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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. One Too Many Mornings - Johnny Cash - (featuring The Avett Brothers)
    2. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - Raphael Saadiq
    3. Drifter's Escape - Patti Smith
    4. Ballad of Hollis Brown - Rise Against
    5. Blind Willie McTell - Tom Morello
    6. Corrina, Corrina - Pete Townshend
    7. Most of Thetime - 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 - The Gaslight Anthem
    14. Not Dark Yet - Silversun Pickups
    15. You're a Big Girl Now - My Morning Jacket
    16. Boots of Spanish Leather - The Airborne Toxic Event
    17. Girl From the North Country - Sting
    18. Restless Farewell - Mark Knopfler
    0. 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) - Steve Earle/Lucia Micarelli
    4. Heart of Mine - Blake Mills
    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 - Anglique Kidjo
    9. Ring Them Bells - Natasha Bedingfield
    10. Love Minus Zero/No Limit - Jackson Browne
    11. Seven Curses [Live] - Joan Baez
    12. No Time To Think - The Belle Brigade
    13. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You [Live] - 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 [Recorded Live At Wxpn] - Adele
    0. DISC 3:
    1. With God On Our Side - K'NAAN
    2. I Want You - Ximena Sariana
    3. She Belongs To Me - Pajama Club/Neil Finn
    4. Bob Dylan's Dream - Bryan Ferry
    5. Tomorrow is a Long Time - Zee Avi
    6. Just Like a Woman - Carly Simon
    7. Times They Are a-Changin', The - 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 [Live] - My Chemical Romance
    12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - RedOne - (featuring Nabil Khayat)
    13. Abandoned Love - Nils Lofgren/Paul Rodgers
    14. New Morning - Darren Criss - (featuring Freelance Whales/Chuck Criss)
    15. Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, The - Cage the Elephant
    16. It Ain't Me, Babe - Band of Skulls
    17. Property of Jesus - Sinad 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
    0. DISC 4:
    1. I Shall Be Released - Maroon 5
    2. Political World - Carolina Chocolate Drops
    3. Like a Rolling Stone - Jeff Beck/Seal
    4. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream - Taj Mahal
    5. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) [Live] - 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 [Live] - 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 [Live] - Marianne Faithfull
    17. Forever Young - Pete Seeger
    18. Chimes of Freedom - Bob Dylan
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Lewis

    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," Sinad 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

  • Critic 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'."
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