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« on: 04 January 2019, 06:50:28 PM »

Rather than randomly sticking YouTube music into various threads I thought I would start a catch-all.
Is there a particular piece of music that you think captures the feel of a period or celebrates a specific event?

As the discussion of “The Soldier’s Joy” in another thread inspired this one, here is a recording that I think best captures the time:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvRcJDmBEb4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvRcJDmBEb4</a>

One of my favorites, performed by the Chieftains (and Liam Neeson) and highlighting one of the many interesting sidebars to the Mexican/American War:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y73xoJNsfF0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y73xoJNsfF0</a>
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« Reply #1 on: 04 January 2019, 09:00:10 PM »

Yes folks, this is only Brexit for starters. Time to read up on Japan pre-1856.
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« Reply #2 on: 04 January 2019, 09:48:56 PM »

John Tams made Sharpe for me and has become the sound of the Peninsula.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeYPpOblAw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeYPpOblAw</a>

One of the most horrible aspects of WWI
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTJXwOs2_bA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTJXwOs2_bA</a>

The Horst Wessel would evoke the early days of WWI, but how about this ...
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnv2ZcVUkJ4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnv2ZcVUkJ4</a>

though these chaps seem to have got most of WWI and WWII covered.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG7lYlWK3Sk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG7lYlWK3Sk</a>

Either of these makes me think of a certain place in SE Asia at a certain time
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJVpihgwE18" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJVpihgwE18</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG3QBkbxEcY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG3QBkbxEcY</a>


This tune can genuinely bring me to tears
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vkYiCdn834" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vkYiCdn834</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS4QD4Kr7y4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS4QD4Kr7y4</a>
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« Reply #3 on: 04 January 2019, 10:04:04 PM »

"Garry Owen" and I see Custer's blonde hair streaming in the wind ... from a Sioux lance

"Hearts of Oak" transports one to the deck of a frigate under sail.


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« Reply #4 on: 04 January 2019, 10:32:05 PM »

Here I go again by Whitesnake for solo wargamers
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« Reply #5 on: 04 January 2019, 11:28:08 PM »

Heavier than everything that's been mentioned so far, but there's a Swedish metal band called Sabaton.  All of their albums are war related and manage to tell stories of war, actions, and heroism etc without glorifying war which I think is a rather tricky task given the subject material.  For instance they have been given an award in Poland, I can't remember which, it may have been a freedom of the city or something for honouring their history. Their big song is called 40:1 where the sing the tale of the fall of Wizna.

Well worth a listen or at least perhaps check the lyrics if heavy metal isn't your thing.
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« Reply #6 on: 05 January 2019, 12:38:35 AM »

In my last war-game, a BBB ACW scenario, I played the soundtrack of Glory - mind you, I also played Best of Steely Dan and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.*   Embarrassed

* on that general lunar theme, I see Elon Musk has pointed out that the first five letters of Neil Armstrong's name spelt backwards spells 'alien.'

[btw, Nobby, sure it was a typo and you meant WW2 and not WW1 for the Horst Wessel reference]
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« Reply #7 on: 05 January 2019, 01:52:25 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfnO9wWVJ98

(though in fact the lyrics are clearly post-SYW; the 5th dragoons didn't become the Anhalt-Bayreuth regiment until somewhat later. One of the minor historical errors in Barry Lyndon)
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« Reply #8 on: 05 January 2019, 10:19:14 AM »

"Solder of the line", by Magnum.

(I bet I'm the only one here who's heard that.)  Tongue

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #9 on: 05 January 2019, 10:42:10 AM »

Pretty much anything from 'Two Steps from Hell' but 'Strength of a
Thousand Men is a particular favourite :


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwJj2EpC8vg&t=30s


For inspiration, however, I find it hard to beat 'Preliator' by Globus.   This is
the epitomy of music to play when sending in a glorious cavalry charge...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0rP78wCRs8


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« Reply #10 on: 05 January 2019, 11:29:31 AM »

"Solder of the line", by Magnum.

(I bet I'm the only one here who's heard that.)  Tongue

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #11 on: 05 January 2019, 04:02:14 PM »

As a public service:

“Here I Go Again”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tGoF51thz4A

“Soldier of the Line”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cYu3z7hkeQw

“The Last Stand” (Sabaton example)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7U9lVjZg-Kg

The musical and social importance of Steely Dan and Pink Floyd not withstanding, the theme from “Glory”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e1YuKBp11sU

And for fsn, who arose to and far exceeded the challenge, my favorite cut from “They Died With Their Boots On” (absent lance and streaming hair  Smiley ):
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4m7RPjQxjmA

Since I wargame almost excusively in 17th c:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_cCdSxMdyI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_cCdSxMdyI</a>
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