All the musical numbers from This Is the Army, Call Me Mister and Winged Victory will be found on the single CD, due in stores July 29. The three shows were recorded in the 1940's, and this marks the first time these recordings will be available on CD in the U.S. Irving Berlin's This Is the Army (1942) was, perhaps, the most famous army revue, and the recording features Berlin's rendition of the classic army song "Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning." Harold Rome's Call Me Mister (1946) also paid tribute to the troops, who shifted away from life in the military and tried to readjust to life as civilians in this production. Among the cast were recent Follies star Betty Garrett and On the Town's Jules Munshin; song titles included "When We Meet Again" and "The Face on the Dime." Moss Hart's Winged Victory (1943) concerned life in the Air Force and was the first army revue to include women; songs included "My Dream Book of Memories," "Whiffenpoof Song" and "The Army Air Corps."
Other vocalists heard on the recording include Paula Bane, Lawrence Winters, Bill Calahan, Stuart Churchill, Corporal James Stump Cross, Corporal Earl Oxford, Private Robert Shanley and Staff Sergeant Ezra Stone.
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