The Army Douglas MacArthur's Report To Congress (1:22)
9. Gene Autry - Old Soldiers Never Die (3:15)
10. Jimmie Short & The Silver Saddle Ranch Boys - (Old Generals Never Die) They Just Fade Away (2:53)
11. Ray Snead - Fade Away Baby (2:28)
12. James E. Van Zandt - Rep. James E. Van Zandt Supports The Use Of The Atomic Bomb In Korea (0:19)
13. 'Skeets' McDonald - Please Daddy, Don't Go To War (3:00)
14. George Simerly & His Tennesseans - Why Does The Army Need My Daddy (3:07)
15. Cecil Gant - God Bless My Daddy (2:48)
16. Oklahoma Sweethearts - Don't Steal Daddy's Medal (2:28)
17. Jimmie Heap & The Melody Masters - God Is On Our Side (2:58)
18. The Dixie Ramblers - I'll Be Glad When It's Over (Over There) (3:13)
19. Roscoe Hankins - I'm Prayin' For The Day (When Peace Will Come) (2:29)
20. Edna McGriff - Heavenly Father (2:44)
21. Gene Autry - At Mail Call Today (2:47)
22. Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky - A Dear John Letter (2:31)
23. Pete Lane & Bernice Stabile - John's Reply (2:41)
24. Jack Cardwell - Dear Joan (2:42)
25. Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky - Forgive Me John (2:26)
26. Emitt Slay Trio - Male Call (2:30)
27. Hank Penny - A Letter From Home (3:40)
28. The Promenade Band - I Like Ike (2:43)
29. General Eisenhower - I Shall Go To Korea (1:15)
30. Little Maxie - Drive Soldier Drive (3:00)
31. Eddie Kirk - Five Star President (2:07)

CD 4 - Peace and Its Legacies
1. President Eisenhower - President Eisenhower Announces An Armistice In Korea (0:54)
2. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - There's Peace In Korea (2:19)
3. The Revelers - Ike (1:45)
4. Jimmie Osborne - The Korean Story (2:54)
5. Big Boy Crudup - The War Is Over (2:53)
6. Lightnin' Hopkins - The War Is Over (3:13)
7. Soldier Boy Houston - Leavin' Korea (2:34)
8. Jimmie Dale - Hello Maria (2:10)
9. King Perry Orchestra & Dell St. John - Welcome Home Baby (2:09)
10. Rose Brown & Jimmie Harris - Back From Korea (2:36)
11. Dave Bartholomew - No More Black Nights (2:38)
12. Jimmy Witherspoon - Back Home (3:24)
13. Margie Collie - His New War Bride (2:23)
14. Newsreel Announcer - Harry Holt Brings Korean War Orphans To Portland, Oregon (0:44)
15. Kwan Li - The Legend Of Harry Holt (2:55)
16. Don Windle - The Iron Curtain Has Parted (3:10)
17. Ernest Tubb - Missing In Action (3:05)
18. Smilin' Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys - Returned From Missing In Action (3:09)
19. Billy Strange - I'm Still A Prisoner (2:28)
20. Merle Travis - Re-Enlistment Blues (3:22)
21. Red River Boys - The Red Deck Of Cards (2:57)
22. Eddie Hill - I Changed My Mind (And I'll Go Home Again) (3:22)
23. Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys - Purple Heart (2:44)
24. Don 'Red' Barry - White Cross In Korea (2:44)
25. Marvin Rainwater - Korea's Mountain Northland (3:20)
26. Carl Sauceman & The Green Valley Boys - A White Cross Marks The Grave (2:23)
27. Elton Britt - The Unknown Soldier (2:41)
28. Red River Dave - Searching For You, Buddy (2:55)
29. Don Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups - Forgotten Men (2:46)
30. Dick Curless (The Rice Paddy Ranger) - China Nights (Shina No Yoru) (3:03)



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