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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Original Recordings
For perhaps the first time, a CD has been issued that presents music of the Nazi era in Germany as it was heard on radio programs and in theater newsreels of the day. I have owned LP records made from original recordings of this music, but many of them were of poor quality, as they mainly copied from transcription discs that were either badly decayed with age or damaged,...
Published on January 23, 2005 by S. Wenzel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Original Third Reich Nazi Recordings
It was nice to hear some of these pieces from a historical point of view; however, the quality of the recording was lacking and quite poor to be honest. It is too bad that current conditions prevented "us" from having better quality. Perhaps in the future this will not be the case and, for historical purposes, we will be able to listen to music from the past with out...
Published on February 2, 2007 by K. Albert


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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Original Recordings, January 23, 2005
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S. Wenzel "History & Music Buff" (Northridge, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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For perhaps the first time, a CD has been issued that presents music of the Nazi era in Germany as it was heard on radio programs and in theater newsreels of the day. I have owned LP records made from original recordings of this music, but many of them were of poor quality, as they mainly copied from transcription discs that were either badly decayed with age or damaged, due to poor storage and handling. However, this CD offers recordings made from superior quality original sources and an excellent job was done in the remastering process. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when recordings of this sort were being reissued on LP records, the various selections were often accompanied by over dramatic narrations by various commentators. This CD allows the listener to draw his/her own conclusions about the music. In listening to the selections presented here, one can see how skillfully the Nazi propagandists used martial and folk music to generate the feverish loyalty and nationalism one sees in the huge crowds in films of the big Nuremberg rallies. Not all the selections on this disc originated during the Nazi era. This is especially true of the "Badenweiler Marsch", which originated during the WW1 years and was extremely popular. It was a favorite of Hitler's, and was only played when he was in the immediate vicinity. This disc also contains the best original recording of "Weichsel und Warthe" I've ever heard. Yes, there are occasional volume drops in some of the selections, but they are very brief and do not interfere with the music to any great degree. Of course, you have to expect, at least, alittle deterioration in masters that are 60 to 75 years old. For the those of a historical frame of mind, who want to hear the sort of music the average man in the street was almost constantly exposed to, this CD is a must-have. WARNING: Many of the selections on this CD contain song lirics that express Nazi idiologies. If you are of a sensitive nature and find this material offensive, do not purchase this album. However, if you are a student of this period in Germany's history, this album is a necessary addition to your historical audio collection. Truly an excellecnt value.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ECHO OF THE PAST, May 31, 2005
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Marc Roland (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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It seems remarkable that the music on this c.d., once

familiar to the entire German people, was so purged from

their culture in the post-war period that the songs and

instrumentals performed during Hitler's struggle for power

seemed to have utterly vanished. Throughout the last half

of the 20th Century, collectors seeking these rare

recordings considered themselves fortunate indeed to find

a relatively undamaged copy of the Nazi Party's formerly

ubiquitous anthem, the Horst Wessel Song, or the

Fuehrer's personal favorite, the Badenweiler March.

In view of such long-term scarcity, they must feel very

fortunate to have at their disposal the twenty three

selections, all performed and recorded in the original

circumstances of the 1920s and `30s, presented on PZG's

"Stormtroop Marches". Not only does it feature the Horst

Wessel Song and Badenweiler, but far less

well-remembered numbers, such as the "Stahlhelm

Bundesmarsch" and "Franz Seldte". Both refer to the "Steel

Helmet", an organization of World War One veterans, who

allied themselves with the Nazi Party, and voluntarily

abolished their group after the National Socialist "Seizure

of Power" on 30 January 1933. These two marches are like

many of the selections, in that they originated during

Hitler's early political struggle, and reflect that period.

For example, the "SA Totenmarsch", or Stormtrooper

funeral march, accompanied the hundreds of men, women

and children who fell in street battles against their

numerous opponents. Their sacrifice echoes in "Als die

goldnen Abendsonne" ("As the golden evening sun", which

tells of the body of an SA man carried by his comrades to

the grave; "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden" (I once had a

comrade"), a popular First World War dirge performed here

by an SA Band; and "In Muenchen sind viele gefallen" ("In

Munich many have fallen"), dedicated to the sixteen

National Socialist demonstrators shot by government

forces in 1923.

