Now available - Stop The War - Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965-1974
The third and final release from Kent Records of their Vietnam trilogy spotlighting Black America’s involvement in the Vietnam war using music as the prism.
A preview of the release notes by Tony Rounce follows below...
Featured artists include major names such as Marvin Gaye, the Impressions, Dionne Warwick, William Bell, and the Staple Singers alongside lesser known but equally worthy artists including Michael Lizzmore, the Pace Setters, Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper and Artie Golden, all of whom have something important to add to the story. You’ll find recordings reflecting every emotion war can bring about, from initial optimism to creeping frustration and ultimately despair and desolation.
Given the huge amount of young black Americans who were conscripted to a war from which so many would never return, it is not hard to understand the vitriolic attitude of so many of these songs. The vast majority of these tracks have not previously appeared on Kent, and several make their CD debut here. Annotated and illustrated as copiously you would expect a prestige Kent project to be, “Stop The War” is a fitting and forthright finale to a trilogy on which it has been extremely gratifying to work.
The full release notes along with more images and purchase options can be had via Ace Record website...
01 Promise That You'll Wait - Michael Lizzmore
02 I Say A Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
03 Lonely Soldier - William Bell
04 Letter To A Buddie - Joe Medwick
05 V.C. Blues - Allen Orange
06 Fighting For My Baby - Donald Jenkins
07 (Mama) My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home - The Shirelles
08 Uncle Sam - Jimmy Hughes
09 Going On Strike - The Emotions
10 Johnny - King Hannibal
11 My Ship Is Coming In (Tomorrow) - The Pace Setters
12 (The Two Wars Of) Old Black Joe - Dr William Truly Jr
13 Hymn No. 5 - The Mighty Hannibal
14 I'll Be Home - Artie Golden
15 Wish You Were Here With Me - The Fawns
16 Men Are Getting Scarce (Album version) - Chairmen Of The Board
17 I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye
18 Stop The War - The Impressions
19 Leave Him Alone - Stu Gardner
20 Glad To Be Home - Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper
21 The War Is Over (My Brother) - The Sensational Saints
22 John Brown - The Staple Singers
23 Home To Stay - R.B. Greaves
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