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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International
Compilation album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 2012 (USA & Canada) February 6, 2012 (Rest of the World)
GenreRock, pop, folk, country, punk, blues, jazz, alt-rock
Length5 hr 21 min
LabelAmnesty International distributed by Fontana
ProducerJeff Ayeroff, Julie Yannatta. (Executive Producers)
Helen Garrett, Karen Scott (Executive Producers for Amnesty International)
Martin Lewis (Contributing Producer)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[2]

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International is a charity compilation album featuring new recordings of compositions by Bob Dylan by multiple artists, released on January 24, 2012.[3] Proceeds from the album were donated to the human rights organization Amnesty International.[4] It debuted in the U.S at number 11 on the Billboard 200 with 22,000 copies sold while the 2-CD version available at Starbucks debuted at number 38 with more than 10,200 copies sold.[5]

Featured artists include Diana Krall, Johnny Cash, Adele, Miley Cyrus, My Chemical Romance, Silversun Pickups, Kesha, The Gaslight Anthem, Pete Townshend, Seal, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Darren Criss, Eric Burdon, Sting, Patti Smith, My Morning Jacket, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle and Rise Against.

The 4-disc CD version of the album features 73 tracks - with a further 3 tracks available on a digital-only basis - making for a total of 76 tracks. Among the 76 recordings is Bob Dylan's original 1964 recording of the title track. Of the other 75 tracks, 69 were brand-new studio recordings purpose-made for the album. The other 6 tracks were recent live performances recorded for other purposes by the artists and subsequently donated for inclusion on the album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bob Dylan as sole composer - with four exceptions: Two songs co-written by Dylan, one title an arrangement by Dylan of a traditional song and one title a traditional song arranged by a fellow folksinger. All four exceptions are noted after the pertinent song title

Disc 1
1."One Too Many Mornings" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Johnny Cash feat. The Avett Brothers3:48
2."Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Raphael Saadiq3:43
3."Drifter's Escape" (released on John Wesley Harding; 1967)Patti Smith3:22
4."Ballad of Hollis Brown" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Rise Against5:12
5."Blind Willie McTell" (outtake from Infidels; 1983)The Nightwatchman5:16
6."Corrina, Corrina" (traditional - arranged by Dylan) (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963)Pete Townshend2:34
7."Most of the Time" (released on Oh Mercy; 1989)Bettye LaVette5:16
8."This Wheel's on Fire" (Bob Dylan & Danko) (released on The Basement Tapes; 1975)Charlie Winston3:07
9."Simple Twist of Fate" (released on Blood on the Tracks; 1975)Diana Krall3:51
10."You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II; 1971)Brett Dennen3:04
11."Love Sick" (released on Time Out of Mind; 1997)Mariachi El Bronx3:42
12."Blowin' in the Wind" (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963)Ziggy Marley2:43
13."Changing of the Guards" (released on Street-Legal; 1978)The Gaslight Anthem5:23
14."Not Dark Yet" (released on Time Out of Mind; 1997)Silversun Pickups6:23
15."You're a Big Girl Now" (released on Blood on the Tracks; 1975)My Morning Jacket5:11
16."Boots of Spanish Leather" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)The Airborne Toxic Event5:12
17."Girl from the North Country" (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963, and on Nashville Skyline; 1969)Sting2:54
18."Restless Farewell" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Mark Knopfler5:52
Disc 2
1."Outlaw Blues" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Queens of the Stone Age4:09
2."Rainy Day Women#12 & 35" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Lenny Kravitz4:08
3."One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" (released on Desire; 1976)Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli4:44
4."Heart of Mine" (released on Shot of Love; 1981)Blake Mills featuring Danielle Haim5:31
5."You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (released on Blood on the Tracks; 1975)Miley Cyrus3:33
6."Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (outtake from The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Billy Bragg4:19
7."License to Kill" (released on Infidels; 1983)Elvis Costello5:13
8."Lay, Lady, Lay" (released on Nashville Skyline; 1969)Angelique Kidjo3:09
9."Ring Them Bells" (released on Oh Mercy; 1989)Natasha Bedingfield4:09
10."Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Jackson Browne4:21
11."Seven Curses" (live) (outtake from The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Joan Baez5:05
12."No Time to Think" (released on Street-Legal; 1978)The Belle Brigade8:06
13."Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" (live) (released on Nashville Skyline; 1969)Sugarland3:57
14."Mr. Tambourine Man" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Jack's Mannequin4:27
15."4th Time Around" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Oren Lavie4:23
16."All I Really Want to Do" (released on Another Side of Bob Dylan; 1964)Sussan Deyhim5:18
17."Make You Feel My Love" (recorded Live at WXPN) (released on Time Out of Mind; 1997)Adele4:07
Disc 3
1."With God on Our Side" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)K'naan3:40
2."I Want You" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Ximena Sariñana3:37
3."She Belongs to Me" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Neil Finn with Pajama Club2:58
4."Bob Dylan's Dream" (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963)Bryan Ferry3:55
5."Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II; 1971)Zee Avi3:59
6."Just Like a Woman" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Carly Simon5:12
7."The Times They Are a-Changin'" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Flogging Molly3:02
8."Buckets of Rain" (released on Blood on the Tracks; 1975)Fistful of Mercy3:14
9."Man of Peace" (released on Infidels; 1983)Joe Perry7:43
10."It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Bad Religion3:06
11."Desolation Row (Live)" (released on Highway 61 Revisited; 1965)My Chemical Romance3:01
12."Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (released on Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid; 1973)RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat3:52
13."Abandoned Love" (outtake from Desire; 1976)Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren4:32
14."New Morning" (released on New Morning; 1970)Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss of Freelance Whales3:07
15."The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Cage the Elephant5:02
16."It Ain't Me, Babe" (released on Another Side of Bob Dylan; 1964)Band of Skulls3:23
17."Property of Jesus" (released on Shot of Love; 1981)Sinéad O'Connor3:36
18."Shelter from the Storm" (released on Blood on the Tracks; 1975)Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project4:12
19."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963)Kesha3:49
20."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (instrumental) (released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan; 1963)Kronos Quartet4:03
Disc 4
1."I Shall Be Released" (released on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II; 1971)Maroon 54:10
2."Political World" (released on Oh Mercy; 1989)Carolina Chocolate Drops2:49
3."Like a Rolling Stone" (released on Highway 61 Revisited; 1965)Seal & Jeff Beck7:25
4."Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Taj Mahal5:01
5."Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (live) (released on Street-Legal; 1978)Dierks Bentley3:51
6."One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" (released on Blonde on Blonde; 1966)Mick Hucknall4:59
7."I'll Remember You" (released on Empire Burlesque; 1985)Thea Gilmore4:48
8."John Brown" (released under the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt on Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1; 1963)State Radio4:49
9."All Along the Watchtower" (live) (released on John Wesley Harding; 1967)Dave Matthews Band7:03
10."Subterranean Homesick Blues" (released on Bringing It All Back Home; 1965)Michael Franti2:18
11."Mama, You Been on My Mind" (outtake from Another Side of Bob Dylan; 1964)We Are Augustines3:30
12."Tryin' to Get to Heaven" (released on Time Out of Mind; 1997)Lucinda Williams4:42
13."Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" (released on Self Portrait; 1970)Kris Kristofferson2:38
14."Gotta Serve Somebody" (released on Slow Train Coming; 1979)Eric Burdon4:57
15."I'd Have You Anytime" (Bob Dylan & George Harrison) (released on Harrison's All Things Must Pass; 1970)Evan Rachel Wood3:54
16."Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" (live) (traditional arranged by Eric von Schmidt) (released on Bob Dylan; 1962)Marianne Faithfull2:28
17."Forever Young" (released on Planet Waves; 1974)Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids3:15
18."Chimes of Freedom" (released on Another Side of Bob Dylan; 1964)Bob Dylan7:13
Digital bonus tracks
1."When the Ship Comes In" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)Outernational3:27
2."Song to Woody" (released on Bob Dylan; 1962)Silverstein2:12
3."Man in the Long Black Coat" (released on Oh Mercy; 1989)Daniel Bedingfield2:27

