When blues/rock musician Vince “Blind Albert” Gabriel of Warren found out last winter that one of his songs had been selected to appear in a 13-CD box set that pairs music with history of the war in Vietnam, he was surprised and pleased — especially when he found out the set was to be produced by Country Joe McDonald and include songs by such rock luminaries as Bob Dylan and The Doors.

“For me, this is the top of the mountain,” he said this summer, shortly before the set was released by Germany’s Bear Family Records.

Gabriel’s mountain has just grown a little higher. In the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, “Next Stop Is Vietnam” is named one of the top 10 re-issues of the year. In the article, renowned music journalist David Fricke wrote “Vietnam was a war fought with guitars as well as napalm … This is essential American history in sound — and a lesson in the art of morale.”

The 13-CD box set includes a hardcover book that has photos and biographical information of all the artists. Gabriel’s “Shellshock PTSD” is a song inspired by the struggle veterans of all wars have experienced after their service is done. It appears on the final disc, which deals with the ongoing repercussions of the war.

“It’s an honor to be part of this,” said Gabriel, who was drafted right out of high school and served as a point man and radio operator with Charlie Company, Second Battalion, 18th Regiment, First Infantry Division during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

“Next Stop Is Vietnam” is available via amazon.com, where the entire playlist can be seen and sampled. Gabriel’s song is the fifth track on Disc 13.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.