(4.8 stars; 2 reviews)

The Army was the original source of the V-Disc records, with their first  being issued in October of 1943. The Army’s V-Disc project provided a monthly 'care' package of music specially recorded for troops overseas. Soldiers fighting a far-flung war welcomed these musical snapshots of life back home.The V-Disc project actually began in June 1941 , six months before the United States' involvement in World War II, when Captain Howard Bronson was assigned to the Army's Recreation and Welfare Section as a musical advisor. Bronson suggested the troops might appreciate a series of records featuring military band music, inspirational records that could motivate soldiers and improve morale. By 1942, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) sent 16-inch, 33 rpm vinyl transcription discs to the troops from eight sources: special recording sessions, concerts, recitals, radio broadcasts, film sound tracks and commercial records.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



001a - Bea Wain-Put Your Arms Around Me Honey-Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer 3:34
Blue Skies 3:15
002a - Dinah Shore-Bing Crosby-It Ain't Necessarily So(from Porgy & Bess) 3:25
002b - John Charles Thomas-Home On The Range-Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle 4:31
004a - Eddie Cantor-In My Arms-Marion Hutton Modernaires-Johnny Zero 4:16
''Murder'', He Says 3:12
005a - Mark Warnow - Lyn Murray Singers - Meadowland - Che Li(China) 4:15
005b - Mark Warnow - Lyn Murray Singers - I've Got Sixpence - When The Yanks Go… 4:14
006a - Fred Waring - the Fort Slocum Band - Man To Man 3:35
006b - Fort Slocum Band-The Caissons Go Rolling Along (parody)-Alvino-The Army … 4:53
201a Capt Glenn Miller & The AAFTC Orchestra-Johnny Desmond-The Crew Chiefs-Moo… 5:06
Sleepy Town Train 3:11
298a Dick Haymes-The Travis Johnson Singers-Jesse Crawford at the Organ-Oh Litt… 5:24
298b Brig Gen Joseph W Byron(Intro)-The Ben Yost Choir-Hark The Herald Angels S… 4:29
298b Jan Peerce-The Ben Yost Choir-Band of the Training Command of the AAF-Angu… 3:44
348a Spike Jones & his City Slickers-And The Great Big Saw Came Nearer And Near… 5:25
348b Dick Liebert at the Console of the Radio City Music Hall Organ-Barbershop … 5:43
381a Major Glenn Miller & The AAFTC Orchestra-Sgt Johnny Desmond The Crew Chief… 3:21
381b Dinah Shore-Albert Sack-Sleigh Ride In July-I Can't Tell Why I Love You Bu… 5:56
441a Bing Crosby - Silent Night - Adeste Fidelis - Jingle Bells 5:56
441b Bing Crosby - White Christmas - I'll Be Home For Christmas 4:17
442a Eileen Farrell-The Band of the Training Command of the AAF-Ave Maria-Eilee… 5:51
I Want a Little Doggie 3:18
472b The Phil Moore Four-My Dreams Are Getting Better All The TIme-(Yip Yip De … 5:13
482a Major Glenn Miller & the AAFTC Orchestra-I Can't Give You Anything But Lov… 5:19
482b Charlie Barnet-I Can't Get Started-Keep The Home Fires Burning 4:48
503a Bing Crosby -Trudy Irwin - One Alone - Poinciana 5:03
503b Johnny Mercer-Jo Stafford-The Pied Pipers-Paul Weston-On The Atchison Tope… 6:00
The St. Louis Blues March 4:25
522b Sam Donahue & The Navy Dance Band - Dinah 4:15
525a Louis Prima-Please Dont Squeeze The Banana-Lillyann Carol-I Walk Alone 5:39
525b Bing Crosby-Medley(Waikiki Wedding) 6:05
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree 4:52
610b Sam Donahue - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree 3:50
611a Pearl Bailey-Mitchell Ayres Orchestra-Persoality Woody Herman-Helen Of Tr… 5:50
611b Muggsy Spanier and his V-Disc Jazz Band-China Boy 5:07
626a-b Rodchester(Intro)-Duke Ellington-Frankie And Johnnie pt 1&2 7:23
650a Marie Greene and her Merrymen - Don't You Ever Let Me Go 4:05
650b Artie Shaw and his Orchestra - The Maid With The Flaccid Air 4:10
652a Dick Haymes-Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra-Silent Night-O Come All Ye Faithful 5:02
Medley: O, Little Town of Bethlehem / Joy to the World / White Christmas 5:16
683a Johnny Bothwell Orchestra-Don Darcy-My Old Flame-From The Land Of The Sky-… 6:03
683b Claude Thornhill Orchestra-Buddy Hughes-Twilight Song-Benny Goodman-Rattle… 6:26
The Song Is You 3:35
689b Bob Hope(Intro)-Skinnay Ennis-Remember Me-Johnny Thompson-The Outlaw 5:47
700a Bob Hope(Intro)-Bing Crosby-There's A Small Hotel 3:16
700b Frank Sinatra-Come Rain Or Come Shine-You Go To My Head 5:26
796a Bing Crosby-Skitch Henderson-Adeste Fidelis 2:56
796b Bing Crosby-Skitch Henderson-The Christmas Song-Jingle Bells 6:36
797a Bing Crosby - White Christmas - Silent Night 4:07
797b Helen Forrest-I'm Glad I Waited For You-Dick Haymes-Let It Snow 3:49


Sad Christmas Song

(5 stars)

I once again love listening to this vintage music. Now, I finally have a copy of the saddest Christmas song ever, "I'll be Home for Christmas." Imagine a sailor somewhere on an ocean, a soldier or a Marine over his head in mud or snow and listen to that last line, "I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams." It's a tear-jerker.