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Album: Past, Present And FutureReleased: 1973
"Roads To Moscow" is one of Stewart's epic songs, he is reputed to have read forty books researching it. Stewart's management tells us, "the narrator is a Russian soldier who fought for Russia, but was captured briefly by the Germans." Containing some intricate acoustic guitar work, it is one of his most requested tracks.
The studio recording of "Roads To Moscow" is a full eight minutes in length, while an excellent version, running to 8 minutes 17 seconds, appears on the second volume of Oceans Of Delphi
. This is a three volume unofficial CD set of live recordings made between 1970 and 1996, and released through the UK fan club in 1996 by Stewart's official biographer Neville Judd.
In the liner notes for Stewart's collection Past, Present and Future
, he wrote: The German Invasion of Russia, on the 22nd June 1941, was on of the greatest single events in the history of the world. The hero of 'Roads to Moscow' fights his way first backwards towards Moscow, and then all the way to Berlin, only to be imprisoned by Stalin, as were incalculable millions of others at the end of the Second World War. General Guderian, the Panzer Leader, was incidentally perhaps the most imaginative of the early German Commanders, and his lightning drives across Poland and France had created the basis for mush of the German Army's reputation of invincibility. He was also the only German General to argue with Hitler, during the latter's frequent harangues.