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Masked & Anonymous (Limited Edition Digipak) [Limited Edition, Soundtrack]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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1. My Back Pages - Magokoro Brothers
2. Gotta Serve Somebody - Shirley Caesar
3. Down In The Flood - Bob Dylan
4. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - The Grateful Dead
5. Most Of The Time - Sophie Zelmani
6. On A Night Like This - Los Lobos
7. Diamond Joe - Bob Dylan
8. Come Una Pietra Scalciata (Like A Rolling Stone) - Articolo 31
9. One More Cup Of Coffee - Sertab
10. Non Dirle Che Non E' Cosi' (If You See Her, Say Hello) - Francesco De Gregori
11. Dixie - Bob Dylan
12. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) - Jerry Garcia
13. Cold Irons Bound - Bob Dylan
14. City Of Gold - Dixie Hummingbirds

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OK, so the movie to which it’s attached has been denigrated by most of the critics who’ve reviewed it. The soundtrack itself is a marvel that stands just fine on its own. Start with the four tracks by Dylan himself, including bristling new versions of "Cold Irons Bound" and "Down in the Flood" recorded with his remarkable touring band. Add gospel heavyweights Shirley Caesar shouting "Gotta Serve Somebody" and the Dixie Hummingbirds offering country-soul salvation in "City of Gold." But these and performances by Los Lobos and the Grateful Dead are just a warm-up for the CD’s more inspired third: Dylan covers by a variety of obscure international artists. There’s a Japanese language version of "My Back Pages" courtesy of the Magokoro Brothers , an Italian hip-hop take on "Like a Rolling Stone" ("Come Una Pietra Scalciata!") by Articolo 31), a beguiling, string-driven "One More Cup of Coffee" from Turkish pop star Sertab Erener, and a gentle, spoken-word "Most of the Time" by Swedish singer Sophie Zelmani. Oddly, this loopy, polyglot approach stands as a truer testament to Dylan’s genius than the atrocious dialogue (two snippets of which mar an otherwise fine album) or self-conscious artiness of the movie. --Keith Moerer

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bob Dylan I didn't know could be May 17 2014
By K.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some very good stuff here including unusual (and enjoyable) versions of Dylan stuff you'll never hear elsewhere (Los Lobos cover is a great take). I had heard 'about' Charlie Sexton's guitaring many, many years ago - he was fronting his own band and earning accolades from guitar gods, and then he kind of disappeared somewhere for a decade (from my little world at least). So, I'm watching this engaging film that has some great actors and, I keep thinking.. the main character looks alot like Bob Dylan (who I've never been a fan of and therefore don't follow). I figure out 1/3 of the way into the film it is Dylan and the tight, funky band in the movie is his road band- with Sexton driving the tone - and a guitar lesson ( Note: the film is not about Dylan, nor Dylan's road band. It's an engaging, twisting, comedic tale that happens to have Dylan as the main, unassuming lead (next to some powerhouse actors) and just happens to showcase his rip band).

