Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan - Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International (4-CD)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: January 24, 2012
  • Label: Amnesty Internationa

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.60
3 stars out of 5 -- "Pete Townshend's fingerpicked 'Corrina, Corrina' captures the grace and grief of Dylan's best love songs..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.88
3 stars out of 5 -- "Some straightforward takes are lovely -- Mark Knopfler's 'Restless Farewell', Thea Gilmore's 'I'll Remember You'."

Tracks on Disc 1:

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

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Outlaw Blues - Queens of the Stone Age (previously unreleased)
  • 2.Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 - Lenny Kravitz (previously unreleased)
  • 3.One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) - Steve Earle / Lucia Micarelli (previously unreleased)
  • 4.Heart of Mine - Blake Mills (previously unreleased, featuring Danielle Haim)
  • 5.You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Miley Cyrus (previously unreleased)
  • 6.Lay Down Your Weary Tune - Billy Bragg (previously unreleased)
  • 7.License to Kill - Elvis Costello (previously unreleased)
  • 8.Lay, Lady, Lay - Ang‚lique Kidjo (previously unreleased)
  • 9.Ring Them Bells - Natasha Bedingfield (previously unreleased)
  • 10.Love Minus Zero / No Limit - Jackson Browne (previously unreleased)
  • 11.Seven Curses - Joan Baez
  • 12.No Time to Think - The Belle Brigade (previously unreleased)
  • 13.Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You - Sugarland (previously unreleased)
  • 14.Mr. Tambourine Man - Jack's Mannequin (previously unreleased)
  • 15.4th Time Around - Oren Lavie (previously unreleased)
  • 16.All I Really Want to Do - Sussan Deyhim (previously unreleased)
  • 17.Make You Feel My Love [Recorded Live at WXPN] - Adele (previously unreleased)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.With God on Our Side - K'NAAN (previously unreleased)
  • 2.I Want You - Ximena Sari¤ana (previously unreleased)
  • 3.She Belongs to Me - Neil Finn (previously unreleased, featuring Pajama Club)
  • 4.Bob Dylan's Dream - Bryan Ferry (previously unreleased)
  • 5.Tomorrow Is a Long Time - Zee Avi (previously unreleased)
  • 6.Just Like a Woman - Carly Simon (previously unreleased)
  • 7.Times They Are A-Changin', The - Flogging Molly (previously unreleased)
  • 8.Buckets of Rain - Fistful of Mercy (previously unreleased)
  • 9.Man of Peace - Joe Perry (previously unreleased)
  • 10.It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Bad Religion (previously unreleased)
  • 11.Desolation Row - My Chemical Romance (previously unreleased)
  • 12.Knockin' on Heaven's Door - RedOne (previously unreleased, featuring Nabil Khayat)
  • 13.Abandoned Love - Nils Lofgren / Paul Rodgers (previously unreleased)
  • 14.New Morning - Darren Criss (previously unreleased, featuring Freelance Whales / Chuck Criss)
  • 15.Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, The - Cage the Elephant (previously unreleased)
  • 16.It Ain't Me, Babe - Band of Skulls (previously unreleased)
  • 17.Property of Jesus - Sin‚ad O'Connor (previously unreleased)
  • 18.Shelter from the Storm - Ed Roland / The Sweet Tea Project (previously unreleased)
  • 19.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Ke$ha (previously unreleased)
  • 20.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Kronos Quartet (previously unreleased)

Tracks on Disc 4:

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

Product Description:

Tributee: Bob Dylan.
Tributee: Bob Dylan.
Liner Note Author: Sean Wilentz.
Illustrator: Mick Haggerty.
Photographer: Jerry Schatzberg.
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," Sin‚ad 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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