Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan

70 Bob Dylan songs by 70 artists, 4 CDs, though also available in a 31-song 2 CD set, commemorating Amnesty International's 50th anniversary. That's a whole lot of Bob Dylan covers.
I'm still plowing though the set, but have found some seriously good keepers so far - Patti Smith's "Drifter's Escape", "Most of the Time" by WYMA Soul Corner favorite Bettye Lavette, and Raphael Saadiq's "Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat".
Here's the Avett Brothers discussing how they came to work on a recording of "One Too Many Mornings" with the late Johnny Cash:

Set list and a way to stream via Spotify is here:

Though, this is a benefit record, every artist donated its work without compensation, and there are a whole lot of people in the world unjustly in prison and worse for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, so be like me and go buy a copy.