Depression Years / Various
This 4-CD set from Bear Family examines the Crash and its reverberations through the medium of popular song—88 songs chronicling the wild mood swings of the period, from Eddie Cantor’s Tips on the Stockmarket to Al Jolson’s Hallelujah, I’m a Bum to Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers’ duet on WPA. And, of course, the most poignant Depression anthem of all, Bing Crosby’s Brother, Can You Spare a Dime. A deluxe booklet chronicles America in its most desperate crisis!
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