The Great War: A Portrait in Music, Voices & Sound
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Label: Memory Lane
Cat No: GLMY94
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 25th August 2014
The Great War is a landmark 100th anniversary collection quite unlike any other - a unique blend of music, poetry, sound reportage and documentary evoking "the war to end all wars" as it was fought and lived by the British people - a powerful and moving tribute to the sacrifice of millions.
Captured here are the sounds of Britain at a pivotal moment in her history - the songs that the soldiers sang on the march and in the trenches, from 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' to 'I Want To Go Home'... recruiting tunes, comic ditties and sweetheart songs from the music halls and theatres... and the reflections of all ranks as they faced apocalyptic shell fire and the horrors of the barbed wire.
Original landmark recordings from 1914-18 mingle with readings, reminiscences and sequences from the works of Elgar and Delius to create a panoramic portrait that's poignant, gripping and atmospheric in equal measure.
With special features including the whole of the 1961 radio documentary 'The Long, Long Trail' that inspired the stage show Oh What a Lovely War, The Great War is a truly historic collection full of breathtaking moments.
CD 1 The Long, Long Trail (The BBC Singers, The BBC Revue Orchestra & Malcolm Lockyer)
War Starts - "We Don't Want To Loose You"
The Germans Advance - "His Luggage Labelled 'England"
The Old Contemptibles Hold Fast - "Keep The Home Fires Burning"
Soldiering - "Blame It On The Last Long Mile"
Into Battle - "The Ragtime Infantry"
The Scene Of Battle - "We're 'Ere"
Going Over The Top - "The Bells Of Heaven"
Carrying On - "Pack Up Your Troubles"
Entertainment At The Front And At Home - "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty"
The Home Front - "Goodbye-ee"
1915 - 1917: Stalemate - "I Want To Go Home"
Here Come The Yanks - "Over There"
If You Were The Only Girl In The World - George Robey
For Me And My Gal - Bill Murray
Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend - Ted Yorke
Your King And Country Want You - Edna Thornton
Jolly Good Luck To The Girl Who Loves A Soldier - Vesta Tilley
Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning - Arthur Fields
K-K-K-Katy - Bill Murray
I May Be Gone For A Long, Long Time - The Peerless Quartet
Dear Old Pal Of Mine - John McCormack
The Angel Of Mons - Foster Richardson
They Didn't Believe Me - George Grossmith
Pretty Baby - Bill Murray
I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier - Morton Harvey
I Wonder Whose Kissing Her Now - Henry Burr
How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm - Harry Fay
Boys In Khaki, Boys In Blue - Frederick Wheeler
The Army Of Today's All Right - Vesta Tilley
The Lads In Navy Blue (It's The Navy, The British Navy) - Harrison Latimer
Women Of Britain - George Baker
Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers - Bill Murray
Till The Clouds Roll By - Anna Wheaton
Never Mind The Food Controller - Florrie Forde
What Did You Do In The Great War, Daddy? - Tom Clare
Till We Meet Again - Charles Hart
March From ' Things To Come' - The London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Arthur Bliss
Recruiting Speech At The Mansion House - Sir Charles Wakefield
Forefathers (Edmund Blunden) - Carelton Hobbs
At The Front: On The March (Reminisence) - Sgt Edward Dwyer, VC
Attack (Siegfried Sassoon) - Steve Watts
WWI Recollection - Sargent Percy Reid
Greater Love (Wilfred Owen) - Robert Donat
The Lark Ascending - Jean Pougnet, The London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
In Flanders Fields (John McCrae) - John Kehoe
A Shropshire Lad - The London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Arms And The Boy (Wilfred Owen) - Carelton Hobbs
WWI Recollection - Major Marmaduke Leslie Walkinton
The Estaminet (Descriptive Sketch) - Some Of The Boys'
Elegy - The London Philharmonic Orchestra & Eduard Van Beinum
For The Fallen (Laurence Binyon) - John Kehoe
The Attack (Descriptive Sketch) - 'Some Of The Boys'
Appeal For One Million Pounds - Harry Lauder
Why Is Britain At War? - Henry Ainley
Nimrod From 'Enigma Variations' - The Halle Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
WWI Recollection - James Davidson Pratt, NCO
Experiences Of Sinking The SS Arabic (Reminisence) - Kenneth Douglas
Serenade - Sinfonia Of London Conducted & Sir John Barbirolli
Futility (Siegfried Sassoon) - Steve Watts
Christmas In Camp (Descriptive Sketch) - Uncredited
Jupiter (I Vow To Thee My Country) From 'The Planets' Suite - The London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Recessional (Rudyard Kipling) - John Kehoe
WWI Recollection - Private Charles Francis Colthup
Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis - Sinfonia Of London & Sir John Barbirolli
The Soldier (Rupert Brooke) - John Kehoe
WWI Recollection - George Ashurst, NCO
The Rear Guard (Siegfried Sassoon) - Steve Watts
Adagio - Moderato (First Movement) From 'Concerto For Cello And Orchestra' - Andre Navarra, Cello, The Halle Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
Everyone Sang (Siegfried Sassoon) - Steve Watts
The Last Post - Uncredited
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