A few weeks ago Amnesty International released the massive 4-disc tribute album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. This record, which contains new or new-ish recordings of Dylan classics by artists as diverse as Adele, Ke$ha, Johnny Cash and My Chemical Romance, certainly does not skimp on talent. It also doesn’t skimp on time; this whole thing clocks in at over five hours long! And even though the artists represented here are varied enough to sustain your interest, it’s tough to slog through five hours straight of any one thing.
That being the case, I went ahead and put together what I consider my “best of” mix. I cut the original 73 songs down to 15 (plus one non-album bonus track I just had to include); the whole thing now fits on one CD of music instead of four. For me, this is a way to enjoy this album consistently without having to hear a bunch of stuff that just brings me down (although actual bad tracks over the four CDs are few and far between, but the Stings and Dave Matthews of Chimes of Freedom are enough to keep me away from many future total relistens).
I’ve also compiled these tracks into a Spotify mix for you to check out right here. If you like it, please consider actually buying the record (or go track-by-track) off Amazon MP3. Proceeds from the sale of the album go straight to Amnesty International, certainly a cause worth supporting.
Rebel Rikki’s Best of Chimes of Freedom
1. Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape
2. The Gaslight Anthem – Changing of the Guard
3. Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown
4. Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ in the Wind
5. Airborne Toxic Event – Boots of Spanish Leather
6. Silversun Pickups – Not Dark Yet
7. Thea Gilmore – I’ll Remember You
8. Steve Earle – One More Cup of Coffee
9. Ed Roland – Shelter from the Storm
10. Joan Baez – Seven Curses
11. Jack’s Mannequin – Mr. Tambourine Man
12. Adele – To Make You Feel My Love
13. Flogging Molly – The Times They Are A-Changin’
14. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
15. Jeff Beck & Seal – Like a Rolling Stone
16. Bruce Springsteen – Chimes of Freedom
(note: track #16 comes from a different record, but I couldn’t not include it. This tribute uses Dylan’s actual track instead of a cover, so I thought I’d pull Bruce’s cover instead, which was released on an EP also called Chimes of Freedom).
Did we miss any? What are your favorite tracks?
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more