Chimes of Freedom (album)
|Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||January 24, 2012 (USA & Canada) February 6, 2012 (Rest of the World)|
|Genre||Rock, pop, folk, country, punk, blues, jazz, alt-rock|
|Length||5 hr 21 min|
|Label||Amnesty International distributed by Fontana|
|Producer||Jeff Ayeroff, Julie Yannatta. (Executive Producers)|
Helen Garrett, Karen Scott (Executive Producers for Amnesty International)
Martin Lewis (Contributing Producer)
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. Proceeds from the album were donated to the human rights organization Amnesty International. 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.
Featured artists include 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.
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.
|Digital bonus tracks|
|1.||"When the Ship Comes In" (released on The Times They Are a-Changin'; 1964)||Outernational||3:27|
|2.||"Song to Woody" (released on Bob Dylan; 1962)||Silverstein||2:12|
|3.||"Man in the Long Black Coat" (released on Oh Mercy; 1989)||Daniel Bedingfield||2:27|
Producers of the recordings
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Of the 69 new studio recordings, the majority of the tracks were self-produced or co-produced by the performers themselves . Notable producers of recordings (other than the artist/producers) include Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ezrin, Jack Douglas, Chuck Harmony, Joe Henry, Jac Holzman, Mark Hudson, Martin Lewis, Rob Mathes and Rick Rubin who - except as noted - each produced a single track. Two of the producers - Bob Clearmountain and Mark Hudson - each contributed to two separate tracks on the album. The album's Contributing Producer Martin Lewis contributed to eight of the album's tracks.
Of the 69 new studio recordings, Amnesty made music videos for 16 tracks.
- Jeff Beck & Seal - "Like a Rolling Stone" 
- Eric Burdon - "Gotta Serve Somebody" 
- Darren Criss - "New Morning" 
- Miley Cyrus - "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" 
- Neil Finn with Pajama Club - "She Belongs to Me" 
- Flogging Molly - "The Times They Are A-Changin'" 
- Kris Kristofferson - "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" 
- Oren Lavie - "4th Time Around" 
- Outernational - "When the Ship Comes In" 
- Joe Perry - "Man of Peace" 
- Rise Against - "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" 
- Pete Seeger - "Forever Young" 
- The Airborne Toxic Event - "Boots Of Spanish Leather" 
- Pete Townshend - "Corrina, Corrina" 
- We Are Augustines - "Mama, You Been On My Mind" 
- Evan Rachel Wood - "I'd Have You Anytime" 
Promotional TV performances
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 
- Dierks Bentley & Punch Brothers - "Señor" - The Ellen DeGeneres Show 
- Mick Hucknall - "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" - The Ronnie Wood Show (Sky TV) 
- Ziggy Marley - "Blowin' in the Wind" - Late Show with David Letterman 
- Joe Perry - "Man of Peace" - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Amnesty created "making-of" mini-documentaries about the recording of 9 of the 69 new studio tracks.
- Jeff Beck & Seal: "Like A Rolling Stone" 
- Billy Bragg: "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" 
- Mick Hucknall: "One Of Us Must Know" 
- Joe Perry: "Man Of Peace" 
- Rise Against: "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" 
- Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren: "Abandoned Love" 
- Pete Seeger: "Forever Young" 
- Pete Townshend: "Corrina Corrina" 
- Evan Rachel Wood: "I'd Have You Anytime" 
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