I really, really hate "tribute" albums. If you're extremely lucky you get one or two songs that you might want to hear again. Some day in the future when you're sick of every single piece of music you have in your collection. If you wanna support Amnesty or whatever, just give them the goddamn money directly.
if you think of it as a tribute album you are missing the point entirely. these songs are not about 'doing bob songs in a way that do justice' or that he would 'approve' of, or us for that matter. there aren't any hendrix watchtowers on it (or there are maybe, i haven't given it enough spins to decide). Pete Townsends corrina corrina is pretty damn smashing.
the most impressive aspect of the album is the wide range of pop genres his songs can be molded into. and how universal that appeal could be. i'd venture to say that many of these recordings might be my personal favorite out of the artist's entire catalogue. and i bet the lyrics are several steps ahead of what they typically put out in their own material. it's a great opportunity for a musician to shine, and it's a great opportunity to get a small update on what's been going on in the music business outside of dylan's sphere.
secondly, it's a great opportunity to play dylan music for an audience that gets tired of hearing his voice (which would be the majority of the music listening public), or people who wouldn't give him the time of day. those sad souls should get exposed to those powerful lyrics one way or another. now that's a cause on par with the amnesty goals. this will make a lovely gift for my sister when she moves away, or anybody else i know who would never listen to dylan.
I love the Amnesty album... and in my considered opinion, it is without doubt the greatest ever 'tribute' album ever... it is nothing short of a masterpiece of its genre... per se... type... avec toot, genre.
There is not one weak track on the release... not a single one, except for a few.
I would be interested to know if the album has been successful in helping to fight injustice and unfairness in the world.
Certainly, where I live, life has been fairly relaxed since the release, with hardly any incidents of police beatings, government brutality, riots, or social injustice... however, I do note that the same cannot be said for other places in this big ol' lump of rock we call home.
Are there any statistics that show the correlation between the release of the Amnesty album in specific countries and the impact on peace in those same communities?
you took the words right out of my mouth! the baby let me follow you down either proves both your line about there not being a single weak track, or that there might be a few. it depends on my mood when i hear it.
statistics - here's one. i did notice how happy and rejuvenated i felt when i saw large ads for the album displayed on wall sized prints (the kinds they have in new york and the like - at pedestrian eye level) that had the image associated with the album and the words "This album saves lives". It was the most advertising in the public sphere i have ever seen for a dylan related event. they were in my own neighborhood and others. i wish i got a picture but i never did. shortly after the ads came down, there was a violent incident (resulting in a stabbing) not a block away from where those ads were, between a thug and a flower shop clerk. right after valentine's day too! what kind of criminal is drawn to flower shops? after valentine's day?? poor bloke could have used a few listenings to that album i think.