V.A. – Stop The War (Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965-1974) – Kent CD

V.A. – Stop The War (Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965-1974) – Kent CD


Here’s the release of the last in Kent’s trilogy spotlighting black America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. It’s been a long wait but maybe the 23 tracks here are more than uphold the high standard of its predecessors – “A Soldier’s Sad Story” (CDKEND 226) and “Does Anybody Know I’m Here” (CDKEND 245).

Presented in loosely chronological sequence, “Stop The War” contains many highly significant musical statements on various aspects of the conflict, from shipping out to coming home. Even though the Vietnam war has been over for almost half a century it’s still possible, through these songs, to feel the frustration, anger and sadness that many Americans felt towards a conflict that lasted far too long and claimed far too many lives on both sides.

Featured artists include major names such as Marvin Gaye, the Impressions, Dionne Warwick, William Bell, and the Staple Singers alongside lesser known but equally worthy contributors including Michael Lizzmore, the Pace Setters, Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper and Artie Golden, all of whom have something important to add to the story. The vast majority of these tracks have not previously appeared on Kent, and several make their CD debut here.

Annotated and illustrated as copiously as you would expect a prestige Kent project to be, “Stop The War” is a fitting and forthright finale to a trilogy that has been extremely gratifying to bring you. We are confident that demand and acclaim for this one will be as strong as it was for the previous two volumes.

Michael Lizzmore – Promise That You’ll Wait
Dionne Warwick – I Say A Little Prayer
William Bell – Lonely Soldier
Joe Medwick – Letter To A Buddie
Allen Orange – V.C. Blues
Donald Jenkins – Fighting For My Baby
The Shirelles – (Mama) My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home
Jimmy Hughes – Uncle Sam
The Emotions – Going On Strike
King Hannibal – Johnny
The Pace Setters – My Ship Is Coming In (Tomorrow)
Dr William Truly Joe – (The Two Wars Of) Old Black Joe
The Mighty Hannibal – Hymn No. 5
Artie Golden – I’ll Be Home
The Fawns – Wish You Were Here With Me
Chairmen Of The Board – Men Are Getting Scarce (Album Version)
Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
The Impressions – Stop The War
Stu Gardner – Leave Him Alone
Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper – Glad To Be Home
The Sensational Saints – The War Is Over (My Brother)
The Staple Singers – John Brown
R.B. Greaves – Home To Stay

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