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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Amnesty Internationa
  • UPC: 817974010016
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 6,101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Too Many Mornings - The Avett Brothers (3:48)
  2. 2 Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat - Raphael Saadiq (3:43)
  3. 3 Drifters Escape - Patti Smith (3:21)
  4. 4 Ballad of Hollis Brown - Rise Against (5:12)
  5. 5 Blind Willie McTell - Tom Morello (5:15)
  6. 6 Corrina, Corrina - Pete Townshend (2:34)
  7. 7 Most of the Time - Bettye LaVette (5:16)
  8. 8 This Wheel's on Fire - Charlie Winston (3:06)
  9. 9 Simple Twist of Fate - Diana Krall (3:51)
  10. 10 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Brett Dennen (3:04)
  11. 11 Love Sick - Mariachi El Bronx (3:41)
  12. 12 Blowin' In the Wind - Ziggy Marley (2:43)
  13. 13 Changing of the Guards - The Gaslight Anthem (5:22)
  14. 14 Not Dark Yet - Silversun Pickups (6:23)
  15. 15 You're a Big Girl Now - My Morning Jacket (5:10)
  16. 16 Boots of Spanish Leather - The Airborne Toxic Event (5:12)
  17. 17 Girl From the North Country - Sting (2:54)
  18. 18 Restless Farewell - Mark Knopfler (5:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Outlaw Blues - Queens of the Stone Age (4:08)
  2. 2 Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 - Lenny Kravitz (4:08)
  3. 3 One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) - Lucia Micarelli (4:43)
  4. 4 Heart of Mine (5:30)
  5. 5 You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Miley Cyrus (3:33)
  6. 6 Lay Down Your Weary Tune - Billy Bragg (4:18)
  7. 7 License To Kill - Elvis Costello (5:13)
  8. 8 Lay, Lady, Lay - Angélique Kidjo (3:09)
  9. 9 Ring Them Bells - Natasha Bedingfield (4:09)
  10. 10 Love Minus Zero/No Limit - Jackson Browne (4:20)
  11. 11 Seven Curses - Joan Baez (5:04)
  12. 12 No Time To Think - The Belle Brigade (8:05)
  13. 13 Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You - Sugarland (3:56)
  14. 14 Mr. Tambourine Man - Jack's Mannequin (4:27)
  15. 15 4th Time Around - Oren Lavie (4:22)
  16. 16 All I Really Want To Do - Sussan Deyhim (5:18)
  17. 17 Make You Feel My Love - Adele (4:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 With God On Our Side - K'NAAN (3:39)
  2. 2 I Want You - Ximena Sariñana (3:36)
  3. 3 She Belongs To Me - Pajama Club (2:58)
  4. 4 Bob Dylan's Dream - Bryan Ferry (3:54)
  5. 5 Tomorrow is a Long Time - Zee Avi (3:58)
  6. 6 Just Like a Woman - Carly Simon (5:11)
  7. 7 The Times They Are a-Changin' - Flogging Molly (3:01)
  8. 8 Buckets of Rain - Fistful of Mercy (3:13)
  9. 9 Man of Peace - Joe Perry (7:42)
  10. 10 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Bad Religion (3:06)
  11. 11 Desolation Row - My Chemical Romance (3:01)
  12. 12 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Nabil Khayat (3:52)
  13. 13 Abandoned Love - Paul Rodgers (4:32)
  14. 14 New Morning - Darren Criss (3:06)
  15. 15 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll - Cage the Elephant (5:01)
  16. 16 It Ain't Me, Babe - Band of Skulls (3:22)
  17. 17 Property of Jesus - Sinéad O'Connor (3:36)
  18. 18 Shelter From the Storm - Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project (4:11)
  19. 19 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Ke$ha (3:49)
  20. 20 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Kronos Quartet (4:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Shall Be Released - Maroon 5 (4:09)
  2. 2 Political World - The Carolina Chocolate Drops (2:48)
  3. 3 Like a Rolling Stone - Seal (7:24)
  4. 4 Bob Dylan's 115th Dream - The Phamtom Blues Band (5:01)
  5. 5 Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) - Dierks Bentley (3:50)
  6. 6 One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) - Mick Hucknall (4:58)
  7. 7 I'll Remember You - Thea Gilmore (4:47)
  8. 8 John Brown - State Radio (4:49)
  9. 9 All Along the Watchtower - Dave Matthews Band (7:03)
  10. 10 Subterranean Homesick Blues - Michael Franti (2:17)
  11. 11 Mama, You Been On My Mind - We Are Augustines (3:29)
  12. 12 Tryin' To Get To Heaven - Lucinda Williams (4:41)
  13. 13 Quinn the Eskimo (the Mighty Quinn) - Kris Kristofferson (2:38)
  14. 14 Gotta Serve Somebody - Eric Burdon (4:56)
  15. 15 I'd Have You Anytime - Evan Rachel Wood (3:53)
  16. 16 Baby Let Me Follow You Down - Marianne Faithfull (2:28)
  17. 17 Forever Young - Rivertown Kids (3:15)
  18. 18 Chimes of Freedom - Bob Dylan (7:12)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mick Haggerty Art Direction, Illustrations
Martin Lewis Producer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Frank Maddocks Art Direction
Jeff Ayeroff Executive Producer, Art Direction
Sean Wilentz Liner Notes
Karen Scott Executive Producer
Julie Yannatta Executive Producer
Helen Garrett Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    This is kind of work that really shows we fall in love with in t

    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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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Energetic, Strong, Creative Collection

    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.

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