Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security
Atomic Platters - Cover of the Bear Family Records box set - BCD 16065 FL

For the past two years the staff of CONELRAD has been engaged in a top secret project, a kind of "musical Manhattan Project," if you will. And not unlike the real Manhattan Project, our labor has resulted in a product that is extremely radioactive. Culturally radioactive, that is.

With this clandestine work finally concluded, we are extremely proud to formally announce that ATOMIC PLATTERS: COLD WAR MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY, a five CD/1 DVD box set capturing the best in vintage atomic music and film, will be released/detonated on August 6th!

To ensure that this collection is definitive in every sense of the word, CONELRAD has worked hand-in-hard with the prestigious Bear Family Records of Germany to produce a set that should have fans of this genre salivating. Just look at what you'll find on ATOMIC PLATTERS:

  • Over 100 Cold War tracks featuring CONELRAD favorites Slim Gaillard, Janet Greene, The Goldwaters, Bill Haley, Ann-Marget, Carl Perkins, Carl Mann and many, many more!

  • Two full-length spoken word 'scare' albums from 1961 re-issued for the first time: IF THE BOMB FALLS and THE COMPLACENT AMERICANS!

  • More than two dozen frighteningly naïve Public Service Announcements, many voiced by such celebrities as Groucho Marx, Pat Boone and Johnny Cash!

  • A DVD with nine short-subject civil defense and anti-Communist films!

  • A nearly 300 page hardbound book bursting with Cold War era photos and bizarre art with liner notes by CONELRAD co-founder Bill Geerhart!
Complete Track Listing of the Atomic Platters Set

ATOMIC PLATTERS: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security
Bear Family Records, BCD 16065 FL, EAN: 4000127160652
ISBN: 3-89916-141-6
5 CDs/1 DVD (9 Short subject motion pictures circa 1950s/1960s) with 292-page hardbound page book
Release Date: August 6, 2005


DISC 1

1. CONELRAD Radio Alert 'Real Thing' (WBEN AM, Buffalo, NY)
RECORDED 1953 | PUBLISHED 2005

2. Slim Gaillard Quartette: Atomic Cocktail
(Slim Gaillard) Atomic 215
RECORDED 1945 | PUBLISHED 1946

3. Fay Simmons: You Hit Me Baby Like An Atomic Bomb
unissued (recorded 1954) Flyright Fly CD 37 'Talk To Me Daddy'
PUBLISHED 1991

4. The Kavaliers: Get That Communist, Joe
(Bernard Weinman-Richard Dorney) Republic 7091
PUBLISHED 1954

5. The Buchanan Brothers: Atomic Power
(Fred Kirby) RCA Victor 20-1850
PUBLISHED 1946

6. Groucho Marx: Civil Defense Spot: Excellent Chances
PUBLISHED 1953

7. Amos Milburn: Atomic Baby
(F. Hayward and M. Tucker) Aladdin unissued Capitol CDP 7243
RECORDED 1950 | PUBLISHED 1996

8. Doris Day: Tic, Tic, Tic
(Music by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Ralph Blaine) unissued Rhino R2 75543
RECORDED 1949 | PUBLISHED 1998

9. The Five Stars: Atom Bomb Baby
(I.F. Young) Kernel 002 / Dot 15 579
PUBLISHED 1957

10. Carson Robison: I'm No Communist
(Scotty Wiseman) MGM K 11 293
PUBLISHED 1952

11. Civil Defense Spot: How Much Time Do We Have (Keep Working)
PUBLISHED 1951

12. The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda: Atomic Nightmare
(Archie Talbot) ABC 9952; ABC LP 156 'Calypsos'
PUBLISHED 1957

13. Skip Stanley: Satellite Baby
(Skip Stanley) Spotlight 399
PUBLISHED 1956

14. Wanda Jackson: Fujiyama Mama
(Earl Burrows) Capitol F 3843
PUBLISHED 1957

15. Bill Haley and His Comets: Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)
(Dickie Thompson) Decca 9-29124
PUBLISHED 1954