Music videos[edit]

Of the 69 new studio recordings, Amnesty made music videos for 16 tracks.

  • Jeff Beck & Seal - "Like a Rolling Stone" [1]
  • Eric Burdon - "Gotta Serve Somebody" [2]
  • Darren Criss - "New Morning" [3]
  • Miley Cyrus - "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" [4]
  • Neil Finn with Pajama Club - "She Belongs to Me" [5]
  • Flogging Molly - "The Times They Are A-Changin'" [6]
  • Kris Kristofferson - "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" [7]
  • Oren Lavie - "4th Time Around" [8]
  • Outernational - "When the Ship Comes In" [9]
  • Joe Perry - "Man of Peace" [10]
  • Rise Against - "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" [11]
  • Pete Seeger - "Forever Young" [12]
  • The Airborne Toxic Event - "Boots Of Spanish Leather" [13]
  • Pete Townshend - "Corrina, Corrina" [14]
  • We Are Augustines - "Mama, You Been On My Mind" [15]
  • Evan Rachel Wood - "I'd Have You Anytime" [16]

Promotional TV performances[edit]

5 of the artists who recorded tracks made promotional appearances on US or UK TV shows performing their contribution to the album:

  • The Avett Brothers - "One Too Many Mornings" - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [17]
  • Dierks Bentley & Punch Brothers - "Señor" - The Ellen DeGeneres Show [18]
  • Mick Hucknall - "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" - The Ronnie Wood Show (Sky TV) [19]
  • Ziggy Marley - "Blowin' in the Wind" - Late Show with David Letterman [20]
  • Joe Perry - "Man of Peace" - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Mini documentaries[edit]

Amnesty created "making-of" mini-documentaries about the recording of 9 of the 69 new studio tracks.

  • Jeff Beck & Seal: "Like A Rolling Stone" [21]
  • Billy Bragg: "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" [22]
  • Mick Hucknall: "One Of Us Must Know" [23]
  • Joe Perry: "Man Of Peace" [24]
  • Rise Against: "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" [25]
  • Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren: "Abandoned Love" [26]
  • Pete Seeger: "Forever Young" [27]
  • Pete Townshend: "Corrina Corrina" [28]
  • Evan Rachel Wood: "I'd Have You Anytime" [29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Chimes of Freedom at AllMusic
  2. ^ Levy, Joe, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan at Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Wilson, Greg (October 27, 2011). "Miley Cyrus to Cover Bob Dylan on New Album". NBC. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Adele cover Bob Dylan for charity tribute album | News". Nme.Com. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ Chimes of Freedom Debuts at #11 on Billboard! Amnesty International. Retrieved February 2, 2011.

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