This collectors edition re-release of Oscar Brand's four classic records of American military songs recorded back in the Fifties and early Sixties is more than worth its price. Covering the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Brand has chosen what he considered to be representative informal songs actually written and sung by the guys who did the fighting.
The lyrics are raunchy (well, not by today's standards) and have been lightly cleaned up in places. They are humorous--the kind of humor you would expect from civilians in uniform doing a nasty job with real risks involved. The music bed is universally derived from old tunes which every grunt, zoomie, swab-jock and gyrene would have known from childhood.
For anyone who wants to catch something of the spirit of the guys who fought our wars--World Wars I and II, the Korean War, this two CD set will do the job. I hope that someone, some day does the same for the Vietnam War and our current wars. Of course, now the women get to have some music too,