IN SOUND & MUSIC!
Here is Germany as the American servicemen hears it and lives
Here is the brassy beer hall music, the crashing "Prost!"
of 1000 voices from Munich's Hofbrauhaus, the ever-changing sounds
of modern Germany and the never-changing sounds of its bells,
beer halls, cuckoo clocks and cobblestone-clattering honey
Here is the Germany that GI's write home about. Land of Heninger,
Hofbrau, and a thousand other beers; homeland of Gemeutlichkeit,
lederhosen and schnitzel a la holstein; and slangland of "mox
nix!", "clicks", and "You bedder belief it,
And we haven't let it go at just the sounds.
Pages of text inside round up any stray memories which may
have eluded our microphones. Hilariously illustrated by cartoonist
Dennis Renault (USAREUR, 1956-57), it's done in the prose form
every EUCOM GI understands .... the letter home. Letters to the
Folks, the Local Board, the faithless sender of that "Dear
John" letter, and all the rest.
So, place this record on a player, settle back with the text,
and listen. You'll have the best seat in the beer hall and the
noisiest foxhole in Grafenwoehr. You'll be back again in the
bahnhof, entangled again in the madness of the autobahn, in Munich
for Oktoberfest, and back in the kaserne in time for the alert
bell to jar some more memories awake.
You'll relive the moment your neighbor's radio a foot locker
away blared out the familiar, twangy introduction to AFN's Hillbilly
Reveille, but you'll hear the music of Germany, too. Favorite
beerhall music and songs recorded in walloping stereo in live
performance, played by some of Germany's best (and certainly
beeriest) Bavarian bands, and with hundreds of Germans -- and
maybe you -- singing along.
For that's what the makers of this record were after. Not
the antiseptic sounds and music of a Germany manufactured in
a sound studio, but the real Germany you knew, recorded on-the-spot.
The search for those sounds led through Germany's biggest
cities and smallest villages, through its most famed beer halls
and most rugged maneuver areas, and through seven weeks of recording
and over 15 miles of recording tape.
This album represents, too, a first hand acquaintanceship
with the subject matter. Producer-editor George Casey served
with the Army in Germany in 1955 and '56, narrator John Hart
in 1956 and '57, cartoonist Renault in 1956 and '57, chief recorder
(an ex-Airman) Jerry Vogler in 1957 and '58, and editorial advisor
Bill Churchill in 1955 and '56.
Here then, in sound, text, and cartoon are the highlights
of your tour from the troopship arrival in Bremerhaven to the
plane departure for home.
May this album help explain things to the folks back home.
May it insure your memories of Germany against the wear and
breakage of the years of readjustment to civilian or Stateside
life. But, most importantly, may it return you to your own personal
Germany whenever you like.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
SIDE ONE INTRODUCTION
BREMERHAVEN SEQUENCE: troopship arrival, dockside sounds, welcoming
Army band, troopship PA, debarking, train departure.
SOUND SECTION: church bells, cuckoo clock, music box, police
car alarm, German toilet, brewery, beer pouring.
BEER HALL MUSIC SEQUENCE: Ein Heller und ein Batzen, Lili
Marlene, Instrumental, Westerwald-Lied, Erika, Schwarzhrawn
ist die Haselnuss, Wenn die Soldaten durch die Stadt Marchieren,
DOS Schle-sier-Lied, Ein Kleines Edelweiss, Lore, Die Voegelein
im Walde, Ein Prosit der Gemeutlichkeit.
LANGUAGE SECTION: Introduction, GI-German slang, European
radio excerpts, AFN radio excerpts.
BAVARIAN MUSIC EXCERPTS: Hobhackerbaum March, zither,
Schuplattler dance, Glockenspielers, yodeler, Bavarian band (Guten
Abend, Gute Nacht).
SIDE TWO INTRODUCTION
MILITARY SECTION: Army readiness alert (alarm, assembly, tank
intercom, armor rolls through German village), Air Force scramble
(scramble bell, warm up F-105 with intercom clearance, take offs),
training sounds (Grafenwohr siren, tank firing, missile launch,
infantry company in attack), marching West German soldiers sing
INSIDE MUNICH'S HOFBRAUHAUS: In Muen-chen Steht ein Hofbrauhaus,
Ein Prosit der Gemeutlichkeit.
TRANSPORTATION SEQUENCE: air terminal PA, Strassenbahn, inside
the Bahnhof, Autobahn sounds.
MUSS I DENN (Sung by Men's Chorus of Pegnitz, Germany)
DU KANNST NICHT TREU SEIN
DEPARTURE SEQUENCE: processing out, jet warm up and take-off,
7th Army Symphonic Band plays Auf Wiederseh'n.
Recorded on-the-spot with the cooperation of:
THE U.S. ARMY,
U.S. AIR FORCE,
AND GERMAN PEOPLE IN:
BERLIN-HOHENFELS RHINE-MAIN A.F.B.
WILDFLECKEN ETC., ETC.
Narrated by JOHN HART
Edited and produced by GEORGE CASEY
Illustrated by DENNIS RENAULT
Editorial assistance by BILL CHURCHILL
Sound direction by JERRY VOGLER