More than 80 of the world’s greatest musicians have recorded their versions of Bob Dylan songs to aid Amnesty International.
Adele is famous for her version of Bob Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love, but perhaps not as well-known are some of the Dylan interpretations which feature on a new 4-CD set which Mr Zimmerman's fans will be able to buy from Februrary 3, helping Amnesty International to fund-raise in the process.
Aside from Adele, Lenny Kravitz sings Rainy Day Woman, Ziggy Marley reggaes up Blowin’ in the Wind and folk legend Pete Seeger, huimself no spring chicken, gives a new spin to Forever Young. Angelique Kidjo performs Lay, Lady, Lay.
The 4-CD collection will not be available in the shops until 3 February although Amnesty International supporters can already order it online. Proceeds will go to help prisoners of conscience, or people at risk of torture or execution.
"I think musicians from around the world realise the value of freedom of expression," declares Kris Kristofferson of his fellow artists and their endeavours on the collection, entitled Chimes of Freedom. Kris himself performs Quinn the Eskimo (or The Mighty Quinn as it was called when Manfred Mann had a hit with it way back when.) Kris once starred with Dylan in the Western Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid and their paths have crossed through the years.
Bob Dylan’s original song Chimes of Freedom refers to the ‘chimes of freedom’ ringing out, "...for the luckless, the abandoned and forsaked; For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones and worse; And each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail…”
The same year that saw the birth of Amnesty International, 1962, also saw the release of Bob Dylan's debut album.