Monday, October 23, 2017

Dylan Cover #298 CrossFire "Masters of War"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by CrossFire playing "Masters of War"
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Ranking as one of his most accusatory and cutting tracks Dylan condemns the whole "war machine" on this classic and vital song (the "hope that you die" line is so facking cold, it is brutal). Often misrepresented as an attack on war itself (Dylan always said he wasn't a pacifist) this track calls out the government for using war-as-business (the Cold War in Particular) and business-as-war models when lives are put on the line for meaningless reasons. As alive and burning now as it was in 1962 when he wrote it.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
A duo originally from Paris, we had not heard of CrossFire before.

Thoughts on Cover:
An effecting and haunting cover as CrossFrire mixes acoustic and electric guitars with the devastating message of the song which is sung very powerfully. After recently watching Ken Burns excellent newest release, The Vietnam War, this past weekend, a "Masters of War" cover seemed apt for this Monday and this is an excellent version.

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