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From '' Strange Frontier ''
Label: Capitol Records – SJ-12357
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A1 Man On Fire
A2 I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion)
Written-By – David Richards
A3 It's An Illusion
Bass Guitar – John Deacon
Written-By, Guitar – Rick Parfitt
A4 Racing In The Street
Written-By – Bruce Springsteen
A5 Masters Of War
Written-By – Bob Dylan
B1 Strange Frontier
B2 Beautiful Dreams
Written-By – David Richards
B4 Killing Time
B5 Young Love
Engineer – David Richards, Mack
Producer – Mack
Producer, Keyboards – David Richards
Producer, Vocals, Performer [All Instruments] – Roger Taylor
Written-By – Roger Taylor (tracks: A1 to A3, B1 to B5)
"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 in the spring of 1963.
The song's melody was adapted from the traditional "Nottamun Town".
Dylan's lyrics are a protest against the Cold War arms build-up of the early 1960s.
Recordings and performances
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.
During 1963, Dylan performed the song at his three major concerts, including New York's Town Hall on April 12, Brandeis University's Brandeis Folk Festival on May 10, and Carnegie Hall on October 26.
He also played it at an afternoon workshop at his first Newport Folk Festival appearance on July 27.
The Town Hall performance was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home in August 2005 and the Brandeis version on Live in Concert at Brandeis University 10/05/1963 in October 2010.
A live, electric version, recorded at London's Wembley Stadium in 1984, was included on Dylan's 1985 Real Live European tour album.
He performed the song during the 1991 Grammy Awards ceremony where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. After 1963's performances, Dylan did not play an acoustic version of "Masters of War" for 30 years, until his Hiroshima concert in Japan in 1994.
Leon Russell's 1970 version retains Dylan's lyric but is sung to the melody of "The Star Spangled Banner".
Notable recordings by other artists
1963 Judy Collins, Judy Collins #3
1964 The Staple Singers, This Little Light
1965 Pete Seeger with a spoken lyrical rendering in Japanese, Strangers and Cousins.
1965 Odetta, Odetta Sings Dylan
1965 José Feliciano, Memphis Menu
1967 Barry McGuire (single)
1968 Cher, Backstage
1970 Leon Russell, Leon Russell
1981 Valérie Lagrange Chez moi
1983 Martin Simpson, Grinning in Your Face
1984 Roger Taylor (of Queen), Strange Frontier
1984 The Flying Pickets, Lost Boys
1990 Mark Arm "The Freewheelin'...7"" (single)
1992 Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready, The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
1996 Tim O'Brien, Red On Blonde
1999 Broadside Electric, With Teeth
2000 Roland Van Campenhout & Wannes Van de Velde, De Nomaden Van De Muziek
2003 Pearl Jam, Live at Benaroya Hall*2004 D.O.A., Live Free or Die
2004 Iskra, Iskra
2004 Bob Weir with RatDog, Weir Here
2005 Bill Frisell, Further East/Further West
2007 Mountain with Ozzy Osbourne, Masters of War
2008 RPWL, The RPWL Experience
2010 Anika, Anika
2011 Arsonists Get All the Girls, Songs For The Resistance (Homefront soundtrack)
2013 Lee Abramson, album The Antarctic Wars
2013 Ed Sheeran, ONE Presents agit8, Vol.2
2013 John Wheeler, Un-American Gothic
2013 The RoJ LiGht, album Justice for Believers
2014 Barb Jungr, album Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen