Monday, June 25, 2012

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

"Almost never will more than 80 artists unite to support one cause, let alone create, pay for and donate 76 original tracks to raise money for it, but when the cause is Amnesty International and when the songs are Bob Dylan's, something quite magical happens. Today sees the release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. We have worked on this album with hundreds of people over the last year to create an opus to honor the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International and the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's career. 'The connections between Amnesty International's mission and Bob Dylan's music seem, on a moment's reflection, so obvious and natural that they require no explanation. For half a century, Amnesty has pressed to secure the fundamental human rights of the persecuted and imprisoned across the globe, standing for the sanctity of individual conscience above arbitrary authority. Over that same half century, Dylan's art has explored and expressed the anguish and hope of the modern human condition,' as Sean Wilentz so eloquently opens in his liner notes for the album" (Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta, "This Album Saves Lives," Huffington Post, 1/24/12).

View catalog record here!