Soldier's Sad Story: Vietnam Through Eyes Of / Var

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Review Text 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

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) - 3:03
  2. 2. He'll Be Back - 3:47
  3. 3. Marching Off to War - 3:18
  4. 4. While I'm Away (Baby Keep the Faith) - 3:30
  5. 5. Going to Vietnam - 3:57
  6. 6. Lonely Soldier - 3:56
  7. 7. I Believe I'm Gonna Make It - 3:00
  8. 8. Christmas in Vietnam - 3:04
  9. 9. I'm Gonna Help Hurry My Brothers Home - 3:00
  10. 10. Let's Face Facts - 2:25
  11. 11. Lights Out - 3:53
  12. 12. When Johnny Comes Marching Home - 3:46
  13. 13. Soldier's Sad Story - 3:04
  14. 14. Letter from Vietnam - 3:53
  15. 15. Something You Couldn't Write About - 3:39
  16. 16. Mail Call Time - 3:16
  17. 17. There's Someone (Waiting Back Home) - 3:30
  18. 18. Bring the Boys Home - 4:31
  19. 19. Stop the War Now - 4:36
  20. 20. P.O.W. - M.I.A. - 4:25
  21. 21. War - 3:51
  22. 22. I Can't Write Left Handed - 7:34
  23. 23. Back to the World - 5:07
  24. 24. Sam Stone - 4:01

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11/25/03 

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