Various artists: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
FAIRLADY editor, Suzy Brokensha reviews this cover album of indie icon Bob Dylan.
With more than 80 artists from very different musical genres –as diverse as RedOne (Gaga’s producer) and Evan Rachel Wood (yes, really) – this 4CD compilation was put together in honour of Amnesty International’s 50th birthday. Bottom line: there are surprisingly few duds and an equally surprising number of flat-out gorgeous covers: I love Maroon 5’s I Shall Be Released, K’naan’s With God On Our Side and Adèle’s Make You Feel My Love, among many others.
What’s not quotable about Dylan? The one that I hooked onto in the car this morning: ‘I had an undying wish to keep from dying.’
‘One More Cup of Coffee’ by Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli; ‘Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind’ by We Are Augustines and ‘Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream’ by Taj Mahal
This is a great entry album for anyone who has ever wondered why Bob Dylan is as revered as he is: his songwriting is consistently brilliant throughout, shining through even the sketchiest interpretations. Even Dylan purists (and I know, because I live with one) will slowly start to come around to the album - if the exposure is relentless enough.
If you like this, then try the real thing - Bob Dylan’s Love Minus Zero. (Brilliant!)