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Everyone Is Doing A Bob Dylan Cover for Amnesty International

Do you guys dig Bob Dylan? Because, and don’t hate me, but I really, really don’t. Is that an unpopular opinion, to hate Bob Dylan? I mean, I don’t anything about his personal life or anything, all I know is that when I hear his voice I want to end it all. Is anybody with me?

Anyway, despite my active disgust with Bob Dylan’s voice, he actually has some pretty great songs. Take, for instance, Adele‘s cover of Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” up there. Gorgeous, right? Well, Adele and 71 other artists (including the likes of Miley and Ke$ha, can you imagine?) are teaming up to cover a number of Bob Dylan’s songs for a tribute album called Chimes of Freedom. The proceeds are going to Amnesty International.

The songs I’m most excited about include, of course, Adele’s, but also Ziggy Marley’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Jack’s Mannequin’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” but most of all Flogging Molly’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

Check out the tracklist after the jump, then let me know which songs you’re excited to hear!

Disc 1
01. Raphael Saadiq – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
02. Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape
03. Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown
04. Tom Morello The Nightwatchman – Blind Willie McTell
05. Pete Townshend – Corrina, Corrina
06. Bettye LaVette – Most of the Time
07. Charlie Winston – This Wheel’s On Fire
08. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
09. Brett Dennen – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
10. Mariachi El Bronx – Love Sick
11. Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ in the Wind
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Changing of the Guards
13. Silversun Pickups – Not Dark Yet
14. My Morning Jacket – You’re A Big Girl Now
15. The Airborne Toxic Event – Boots of Spanish Leather
16. Sting – Girl from the North Country
17. Mark Knopfler – Restless Farewell

Disc 2
01. Queens Of The Stone Age – Outlaw Blues
02. Lenny Kravitz – Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35
03. Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
04. Blake Mills – Heart Of Mine
05. Miley Cyrus – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
06. Billy Bragg – Lay Down Your Weary Tune
07. Elvis Costello – License to Kill
08. Angelique Kidjo – Lay, Lady, Lay
09. Natasha Bedingfield – Ring Them Bells
10. Jackson Browne – Love Minus Zero/No Limit
11. Joan Baez – Seven Curses (Live)
12. The Belle Brigade – No Time To Think
13. Sugarland – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Live)
14. Jack’s Mannequin – Mr. Tambourine Man
15. Oren Lavie – 4th Time Around
16. Sussan Deyhim – All I Really Want To Do
17. Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Recorded Live at WXPN)

Disc 3
01. K’NAAN – With God On Our Side
02. Ximena Sariñana – I Want You
03. Neil Finn with Pajama Club – She Belongs to Me
04. Bryan Ferry – Bob Dylan’s Dream
05. Zee Avi – Tomorrow Is A Long Time
06. Carly Simon – Just Like a Woman
07. Flogging Molly – The Times They Are A-Changin’
08. Fistful Of Mercy – Buckets Of Rain
09. Joe Perry – Man Of Peace
10. Bad Religion – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row (Live)
12. RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
13. Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren – Abandoned Love
14. Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss and Freelance Whales – New Morning
15. Cage the Elephant – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
16. Band of Skulls – It Ain’t Me, Babe
17. Sinéad O’Connor – Property of Jesus
18. Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project – Shelter From The Storm
19. Ke$ha – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
20. Kronos Quartet – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Disc 4
01. Maroon 5 – I Shall Be Released
02. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Political World
03. Seal & Jeff Beck – Like A Rolling Stone
04. Taj Mahal – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
05. Dierks Bentley – Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)
06. Mick Hucknall – One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
07. Thea Gilmore – I’ll Remember You
08. State Radio – John Brown
09. Dave Matthews Band – All Along the Watchtower (Live)
10. Michael Franti – Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. We Are Augustines – Mama, You Been On My Mind
12. Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
13. Kris Kristofferson – Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
14. Eric Burdon – Gotta Serve Somebody
15. Evan Rachel Wood – I’d Have You Anytime
16. Marianne Faithfull – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Live)
17. Pete Seeger – Forever Young
18. Bob Dylan – Chimes Of Freedom


9 CommentsLeave a comment

  • While I don’t mind Dylan, I don’t think he’s Gods gift to singing. I saw him at #7 in a Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Singers and I was spewing!

  • I’m not a huge fan of Bob Dylan, but I loved “I’m Not There.” Frankly, the covers from that movie are way better than I’m anticipating the ones above to be.

  • I think Bob Dylan being a genius songwriter and a terrible singer has been an established fact for what- forty years? More? Nothing new there.
    What does have me concerned is seeing that Ke$ha is singing “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”. That is one of my favorite songs ever. Ke$ha? Granted, she has a better voice than Bob Dylan, but, meh.

  • I feel it is a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes.No one wants to be the first to say his music is pedestrian at best and unintelligible at worst.

  • I always thought he was ctazily overated… I couldn’t stand his music when I was a young teenager and my father thought he was the bee’s knees.

    His voice is irritating (to my mind, disingenuous, self-indulgent, draggy, often empty of a palpable, accessible feeling) and his lyrics, although some are very fine, can sound like pure stream of consciousness bs, or bafflegab…

    The Emperor’s new clothes???????? Reader up there? I had the same thought Just a little maybe…

    That being said, he has some brilliant stuff too, niched in with the other stuff. (Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands… beautiful chorus with, yes, palapble, identifyable feeling!!!)

    I am reminded of Eric Clapton saying that he never got Dylan at all untill he made the album Blond on Blond.

    And that’s my Bob bashing for the day.