These dark harmonies are contrasted by the up-beat

"Heide Marie", about a Stormtrooper's girl friend he cannot

forget, even when he's marching along the banks of the

Rhein, or "Am Adolf Hitler Platz", a plaza where Germans

can escape the depression of Weimar democracy. More

typical are "Volk ans Gewehr" ("Folk, take up arms!"), "Es

zittern die morschen Knochen" ("The rotten skulls are

decaying") and "Die Braune Kompanie" ("The Brown

Company"), which surge with iron fortitude and grim

determination.

As such, this collection accurately reflects the times in

which they were recorded. They are beyond duplication,

and cannot be identically performed today, because the

spirit that motivated them is absent from these times.

Listeners in search of the most hard-driving, militant

music, or history students anxious to know what Hitler's

rise to power really sounded like will find "Stormtrooper

Marches" a real-life echo of the past that can still stir

emotions, one way or the other.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SA to the front!, February 13, 2006
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One of the most neglected subjects in regards the Third Reich is that of the SA, better known to history as the Stormtroopers or the Brownshirts. Armed with nothing more than their fists (and the occasional chair-leg or beer mug), these fight-loving brawlers, many of whom were veterans of the trenches of WWI, eventually bested their opposite numbers in the Communist Redfront and the Social Democratic Reichsbanner and won the streets of Germany's cities for Adolf Hitler's National Socialist Party. No sooner had they paved his way to power, however, than they were ruthlessly discarded, their revolutionary ideology and stubborn independence being too much for either Hitler or the German army to stomach. How would Nazi

Germany have evolved if these truly socialist revolutionaries had their way we can only wonder, but you can tell a lot about a man by the type of music he favors, and "Stormtrooper Marches" is a fascinating listen.

The album, compiled by Michael Kelly, packs 23 tunes comprising 1 hour 6.2 minutes of music, a mixture of choral renditions and instrumentals. There are some true classics here, including the anthemic "Horst Wessel Lied", the fiercely emotional "Du braune Kompanie" & "Volk und Gewehr" (People and Arms), and the exuberantly sentimental "Am Adolf Hitler Platz", "Wir Sind Die braunen Soldaten" (We Were the Brown Soldiers) and "Der Fuehrer Ruft SA -SA Voran!" (The Leader Shouts 'SA' - 'SA' to the front!). "Here Tremble the Rotten Bones" (Es zittern die Morschen Knochen) adds a playful note, as does "Heidemarie", but the solemn, funeral side is also well represented: "In Muenchen sind viele gefallen" is painfully grim, as is the "SA Totenmarsch" and the ancient farefell to fallen comrades, "Ich hatt' ein Kamerad" (from the early 19th century). One of my personal favorites, combining a sort of hopeless sentimentality with powerful imagery, "Als die Goldner Abendsonne" is also included. Finally, fans of the foot-stomping "Panzerwagen Lied" immortalized by Robert Shaw's tank crews in "The Battle of the Bulge" will enjoy the similar and quite authentic sound of the "Es pfelt von allen Daechern-SA" (It Whistles from all the Rooftops). In all, there are 15 choral and eight instrumental songs. Fans of 1920s - 1940s movies will recognize the exuberant, trumpet-laden instrumentals as the style of the day, and not merely Germany. I swear that you could exchange "Franz Seldte" with the soundtrack of Eroll Flynn's "Robin Hood" any day of the week.

What surprised me, and may surprise other first-time listeners, is how little bellicosity and aggression exists in the songs or their lyrics. They are either gushingly sentimental, sad-but-solemn or out-and-out funny. In short, the very type of music a large group of men would prefer to sing while drinking lots and lots of beer (I dare you to listen to "Victory March of the Awakened Nation" without picturing rows of swaying half-drunken stormtroops, crammed elbow-to-elbow at a beer-hall table and pounding down Lowenbrau).

I must say that this album, while very good, is inferior in my opinion to "Das Dritte Reich 1: SA", which is also available from Michael Kelly but not, apparently, on Amazon. That is a matter of my own personal taste, since I prefer lyrical songs to instrumentals and "Das Dritte Reich", while three songs shorter, has more chorals than instrumentals (I simply refuse to use the word "polka" when describing an SA song....you say "polka" and I'm looking for John Candy with an accordion).

