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Single : Ghost of Tom Joad – Rage Against The Machine

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Man do I like this version.  They took a song  I really dig and made it their own.  The energy they pump into it just nails it.  It’s loud, angry and in your face.  You know as the song continues it’s just going to get better.  Tim and Brad lay it down on the bass and drums,  Zack is feeling it and Morello  busts out some nasty licks.

CB liked this version the first time he heard it and he hasn’t wavered.   They pulled from Steinbeck’s and Springsteen’s vibe and pumped a new energy into it.  Fantastic!

“Look in their eyes Ma, you’ll see me..”

This song should be listened to loud!

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9 comments on “Single : Ghost of Tom Joad – Rage Against The Machine

  1. 1537
    May 22, 2017

    I love this take on it too, the way it ends is particularly great – in fact the whole Renegades LP is an angry treat.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 23, 2017

      The CD I have of this cut came as a single with a VHS tape I bought of a live show Rage did. ‘Renegades’ is everything you say it is. My copy is missing. I’m in the middle of an investigation on it’s whereabouts. Two prime suspects.

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  2. catchgroove
    May 23, 2017

    Much better than Springsteen’s lethargic original.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 23, 2017

      They certainly took it in another direction. I wonder what Springsteen thought when he first heard it? He has Morello in his band now. Maybe that answers my question.

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  3. Jim S.
    May 23, 2017

    Springsteen dug it. Yeah, Morello was in his touring band but I think that was one-time. The Boss already has, like, 17 guitarists in his band. I think that in addition to being balls-out rockers, Bruce and Morello are a couple of Tom Joad-like guys who rail against injustice. Which, you know, good for them, eh?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 23, 2017

      I figured he would. I haven’t kept up with Bruce like I use to. I know that the Band has got bigger. Bruce has always put his money where his mouth is as far as helping others. He’s a good guy that way. I guess Morello is the same.

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  4. dcw0731
    May 26, 2017

    Never been a big fan of “Rage Against The Machine” but I do like this tune.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 26, 2017

      The tune captures a different vibe. Rage taps into something here. I get your feel about he band. We are on the same page for so much of the same music we’re bound to differ on a couple. I just really like their hard rock edge.

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