16. Bob Hope: Civil Defense Spot: Pattern of Survival
PUBLISHED 1953

17. Hank Williams: No, No Joe
(Fred Rose) MGM 10 806
PUBLISHED 1950

18. Hawkshaw Hawkins: When They Found The Atomic Power
(Hawkins-Big Slim) King 611
PUBLISHED 1947

19. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup: I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole
(Arthur Crudup) RCA Victor 22/50-0141
PUBLISHED 1951

20. Josephine Premice: Leave De Atom Alone
(Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg)
RCA Victor LOC 1103 'Jamaica'

PUBLISHED 1958

21. Dennis James (Announcer); Leo Hoegh (Civil Defense Director): Civil Defense Spot: $212 Fallout Shelter
PUBLISHED 1959

22. Billy Chambers: Fallout Shelter
(Bobby Braddock) DJ Records 2974
PUBLISHED 1962

23. Sheldon Allman: Radioactive Mama
(Sheldon Allman) Hi Fidelity Records R 415 'Folk Songs for the 21st Century'
PUBLISHED 1960

24. Teresa Brewer: Satellite
(Ted Pandel-Bruce Haack) Coral 9-62 057
PUBLISHED 1958

25. Walker Edmiston as Barky: I Dreamt I Saw Khrushchev (In A Pink Cadillac)
(Mel Leven) Touche 6000
PUBLISHED 1962

26. Art Linkletter: Civil Defense Spot: Don't Use the Phone!
PUBLISHED 1953

27. Al Rex: Hydrogen Bomb
(A. Rex) Arcade unissued Roller Coaster Records-ROLL 2001 ''Rockaphilly! Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll'
PUBLISHED 1979 | RECORDED 1959

28. Jackie Doll and his Pickled Peppers: When They Drop The Atomic Bomb
(Howard) Mercury 6322
PUBLISHED 1951

29. Sir Lancelot: Atomic Energy
(Ray Glazer-Sir Lancelot) Charter 102
PUBLISHED 1947

30. Homer Harris (with Muddy Waters): Atomic Bomb Blues
(Homer Harris) Columbia unissued (recorded 1946) CK 46217
PUBLISHED 1990

31. Eddie Hill: I Changed My Mind
(Joan Javits-C. R. Grean) RCA Victor 20/47-5641
PUBLISHED 1954

32. Lowell Blanchard and the Valley Trio: Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb
(L. McCollum) Mercury 6260
PUBLISHED 1950

33. Floyd Tillman: This Cold War With You
(Tillman) Columbia 20 615-4
PUBLISHED 1949

34. Civil Defense Spot: Take The Step (Grandma's Pantry)
PUBLISHED 1953


DISC 2

1. Civil Defense Spot: CONELRAD 'Test Announcement'
PUBLISHED 1956

2. Dick 'Two Ton' Baker: Bert The Turtle (The Duck And Cover Song)
(Leon Carr-Leo Corday-Leo Langlois) Coral 9-69025
PUBLISHED 1953

3. Sheldon Allman: Crawl Out Through The Fallout
(Allman) Hi-Fidelity Records R-415 'Folk Songs For The 21st Century'
PUBLISHED 1960

4. Karl & Harty: When The Atom Bomb Fell
(Davis-Taylor) Columbia 36 982-4
PUBLISHED 1946

5. Jim Eanes: They Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain
(B. Crandall-E. Ellis) Decca 9-46 403
PUBLISHED 1952

