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 ofSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Amnesty Internationa
UPC:
0817974010016
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
2729

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. One Too Many Mornings  -  Avett Brothers
  2. Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat  - Raphael Saadiq
  3. Drifters Escape  - Patti Smith
  4. Ballad of Hollis Brown  -  Rise Against
  5. Blind Willie McTell  - Tom Morello
  6. Corrina, Corrina  - Pete Townshend
  7. Most of the Time  - Bettye LaVette
  8. This Wheel's on Fire  - Charlie Winston
  9. Simple Twist of Fate  - Diana Krall
  10. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere  - Brett Dennen
  11. Love Sick  -  Mariachi El Bronx
  12. Blowin' In the Wind  - Ziggy Marley
  13. Changing of the Guards  -  Gaslight Anthem
  14. Not Dark Yet  -  Silversun Pickups
  15. You're a Big Girl Now  -  My Morning Jacket
  16. Boots of Spanish Leather  -  Airborne Toxic Event
  17. Girl From the North Country  -  Sting
  18. Restless Farewell  - Mark Knopfler

Disc 2

  1. Outlaw Blues  -  Queens of the Stone Age
  2. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35  - Lenny Kravitz
  3. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)  - Lucia Micarelli
  4. Heart of Mine
  5. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go  - Miley Cyrus
  6. Lay Down Your Weary Tune  - Billy Bragg
  7. License To Kill  - Elvis Costello
  8. Lay, Lady, Lay  - Angélique Kidjo
  9. Ring Them Bells  - Natasha Bedingfield
  10. Love Minus Zero/No Limit  - Jackson Browne
  11. Seven Curses  - Joan Baez
  12. No Time To Think  -  Belle Brigade
  13. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You  -  Sugarland
  14. Mr. Tambourine Man  -  Jack's Mannequin
  15. 4th Time Around  - Oren Lavie
  16. All I Really Want To Do  - Sussan Deyhim
  17. Make You Feel My Love  -  Adele

Disc 3

  1. With God On Our Side  -  K'NAAN
  2. I Want You  - Ximena Sariñana
  3. She Belongs To Me  -  Pajama Club
  4. Bob Dylan's Dream  - Bryan Ferry
  5. Tomorrow is a Long Time  - Zee Avi
  6. Just Like a Woman  - Carly Simon
  7. The Times They Are a-Changin'  -  Flogging Molly
  8. Buckets of Rain  -  Fistful of Mercy
  9. Man of Peace  - Joe Perry
  10. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  -  Bad Religion
  11. Desolation Row  -  My Chemical Romance
  12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door  - Nabil Khayat
  13. Abandoned Love  - Paul Rodgers
  14. New Morning  - Darren Criss
  15. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  -  Cage the Elephant
  16. It Ain't Me, Babe  -  Band of Skulls
  17. Property of Jesus  - Sinéad O'Connor
  18. Shelter From the Storm  -  Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project
  19. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right  -  Ke$ha
  20. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right  -  Kronos Quartet

Disc 4

  1. I Shall Be Released  -  Maroon 5
  2. Political World  -  Carolina Chocolate Drops
  3. Like a Rolling Stone  -  Seal
  4. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream  -  Phamtom Blues Band
  5. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)  - Dierks Bentley
  6. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)  - Mick Hucknall
  7. I'll Remember You  - Thea Gilmore
  8. John Brown  -  State Radio
  9. All Along the Watchtower  -  Dave Matthews Band
  10. Subterranean Homesick Blues  - Michael Franti
  11. Mama, You Been On My Mind  -  We Are Augustines
  12. Tryin' To Get To Heaven  - Lucinda Williams
  13. Quinn the Eskimo (the Mighty Quinn)  - Kris Kristofferson
  14. Gotta Serve Somebody  - Eric Burdon
  15. I'd Have You Anytime  - Evan Rachel Wood
  16. Baby Let Me Follow You Down  - Marianne Faithfull
  17. Forever Young  -  Rivertown Kids
  18. Chimes of Freedom  - Bob Dylan

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