War songs CD will benefit vets of current conflicts
September 3rd, 2010
11:49 AM ET

War songs CD will benefit vets of current conflicts

Grammy-award winning music producer Christopher King is known for putting together definitive musical collections from the early 20th century. His latest release is a CD of popular war recordings entitled 'Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939'.

It was a chance, King says, to expose folk and country music buffs and others to war songs from Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, which differed greatly from most modern tunes about bloody conflicts.

“This material is not like the material that one would expect to hear like in the anti-war songs from the 60’s,” he said this week by phone. “When one thinks songs about songs one automatically thinks about protest songs. When in actuality these run the whole gamut of being songs, that don’t necessarily glorify war, but show its true impact on people.”

King and co-producer Josh Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records hope to have a two-fold impact with the CD, bring unfamiliar music to the fore and using some of the profits from sales to help those who have served in recent conflicts. A portion of the proceeds will go to a foundation, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

“Our notions of freedom and our ability to create this kind of material is due almost exclusively to the sacrifice of others,” he said. “We felt this was one of the best ways to give back to those who have done so much.”

Rosenthal called the project very personal. Even though his doesn’t have a direct connection to either war, he does have several family members who fought in combat for this country. It helped instill in him a desire to do something.

“I run a record company so I was like what kind of things can I do in a small way to be involved,” he said. “I thought it would be nice to pull in the IAVA, which is an organization that does not take a position on war. Their main function is to help people returning from combat.”

The CD, which contains 15 tracks, was an outgrowth from a previous project the two producers worked on in 2007. That three-disc compilation, entitled “People Take Warning,” almost included war songs. They waited instead, but this still feels like a fourth CD to that set, Rosenthal said.

Both producers said the first track on the album, “Just As The Sun Went Down,” recorded in 1936 by Zeke Morris, is their favorite and timeless.

“It essentially sings about how people on both sides of the line – in this case it was a song about the American Civil War – they have to leave people behind and those people end up broken-hearted with their loss,” King said. “There’s no human conflict that’s not like that.”

The album received a nice review from Bill Friskics-Warren, who wrote in The Washington Post:

But as "Bloody War," … poignantly attests, there was a time in this nation's history when songwriters engaged their subject in terms more personal than polemic - a time when singers were less concerned with ideology than with the human costs of war, especially among their working-class families and neighbors, many of whom paid the price.

“Bloody War” is available at major online retailers.

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  1. nurseliz27

    WTH people???? This is about a CD of war songs from 1924-1939!!!!! Let's just discuss the CD! I want to check it out. My son, an Army PFC, is gone now and perhaps this blog should be about OUR soldiers, past and present, as opposed to your rants of an entirely different subject. "All gave some, some gave all." Shut up!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why don't You both grow up and take Your fighting in E-Mail... It is not right the rest of Us has to see Your stupidity!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I am getting tired to hear about Jesus!!! If You really believe in Him why don't You do what Jesus would do rather than what You are doing??? Otherwise You are making Jesus look bad!!! I'm Jewish just a suggestion...

    September 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I feel sorry if You really Believe that??? A Person that doesn't Believe in GOD doesn't believe in hope that This World will some day get better for all!!! Because only GOD can make that happen not man... Why do You think there is so much Damage going on in the World??? GOD is warning all the Countries to either start getting along with Each Other are God will have to do it for Us!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Are You saying that the US and NATO are the ones that is fighting the War against the Muslin Religion??? If so You are completely wrong... We are trying to stop the innocent People from being killed!!! I'm sure the Majority of the People there understand that!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Marc

    Great idea and I will most certainly buy this album. One thing though...the songs are from 1924-1939...so why is there a photo of soldiers from the WWI, (1914-1918) on the cover? I suppose there may be songs from that era as well. Never-the-less, great idea and a must buy if you want to help in some small way, the troops.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Could it be because they couldn't get Pictures of Their People???

      September 9, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Xugos

    What the hell is wrong with these boards? Half the comments here aren't even close to being related. CNN, moderate better.

    September 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. General Dr Bad

    Look how they run thread to thread. idiots arguing with idiots while others die.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tt

      Stay out of conversations when you have the intellect of a goldfish. That was a conversation between representatives of the two sides of this war. Go back to polishing your gun collection and sniff some of the bore solvent again.

      September 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jaybob

        How about instead I just poison some little girls, or bid on some "dancing boys" like a good Afghani man?

        September 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Another Child that wants to play with Us Adults!!!

        September 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. All American!

    Man, you guys are tripping me out!

    September 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      With idiots like You I can understand why GOD it messing up Texas!!! You better straighten up before GOD finish GOD job there...

      September 9, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Truth

    Free Kashmir – Syed Ali Gilani on Indian Occupation – Must Watch – search on you-tube,

    "Free Kashmir – Syed Ali Gilani on Indian Occupation"

    September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 11c Infantry

    You can set an example for them, give them hope.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jagan

    I'm in India. Why would US want to waste their precious military in a country like Afgha'tan. Cp\ountries like Afgh/Pak are like the dog's tail, can never be straightened. What can you do with a set of people who do not want to live a dignified life, do not want to study, earn or raise a family. I'd advise the US militia to walk out of the country & use their resources for better purposes where it can add meaning to a life. (Jagan)

    September 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Mortar shell narrowly misses kindergarten
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      September 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Hamas threatens strike on PA
      The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Wed, 08 Sep 2010 07:49 AM PDT
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      September 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soldier thats been there

      I would ADVISE YOU to learn about it before you speak on it...The major population of Afghanistan wants to live a good honest life..most of them are hard workers who raise their kids as well as they can, putting them through school (when there is one near them) ..There are not enough resources at hand for them..Its a corrupt goverment, and segregation between villages that hold them down. The Taliban!!!..If YOU had talaban in every neibhorhood , you think you would go against them..I dont think so..It takes years to change a country that only knows 1 thing , WAR..

      November 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |