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Various Artists: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

February 5, 2012

80 artist covering Bob.  OK, well at least he has enough songs to go around.  There are more successes than failures here – which is surprising when you have a collection that includes Pete Townsend and Ke$ha (or alphabetical from Adele to Ziggy Marley).

It is going to take a while to digest all of this – there are 4 CDs of material.  But I have skipped around and I like what I hear.  It is great to be positively blown away by Miley Cyrus cover of “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” as a straight ahead country song.  It is not surprising that My Chemical Romance cover of “Desolation Row” is un-listenable. As expected I am not disappointed by Pete Townsend’s tender low-key cover of “Corrina Corrina.”

So overall a great cause and a nice collection of Dylan covers – some expected and some wonderful surprises – an incredible value at 20 bucks.


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