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This Is The Army / Call Me Mister / Winged Victory


Release Date: 07/29/2003 
Label:  Universal   Catalog #: 000083102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Irving BerlinHarold RomeDavid Rose
Performer:  Irving BerlinChandler CowlesPaula BaneJules Munshin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. This is the Army, revue: Overture: This is the Army, Mr. Jones / I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen / That Russian Wi
2. This is the Army, revue: I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep
3. This is the Army, revue: I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen
4. This is the Army, revue: The Army's Made a Man Out of Me (sketch) - (skit)
5. This is the Army, revue: The Army's Made a Man Out of Me (song)
6. This is the Army, revue: What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear
7. This is the Army, revue: How About a Cheer for the Navy - All-Soldier Chorus
8. This is the Army, revue: American Eagles - Intro: With My Head in the Clouds
9. This is the Army,
Read more revue: Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning - Soldier Chorus/Irving Berlin
10. Call Me Mister, musical play: Going Home Train - Lawrence Winters/Male Chorus
11. Call Me Mister, musical play: Along With Me - Paula Bane/Chorus
12. Call Me Mister, musical play: Little Surplus Me - Betty Garrett
13. Call Me Mister, musical play: The Red Ball Express - Male Quartet/Lawrence Winters
14. Call Me Mister, musical play: Military Life - Jules Munshin/Chandler Cowles/Harry Clark
15. Call Me Mister, musical play: Yuletide, Park Avenue - Vocal Septet/Betty Garrett
16. Call Me Mister, musical play: When We Meet Again - Chorus
17. Call Me Mister, musical play: The Face on the Dime
18. Call Me Mister, musical play: South America, Take it Away - Male Trio/Betty Garrett
19. Call Me Mister, musical play: Call Me Mister - Bill Callaghan/Chorus
20. Winged Victory, incidental music for the play: Winged Victory
21. Winged Victory, incidental music for the play: My Dream Book of Memories
22. Winged Victory, incidental music for the play: The Whiffenpoof Song
23. Winged Victory, incidental music for the play: The Army Air Corps

3 LPs on 1 CD: THIS IS THE ARMY (1942)/CALL ME MISTER (1946)/WINGED VICTORY (1943).

THIS IS THE ARMY: Music and lyrics written by Irving Berlin. CALL ME MISTER: Music and Lyrics written by Harold Rome. WINGED VICTORY: Music written by David Rose.

Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.

Recording information: New York, NY (06/28/1942-04/28/1946).

Directors: Milton Rosenstock; Lehman Engel.

This CD reissue combines recordings from three Broadway shows of the World War II era: Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, a musical revue staged by the U.S. Army that ran on Broadway in 1942 and then toured around the world during the war for the next three years; Harold Rome's Call Me Mister, a musical revue concerning the social adjustments of the immediate postwar period that opened in 1946 and ran until 1948; and Winged Victory, a play with incidental music concerning the U.S. Army Air Force that ran in 1943-1944. All three shows were recorded by Decca Records during their Broadway runs, with the results issued on 78-rpm cast albums. This Is the Army and Call Me Mister were reissued on 10" LPs in 1950, but the four songs from Winged Victory (originally issued on two 12" 78s) have never been reissued until this CD. It may be coincidence, but British reissue label Jasmine put out a CD of This Is the Army/Call Me Mister in 2002, taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe. This release provides stiff competition to that gray-market release, particularly because the sound quality is far superior. Recorded in the early days of original Broadway cast albums, they nevertheless provide good, if truncated, versions of these complementary shows. Both Berlin and Rome take a somewhat satirical view of military life (the brief Winged Victory choral music is far more formal). Berlin, reprising his World War I song "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," provides some of the humor himself, while Rome gives Betty Garrett the comic hit "South America, Take It Away." Both shows also feature integrated casts and songs specifically intended for African-American listeners. Berlin's "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear" is a conventional production song, while Rome's black-oriented numbers, notably "Going Home Train," have a more ethnic flavor and are distinctively rendered by Lawrence Winters. Taken together, the CD provides a big chunk of 1940s Broadway music that has long lingered in the vaults or been reissued only in inferior form. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Works on This Recording

1.
This is the Army by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Irving Berlin (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Call Me Mister by Harold Rome
Performer:  Chandler Cowles (Voice), Paula Bane (Voice), Jules Munshin (Voice),
Lawrence Winters (Baritone), Betty Garrett (Voice), Bill Callaghan (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Winged Victory by David Rose
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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