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Behind the Lines of War
source: Hammersmith 2/15-16/91 

Side one: 
Most likely you go your way 
Lay Lady lay 
Masters of war 
The man in me 
Gotta Serve somebody 
Stuck  inside of Mobile 

Side two: 
Wiggle, wiggle 
Bob Dylan's dream 
Love - 0/no limit 
Mr. tambourine Man 
Girl of the north country 
Boots of Spanish leather 

Side three: 
Everything is broken 
Man in the long black coat 
Seeing the real you at last 
God knows 
I shall be released 
In the garden 

Side four: 
Like a rolling stone 
It ain't me, babe 
Blowin' in the wind 
Highway 61 revisited 
Maggie's farm
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A relatively obscure West German release from 1991 that leaves a little to be desired as far as European pieces go. The best thing going for this LP is the title and artwork, which need to be well thought out to even make sense. I've not yet made any connection to the venue, and the fact that this is a German title (other than the obvious WWII connection that pitted the two nations.) There is a deeper meaning, however, than the surface one. Dylan performs the classic "Masters of War" at this venue. If one were to look "behind" the lines of the song, one would see the writer painting a portrait of the horrors of war that run even deeper than the devastation of life and property. This deep, primal force is the same sentiment that the artist Picasso wanted to portray. The simple black and white LP cover reproduces one of his best known works. Guernica takes one deep behind the lines of war, far beyond the physical destruction caused by the bombing raids, and into the souls of the survivors. Into the very depths of human psychodynamics.   

A small photo on the bottom front cover shows the marquee of Odeon Hammersmith.  Song lineup and times are on the back cover. 

Blank labels.  Field recording varies from total audience silence to screaming directly into the mic. 

5-7 stars       NMP50

Matrix: LH 

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