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The Best Dylan Covers: The Long Ryders – Masters of War

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The Best Dylan Covers: The Long Ryders – Masters of War

Masters of War is a song by Bob Dylan, written over the winter of 1962–63 and released on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan first recorded Masters of War in January 1963 for Broadside magazine, which published the lyrics and music on the cover of its February issue. The song was also taped in the basement of Gerde’s Folk City in February and for Dylan’s music publisher, M. Witmark & Sons, in March. The Witmark version was included on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 in October 2010. The Freewheelin’ version was recorded on April 24, 1963, by Columbia Records; in addition to that album, it has also appeared on compilation albums such as Masterpieces in 1978 and Biograph in 1985.

The Long Ryders – Masters Of War:

The Long Ryders are an American alternative country and Paisley Underground band, principally active between 1983 and 1987, and who reformed in 2004 to do a reunion tour. They have only performed three times since 2004. I loved that movement in the mid 80s! They made me dive into the wonderful world of The Byrds and Gram Parsons.

I first heard their cover of Masters of War on a CD that came with Mojo in September 2005. I loved The Long Ryders version of Masters Of War instantly. They add their distinct sound and attitude to Dylan’s song, the anger and insistency is intact as well. I’m not sure of the recording date, but I’m guessing the 5×5 (unreleased EP) sessions are from around 1985 (please correct me if I’m wrong).

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Today: Bob Dylan played Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York – 30 June 1988 – 25 years ago

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A very good 88-concert and the sound on the circulating soundboard tape is incredible.

It is concert #15 of the Never Ending Tour & this tour is “labeled” the Interstate 88 Tour, part 1.

Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
30 June 1988

Wantagh, New York

Wantagh New York

Wantagh (pronounced /WAHN-taw/) is a hamlet and census-designated place (an unincorporated section of the town of Hempstead) in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, United States. The population of Wantagh was 18,871 at the time of the 2010 census.

Wantagh is known as “The Gateway to Jones Beach“.

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Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

Setlist

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  2. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  3. You’re A Big Girl Now
  4. Tangled Up In Blue
  5. Masters Of War
  6. I Shall Be Released
  7. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  8. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)
  9. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  10. Eileen Aroon (trad., arr. Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem)
    I know a valley fair,
    Eileen Aroon
    I know a cottage there
    Eileen Aroon
    Far in the valley shade I know a tender maid
    Flow’r of the hazel glade, Eileen Aroon
  11. Boots Of Spanish Leather
  12. Silvio (Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)
  13. Gates Of Eden
  14. Like A Rolling Stone
  15. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  16. All Along The Watchtower
  17. Maggie’s Farm

Jones Beach Theater

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Address 1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, New York 11793
Location Jones Beach State Park
Type Amphitheatre
Opened 1952
Renovated 1992
Expanded 1998
Former name(s) Jones Beach Marine Theater(1952-94)
Jones Beach Amphitheater (1994-2000)
Jones Beach Theater (2000-02)
Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater (2002-06)
Capacity 15,000

 

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Bob Dylan – Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York – 30 June 1988

bob dylan wantagh 1988

A very good 88-concert and the sound on the circulating soundboard tape is incredible.

It is concert #15 of the Never Ending Tour & this tour is “labeled” the Interstate 88 Tour, part 1.

#10 – Eileen Aroon

I know a valley fair,
Eileen Aroon
I know a cottage there
Eileen Aroon
Far in the valley shade I know a tender maid
Flow’r of the hazel glade, Eileen Aroon

#3 – You’re A Big Girl Now

Wantagh, New York

Wantagh New York

Wantagh (pronounced /WAHN-taw/) is a hamlet and census-designated place (an unincorporated section of the town of Hempstead) in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, United States. The population of Wantagh was 18,871 at the time of the 2010 census.

Wantagh is known as “The Gateway to Jones Beach”.

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