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Chimes Of Freedom : The Songs Of Bob Dylan Box set

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B006H3MIV8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Raphael Saadiq - Leopard
2. Patti Smith - Drifter's Escape
3. Rise Against - Ballad of Hollis Brown
4. Tom Morello The Nightwatchman - Blind Willie McTell
5. Pete Townshend - Corrina, Corrina
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Disc: 2
1. Lenny Kravitz - Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35
2. Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli - One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
3. Blake Mills - Heart Of Mine
4. Miley Cyrus - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
5. Billy Bragg - Lay Down Your Weary Tune
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Disc: 3
1. Ximena Sariñana - I Want You
2. Neil Finn with Pajama Club - She Belongs to Me
3. Bryan Ferry - Bob Dylan's Dream
4. Zee Avi - Tomorrow Is A Long Time
5. Carly Simon - Just Like a Woman
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Disc: 4
1. Maroon 5 - I Shall Be Released
2. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Political World
3. Seal & Jeff Beck - Like A Rolling Stone
4. Taj Mahal - Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
5. Dierks Bentley - Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)
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Product Description

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.

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Format: Audio CD
First like to say this is quite a bargain. Over 70 songs for 15 bucks is a great deal. As per the reviewer from Quebec who mentioned the four missing songs on the Canadian version. I bought my copy at a local Sunrise and it has the four aforementioned songs. Sorry Amazon.
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.
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I expected this album to introduce me to brand new music and remind me of past favourites. It delivered and then some. I would (and have) recommend it to a friend.

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.
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There are lots of reasons to buy this collection. You're supporting Amnesty International and you get four CDs! That means everyone will find something they really like. I was most interested in the interpretations by artists that I already knew but I found one or two gems by people I'd never heard of. Best cut of the lot --Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. Absolutely stunning but why, oh why, did they have to follow it with an instrumental version of the same song?
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I don't like Bob Dylan singing. However, I know he's an incredible songwriter and a living legend, so this collection ("Chimes of Freedom-The Songs of Bob Dylan") is perfect for someone like me-actually, there's literally something for everyone here.
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.
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