1-CD Digipak (6-plated) with 38-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns.
Not all soldiers are equal. For the most part they are unwelcome. But there were always those who were welcome, forinstance to free a country and its people from the reign of megalomaniac criminals. As did the American soldiers who –in the mid-40s – had been sent to Germany where some of them had to stay for years.There were strange connections between these young men and parts of the female population: men, far away fromhome - women hoping for a better future to come.
Loneliness and the lack/loss of emotions on both sides, caused by thewar. Friendship, love affairs. And disappointment.In these days a special kind of songs became very popular; songs that were played in clubs, at dance-hops and bymany radio stations; songs that made both, men and women, forget the workaday world. Songs like Dankeschön,Bitteschön, Wiedersehen, Lili Marleen, Fraulein, Lonely River Rhine, Happy Journey and many others have becomeevergreens since – on this CD they are presented for the first time as a whole, competently and carefully annotated by aman who was there some fifty years ago.
The sentiments of the GIs posted in Germany was echoed elsewhere in the world, and in songs such as Geisha Girl andMy Filipino Rose (Asia), English Sweetheart and My Wild Irish Rose (Europe) or Kingston Girl (Jamaica).