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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan [Box set]

Sting, Bad Religion, Joan Baez, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Various ArtistsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Amnesty International
  • ASIN: B006H3MIV8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. One Too Many Mornings [#]
2. Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat [#]
3. Drifters Escape [#]
4. Ballad of Hollis Brown [#]
5. Blind Willie McTell [#]
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Disc: 2
1. Outlaw Blues [#]
2. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 [#]
3. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) [#]
4. Heart of Mine [#]
5. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [#]
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Disc: 3
1. With God on Our Side [#]
2. I Want You [#]
3. She Belongs to Me [#]
4. Bob Dylan's Dream [#]
5. Tomorrow Is a Long Time [#]
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Disc: 4
1. I Shall Be Released [#]
2. Political World [#]
3. Like a Rolling Stone [#]
4. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream [#]
5. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) [Live][#]
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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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174 of 183 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music with a Message January 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fifty years after its founding in 1962 (the year Bob Dylan released his first album), Amnesty International continues to do lifesaving work for prisoners of conscience and victims of injustice around the world. In 1977, it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Since the 1970s, Amnesty's Secret Policeman's Ball concerts and records have generated funds for the promotion of human rights and raised awareness of discrimination, state censorship, police brutality, torture, the death penalty, and genocide. AI currently has over three million supporters.

As for Bob Dylan, few artists have been offered accolades to match those laid at his feet. He's among the greatest poets of our age, a transformational figure in the history of music. There's not a singer or songwriter alive who doesn't owe a debt to his wit and wisdom, and thousands cover his clever, compassionate songs every day. They line up to perform on albums like this one, and there's a Dylan tribute disc for just about every genre you can name: pop, rock, blues, reggae, country, folk, classical, jazz. While most of these are heartfelt, many are uninspired or insipid, and few are memorable.

Fortunately, this four-CD, 73-track compilation is both musical and meaningful. The renowned performers on "Chimes of Freedom" possess not only ample talent but also a deep feeling for the political and personal messages that Bob communicates. And they clearly support Amnesty International, whose anniversary they celebrate. None of them accepted any money for their work (nor did producers, arrangers, engineers, or studios), thereby maximizing their assistance to AI. The music and the cause mesh perfectly.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIXING TO DIE January 24, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
There's no way I wouldn't add this to my collection. Dylan is one of those who has sung the soundtrack to my life, now to rapidly approaching seven decades. I first heard, and then saw him, in the auld country back in the '60's, (took a night off from Georgie Fame at the Flamingo). Leonard Cohen is another who's words and music have sustained and rescued me and he also has a new album full of "Old Ideas" coming out.
Just listening to the first few samples was enough to remove any doubt, which I never had, and grant amnesty to any who may not 'live up to expectations'. As a home visit Hospice nurse one of my guiding principles is to 'leave my expectations at the door', just enter into whatever waits. Deep thanks to all the artists in all fields, and those behind the scenes, who contributed their time, effort and talents to this noble cause.
What I want to know is WILL WE EVER GET A DVD OF THE 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, hopefully before I kick the bucket. I've still got a lot of miles left on me, I ain't knocking on heaven's door yet, but I am going down slow. Sure would like to watch this concert before I hear the Chimes of Ultimate Freedom.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional covers; broad range of interesting styles. January 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of broken, unmusical voices. Leonard Cohen, Vic Chesnutt, Tom Waits...and Bob Dylan. But as is so often the case, the compositions of these amazing singer/songwriters can sound fresh and vibrant in the vocals of someone more, shall we say, technically accomplished. Such is the case with many of the songs on "Chimes."

Although, having said that, an early favorite is Kris Kristofferson's take on "The Mighty Quinn," which makes superb use of gargles-with-glass throatiness.

The songs on this album span nearly the entire length of Dylan's career so far, even reviving a couple of favorites from his gospel-influenced days. I'm not a fan of what Sinead O'Connor did with the song "Property of Jesus," but I did appreciate someone resurrecting the song. Same with "Gotta Serve Somebody."

Perhaps the best songs are the ones that play directly into Amnesty International's messages of peace and justice. Dylan seems like the perfect poster child for AI, and the international flavor of many of the tracks underscores that message. The other way that the medium emphasizes the message is in the album's dizzying tolerance--not to say embrace--of all styles, from front-porch folk (Pete Seeger on "Forever Young") to harmonious punk (Bad Religion on "It's All Over Now, Baby"), to every point in between. Forget ebony and ivory--if Miley Cyrus can live side-by-side with K'NAAN in my MP3 player, perhaps there's hope we can all learn to get along.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Whilst the phrase "its for a good cause" should be a prime consideration when reviewing this album any listener can't help but face the fact that this is a very long curates egg of an album with the balance just about tipping towards hits than misses. It is a humungous amount of music for the price and great VFM, but frankly had it been cut to a double or even a long single album it would have been a better outcome. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International and their wonderful ability to shine light into the darkest corners of human rights violations deserves some really special. Sadly this is not it. With over 70 songs from such a strange brew of artists it was inevitable that quality and variability would be an issue. Equally while the compilers have used up to date covers of the Dylan cannon the absence of Hendrix, Neville Brothers, Dave Alvin and especially the Byrds does leave a an aching gap. This is compounded by seeking to accommodate all comers when a "stop and proceed no further" policy should have been more selectively employed. In particular someone should have boomed out in Gandolph like tones "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" to Maroon 5 and their pedestrian cover of "I shall be released", cried halt to My Chemical Romance's butchering of "Desolation Row", informed Silverstein's that producing an EMO version of "Song for Woody" wasn't a great idea and let us not get started on Mick Hucknell's laughingly bizarre Dylan impression on "One of us must know". This is by no means a complete list of some of the atrocities here with Sting's "Girl from the north country" easily being the most irritating thing on the album while Cage the Elephant should be summoned to appear before a angry judge for their heinous version of "The lonesome death of Hattie Carroll". Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok not all good covers
Published 23 days ago by mlk3sgrljakki
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
It is classic Dylan songs; how can a child-of-the-60s not like it? Of course, the voices are clearer, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Published 1 month ago by GeoffK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent rendition of Bob Dylan songs.
Published 1 month ago by bunny
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
i received two disc number ones...all i wanted was the gaslight hoo.
Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Kowalczik
4.0 out of 5 stars if it's dylan, it's good...
i purchased the CD primarily for its version of 'my back pages.' i've been pleasantly surprised by the other arrangements as well. good stuff...
Published 3 months ago by scott barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable both in the content and the activist intent. ...
Unforgettable both in the content and the activist intent. And Miley Cyrus shows she still has some mojo for those of us who had written her off.
Published 4 months ago by Rodrigo Valencia
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for more.
Best covers ever.I think I've bought 6 or 7 of theses as gifts for all kinds of friends and relatives.
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Cotterell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dylan, from many artists
I loved this four CD set of Dylan songs, sung by many artists, many of whom I had never heard before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul W. Gerzon
5.0 out of 5 stars what a bargain
Couldn't believe the low price on this----and so many great songs done well by the likes of Patti Smith Tom Morello and others even a nice version of "You're gonna make me... Read more
Published 5 months ago by daniel travostino
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning covers of the master
A tour de force. A wonderful collection of great covers of great Dylan songs. Collected covers don't get much better than this.
Published 6 months ago by P Sutton
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you guys need to stop the haterade. this is a very good set for a noble cause at a fantastic price. so shut the hell up. and the kesha song is really good. if u didn't know it was her you all would say it's great.
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