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I'm Not There (2007) Retail CD
Back in the early 60s Columbia launched an ad campaign to sell Dylan records: Nobody sings Dylan like Dylan, ran the tag line. And even now, 40 or so years on, it largely rings true. Sure, Hendrix's regime change worked a treat on All Along The Watchtower, but in general Bob covers pale beside the old goat's (many, usually) versions.
This album is no exception: some gems, some duds, and mostly a harmless collection of so-so covers that are careful, well played and diligent. Given the adventurousness of the movie that this release is attached to I was expecting more from the music. I don't meanmore… that I needed to hear Cradle of Filth doing Father of Night or Kanye West taking on Love Sick, but I was hoping for more, considering the pedigree of the participants.
I guess this is a bit like the recent Dylan release: how the hell do you pick a song from that catalogue and still get a sense of the weird, moustached gent behind it all? So, there's something here for everyone, and not enough for anyone.
The good things here, however, are really good, while the weaker stuff, is well, here. In the former camp are Jim James and Calexico, Cat Power, Tweedy, Sufjan Stevens, Yo La Tengo (sounding nothing at like YLT and everything like the Stones c. 1965), and John Doe. In the latter are Ramblin' Jack, Richie Havens, Sonic Youth (defeated by the almost unplayable title song - I mean that in the best sense, the song is an odd concoction of imagery and odd melodies - that is best played by Bob and the Band), The Hold Steady, The Black Keys, and so on.
Begin the games now: there's a really good single CD album here, off you go and start selecting the songs now.
Having said all of that I think you probably need to get this album for one song: John Doe's astonishing take on Pressing On. Originally from Saved, the song comes alive in Doe's take, ably assisted by Joe Henry's excellent production, and dammed near falls into The Weight. Holy moly!
|1||All Along The Watchtower|
|2||I'm Not There|
|3||Goin' To Acapulco|
|5||Ballad Of A Thin Man|
|6||Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again|
|8||Fourth TIme Around|
|10||Highway 61 Revisited|
|11||One More Cup Of Coffee|
|12||Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll|
|14||Simple Twist Of Fate|
|15||Man In The Long Black Coat|
|16||Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)|
|1||As I Went Out One Morning|
|2||Can't Leave Her Behind|
|3||Ring Them Bells|
|4||Just Like A Woman|
|5||Mama You've Been On My Mind/A Fraction Of Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie|
|6||I Wanna Be Your Lover|
|7||You Ain't Goin Nowhere|
|8||Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window|
|9||Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues|
|11||Cold Iron Bound|
|12||Times They Are A Changin'|
|14||When The Ship Comes In|
|16||I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine|
|17||Knockin' On Heaven's Door|
|18||I'm Not There|
- I'm Not There (2007) Retail CD
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