Does Anybody Know I'm Here?: Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1962-1972

Does Anybody Know I'm Here?: Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1962-1972

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Overview

As much a penetrating and painful lesson in American history as it is a fantastic set of vintage, obscure soul, Does Anybody Know I'm Here? Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 62-72 -- the follow-up to Kent's superb A Soldier's Sad Story -- 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, et al.), 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 mournful soul of Marvin Gaye's opening "Soldier's Plea" to the blistering funk of Funkadelic's closing "March to the Witch's Castle," 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 the Dells' title cut, Archie Bell & the Drells' "A Soldier's Prayer," and the Impressions' "Don't Cry My Love."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667224529
catalogNumber: 245
Rank: 89617

Tracks

  1. Soldier's Plea
  2. Wait for Me
  3. Your Heart Belongs to Me
  4. Soldier's Goodbye
  5. Please Mr. President
  6. Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man)
  7. A Soldier's Prayer 1967
  8. Take Good Care
  9. Keep a Light in the Window Until I Come Home
  10. Don't Cry My Love
  11. Please Wait for Me (My Darling)
  12. Don't Cry My Soldier Boy
  13. War
  14. Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again?
  15. Standing on the Corner
  16. Does Anybody Know I'm Here?
  17. A Letter from My Son
  18. I Can't See You No More (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  19. Medley: Vaya Con Dios/Fellow in Vietnam
  20. Open Letter to the President
  21. I Should Be Proud
  22. Welcome the Boys Back Home
  23. March to the Witch's Castle

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Pate   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Archie Bell   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Joe Hinton   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
George Clinton   Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Bobby Eaton   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Billy Moss   Producer
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Charles Stepney   Arranger
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
M. Thomas   Composer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Producer
Joseph Moore   Composer
James Alexander   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Richard Knight   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Ralph Bailey   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Roy Hammond   Composer
James Hines   Composer
King Solomon   Composer
Marvin Phillips   Composer
Harold Hopkins   Composer
Buddy Pepper   Composer
Inez James   Composer
Bobby Lee Miller   Producer
Jesse Herring   Composer,Producer
Melverine Thomas   Composer
Larry Russell   Composer

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