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East Of Underground - Hell Below - 3CD/3LP boxset out on Now-Again Records



East Of Underground Hell Below
East Of Underground - Hell Below
(3CD/3LP boxsets/Digital) Now-Again Records NA5083LP, 2011-11-07

Now-Again Records is proud to present Hell Below, three complete albums from the winners of the US Army's First and Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services Entertainment Showband Contests, consisting of nearly two hours of heavy funk and soul music from the United States Army soldiers enlisted in the 70's. The 3-CD "mini-LP" box set contains exact album reissues, 32 tracks total, housed in thick cardboard, gatefold "tip-on" sleeves; 20-page full color booklet and an exact reproduction of 's 1971 tour poster. The 3-LP BOX SET contains exact album reissues, 32 tracks total, housed in thick-cardboard, gatefold "tip-on" sleeves; 28-page, full color booklet and an exact reproduction of East of Underground's 1971 tour poster. DIGITAL gathers East of Underground and The Black Seeds, 21 tracks total. SOAP album only available on CD/LP boxsets.

East Of Underground Hell Below
East Of Underground - Hell Below
(3CD/3LP boxsets/Digital) Now-Again Records NA5083LP, 2011-11-07

Tracklisting CD1/LP1 - East of Underground :
01. Higher
02. Smiling Faces
03. Hell Below | Download MP3
04. People Get Ready See All 2
05. Gettin' Over See All 2
06. Bet'ya Never Lose My Love/California Dreamer
07. Popcorn/Santana
08. I Love You
09. Java Girl
10. Walk On By See All 2

SOAP

Tracklisting CD2/LP2 - SOAP :
01. I Just Want To Celebrate
02. You've Got A Friend
03. Southern Man
04. Medley: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / I Don't Know How To Love Him
05. Ticket to Ride
06. I Feel the Earth Move
07. Uncle Albert
08. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
09. Never My Love
10. Walk Away
11. Get Together

The Black Seeds The Sound Trek

Tracklisting CD3/LP3 - The Black Seeds / The Sound Trek :
01. Go Outside in the Rain
02. Ain't No Sunshine
03. Black Magic Woman
04. Do Your Thing
05. Backstabbers
06. Intro (Kool And The Gang)
07. Walking In The Rain
08. Backstabbers
09. Coldest Day of My Life
10. If Loving You Is Wrong
11. I Love Everything About You

This compilation produced by Eothen "Egon" Alapatt and David Hollander.
Original East of Underground and SOAP sessions produced by Ted Spencer.
Original The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek sessions produced by Larry Rowe.
Art direction by Errol Richardson.
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley.
Liner notes by David Hollander and Sam Lipsyte.
Project coordination by Henoch Moore.

Links :
Buy: East of Underground: Hell Below
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Press Release :
Now-Again Records reissue: Soul, funk and rock recorded by US Army servicemen during the height of the Vietnam War and released as recruitment tools by the US Army.

Now-Again Records is proud to present Hell Below: faithful reissues of the three albums released by the winners of the US Army's First and Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services Entertainment Showband Contests of 1971 & 1972. United States Army soldiers made this music during the politically turbulent early ‘70s, towards the end of the Vietnam War. Packaged as LP and CD box sets, Hell Below presents nearly two hours of heavy funk and soul music played by United States Army soldiers enlisted during the politically turbulent early 1970s.

East of Underground, SOAP The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek were bands comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany during the height of the Vietnam War. While little is known about the bands, the players, and the milieu they came from - other than what can be pieced together from a handful of photos and documents found in a box in the New York Public Library, and the vague recollections of some of those involved - we at Now-Again Records have worked diligently with the United States Army and researchers the country over to present this important document, and some damn good music to boot. Only one former band member came forward during the assembly of this anthology, which begged the question: where did these talented players land after their winning performances in Army-sponsored Battle Of The Bands contests afforded them (musical) tours across European military bases?

Perhaps some are still around somewhere: perhaps some are still involved in music; perhaps some were killed in action; perhaps some passed on after returning to the States. Now-Again have assembled vestiges - a show band contest entry form, a list of names, a couple of photographs, a playlist - to embellish this sonic time capsule that functions as a snapshot of American culture during a highly politically-charged era. Each of the two double-billed albums contained in this box set is presented as an exact reproduction of the original United States Army issue. The extensive, full-color booklet features essays, annotation and a collection of Army ephemera from the creation of these albums. Also included is a full-color, exact reproduction of East Of Underground's 1971 tour poster.
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