The SA is long extinct, and in comparison with its successor the SS, virtually forgotten. When one pictures "Brownshirts" the immediate image is of thugs bashing in a shop-owners' window -- and indeed this was no doubt often the case in the Germany of the 1920s. But "Stormtrooper Marches" presents us with the other side of the coin, the boisterous and rollicking spirit of a social revolution which drew the most extraordinary miscellany of thrill-seeking brawlers, embittered ex-soldiers, fervent nationalists, ardent communists, militant socialists and free-booting mercenaries, and set them out onto hard streets to fight for a revolution which was ultimately and cynically betrayed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German marches, June 1, 2005
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E. Fusco "Edsimagery.com" (Cocoa, Fl. United States) - See all my reviews
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A terrific album/collection. It's a shame some of the recording is flawed by the crackles and pops of the record it was taken from. Highly listenable, and I find myself humming the tunes after one listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side-stepping the censor, January 16, 2007
This review is from: Stormtrooper Marches (Audio CD)
As a Historian I have found that a great many films from the Third Reich era have had their sound tracks interfered with. This censorship involves turning the sound down whenever a song appears which the "guardians" of our thoughts don't like, Triumph of the Will is a good example. Likewise, compilations of archive footage will cut to another scene quickly to avoid the viewer hearing the song at any length. This CD has enabled me to hear the muted and truncated songs. Very useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars General Patton Would Be Proud, February 16, 2006
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Very interesting recordings. Thanks to the digital revolution, us Baby Boomers and their children can now hear the music of another era, that will never be broadcast on public radio stations. My one complaint is that, perhaps, the sound quality could have been improved by using the original source tapes, if available.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original Third Reich Nazi Recordings, February 2, 2007
This review is from: Stormtrooper Marches (Audio CD)
It was nice to hear some of these pieces from a historical point of view; however, the quality of the recording was lacking and quite poor to be honest. It is too bad that current conditions prevented "us" from having better quality. Perhaps in the future this will not be the case and, for historical purposes, we will be able to listen to music from the past with out variances in volume and "scratchiness."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling music from the dark times of 1930s Germany, February 22, 2014
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langleybcguy (Langley, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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As other reviewers have correctly stated, the SA is a long-forgotten part of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s. Some of those who were part of the SA took part in the infamous 'Beer Hall Putsch' in Munich which resulted in Hitler's jailing. These men fought in the streets with nothing more than their fists or the other occasional weapon of opportunity. The music presented here would likely never be heard again, were it not for these releases...as these recordings are likely banned in Germany which has gone to great lengths to put the darkness of the Nazi years behind it, while also acknowledging it did exist.

Some of the tracks here will be familiar to anyone who owns other recordings of these 3rd Reich recordings; most notably 'Horst Wessel Lied' or 'Die Fahne Hoch', which became the unofficial anthem of the Nazi party - this particular recording is probably one of the best of it that I've heard. 'Badenweiler Marsch', long believed to be Hitler's personal favorite, is also here. 'Volk ans Gewehr' is a rather chilling march that I've also heard played by an SS band & chorus on another CD. 'Hindenburg Marsch', I suspect, may refer to the last German President who died while Hitler was chancellor, and on his death Hitler merged the 2 offices to create the office of the 'Fuhrer'.

One of the things I've noticed with a lot of these 3rd Reich melodies is that they use a chorus in addition to a band, unlike other armies of the time which relied mostly on military bands alone. The use of a chorus tends to make a lot of these pieces more interesting; they also seem to convey the militaristic mindset of the 3rd Reich.

A fine collection of music from one of the darkest times of the 20th century. Worth adding to any history buff's collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for something strong to exercise with., December 19, 2013
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I was looking for German marching music to jog with, but found that the Sousa marches were far more invigorating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots here, good quality recordings, April 18, 2009
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This is a fine CD if you're interested in music from the era. Recordings come across as clear as I would have expected from 70+ years ago. Over 20 recordings on here, most of which I had never heard before, but still enjoyed. I recommend.
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