Most musicians don't age gracefully. They try to be what they once were and end up looking and sounding pathetic. We can all think of several that quickly come to mind. Not so with Dylan and this band. While they are all different ages, they all gel like the 'whole that is greater than the sum of its parts', and there is nothing remotely ostentatious, redundant, or gratuitous. This is a visual and sonic lesson that evolving well can be done. It's worth seeing the film and buying the CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly uneven, but some nice material Dec 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
A decent CD with some very good stuff, some okay stuff, some bad stuff. Don't buy it unless you're willing to fast forward about half the album!
Good:
On a Night Like This (Los Lobos) --- this song could have been written by Los Lobos! Lively, joyful.
Rap version of Like a Rolling Stone --- Okay, I was surprised at this one, but it's quite good.
Most of the Time(Sophie Zelmani) --- a sweet and innocent female version (but can you rhyme "sure" with "him")
Okay:
The Dylan performances, Grateful Dead, One More Cup of Coffee for the Road, City of Gold, Gotta Serve Somebody
Not so good:
The Japanese version of My Back Pages --- it could drive you crazy! I didn't like If You See Her, Say Hello
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dylan tunes: What's missing from the movie... April 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the movie Masked and Anonymous, there are 9 live Dylan tracks used in the movie, yet only 4 appear on this "soundtrack." Songs that are MIA on the CD include 5 others (!): "I'll Remember You" and "Drifter's Escape" (both of which Dylan and the boys are filmed playing), but also absent is a killer "Blowin' In the Wind," which rolls during the final scene and the credits. Also missing are the songs "Watching the River Flow" and "Dirt Road Blues" (both were listed in the credits, but I personally did not recognize in the movie...instrumentals perhaps?). The Dylan songs that did make it onto the CD are all phenomenal (especially if you are a fan of Love and Theft), but this soundtrack really could have been something special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting April 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since almost every known band (famous and not) has recorded some cover version of a Dylan song this compilation (and movie soundtrack)contains
the most experimental,curious and particular ones
Music style varies from Tribal,Hip Hop,Rap,Country,Folk,Rock,psych
and others..Even if most of readers here,myself included, do not
know some of the artists who play on this CD,the first intention could be not to buy the album ,but after listening to the whole
thing you'll agree with me when I say these cover songs are extremely good,in few words Dylan Songs in a different point of view.
It's a pity the man himself has excluded "My Back Pages" by punk Metal band Ramones or "This Wheel's on fire" by Siouxie and the Banshees in that case i should have given 5 stars .This is not a Best of Bob Dylan,there are alread 100 -best of- cd around here,some reviewer misunderstood the meaning of this album
altough the rating is not 5 stars,Masked and Anonymous is worth buying then most of the releases of these modern years.cya
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!!! April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bob Dylan can do no wrong. Get this...get the DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic in the Best Sense March 5 2004
By Django
Format:Audio CD
As a serious - probably too serious - Dylan fan, I feel that for the sake of my credibility, I should immediately concede that the movie was perfectly dreadful. Confused, poorly staged, and boring as hell. The only moments of drama came in Bob's scenes. His discomfort was so palpable, it was nearly impossible to watch without growing queasy. In other words, a terrible experience... for which our greatest songwriter is largely responsible.
The accompanying soundtrack of "Masked & Anonymous" does, I think, go a great distance towards making up for the disaster of the film. Dylan and Co.'s super-tight performances of "Down In The Flood" and "Cold Irons Bound" are proof of what dedicated fans realized long ago - in the last 12 or so years, Bob has been performing at the highest level, a real golden era of touring.
Meanwhile, the Italian version of "If You See Her, Say Hello," translates beautifully, Los Lobos does a bang-up "On A Night Like This," and Jerry's "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" is very nice.
One does wonder at the absence of the outstanding version "I'll Remember You" featured in the movie, but we'll have to hope it emerges elsewhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ego trip
Save your money and buy something else. The Dylan performances are few and uninspired. The rest -- peformances of Dylan -- are sometimes good, sometimes amusing, sometimes odd, but... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to mongrel-new-world Dylan,translated into Spanglish
The soundtrack to "Masked and Anonymous":-- it is pretty mongrel and weird and fully wondrous, this Dylanesque music new world order: all these Japanese/Spanglish/Italian and... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Rob Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying for the 4 Dylan Tracks (But Where's the Rest?)
Disclaimer: I have not seen the movie. Which probably puts me in the same category as most here (the movie played exactly 1 week in Cincinnati--I guess the DVD rental will have to... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five and that's no jive!!!
This recording is great stuff!!!
Published on Dec 28 2003 by James E. Duckworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Periodic Pyrotechnics: Part 2
[Note: this is part 2 of a 2-part review. Since I want to rate the album 3 stars, I'm giving it 2 stars here and 4 stars there, to average out to 3 stars.]
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Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Brian Sawyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Periodic Pyrotechnics: Part 1
[Note: this review is part 1 of 2. Since my final score for the album is 3 stars, I'm giving it 4 stars here and 2 stars in the second installment, to average out to 3 stars. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Brian Sawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
Like a lot of soundtracks, "Masked and Anonymous" plays it a little cheap by not including all of the performances to be heard in the film. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by Brian W. Fairbanks
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