Album: Back to Korea Blues: Black America and the Korean War
Label: Jasmine Records
Year Of Release: 2020
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
1. Cousin Joe – Post-War Future Blues
2. Slim Gaillard – Atomic Cocktail
3. Turner Willis – Re-Enlisted Blues
4. Ivory Joe Hunter – High Cost, Low Pay Blues
5. Smokey Hogg – Unemployment Blues
6. John Lee Hooker – Build Myself a Cave
7. Sunnyland Slim – Back to Korea Blues
8. J. B. Lenoir – Korea Blues
9. Sonny Thompson – Uncle Sam Blues
10. Jimmy Rogers with His Rocking Four – The World Is in a Tangle
11. Johnny Williams – Questionnaire Blues
12. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Sad News from Korea
13. Doctor Ross – Little Soldier Boy
14. Willie Mae Thornton – No Jody for Me
15. L. B. Lawson – Missing in Action
16. Sherman _Blues_ Johnson – Lost in Korea
17. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – Army Blues
18. Soldier Boy Houston – Far East Blues
19. Homesick James – Wartime
20. Little Maxie Bailey – Drive Soldiers Drive
21. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – There’s Peace in Korea
22. Soldier Boy Houston – Leavin’ Korea
23. King Perry – Welcome Home Baby
24. Memphis Slim & His House Rockers – Four Years of Torment
25. Dizzy Dixon with Al Smith’s Combo – Soup Line
Back to Korea Blues’ collects together more blues & R&B songs that this time mainly reflects the disenchantment that African Americans felt as their contributions to the Second World War effort were not always recognised.
Includes songs by such luminaries as, John Lee Hooker, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Rogers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and more.
Songs like Sunnyland Slim’s ‘Back To Korea Blues’ and John Lee Hooker’s ‘Build Myself A Cave’ combine bitterness with jingoism.
Fans of this set will also be interested in ‘Win The War Blues’ (JASMCD3147) which covers the blues & R&B artists involvement in the Second World War. Fully detailed liner notes.