East of Underground, Hell Below box set

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East of Underground

The 1970s during the height of the Vietnam War continue to be a time of deep-seeded musical significance. The music written in protest, the music written in fear, and the music written in social unrest continues to fascinate our memories and our understanding of that era. Now-Again has dug up a special collection of recordings done by soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany.

The East Of Underground box set comprises music recorded by East Of Underground, SOAP, The Sound Trek and The Black Seeds, four funk and soul bands that competed in the US Army’s First and Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services Entertainment Showband Contests. It's difficult to imagine the US Army allowing band to form in the barracks, but even greater of a stretch to think that once the band formed they would be permitted to record covers of politically charged records like Curtis Mayfield's “Hell Below” or “People Get Ready”.

East Of Underground, “Hell Below”

East Of Underground is out now on Now-Again.