Songs of the Depression: Boom, Bust & New Deal

Songs of the Depression: Boom, Bust & New Deal

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Bear Family Records presents an 88-track anthology of what are now termed Depression Era phonograph recordings cut between May 31, 1929, and April 10, 1940. This stretch of time takes in the last few months of the U.S.A.'s already flawed and disintegrating prosperity, the devastating Wall Street crash of October 29, 1929, and the nation's agonizingly gradual economic recovery throughout the 1930s. Musically, this massive compilation maps the mainstream mingling of real jazz with the predominant dance band and pop vocal aesthetic of the decade. Even months before the day when, as visiting Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca put it, the New York Stock Exchange ."..lost various billions of dollars, a rabble of dead money that slid off into the sea," Tin Pan Alley composers were already fixating upon what was to become the ever more elusive pursuit of happiness by penning an almost alarming number of "happy" songs, such as "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again." As the social fabric of a nation came apart at the seams and swiftly began to unravel, a subgenre of melodies with conspicuously comforting and persistently optimistic lyrics filled the air with phrases like "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," and "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee." Sobering responses to the disparity between harsh realities and sugary reassurances included "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "Remember My Forgotten Man," "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum," "Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!" (almost angrily delivered by an exasperated Eddie Cantor), and a remarkably cynical opus entitled "It Must Be Swell to Be Laying Out Dead." With the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 and the implementation of his New Deal programs (see Louis Armstrong's "W.P.A."), a series of frustratingly slow-paced improvements inspired monetarily motivated ditties with giddy titles like "We're in the Money," "We're Out of the Red," "What Have We Got to Lose?," "Buy America!," and the quaintly romantic "With Plenty of Money and You," sung to perfection near the end of this collection by the Ink Spots. The Great Depression has inspired a number of fascinating musicological retrospectives; this one belongs among the best of the lot.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/1999
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127160294
catalogNumber: 16029


Disc 1

  1. Hittin' the Ceiling
  2. I'm in the Market for You
  3. Happy Days Are Here Again
  4. Song of the Bayou
  5. Eddie Cantor's Tips on the Stock Market
  6. A Cottage for Sale
  7. Get Happy
  8. Sweeping the Clouds Away
  9. Laughing at Life
  10. It's a Great Life (If You Don't Weaken)
  11. Cheer Up! Good Times Are Comin'
  12. Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!
  13. Singing a Vagabond Song
  14. Son of the Sun
  15. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
  16. Big City Blues
  17. There's a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood
  18. Ten Cents a Dance
  19. Cigarettes Cigars
  20. Just a Gigolo
  21. Love for Sale
  22. We Can Live on Love

Disc 2

  1. There's No Depression in Love
  2. Now's the Time to Fall in Love
  3. I'm an Unemployed Sweetheart
  4. I Got Five Dollars
  5. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  6. Last Dollar
  7. Here It Is Monday and I've Still Got a Dollar
  8. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  9. Whistling in the Dark
  10. Dancing in the Dark
  11. Alone Together
  12. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
  13. (We've Got To) Put That Sun Back in the Sky
  14. Shoo the Hoodoo Away
  15. Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
  16. Headin' for Better Times
  17. Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee
  18. Sittin' on a Rubbish Can
  19. Underneath the Arches
  20. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  21. Remember My Forgotten Man
  22. It Must Be Swell to Be Laying Out Dead

Disc 3

  1. Supper Time
  2. Banking on the Weather
  3. A Shanty in Old Shanty Town
  4. (Here We Are) Rolling in Love
  5. I'd Rather Be a Beggar With You
  6. Here You Come With Love
  7. Let's Put Out the Lights (And Go to Sleep)
  8. The Clouds Will Soon Roll By
  9. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
  10. If I Ever Get a Job Again
  11. Them Good Old Times Are Coming Back Again
  12. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
  13. There's a New Day Coming
  14. Buy America!
  15. Hey! Young Fella
  16. The Grass Is Getting Greener
  17. (I Went Hunting) And the Big Bad Wolf Was Dead
  18. We're Out of the Red
  19. We're in the Money (The Gold Diggers Song)
  20. The Road Is Open Again
  21. Let 'Em Eat Cake
  22. In a One Room Flat

