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More blood and guts than an N.W.A. album: ‘Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939’
September 23, 2010 | 9:27 am
The first lyrics on “Bloody War: Songs 1924-39,” a recent collection of pre-World War II fight songs, sets the tone for the entire 15-track compilation: two soldiers lay dying on the ground, “just at the seams of the battle floor.” A singer named Zeke Morris, in a flat raspy voice and with plucked guitar accompaniment, describes the scene as though he were standing right there with them. “One held a ringlet of thin gray hair/the other a lock of brown/bidding each other a last farewell/just as the sun went down.”
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Various – Bloody War: Songs 1924 – 1939 (TSQ2479/894807002479/C15) available now!