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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

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!

Always the original artists in the original recordings.

Sensitively restored and digitally remastered.

CD1: 'The Long, Long Trail'
War Starts - "We Don't Want To Loose You"
The Germans Advance - "His Luggage Labelled 'England'"
The Old Contemptibles Hold Fast - "Keep The Home Fires Burning"
Soldiering - "Blame It On The Last Long Mile"
Into Battle - "The Ragtime Infantry"
The Scene Of Battle - "We're 'Ere"
Going Over The Top - "The Bells Of Heaven"
Carrying On - "Pack Up Your Troubles"
Entertainment At The Front And At Home - "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty"
The Home Front - "Goodbye-ee"
1915 - 1917: Stalemate - "I Want To Go Home"

Here Come The Yanks - "Over There"


CD2: 'For King And Country'
If You Were The Only Girl In The World George Robey 
For Me And My Gal Bill Murray
Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend Ted Yorke
Your King And Country Want You Edna Thornton
Jolly Good Luck To The Girl Who Loves A Soldier Vesta Tilley
Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning Arthur Fields
K-K-K-Katy Bill Murray
I May Be Gone For A Long, Long Time The Peerless Quartet
Dear Old Pal Of Mine John McCormack
The Angel Of Mons Foster Richardson
They Didn't Believe Me George Grossmith 
Pretty Baby Bill Murray
I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier Morton Harvey
I Wonder Whose Kissing Her Now Henry Burr
How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm Harry Fay
Boys In Khaki, Boys In Blue Frederick Wheeler
The Army Of Today's All Right Vesta Tilley
The Lads In Navy Blue (It's The Navy, The British Navy) Harrison Latimer
Women Of Britain George Baker
Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers Bill Murray
Till The Clouds Roll By Anna Wheaton 
Never Mind The Food Controller Florrie Forde
What Did You Do In The Great War, Daddy? Tom Clare
Till We Meet Again Charles Hart


CD3: 'Lest We Forget'
March from ' Things To Come' The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Arthur Bliss
Recruiting Speech At The Mansion House Sir Charles Wakefield
Forefathers Carelton Hobbs
At The Front: On The March (Reminisence) Sgt Edward Dwyer, VC
Attack Steve Watts
WWI Recollection  Sargent Percy Reid 
Greater Love Robert Donat
The Lark Ascending  Jean Pougnet, Violin, with The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
In Flanders Fields  John Kehoe
A Shropshire Lad The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
Arms And The Boy Carelton Hobbs
WWI Recollection Major Marmaduke Leslie Walkinton 
The Estaminet (Descriptive Sketch) Some Of The Boys'
Elegy The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard Van Beinum
For The Fallen John Kehoe
The Attack (Descriptive Sketch) Some Of The Boys'
Appeal For One Million Pounds  Harry Lauder
Why Is Britain At War? Henry Ainley
Nimrod from 'Enigma Variations' The Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
WWI Recollection  NCO James Davidson Pratt
Experiences Of Sinking The SS Arabic Kenneth Douglas
Serenade Sinfonia of London conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
Futility Steve Watts
Christmas In Camp (Descriptive Sketch)
Jupiter (I Vow To Thee My Country) from 'The Planets' Suite The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted Sir Adrian Boult
Recessional John Kehoe
WWI Recollection  Private Charles Francis Colthup
Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis Sinfonia of London conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
The Soldier John Kehoe
WWI Recollection  NCO George Ashurst
The Rear Guard Steve Watts
Adagio-Moderato (First Movement) from 'Concerto For Cello And Orchestra' Andre Navarra, Cello, with The Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
Everyone Sang Steve Watts
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