6. Sammy Salvo: A Mushroom Cloud
(Boudleaux Bryant) Hickory 45-1138
PUBLISHED 1961

7. Tony Bennett: Civil Defense Spot: Nuclear Attack
PUBLISHED 1959

8. H-Bomb Ferguson: Rock H-Bomb Rock
(Ferguson) Atlas 1001
PUBLISHED 1952

9. Roosevelt Sykes: Sputnik Baby
(Pickard-Buckalew) House Of Sound 1006
PUBLISHED 1957

10. Sonny Russell: Fifty Megatons
(E. Russell) Band Box 332
PUBLISHED 1963

11. Linda Hayes with the Red Callender Sextette: Atomic Baby
(F. Hayward and M. Tucker) Hollywood 407
PUBLISHED 1953

12. Civil Defense Spot: Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow
PUBLISHED 1953

13. Ray Anderson: Stalin Kicked The Bucket
(Anderson) Kentucky 573
PUBLISHED 1953

14. Warren Smith: Uranium Rock
(Al Hopson) Sun unissued (recorded 1958)
Bear Family BCD 15514 'Classic Recordings'

PUBLISHED 1972

15. The Louvin Brothers: Great Atomic Power
(Ira Louvin-Charles Louvin-Buddy Bain) MGM 11 277
PUBLISHED 1952

16. Fred MacMurray: Civil Defense Spot: Family Fallout Shelter Booklet
PUBLISHED 1959

17. Tommy James: The Commies Are Coming
Tornado 149
PUBLISHED 1969

18. Tom Lehrer: We'll All Go Together When We Go
(Tom Lehrer) Lehrer Records TL 202S LP 'An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer'
PUBLISHED 1959

19. The Cuff Links: Guided Missiles
(A. Gaitwood) Dootone 409
PUBLISHED 1956

20. Ray Anderson and the Homefolks: Sputniks And Mutniks
(Anderson) Starday 342
PUBLISHED 1958

21. Civil Defense Spot: CONELRAD, Sounds Pretty Complicated
PUBLISHED 1953

22. The Goldwaters: Down In Havana
Greenleaf M101-63A 'The Goldwaters Sing Folk Songs To Bug The Liberals'
PUBLISHED 1964

23. Marty Robbins: Ain't I Right
(Marty Robbins) Columbia 4-43651; Bear Family BCD 15655
PUBLISHED 1966

24. The Commodores: Uranium
(Artie Glenn) Dot 15 372
PUBLISHED 1955

25. Civil Defense Spot: Take the Step (Four Wheels To Survival)
PUBLISHED 1953

26. Jack Holden & Frances Kay: The Fiery Bear
(Shorty Thompson-Jim Lowe) RCA Victor 21/48-0386
PUBLISHED 1950

27. The Crown City Four: Watch World War Three (On Pay TV)
(Dick Sherman-Milt Larsen) Pip 1901 'Sing A Song Of Sickness'
PUBLISHED 1960

28. Al Rogers and his Rocky Mountain Boys: The Hydrogen Bomb
(Street Sawyer-Angus MacDonald) X 4X-0029
PUBLISHED 1954

29. Elton Britt: The Red We Want Is The Red We Got
(Jimmy Kennedy-Bickley Reichner) RCA Victor 21-0381
PUBLISHED 1950

30. Pat Boone: Civil Defense: Warning Signals
PUBLISHED 1959

31. Mike Fern, Mike (aka Mike Fernandez): A Bomb Bop
(Fernandez-Kramer) Demo 4
PUBLISHED 1959

32. Carl Mann: Satellite No. 2
(Carl Mann) Jaxon unissued (recorded 1958)
Stomper Time STCD 5 'Carl Mann, Gonna Rock 'n' Roll Tonight' PUBLISHED 1994

33. Mike & Bernie Winters: Fallout Shelter
(P. Scott-Peters) Oriole 1718
PUBLISHED 1961

34. Hank King with Bud Williams and his Smiling Buddies: Your Atom Bomb Heart
(Howard Vokes-Hank King; Arranged by Chaw Mank) Blue Ribbon 1925
PUBLISHED 1955

35. Civil Defense Spot: In Time Of Emergency (Not Contagious)
PUBLISHED 1968


DISC 3

1. Civil Defense Spot: How Much Time Do We Have (Disaster on a Big Scale)
PUBLISHED 1951

2. Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts: Love That Bomb (Suggested by Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove)
(Carter-DeWitt) Colpix CP-723
PUBLISHED 1964

