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Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B000A5HJ86
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(5-CD/1-DVD box set with hardcover book) This collects over 100 Cold War songs and over 2 dozen Public Service Announcements (voiced by Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Pat Boone, Johnny Cash and others). Artists on this set who sing about the Bomb and the Red Scare include Bill Haley and His Comets, The Louvin Brothers, Marty Robbins, Wanda Jackson, The Goldwaters, Janet Greene, Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts, and many others. This also has 2 unintentionally hilarious full-length spoken word civil defense 'scare' LPs: 'If The Bomb Falls' and 'The Complacent Americans. ' A DVD of 9 bizarre civil defense and anti-Communist short films from the '50s and '60s is also included.

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The book and DVD only make this set sweeter.
A. Doshi
Full of terrific old posters, magazine ads and government handouts as well as short vignettes placing the songs and artists within the context of the time.
Terry O'
And if that weren't enough, it has a dazzling 292 page hardbound book chock full of information about the songs and artists.
Bob

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By William D. Geerhart on June 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am the co-producer of "Atomic Platters" and I wanted to point out an error in the June 8, 2006 "review" posted by "wvmcl" entitled "Not Quite Definitive." The box set does indeed include Warren Smith's wonderful rockabilly song "Uranium Rock." It is track 14 on disc 2. The fact that the reviewer didn't notice that this song appears on the set suggests that his / her analysis of the product was slightly less than thorough. As for the other track that the reviewer implies would have made the box set "definitive" ("Twenty Tons of TNT"), he / she is correct, this track is not included. It might interest the reviewer to know that there were a number of equally great songs left off the box set. Why? Even a Bear Family release has its space limitations.

Finally, in order to post this response, Amazon forced me to rate my own box set. I hope the vast Amazon public will excuse the fact that I gave it five stars.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Aquarius Records on December 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Holy crap! This is just about the most amazing box set I've ever seen! The second I heard about it, I knew it was going to be good, but I wasn't prepared for just HOW GOOD. Not sure how many of you are familiar with Bear Family Records, but they're a German label who specialize in super elaborate, incredibly detailed and well-researched releases, especially box sets, running the gamut from the women of Sun Records to the Everly Brothers to Ernest Tubb to Perez Prado to Flatt And Scruggs and on and on. Always very expensive and often hard to get, but once you lay your eyes and ears on one of their releases you realize it was worth all the trouble and worth every penny. And never was it truer than with Atomic Platters.

This years in the works set is a five cd, DVD, hardcover book, box set collecting "Cold War Music From The Golden Age Of Homeland Security", 5 plus hours of fifties and sixties, rock and roll, R&B and soul, either warning us of the dangers of Communism and the impending atomic war, or more playfully using the A bomb and Uranium and Communism as metaphors for love and romance and partying ("You Hit Me Baby Like An Atom Bomb", "Atomic Baby", "Fujiyama Mama", "Uranium Rock", etc.). Scattered throughout are loads of civl defense spots, most appallingly naive and utterly ridiculous, there's Groucho Marx explaining that we have a good chance of surviving an atomic war, Art Linkletter warning us to not use the phone in case of an atomic attack, and lots of other misguided warnings and advice from Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Fred MacMurray, Tom Lehrer, Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Don Pardo, Johnny Cash, Boris Karloff and lots more, as well as tons of bizarre civil defense dramatizations and creepy little Leave It To Beaver style vignettes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By semper fidelis on September 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Over the past four years I have amassed a large amount of course materials for a university class on atomic culture. If this collection would have been published earlier, it would have saved me time and money. The price actually seemed high when I ordered it, but when it arrived it was obviously a bargain, in the wealth and quality of materials and information, as well as the fantastic production design. It easily trumps all previously available CDs, DVDs and VHS compilations of songs and films on the period. More importantly, it lends immense insight into the history that is still with us and has, in fact, been revivified by the Bush debacle in recent years, historically radiating fears of the phantom Weapons of Mass Destruction and yellow-cake uranium in Niger. You should also check out the recently published book, The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War by Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi. The obese, waddling globe that was Herman Kahn (no relation, thank goodness) can be summed up in one retro-necro sentence found on "If The Bomb Falls" Part 1, on CD5 in Atomic Platters: "Since we like our foods concentrated and readily available for use, we might label our nuclear weapons: instant death."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob on August 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Years ago I lost my cherished copy of the official soundtrack to the hilarious 1982 documentary The Atomic Café. This soundtrack contained most of the ludicrous "Bomb" songs featured in the film. For whatever reason Rounder Records never re-issued the soundtrack on CD and, from what I have seen, old copies of the LP fetch obscenely high prices from collectors. Needless to say, I was counting the days until I could get my hands on Bear Family's Atomic Platters. Not only does this set contain the music found on the Atomic Café soundtrack, it features over a hundred more! And if that weren't enough, it has a dazzling 292 page hardbound book chock full of information about the songs and artists. The book is also bursting with images and civil defense pamphlet art from the Cold War. The nine films on the DVD are hilarious and make this set the ultimate Cold War pop culture companion. Overall, this set is an absolute MUST for any fan of atomic music or for anyone obsessed with this strange era.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Doshi on August 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Astonishingly, atomically good!!! All cool daddies who like radioactive rock and roll and country should BUY this set pronto. Where else are you going find nearly every atomic song ever produced?! The book and DVD only make this set sweeter. Awesome!!!
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