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A recent thread has reminded me about an excellent musical album by Al Stewart that I never tire of listening : "Past, Present and Future".

Pretty much all the songs are very good, but The "Roads to Moscow" song stands above the others:

"In the footsteps of Napoleon the shadow figures stagger through the winter"

"You'll never know, you'll never know
Which way to turn, which way to look, you'll never see us"

"Two broken Tigers on fire in the night flicker their souls to the wind"

... so many powerful lyrics ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAqP35A9Oi8


Wargamers, what are YOUR favourite songs or albums in relation to war ?

EDIT : THIS thread will be about "non-heavy metal type of music".
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
When the Cold War was hot!
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
Some good discussion here, too.
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
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Some good discussion here, too.


OK, so lets keep THAT other thread for heavy metal


(in that vein, Amon Amarth is super excellent also).

THIS thread will be about "non-heavy metal type of music".

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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
If you like 19th century era songs try albums by 97th Regimential String Band. They do a lot of American Civil War period music.
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When the Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd. Appears in the movie The Wall, but not on the album.

Edit: Lyrics herehttp://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/whenthetigersbrokef...
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
sherron wrote:
If you like 19th century era songs try albums by 97th Regimential String Band. They do a lot of American Civil War period music.

In that vein, I always enjoyed Bobby Horton's various albums of Civil War period music.
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sherron wrote:
If you like 19th century era songs try albums by 97th Regimential String Band. They do a lot of American Civil War period music.


I took a look at their website, and they look like they have a good sense of humour. My one objection - they do The Bonnie Blue Flag, and that's a song that always makes me want to punch a puppy.
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The Red Army Choir.
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"No Man's Land" by Eric Bogle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjxMQHYo3U

Excerpt:

The sun's shining down on these green fields of France;
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plow;
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

Did they beat the drum slowly,
Did they sound the pipes lowly,
Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down?
Did the bugles sing "The Last Post" in chorus?
Did the pipes play "The Flo'oers o' the Forest?"

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My personal favorite is the album War! War! War! from Country Joe McDonald.

http://www.countryjoe.com/war.htm

The entire album consists of songs about World War One. Its' based on the poetry of Robert W Service, a war correspondent and ambulance driver during "The War to End All Wars". Very moving stuff indeed.
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When the Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd. Appears in the movie The Wall, but not on the album.

Edit: Lyrics herehttp://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/whenthetigersbrokef...

It was included on some versions of The Final Cut.
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War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne.
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
Some:

Marvin Gaye- What's Happening Brother (my favorite!)
Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Iggy Pop & the Stooges - Search and Destroy
Bo Donaldson- Billy, Don't Be a Hero
Eric Burdon & The Animals- Sky Pilot
Al Stewart - Rumours Of War
Al Stewart - On The Border
Al Stewart - Old Admirals
Woody_Guthrie- Jarama Valley
Glen Campbell - Galveston
Blue Oyster Cult- Me-262
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Re: Wargamers : best songs or albums about War ?
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Some:

Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction


The Dickies (California punk band from the 80's) do a cover of Eve of Destruction at about 4 times the tempo and 10 times the volume of Barry McGuire. It *cooks*. When they sing about destruction, they sound like they mean it.

Also:
Talking Heads: Life During Wartime
The Clash: Spanish Bombs
The Pogues: Waltzing Matilda (yeah, it's a cover, but Shane just brings so much to the song)
Circle Jerks: Coup d'Etat
OMD: Enola Gay
Kate Bush: Army Dreamers

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'The night they drove old dixie down'. Amazingly authentic voice considering we are talking about a Robbie Robertson, a Canadian rockstar writing in the sixties. According to one source he used to wargame (miniatures) with Martin Scorsese, so two reasons to admire the guy.

I can never hear the song without singing along and thnking l'm 'back in the winter of '65'. Great stuff.
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Country Joe McDonald's "Feel like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" is a great one.

Aftermath of War: "Wooden Ships" by Jefferson Airplane or CSN

Galvaston by Glen Campbell
EDIT: xmfcnrx already list Galvaston blush


And like I mentioned in the other thread:
Another songwriter who is very good at capturing war and historical themes in his songs is James Keelaghan, including Japanese-American internment during WWII, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the Dunkirk sea-retreat, Tecumseh's resistance (told from Rebecca's POV), etc.

http://web.me.com/jameskeelo/Keeloweb/Main.html

His stuff is at iTunes and CDBaby,com, where you can listen to excerpts.

I recommend Rebecca's Lament, Red River Rising, Small Rebellion, Kiri's Piano, Abraham, Fires of Calais.



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Ain't Gonna Study War No More (Down by the Riverside) is one of my favorites old ones.


There is also all the war-propaganda showtune stuff written by George M Cohan, like:
The Caissons are Rolling Along
Over There
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Laughing Lennie. Another excellent choice.
 
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Barry Sadler - Ballad Of The Green Berets.
(Was also in the John Wayne movie The Green Berets)

Maybe I'm just nostalgic.
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delp1871 wrote:
When the Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd. Appears in the movie The Wall, but not on the album.

Edit: Lyrics herehttp://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/whenthetigersbrokef...

It was included on some versions of The Final Cut.


Now I've got something to check when I get home. Don't think it's on mine, but I haven't listened to that album in years.blush
 
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My favorite is Randy Edelman's Gettysburg soundtrack...followed closely by his Last of the Mohicans soundtrack (he co-wrote with Trevor Jones)...
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One side of a Joan Baez album was actually just a recording of when she was in a bomb shelter during the bombing of Hanoi.
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