3. Glenn Barber: Atom Bomb
unissued (recorded 1955) Ace CHD 191
PUBLISHED 1992

4. Elton Britt: Uranium Fever
(Penny Britt) RCA Victor 20-6325
PUBLISHED 1955

5. Spencer and Spencer: Russian Bandstand
(Spencer-Spencer) Argo 5331
PUBLISHED 1959

6. Boris Karloff: Civil Defense Spot: Protect Your Home
PUBLISHED 1959

7. Swan's Silvertone Singers: Jesus Is God's Atomic Bomb
(Purcel Perkins) King 4391
PUBLISHED 1950

8. The Pilgrim Travelers: Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb
(Lee V. McCollum) Specialty 800
PUBLISHED 1951

9. Sam Hinton: Old Man Atom
(Vern Partlow-Irving Bibo) ABC Eagle 230 Columbia 38 929
PUBLISHED 1950

10. The Sons Of The Pioneers: Old Man Atom
(Vern Partlow-Irving Bibo) RCA Victor 21/48-0368
PUBLISHED 1950

11. Roy Acuff: Advice To Joe
(Acuff-Nunn) Columbia 20 858-4
PUBLISHED 1951

12. Civil Defense Spot: In Time of Emergency
(Take Notice of Fallout Shelter Signs)
PUBLISHED 1968

13. Dore Alpert: Fallout Shelter
(Frank D'Amico-Herb Alpert) Carnival Records CAR-1002
PUBLISHED 1962

14. Fred Kirby: When That Hell Bomb Falls
(Fred Kirby) Columbia 20 740-4
PUBLISHED 1950

15. Hal Block with the Tony Borrello Orchestra: The Senator McCarthy Blues
(Hal Block) Jubilee 5149
PUBLISHED 1954

16. Ann-Margret: Thirteen Men
(Dickie Thompson) RCA Victor LSP 2551 'The Vivacious One'
PUBLISHED 1962

17. Mitzi Gaynor: Civil Defense Spot: 640-1240
PUBLISHED 1959

18. The Buchanan Brothers: There's A Power Greater Than Atomic
(Whitey-Hogan) RCA Victor 20-2553
PUBLISHED 1947

19. Louisiana Red: Red's Dream
(Glover-Levy-Reig; arranged and conducted by Henry Glover) Roulette 4469
PUBLISHED 1962

20. Little Caesar and the Red Callender Sextette: Atomic Love
(Jacques) Hollywood 239
PUBLISHED 1953

21. Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith and his Crackerjacks: Mr. Stalin You're Eating Too High Of (Smith-Trader) MGM 10 829
PUBLISHED 1950

22. Civil Defense Spot: Psychiatrist (Shelter Signs)
PUBLISHED 1965

23. The Spirit of Memphis Quartet: Atomic Telephone
(Smith-Glover-Mann) King 4521
PUBLISHED 1952

24. The Goons (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan): A Russian Love Song
(Milligan-Stephens) Decca (British) F 10 945
PUBLISHED 1957

25. Red McCoy with the Sons of the Soil: Rock And Roll Atom
[Wayne Busbice (Red McCoy)] Mount Vernon LP 157
PUBLISHED 1959

26. Red River Dave (Dave McEnery): Ballad Of Francis Powers (There's a Star Spangled B (McEnery-Roberts-Darnell) Savoy 3020
PUBLISHED 1960

27. Howard Duff: Civil Defense Spot: Remember, 640-1240
PUBLISHED 1959

28. Mike Russo: Agnes (The Teenage Russian Spy)
(Composer Unknown) Big Top LP 1305 'Mad 'Twists' Rock 'N' Roll'
PUBLISHED 1963

29. Bo Diddley: Mr. Khruschev
(E. McDaniel) Checker LP 2984 'Bo Diddley'
PUBLISHED 1962

30. Toni Fisher, and the Wayne Shanklin Orchestra: West Of The Wall
(Wayne Shanklin) Big Top 3097
PUBLISHED 1962

31. Chris Cerf: (My) Fallout Filly (With The Atomic Kiss)
(C. B. Cerf-L.M. Chazen) Vanitas V-4401 LP 'The Harvard Tabernacle Choir Sings At Leningrad Stadium'
PUBLISHED 1961

