Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dylan album recreated for iTunes

Bob Dylan's music has been recorded by younger artists
Bob Dylan's music has been recorded by younger artists

Bob Dylan's music will be introduced to a new audience, thanks to cover versions by musicians such as J Tillman of Fleet Foxes.

Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home goes on sale at iTunes this week and features artists like The Morning Blenders, Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn and John, and Mirah tackling songs from Dylan's 1965 "going electric" album.

Its producer is Jim Sampas, who has done similar tributes to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album and the Beatles' Rubber Soul.

Dylan's album, a mixture of acoustic and electric tunes, included songs like Maggie's Farm, Mr. Tambourine Man, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) and Subterranean Homesick Blues.

"My desire was to show the brilliance of his songwriting and bring it to a younger audience that might not be aware of his work," Sampas said. "A lot of younger musicians embrace Dylan's work, but the overall population doesn't have as much knowledge."

The project has a mix of fairly faithful covers and some interesting interpretations. The Castanets cast Maggie's Farm in some modern percussion and synthesizer sounds. Tillman strips the sarcasm from If You've Gotta Go, Go Now for a sweet acoustic sound that makes the narrator sound vulnerable.

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