The Great War CD evokes the atmosphere of World War 1 through contemporary recordings. Starting with a recruiting speech and songs encouraging volunteers to join up, we move to the realisation that the Great War will not be over quickly. Jack Judge introduces us to his famous composition It's a Long Way to Tipperary whilst Charles Penrose considers The Bloke what's left behind.
Songs about Zeppelin Attacks, shortage of coal and profiteers are all included. The Great War CD concludes with a talk from Sergeant Dwyer who won the VC when he was just 19 years old, and an appeal from Harry Lauder who lost his own son during the First World War.
Finally there a recording of the Gas Shells Bombardment. According to the HMV catalogue of the time this is: the actual reproduction of the screaming and whistling of the shells previous to the entry of the British troops into Lille. It is not an imitation but was recorded on the battlefront. The report of the guns and the whistling of the shells is the actual sound of the Royal Garrison Artillery in action on October 9th, 1918.
29 Tracks recorded during the Great War period between 1914 to 1919
Tracks from this CD were featured in the BBC Radio 2 Programme Pete Waterman's Armistice Day Special first broadcast on 13 November 2010
Sir Charles Wakefield: First Recruiting Appeal Maggie Teyte: Your King & Country Want You Captain A E Rees: Army Drill No2 Harry Fay: Kaiser Bill is a Merry Old Soul, Sister Susie's sewing Shirts Mark Sheridan: Here We are again Unity Moore: The Goose Step, But are We Downhearted? No! Stanley Kirkby: We don't want to fight, It's the Same Old Tommy,
Go to Bed Early and Save your Coal Harry Marlow: When Tommy comes marching home Jack Judge: It's a Long Way to Tipperary Fred Hilton: I'm Better Off in my Little Dug-Out Dorothy Ward: Tommy's Learning French Florrie Forde: Take me back to Dear Old Blighty, Goodbye ee Harry Bluff: Nine Little Zeppelins Alf Conyers: What shall We do with the Profiteers Charles Penrose: The Bloke what's left behind Foster Richardson: Angel of Mons Walter Jeffries: There's a Long Long Trail Sydney Coltham: Roses of Picardy Harry Lauder: Appeal for £1,000,000 Sergeant E Dwyer VC: With our Boys at the Front: On the March, In the Trenches Location Recording: Gas Shells Bombardment at Lille, The Last Post