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Various: Cold War Memories - 60th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall (CD)

1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. 

  • To commemorate the event of the beginning of building the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961, Bear Family releases this extraordinary compilation of historical recordings!
  • On the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Wall, Bear Family looks back on the escalation of the Cold War from the perspective of the Western Allies with audio samples.
  • The construction of the Wall within Germany by the GDR regime also deepened the gap between East and West internationally. 
  • Producer Marc Mittelacher uses 34 hand-picked recordings from the years 1949 - 1962, including historic voice recordings, to describe the emotional state and viewpoint, especially of the US Americans.
  • In addition to well-known songs and performers, the CD album provides true rarities and some German-language recordings.
  • Audio documents illustrate the role and function of AFN, the U.S. military station in Germany, during the Cold War.
  • The luxuriously designed edition appeals to both, those interested in history and music collectors, and aims to do its part to commemorate a historic event and low point in the confrontation between the political power blocs.
  • Music expert Bill Dahl from Chicago has written the stirring liner notes from a US-American's perspective on the events in Berlin.
  • The fine booklet includes many rare photos and illustrations.   
      
Cold War Memories 
The arms race between East and West had already begun toward the end of World War 2. In order to end the war in the Pacific and to avoid a loss-making invasion of Japan, the US military demonstrated its power by dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - for the Soviet Union and its vassal states a clear signal of US military strength.
The demarcation line between the Soviet and Western Allied occupation zones stretched lengthwise through Germany, which thus became the deploying area for a military conflict that was growing more likely. In order to stop the unbroken flow of refugees from the GDR to the West, and on the instructions of the Soviet Union, work began on August 13, 1961 on the Berlin Wall and the fortification of the 1378 km long German-German border. The Cold War experienced another stage of escalation. In Berlin, Soviet and Western Allied tanks faced each other directly.

To document the feelings of the people - here from a Western Allied point of view - we go back to 1949 and the foundation of two German states under the control of the USA and the Soviet Union. With the politically manifested division of Germany, the preliminary history of the construction of the Wall began. What did it feel like to be locked up and locked out? On the other hand, what was the Communist hunt in the West like? What did the G.I.s in Germany expect and feel? Here are the answers!

Songs, music and sound documents
We've gathered mostly American but also English and German recordings on the subject, backed up by historical audio documents that include radio recordings, newsreel soundtracks, John F. Kennedy's CONELRAD statement, and the now-famous quote from a press conference where G.D.R. head of state Walter Ulbricht spread the lie "No one has any intention of building a wall." For their part, a series of excerpts from 1961 AFN (American Forces Network) broadcasts from Berlin document the culture and feel of the era and provide insight into the station's propaganda function as well.
Musically, we go back to 1949, when both German states were founded - documented here by the first recording of the GDR national anthem. The beautiful melody may evoke ''Eastalgic'' feelings, but here it is meant to stand as a memorial to the events. 
The communist hunt taking place in the U.S. at the same time is underscored by songs from Little Jimmy Dickens, The Kavaliers, and Lulu Belle & Scotty. Comedy was a propaganda ace up the USA's sleeve. Thus, countless so-called novelty records were released on the subject. We have selected the catchiest ones, including Dickie Goodman's 'Berlin Top Ten', Spencer & Spencer's 'Russian Band Stand'. Bo Diddley addresses 'Mr. Khrushchev' directly. In 1961, rock 'n' roll was still ''in'', as evidenced by 'Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain'. Miss Toni Fisher hits the nail on the head with 'West Of The Wall'.

In addition, other Cold War themes are touched upon, such as espionage, the feared nuclear missile attacks, and the threat of World War III, which was just averted. There are a few German recordings as well. Marlene Dietrich, for example, still has a suitcase in Berlin and the dance orchestras of Kurt Edelhagen and Hazy Osterwald deal with the subject instrumentally, while jazz greats like Dave Brubeck and Benny Goodman find themselves at the 'Brandenburg Gate' and in the 'Mission To Moscow'. From a purely musical point of view, just a fine music selection, but embedded in a serious and threatening political background. 
A great piece of German history - a great piece of world history!

