Propaganda Swing: The Music Of
Charlie And His Orchestra Volume 1
The Swing Era's most improbable jazz band, "Charlie and his Orchestra" (Karl Schwedler) was the brainchild of none other than Joseph Goebbels and his Propaganda Ministry.
Nazi opposition to "degenerate" jazz was a well-advertised fact, yet Goebbels recognized its propaganda value in reaching foreign audiences, and during the war years "Charlie and his Orchestra" provided German foreign broadcasting large doses of musical sizzle and hipster allure. Featuring many of Europe's finest jazz players, combining hit parade savvy with pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic lyrics, the band served up cover versions of the latest swing sensations, creating a body of work that (in spite of its lyrical content) attracted a substantial following among English and American audiences.
The Orchestra's remarkable story has recently been told in the documentary Propaganda Swing: Dr. Goebbels' Jazz Orchestra, also available through IHF Films.
This CD, an IHF exclusive, presents the Orchestra's "hits" in chronological order for the first time...
Tracks include: I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, 2:46; The King's Horses, 2:58; St. Louis Blues, 3:08; Slumming On Park Avenue, 2:45; I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again, 2:37; Dinah, 2:55; Daisy, 2:28; Goody Goody, 2:42; Who'll Buy My Bublitchky, 2:34; I've Got A Pocketful of Dreams, 2:54; Lili Marleen (Lale Anderson & Charlie Schwedler), 3:21; The Man With The Big Cigar, 3:01; British Soldier's Song, 1:50; Nice People, 3:07; Thanks For The Memory, 3:07; Stormy Weather, 3:21; It's A Long Way To Tipperary, 2:55; When Day Is Done, 2:55; You're Driving Me Crazy, 3:14; Hold Me, 3:23; You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming, 3:24; With A Smile And A Song, 3:16; Indian Love Call, 3:18; The Sheik Of Araby, 2:46.
CD, 72 minutes
See also Propaganda Swing: Charlie and His Orchestra: Propaganda Swing: The Music Of Charlie And His Orchestra Volume 2 (CD) and Propaganda Swing: Charlie and His Orchestra: K50 Special Savings Offer (2 CD Set), Propaganda Swing: Dr. Goebbels Jazz Orchestra (Charlie and His Orchestra) (DVD) and Propaganda Swing CD/DVD Set: K58 Special Savings Offer.
Compact Audio Disk