32. Jay Chevalier: Khrushchev And The Devil
(Jay Chevalier-Dee Marais) Cotton Town Jubilee 102
PUBLISHED 1962

33. Dexter Logan and Darrell Edwards: The Song Of The Atom Bomb
(S.C McElhannon-M.A. Mayes) Sacred J 372
PUBLISHED 1952

34. Sammy Cahn & Paul Weston: Civil Defense March (Heads Up America)
(Sammy Cahn-Paul Weston)
PUBLISHED 1957

35. Civil Defense Spot: In Time of Emergency (Brilliant Nuclear Flash)
PUBLISHED 1968


DISC 4

1. Civil Defense Spot: How Much Time Do We Have (Fortress Main Street)
PUBLISHED 1951

2. Billy Hughes and his Rhythm Buckeroos: Atomic Sermon
(Billy Hughes) Space 1002
PUBLISHED 1953

3. Buddy Hawk and his Buddies: Death Of Joe Stalin (Good Riddance)
(Ernest Hawk) Atlantic 7074
PUBLISHED 1953

4. Golden Gate Quartet: Atom and Evil
(Zaret-Singer) Columbia 37 236-4
PUBLISHED 1947

5.Tommy Duncan: Relax And Take It Easy
(Whitey Simpson) Intro 6037
PUBLISHED 1951

6. Connie Francis: Civil Defense Spot: Be Prepared Today, for Survival Tomorrow
PUBLISHED 1959

7. Rudy Gaddis: Uranium Fever
(R. Gaddis-J. Gaddis) Starday 217
PUBLISHED 1955

8. Dude Martin's Round-Up Gang: Atom Bomb Baby
(Anne Jones) RCA Victor 20-2985
PUBLISHED 1948

9. Janet Greene: Poor Left-Winger
(Janet Greene) Chantico LP 'What is Communism?'
Janet Greene Sings Nature Of Communism Series UB 2160

PUBLISHED 1966

10. Jimmie Driftwood: The Bear Flew Over The Ocean
(Jimmie Driftwood) RCA Victor 47-7603
PUBLISHED 1959

11. Civil Defense Spot: In Time Of Emergency (Basic Supplies)
PUBLISHED 1968

12. Dexter Gordon: Bikini
(Gordon) Dial 1022 / D-1087
PUBLISHED 1947

13. Red River Dave (Dave McEnery): Trial Of Francis Powers
(Dave McEnery) Savoy 3023
PUBLISHED 1960

14. Don Meehan: An Open Letter To Khrushchev
(Don Meehan) Joy 246
PUBLISHED 1961

15. The Jewels: B. Bomb Baby
(Johnny Torrence) RPM 474
PUBLISHED 1956

16. Bradley Kincaid: Brush The Dust From That Old Bible
(Bradley Kincaid) Capitol 1276
PUBLISHED 1950

17. Joni James: Civil Defense Spot: Every Living Thing
PUBLISHED 1959

18. Al Barkle with the Tri-Tones: Sputnik II
(Les Kangas) Vita-45-173
PUBLISHED 1957

19. The Buchanan Brothers: When You See Those Flying Saucers
(Cy Coben-Charlie Green) RCA Victor 20-2385
PUBLISHED 1947

20. Loy Clingman: Uranium Blues
(Loy Clingman) Viv 2001
PUBLISHED 1955

21. The Louvin Brothers: Weapon Of Prayer
(Charles & Ira Louvin) MGM 10 988
PUBLISHED 1951

22. Announcer: Don Pardo: Civil Defense Spot: Message from Mars (CONELRAD Jingle)
PUBLISHED 1953

23. George McKelvey: My Radiation Baby (My Teenage Fallout Queen)
(McKelvey) Scopitone (American Gramophone GR-5)
PUBLISHED 1964

