Chimes Of Freedom : The Songs Of Bob Dylan Box set
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2012 four CD collection containing music from Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Joan Baez, Flogging Molly, Joe Perry, Bad Religion and many others. Two iconic forces that have impacted the past 50 years -- the life-saving human rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International and the incomparable artistry of Bob Dylan -- are being saluted by musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. Almost 30 tracks on the album were mixed gratis by famed engineer Bob Clearmountain. Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering donated their mastering services. The album cover illustration is by Grammy Award winning artist Mick Haggerty.
Top Customer Reviews
At first listen certain songs stick out as impressive but the nice thing about this collection is that with repeated listens you will find additional songs that never caught your attention the first time around. There is just so much good songs here it takes a while to sort them out (Yes there is also a few duds).
Also some songs such as "Like a Rolling Stone" by Seal and Jeff Beck which most of us believe the Dylan version will always be the definitive one you may be presently surprised. No I still prefer the Dylan version but they have reworked the melody of the chorus and its quite catchy. From Pete Townshend and Jackson Browne to Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5, there is a wide variety of artists both new and old so I suggest to have an open mind and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Dylan is the standard in my mind for several of the tracks on the collection. Dylan's original recording of Gotta Serve Somebody remains as my preferred version. The Eric Burdon cover is fantastic and stands alongside Dylan. Similar can be said for the Jeff Beck and Seal offering of Like a Rolling Stone. This is my favourite Dylan song (cliché alert), so I was a bit nervous before hearing the Chimes of Freedom version. The cover doesn't displace the original, but does stand up and will find its way to Windows Media Player playlists often.
Chimes of Freedom replaces Dylan as the standard a couple of times. Flogging Molly's The Times They Are-A Changin' is the best version of this song I have ever heard. Sinead O'Connor also impressed me with Property of Jesus. I always imagined Dylan giving a bit of a wink when he originally recorded the track. O'Connor's seems a bit frustrated and even angry. The tone of the song is interesting alongside its lyrics. I think what makes Flogging Molly and O'Connor stand out is that they make the songs their own without straying too far from what Dylan originally did. They are certainly not copying him, but they don't seem pressured to change the song so drastically that it is unrecognizable. The collection also introduced my to some songs I didn't know at all. Natasha Bedingfield's Ring Them Bells, Carolina Chocolate Drops' Political World, Queens of the Stone Age's Outlaw Blues, and Raphael Saadiq's Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat are my favourite of the songs in this category.Read more ›
The 4 CD set includes over 70 Bob Dylan songs, re-interpreted by a stellar list of entertainers, with some incredible moments captured on disc; Steve Earle's "One More Cup of Coffee", Mark Knopfler's "Restless Farewell", Natasha Bedingfield's take on "Ring Them Bells", Eric Burden's wailing on "Gotta Serve Somebody", Adele's spin on "Make You Feel My Love" and "The Times They Are A Changin" by Flogging Molly stand out as such moments.
Some unexpected surprises happen as well: actress Evan Rachel Wood delivers an absolutely sultry version of "I'd Have You Anytime" and Ziggy Marley channels his dad on "Blowin in the Wind", but the biggest surprise is this: never in a million years would I have believed that the guy (RedOne) responsible for co-writing and producing some of the biggest hits by Lady Gaga, Pitbull and J.Lo could give us such a touching rendition of the famous "Knocking on Heaven's Door"-dare I say it's as good as the Guns N Roses version? Yes, it is. The lead vocals are handled by RedOne's own brother Nabil Khayat. As I listened more and more to this song it made me realize just how powerful a songsmith Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan's real name) really is. This is definitely the best song in the collection.
The only slight disappointment is on "One too Many Mornings" with Johnnie Cash and The Avett Brothers.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have played this cd a thousand plus times since I got it. K'nan's version of "With God on Our Side" is chilling. And there are countless more.Published on Oct. 28 2013 by cahawt
Various singing artists sing Bob Dylan songs -- some I really liked but others not so much. Of the 4 discs, I probably liked half of the songs. Read morePublished on May 20 2012 by Ann Tyrell
Great variety in the interpretation of Bob Dylan's music. Some of the interpretations were very different from the original version, but enjoyable nevertheless.Published on March 13 2012 by Virginia J. Hill
Wow, a 4 disc set with 73 tracks and a very eclectic group of artists. The fact that proceeds from the sale go towards Amnesty International is reason enough to buy this set. Read morePublished on March 11 2012 by alwayswright
This is a must buy for Dylan song lovers, the songs are well done and its a great collection of Dylan songsPublished on March 11 2012 by poetman
I highly recommend "Chimes of Freedom" for several reasons: it's for a good cause (Amnesty International), the price is excellent ($14.98 when I bought it from amazon. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2012 by D. Campbell