Disc 4

  1. What Have We Got to Lose? (Hi-Ho-Lack-A-Day)
  2. Stringin' Along on a Shoe String
  3. When My Ship Comes in
  4. If I Had a Million Dollars
  5. Our Penthouse on Third Avenue
  6. Raisin' the Rent
  7. Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  8. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  9. Now I'm a Lady (Goin' to Town)
  10. I Gotta Get up and Go to Work
  11. Gotta Go to Work Again
  12. Are You Making Any Money?
  13. Got the Jitters
  14. Rain
  15. With Plenty of Money and You
  16. I'm Feeling Like a Million
  17. Slumming on Park Avenue
  18. Whistle While You Work
  19. W.P.A.
  20. Hey Pop! I Don't Wanna Go to Work
  21. Dawn of a New Day
  22. Happy Days Are Here Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Annette Hanshaw   Vocals
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Glen Gray   Alto Saxophone
Jolson   Vocals
John Kirby   String Bass
McKinney's Cotton Pickers   Track Performer
Red Norvo   Leader,Xylophone
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Artie Shaw   Clarinet,Leader
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Horace Henderson   Piano
Pee Wee Hunt   Trombone
Ted Lewis   Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Tony Parenti   Clarinet
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Todd Rhodes   Piano,Celeste
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone,Vibes
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer   C-Melody Saxophone
Ambrose   Leader
Ray Eberle   Alto Saxophone
Ruth Etting   Vocals
Freddy Martin   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Cantor   Vocals,Voices
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Ambrose Orchestra   Track Performer
Emil Coleman   Piano
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Mills   Vocals
Louis Nye   Announcer
Red McKenzie   Vocals
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Sam Allen   Piano
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
George Arus   Trombone
Avola   Guitar
Bill Beason   Drums
Benny Carter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ben Bernie   Vocals
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Rube Bloom   Piano
Tony Briglia   Drums
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Neil Buckley   Vocals
Burness   Piano
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Tony Colucci   Guitar
Langston Curl   Trumpet
Bill Dillard   Trumpet,Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Larry Gomar   Drums
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Joe Hall   Piano
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Hill   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Walter Johnson   Drums
Stan King   Drums
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Ella Logan   Vocals
John Lucas   Drums
Frank Martinez   Trumpet
Donald Mills   Vocals
Harry Mills   Vocals
Herbert Mills   Vocals
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Danny Polo   Clarinet
Bill Rank   Trombone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Dave Wilborn   Banjo
Harry Babbitt   Vocals
Harry Barth   Tuba
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Martha Boswell   Piano,Vocals
Chick Bullock   Vocals
Tony Gerhardi   Guitar
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Joe Tarto   String Bass
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Roy Bargy   Piano
Philburn   Trombone
Pete Pumiglio   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Cuba Austin   Drums
Benny Bonacio   Clarinet
Ramona Davies   Piano,Vocals
Pat Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis   String Bass
Gene Gifford   Guitar
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Joe Hostetter   Trumpet
Mel Jenssen   Violin
Louis Martin   Baritone Saxophone
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Jimmy Migliore   Trumpet
Stew Pletcher   Trumpet
Jack Purvis   Trumpet
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Leo Reisman   Violin
Prince Robinson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro   Violin
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Don Bestor   Piano
Sam Browne   Vocals
Elmer Feldkamp   Vocals
Fran Frey   Vocals
Charlie Fuqua   Ukulele,Guitar (Tenor)
Libby Holman   Track Performer
Gene Kardos   Leader
Bill Kenny   Tenor (Vocal)
Johnny Marvin   Vocals
Joe Morrison   Vocals
Lee Morse   Vocals
Frank Munn   Vocals
Harry Raderman   Trombone
Terry Shand   Vocals
Ted Fio Rito   Track Performer
Chesney Allen   Vocals
Bud Flanagan   Vocals
Jack Teagarden Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ted Lewis Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Adrian Rollini & the Gang   Track Performer
Ed Kirkeby   Leader
Harry Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Jules Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Malcolm Crain   Trumpet
Bea Wain   Vocals
Ben Ginsberg   String Bass
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Bill Coty   Vocals
Tom Dicarlo   Trumpet
Bob Effros   Trumpet
Tommy Thunen   Trumpet
Bruce Yantis   Violin
Max Goldberg   Trumpet
Dave Klein   Trumpet
Ed Inge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Russ Carlson   Piano
Larry Abbott   Clarinet,Kazoo
Buddy Lee   Trumpet
Jack Aaronson   Piano
Emil Coleman & His Riviera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ben Selvin Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ted Wallace   Track Performer
Phil Harris Cocoanut Grove Orchestra   Track Performer
Robert Carroll   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Siday   Violin
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Phil Harris   Director
Kay Kyser   Director
Paul Whiteman   Director
Red Nichols   Composer
Ambrose   Director
Horace Heidt   Director
Abe Lyman   Director
Freddy Martin   Director
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Ozzie Nelson   Director
Don Redman   Director
Harold Arlen   Composer
Emil Coleman   Director
Milton Ager   Composer
Ben Bernie   Director
Rube Bloom   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Frank Driggs   Illustrations
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
John Flansburgh   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
John Linnell   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Vincent Rose   Director
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Ben Selvin   Director
Jesse Stone   Composer
Bob Todd   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Victor Young   Director
Gene Gifford   Arranger
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jack Purvis   Arranger
Gene Kardos   Arranger,Director
Sam Lanin   Director
Enric Madriguera   Director
Adrian Schubert   Director
Paul Specht   Director
Phil Spitalny   Director
Lew Stone   Arranger
Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra   Director
Ed Kirkeby   Director
Dave Allan   Composer
Dave Samuelson   Illustrations
Jo Swiss   Composer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Nadine Wuppesahl   Artwork
Bert Read   Arranger
Dave Wall   Composer
Blue Steele   Director
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
John Jacob Loeb   Composer
Cornell Todd   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Shelby Darnell   Composer
Alex Bartha   Director
Nick Kenny   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Jon Townend   Composer

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