Various ‎– East Of Underground (Hell Below)

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Now-Again Records ‎– NA5083
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East Of Underground
1.1 East Of Underground I Want To Take You Higher 4:24
1.2 East Of Underground Smiling Faces Sometimes 6:24
1.3 East Of Underground (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go 5:56
1.4 East Of Underground People Get Ready 4:21
1.5 East Of Underground Getting Over 2:21
1.6.1 East Of Underground I'll Bet You 3:52
1.6.2 East Of Underground California Dreamin'
1.7.1 East Of Underground Popcorn 5:46
1.7.2 East Of Underground Oye Como Va
1.8 East Of Underground I Love You For All Seasons 3:08
1.9 East Of Underground East Of Java 2:06
1.10 East Of Underground Walk On By 2:49
Soap
2.1 SOAP (10) I Just Want To Celebrate 3:07
2.2 SOAP (10) You've Got A Friend 3:47
2.3 SOAP (10) Southern Man 5:00
2.4 SOAP (10) Will The Circle Be Unbroken 7:31
2.5 SOAP (10) I Don't Know How To Love Him
2.6 SOAP (10) Ticket To Ride 3:50
2.7 SOAP (10) I Feel The Earth Move 3:06
2.8 SOAP (10) Uncle Albert 5:52
2.9 SOAP (10) Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves 2:54
2.10 SOAP (10) Never My Love 4:00
2.11 SOAP (10) Walk Away 3:39
2.12 SOAP (10) Get Together 4:39
The Black Seeds / The Sound Trek
3.1 The Black Seeds (2) Go Outside In The Rain 4:59
3.2 The Black Seeds (2) Ain’t No Sunshine 5:37
3.3 The Black Seeds (2) Black Magic Woman 4:22
3.4 The Black Seeds (2) Do Your Thing 4:36
3.5 The Black Seeds (2) Backstabbers 3:37
3.6.1 The Sound Trek Intro 4:55
3.6.2 The Sound Trek Kool And The Gang
3.7 The Sound Trek Walking In The Rain 6:38
3.8 The Sound Trek Backstabbers 3:50
3.9 The Sound Trek Coldest Day Of My Life 4:29
3.10 The Sound Trek If Loving You Is Wrong 4:34
3.11 The Sound Trek I Love Everything About You 3:43

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“mini-LP” box set contains exact album reissues, housed in thick cardboard, gatefold “tip-on” sleeves; 32-page booklet and an reproduction of East of Underground’s 1971 tour poster.

CD 1 & CD 2 : Winners of the first annual original magnificent special services entertainment showband contest (1971)
Originally issued on The United States Special Services Agency, Europe as a split double LP (CEC-LP-11). Recorded in the studios of American Forces Network, in Frankfurt, Germany.

CD 3 : Winners of the second annual original magnificent special services entertainment showband contest (1972). Originally issued on The United States Special Services Agency, Europe as a LP (CEC-LP-15). Recorded in the studios of American Forces Network, in Frankfurt, Germany.



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.

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johnkatsmc5

johnkatsmc5

April 21, 2013

Fully authorised boxed set reissue of the complete albums from 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. East of Underground, Soap, The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek were bands comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany. 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 – Now-Again Records have worked diligently with the United States Army and researchers across the USA to present this important document … and some damn good soul and funk music into the bargain. 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 pressings in thick card gatefold sleeves, which were initially issued as recruitment tools, and have all seen bootlegged action over the years. The extensive, full-colour booklet features essays, annotation and a collection of Army ephemera from the creation of the recordings. Also included is a full-colour, exact reproduction of East Of Underground’s 1971 tour poster.