Monday, September 7, 2020

Dylan Cover #444 Alternate Infidels "Union Sundown"

 In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Alternate Infidels playing "Union Sundown"

Thoughts on Original:
From what has become an annual tradition here and here:
Wanted to pick this one for Labor Day as it is Dylan's take on the lack of US manufacturing jobs as well as the increasing flux of capitalism in society and the death of unions.  The idea of greed taking over is nothing new, but this song seems to come from an impulsive Dylan (a lot do) and shows up on Infidel's of which Dylan has commented something along the lines of "Those songs stuck around too long".  Ideas seem to be a bit jumbled on this disk, but not on this tune, his lament at no good paying job for American workers is clear, but he isn't passing the buck.  It is all of HIS products that are foreign made, this isn't a plea for change as a younger Dylan might have done; it is a simple statement of fact...and a sad one at that.  Having grown up in a extremely pro-Labor house hold I just wanted to point this tune out and the fact that Dylan wrote it almost 30 years ago, and things have only gotten worse... Happy Labor Day....

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I am not sure who Alternate Infidels are, but they cover the only Dylan songs that matter...this one was performed in Detroit City, with the help of the Mexico Band Los Gringos. Guitars : Dave Bass and Drums arrangements : Rémi Drums : Gavin & El Chupo TRULY Made in the U.S.A.

Thoughts on Cover:
It is a heavy take on the tune with a splash of metallic guitars and revved up backing that works well on this song.  

Enjoy your Labor Day!

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