Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

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Designed as a celebration for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary, Chimes of Freedom is the mother of all tribute albums: a four-disc salute to Bob Dylan that runs some 76 songs performed by singers from all corners of the globe. Apart from Lennon/McCartney -- the former of which was the subject of

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Designed as a celebration for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary, Chimes of Freedom is the mother of all tribute albums: a four-disc salute to Bob Dylan that runs some 76 songs performed by singers from all corners of the globe. Apart from Lennon/McCartney -- the former of which was the subject of producers Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta's previous 2007 collection Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur -- no other songwriter of the rock & roll era could attract so many different artists from so many different genres as Dylan, something that is a testament to the resilience of his catalog. From the very start of his career, Dylan saw his songs covered by all manners of artists, ranging from colleagues and peers to longhair rock bands, easy listening outfits, and weirdos like William Shatner, so the absurd abundance of Chimes of Freedom in a way fits into the grand pattern of history: his songs were always up for grabs, they've survived terrible misguided covers, they've been performed with loving faith, they've been reinvented once and again. Given its monumental length, it should be of no great surprise that Chimes of Freedom has songs that fall into each category, although it is surprisingly bereft of awfulness. Not even Miley Cyrus' painful-in-theory straight-ahead cover of "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" is awful: she may not know who Verlaine and Rimbaud are, but she focuses on the melody and winds up selling the song in the process. Most of the artists here perform a similar trick, choosing love songs over protests, keeping things intimate instead of anthemic. Naturally, there are exceptions to the rule, but the scales on Chimes of Freedom are tipped toward pretty stripped-down sincerity -- even Ke$ha abandons Auto-Tune for a nearly a cappella interpretation of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" -- an aesthetic that's easy to digest and helps make the artists that do something different pop out dramatically: Flogging Molly's Pogues-ian run through "The Times They Are A-Changing," Bryan Ferry's eerie reading of "Bob Dylan's Dream," Elvis Costello adding spikes to "License to Kill," Sinéad O'Connor tearing up "Property of Jesus," and Queens of the Stone Age tapping into Bob's rowdy side with a tremendous "Outlaw Blues." After a parade of faithful salutes ranging from Billy Bragg's impassioned "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" to Lenny Kravitz's absurd re-creation of "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," it's great to hear actual re-interpretations of Dylan's songs -- after all, even Bob himself doesn't always sing the same song the same way twice.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Amnesty Internationa
UPC:
0817974010016
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
22676

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. One Too Many Mornings
  2. Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat
  3. Drifters Escape
  4. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  5. Blind Willie McTell
  6. Corrina, Corrina
  7. Most of the Time
  8. This Wheel's on Fire
  9. Simple Twist of Fate
  10. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  11. Love Sick
  12. Blowin' In the Wind
  13. Changing of the Guards
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. You're a Big Girl Now
  16. Boots of Spanish Leather
  17. Girl From the North Country
  18. Restless Farewell

Disc 2

  1. Outlaw Blues
  2. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35
  3. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
  4. Heart of Mine
  5. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  6. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  7. License To Kill
  8. Lay, Lady, Lay
  9. Ring Them Bells
  10. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  11. Seven Curses
  12. No Time To Think
  13. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
  14. Mr. Tambourine Man
  15. 4th Time Around
  16. All I Really Want To Do
  17. Make You Feel My Love

Disc 3

  1. With God On Our Side
  2. I Want You
  3. She Belongs To Me
  4. Bob Dylan's Dream
  5. Tomorrow is a Long Time
  6. Just Like a Woman
  7. The Times They Are a-Changin'
  8. Buckets of Rain
  9. Man of Peace
  10. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  11. Desolation Row
  12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  13. Abandoned Love
  14. New Morning
  15. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  16. It Ain't Me, Babe
  17. Property of Jesus
  18. Shelter From the Storm
  19. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  20. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Disc 4

  1. I Shall Be Released
  2. Political World
  3. Like a Rolling Stone
  4. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
  5. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)
  6. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
  7. I'll Remember You
  8. John Brown
  9. All Along the Watchtower
  10. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  11. Mama, You Been On My Mind
  12. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
  13. Quinn the Eskimo (the Mighty Quinn)
  14. Gotta Serve Somebody
  15. I'd Have You Anytime
  16. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
  17. Forever Young
  18. Chimes of Freedom

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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is kind of work that really shows we fall in love with in the first place. This is to show that people ranging from his peers to the very greats, and along the way folks such as steve jobs to yours truly who stumbled this great visionary with the "times they are a changing". We can all admire the truth that is formally known as Bob Dylan!!!!
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ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
I've deeply appreciated Dylan's lyrics. Now they get an excellent once-over by some of the top artists in the world. An amazing variety of strong songs that stay on message from one of our best song writers. The Johnny Cash/Avett Brothers version of "One Too Many Mornings", Michael Franti's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and Dylan himself singing his "Chimes of Freedom" at the end are my favorites so far.