Though Bob Dylan moved away from his role as a ‘protest singer’ long ago — we saw Another Side by his fourth album — his name will forever be associated with social activism. The international human rights organization Amnesty International rose out of the same turbulent era as Dylan, forming in 1961, the year Dylan recorded his first album. Fitting, then, that in celebration of their 50th birthday, Amnesty would call on artists to contribute their Dylan covers to the massive four disc set Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International doesn’t come out for another month, but the massive four-disc tribute is available to stream below. We’re just making our way through it ourselves, but the Gaslight Anthem’s “Changing of the Guards” and Queens of the Stone Age‘s “Outlaw Blues” are early highlights. On the flip side, Ke$ha‘s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” is truly atrocious (though Miley Cyrus‘ “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” isn’t bad at all). For whatever reason, you can stream 60-second excerpts of the first two discs and the full songs for the second two. At 2+ hours of music, though, we think you’ll survive. Stream the album below, then tell us what the best/worst songs are in the comments. (via Facebook)
Can you ever have ever too much Bob Dylan? With the release of an astounding line-up of artists for the latest Dylan tribute, the answer is a resounding – never! Last month we brought you more info on the upcoming Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International (including Ke$ha’s unfortunate quote comparing her music to that of the legend), but the full tracklist gets us even more excited. Elvis Costello! The Gaslight Anthem! Pete Townshend! Flogging Molly! Kronos Quartet!
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In 2007 Prince William and Prince Harry held a concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of their mother (Prince Diana)’s death. What could have been an endless stream of moribund sap became something else entirely. Something far stranger.
The boys booked a who’s-who of popular stars to play, but apparently forgot to inform the stars of the cause. As a result the performances seemed completely irrelevant to the occasion. How Rod Stewart singing “Maggie May” or Pharrell rapping “Drop It Like It’s Hot” commemorates the Princess remains unclear. Perhaps the high point of inappropriateness came in the form of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” Diana wasn’t born a princess after all…
Next to that, why shouldn’t Tom Jones and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry cover current “it band” Arctic Monkeys? And why shouldn’t it steal the show when said show that was so ill-conceived to begin with? Tom rips open “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” like it’s 1965 all over again, hollering along with backup singers, a horn section, and Perry’s killer guitar solo. Jones never recorded his version, but that’s okay. No way it would have matched up to this.