The Great War
A Portrait in Music, Voices and Sound. A landmark 100th anniversary collection of songs, poems and memories. A powerful and moving tribute to the sacrifice of millions. 3 CD box-set presenting 86 tracks, plus 24-page listener guide. Over 3 hours playing time.
Cat. no.: GLMY94
As the nation begins its homage to the fallen of the First World War, we are honoured to present a commemorative collection quite unlike any other - a unique blend of music, poetry, sound reportage and documentary evoking 'the war to end all wars' as it was fought and lived by the British people. Captured here are the sounds of Britain at a pivotal moment in her history - the songs that the soldiers sang on the march and in the trenches, from It's A Long Way To Tipperary to Mademoiselle From Armentieres ... recruiting tunes, comic ditties and sweetheart songs from the music halls and theatres ... and the reflections of all ranks as they faced apocalyptic shell fire and the horrors of gas warfare.
Original landmark recordings from 1914-18 mingle with readings, reminiscences and sequences from the works of Elgar and Vaughan Williams to create a panoramic portrait that's poignant, gripping and atmospheric in equal measure. With special features including the whole of the 1961 radio documentary 'The Long, Long Trail' that inspired the stage show 'Oh What A Lovely War', THE GREAT WAR is a truly historic collection full of breathtaking moments. Plus, IWM archive audio recollections of life on the front line as recounted by WWI veterans!
All tracks sensitively restored and digitally remastered.