24. Unidentified: H-Bomb
Collector Records 4446 'Rockin' Acetates'
PUBLISHED 1998

25. The Charades: Hammers And Sickles
(H. Jackson Brown, Jr.) Monument 921
PUBLISHED 1966

26. Jerry Engler and the Four Ekkos: Sputnik (Satellite Girl)
(Jerry Engler) Brunswick 9-55037
PUBLISHED 1957

27. Johnny Cash: Civil Defense Spot: Help Ourselves
PUBLISHED 1959

28. Harold Weakley: To Russia With Care
(G. Crysler) Columbia 4-43841
PUBLISHED 1966

29. Bobby Marchan and the Clowns: Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain
(Huey Smith) Ace 557
PUBLISHED 1959

30. Prescott Reed: Russia, Russia (Lay That Missile Down)
(Tom Glazer) Brunswick 9-55104
PUBLISHED 1958

31. Carl Perkins: Tennessee
(Carl Perkins) Sun 235
PUBLISHED 1956

32. Ferlin 'Terry Preston' Husky: Let's Keep The Communists Out
(Preston) 4 Star 1518
PUBLISHED 1950

33. Don Windle: The Iron Curtain Has Parted
(Jimmy Rule) Republic 7045
PUBLISHED 1953

34. Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter: Stars For Defense Outro
PUBLISHED 1959


DISC 5 Spoken Word

IF THE BOMB FALLS
(Tops L 1728)
PUBLISHED 1961

THE COMPLACENT AMERICANS
("A Cee Dee Original" Cee Dee Record Company)
PUBLISHED 1961


DISC 6 DVD

TARGET YOU! Cold War Educational Films from the Golden Age of Homeland Security

WHAT IS COMMUNISM? [ 1963 ]
Presented by The National Education Program, Searcy, Arkansas
A Jerry Fairbanks Production
Speaker: Herbert A. Philbrick
Introductory Narration: Paul Frees (uncredited):

DUCK AND COVER [ 1951 ]
Produced by Archer Productions, Inc. for the Federal Civil Defense Administration in consultation with the Safety Commission of the National Education Administration
Director: Anthony Rizzo
Cameraman: Drummond Drury
Screenwriter: Ray J. Mauer
Art Director: Lars E. Calonius
Executive Producer: Leo M. Langlois
Music Arrangement: Dave Lambert
Narrator: Robert Middleton (uncredited)
Voice of Bert the Turtle: Carl Ritchie (uncredited)

OUR CITIES MUST FIGHT [ 1951 ]
Produced by Archer Productions, Inc. for the Federal Civil Defense Administration Director: Anthony Rizzo
Screenwriter: Ray J. Mauer
Executive Producer: Leo M. Langlois

WARNING RED [ 1956 ]
Produced by Norwood Studios in cooperation with the Federal Civil Defense Administration
Director: Nicholas Webster
Screenwriter: Kirby Hawkes
Producer: Phillip Martin
Cast: Joseph Cunningham, Melvin Scheldt, Mary Reading Miller

BOMBPROOF [ 1956 ]
Presented by the Burroughs Corporation
A Robert J. Enders Production
Produced in cooperation with the Federal Civil Defense Administration
Producer and Director: Robert L. Friend
Screenwriter: Will H. Connelly
Starring: Walter Abel

TARGET YOU [ ca. 1953 ]
The Federal Civil Defense Administration
A Philip Ragan Production

INFORMATION PROGRAM WITHIN PUBLIC SHELTERS [ 1963 ]
Presented by The Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense

OCCUPYING A PUBLIC SHELTER [ 1965 ]
Presented by The United States Army and the Office of Civil Defense

TOWN OF THE TIMES [ 1963 ]
Presented by The Department of Defense
A Wilding Production
Cast:
Ralph Meeker as George McCardle
Larry Gates as William Groves
Milo Bolton as Dennis J. Allen
Robert Allen as The Mayor
Doris Renna as Mrs. Groves


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