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  • Album titlle: Cold War Memories - 60th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall (CD)

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Various Artists - Cold War Memories - 60th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall (CD) CD 1
01AFN Radio Intro – Frolic At Five (November 17, 1961)Various
02They Locked God Outside The Iron CurtainLittle Jimmy Dickens
03Radio Excerpt – Construction Of The Berlin Wall, August 1961Various
04Berlin Top TenDickie Goodman
05Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in BerlinMarlene Dietrich
06Excerpt from U.S. Newsreel – Russians restrict passage of Amercians to East BerlinVarious
07Russian BandstandSpencer & Spencer
08Na ZdrowjeHazy Osterwald Sextet
09Berlin MelodyKurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra
10Brandenburg GateDave Brubeck Quartet
11Fallout ShelterPeter Scott Peters
12JFK Endorses CORNELRADJohn F. Kennedy
13Russia, Russia (Lay That Misile Down)Prescott Reed
14Movie Trailer – Rocket Attack U.S.A.Various
15Rocket RacketDickie Harrell
16Russian RouletteLester Lanin & His Orchestra
17I'm No CommunistLulu Belle & Scotty
18Get That Communist JoeThe Kavaliers
19Russian LullabyVido Musso & His Orchestra
20Agnes (The Teenage Russian Spy)The Dellwoods a.k.a. The Sweet Sick-Teens
21The SpyThe Original Checkmates
22Dance Legless, RussianThe Moontrekkers
23Excerpts from U.S. Newsreel – East Berliners Jump To Freedom And Cross The Berlin Wall To EscapeVarious
24West Of The WallToni Fisher
25Koko-MameyMoe Koffman Quartet
26Russian RouletteThe Zanies
27Excerpts from AFN Radio Berlin (November 17, 1961)Various
28Mr. KrushchevBo Diddley
29Watch World War III (On Pay TV)The Crown City Four
30Mission To MoscowBenny Goodman Orchestra
31Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain (single version)Bobby Marchan & The Clowns
32Auferstanden aus Ruinen (The Original National Anthemof the GDR)Solistenvereinigung des Deutschlandsenders, Helmut Koch & das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
33Walter Ulbricht - Excerpt from press conference, East Berlin, June 15, 1961 („Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten“)Various
34AFN Radio Berlin – Closing (November 17, 1961)Various
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Tracklist
Various Artists - Cold War Memories - 60th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall (CD) CD 1
01 AFN Radio Intro – Frolic At Five (November 17, 1961)
02 They Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain
03 Radio Excerpt – Construction Of The Berlin Wall, August 1961
04 Berlin Top Ten
05 Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin
06 Excerpt from U.S. Newsreel – Russians restrict passage of Amercians to East Berlin
07 Russian Bandstand
08 Na Zdrowje
09 Berlin Melody
10 Brandenburg Gate
11 Fallout Shelter
12 JFK Endorses CORNELRAD
13 Russia, Russia (Lay That Misile Down)
14 Movie Trailer – Rocket Attack U.S.A.
15 Rocket Racket
16 Russian Roulette
17 I'm No Communist
18 Get That Communist Joe
19 Russian Lullaby
20 Agnes (The Teenage Russian Spy)
21 The Spy
22 Dance Legless, Russian
23 Excerpts from U.S. Newsreel – East Berliners Jump To Freedom And Cross The Berlin Wall To Escape
24 West Of The Wall
25 Koko-Mamey
26 Russian Roulette
27 Excerpts from AFN Radio Berlin (November 17, 1961)
28 Mr. Krushchev
29 Watch World War III (On Pay TV)
30 Mission To Moscow
31 Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain (single version)
32 Auferstanden aus Ruinen (The Original National Anthemof the GDR)
33 Walter Ulbricht - Excerpt from press conference, East Berlin, June 15, 1961 („Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten“)
34 AFN Radio Berlin – Closing (November 17, 1961)