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Various – Hell Below

Hell Below is a set of three complete albums from the winners of the US Army’s 1st and 2nd Annual Original Magnificent Special Services Entertainment Showband Contests in the 1970s: East of Underground, SOAP The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek.

These bands were comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany during the height of the Vietnam War. Little is known about the players other than what can be pieced together from a handful of photos and documents found at the NY Public Library, and the vague recollections of some of those involved. Now-Again Records has worked diligently with the US Army and researchers the country over to present this collection.

The CD and LP box sets are presented as an exact reproduction of the original United States Army issue, each with booklets featuring essays, annotation and a collection of Army ephemera from the creation of these albums. Also included is a full-color, exact reproduction of East of Underground’s 1971 tour poster.

3 CD SET: 32 tracks, “tip-on” sleeves, 20p book, poster.

3 LP BOX SET: 32 tracks, “tip-on” sleeves, 28p book,poster.

DIGITAL: East of Underground and The Black Seeds, 21 tracks total. SOAP album only available on CD/LP.

LPs sold individually here: East Of Underground/SOAP

01. Higher
East of Underground
4:24
02. Smiling Faces
East of Underground
6:24
03. Hell Below
East of Underground
5:56
04. People Get Ready
East of Underground
4:21
05. Getting Over
East of Underground
2:21
06. Bet’ya Never Lose My Love / California Dreamer
East of Underground
3:52
07. Popcorn / Santana
East of Underground
5:46
08. I Love You
East of Underground
3:08
08. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
SOAP
1:74
09. Java Girl
East of Underground
2:06
10. Walk on By
East of Underground
2:49
11. I Just Want To Celebrate
SOAP
3:07
11. I Love Everything About You
The Sound Trek
3:43
12. You’ve Got a Friend
SOAP
3:47
13. Southern Man
SOAP
5:00
14. Medley: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / I Don’t Know How To Love Him
SOAP
7:31
15. Ticket To RIde
SOAP
3:50
16. I Feel the Earth Move
SOAP
3:06
17. Uncle Albert
SOAP
5:52
19. Never My Love
SOAP
4:00
20. Walk Away
SOAP
3:39
21. Get Together
SOAP
4:39
22. Go Outside In The Rain
The Black Seeds
4:59
23. Ain’t No Sunshine
The Black Seeds
5:37
24. Do Your Thing
The Black Seeds
4:36
25. Backstabbers
The Black Seeds
3:37
26. Intro – Kool And The Gang
The Sound Trek
4:55
27. Walking in the Rain
The Sound Trek
6:38
28. Backstabbers
The Sound Trek
3:50
29. Coldest Day Of My Life
The Sound Trek
4:29
30. If Loving You is Wrong
The Sound Trek
4:34
31. I Love Everything About You
The Sound Trek
3:43