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

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


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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)."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667222624
catalogNumber: 226
Rank: 81152

Album Credits

Technical Credits

William Bell   Contributor
Gene Chandler   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Monitors   Contributor
Freda Payne   Contributor
John Prine   Composer
Edwin Starr   Contributor
Joe Tex   Contributor
Whispers   Contributor
Bill Withers   Composer,Producer
O'Jays   Contributor
Richard Barbary   Contributor
Choker Campbell   Composer,Producer
General Johnson   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Jerry Williams   Arranger,Producer
Angelo Bond   Composer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
J.J. Holiday   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
Lee Jones   Composer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Harold Thomas   Composer
Rich Tufo   Arranger
Tom Washington   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
John Wilson   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Melvin Harden   Composer
Edward Thomas   Composer
Eugene Dixon   Composer
Larry Banks   Composer,Producer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Cliff Thomas   Composer
Martin Coleman   Composer
Tiny Watkins   Composer
John Wessler   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
James MayCock   Liner Notes
Stuart Avig   Composer
Art Glasser   Composer
Jerry Light   Composer
Greg Perry   Composer
Mike Hanks   Producer
John Thomas   Composer
Colis Gordon   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Ray Jackson   Composer

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