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A Soldier's Sad Story: Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1966-73

  • 1. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) - The Monitors
    2. He'll Be Back - Players
    3. Marching Off to War - William Bell
    4. While I'm Away (Baby Keep the Faith) - Eddy "G" Giles/The Jive Five
    5. Going to Vietnam - Big Amos Patton
    6. Lonely Soldier - Mike Williams
    7. I Believe I'm Gonna Make It - Joe Tex
    8. Christmas in Vietnam - Johnny & Jon
    9. I'm Gonna Help Hurry My Brothers Home - Jimmy Holiday
    10. Let's Face Facts - James Carr
    11. Lights Out - Zerben R. Hicks
    12. When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Richard Barbary
    13. Soldier's Sad Story, A - Tiny Watkins
    14. Letter from Vietnam, A - Emanual Laskey
    15. Something You Couldn't Write About - Gloria Edwards
    16. Mail Call Time - Mel & Tim
    17. There's Someone (Waiting Back Home) - The O'Jays
    18. Bring the Boys Home - Freda Payne
    19. Stop the War Now - Edwin Starr
    20. P.O.W. - M.I.A. - The Whispers
    21. War - Carla Whitney
    22. I Can't Write Left Handed - Bill Withers
    23. Back to the World - Curtis Mayfield
    24. Sam Stone - Swamp Dogg
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 226

  • Credits
    ProducerChoker Campbell; Curtis Mayfield; Gene Chandler; Huey P. Meaux; Jerry Williams; Kenny Gamble; Larry Banks; Leon Huff; Quinton Claunch; William "Mickey" Stevenson; Willie Mitchell; Bill Withers; Norman Whitfield; Mike Hanks; Buddy Killen; Calvin Carter

    Performers include: Edwin Starr, Curtis Mayfield, William Bell, The O'Jays, The Whispers, James Carr, Zerben R. Hicks, The Brilliant Korners.
    Liner Note Authors: James MayCock; Tony Rounce.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Edwin Starr; Freda Payne; Joe Tex; The Monitors ; The O'Jays; The Whispers; William Bell; Richard Barbary.
    Arrangers: Rich Tufo; Tom Washington; Bobby Martin ; Teacho Wiltshire; Jerry Williams; Riley Hampton.
    As much a penetrating and painful lesson in American history as it is a fantastic set of vintage soul, A Soldier's Sad Story: Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1966-73 documents a very different dimension of antiwar protest music -- Edwin Starr's classic "War" aside, the mainstream antiwar canon comprises songs written and performed almost entirely by white folkies (Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Barry McGuire, etc.), but the African-American response was just as potent and provocative, with an underlying sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement that speaks volumes about the mindset of the black counterculture as war raged not only in Southeast Asia but also in places like Detroit and Watts. Ranging from the gritty deep soul of James Carr ("Let's Face Facts") to the sweet folk-soul of Bill Withers ("I Can't Write Left-Handed"), the set spans not only musical styles but also varying shades of polemical intensity -- some cuts are confrontational and direct, others elegiac and allegorical, but all burn with the emotional honesty and complexity that are the hallmarks of soul music at its finest. Other highlights include Mel & Tim's "Mail Call Time," the Monitors' "Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam)," Johnny & Jon's "Christmas in Vietnam," and the O'Jays' "There's Someone (Waiting Back Home)." ~ Jason Ankeny

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (2/04, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]oul shouters and sobbers look at the war against communism from every blues, ballad or funk viewpoint..."
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