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Is It Rolling Bob?: a Reggae T Limited Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002JP3A6
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Times They Are A-Changin' - Apple Gabriel
  2. Maggie's Farm - Toots Hibbert
  3. Just Like A Woman - Beres Hammond
  4. Lay, Lady, Lay - The Mighty Diamonds
  5. Gotta Serve Somebody - Nasio
  6. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Luciano
  7. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol - Michael Rose
  8. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Sizzla
  9. Mr. Tambourine Man - Gregory Isaacs
  10. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - JC Lodge
  11. One Too Many Mornings - Abijah
  12. Blowin' In The Wind - Don Carlos
  13. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Billy Mystic
  14. I And I (Reggae Remix) - Bob Dylan

Disc: 2

  8. I AND I DUB

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Loblaw on 27 Feb. 2012
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Bought this thinking that Bob Dylan reggae would sound good. Mistaken. This is very poor indeed. All the backing music sounds like it was put together on the same £40 Yamaha synth and they've managed to filter out all of the power and attitude of the songs, turning them into MOR petrol station CD fodder. An opportunity missed, and I've wasted £7.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Bob meets Bob 10 Aug. 2004
By A. B Hawley - Published on
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Jah is within I! Are you kidding me? A disc that combines my love of Bob Dylan's music with my love of reggae?! Lovefest. And just when it couldn't get any better, the second disc is version/dub! A lot of great reggae artist pitch in on this disc (Toots, Isaacs, Black Uhuru, Hammond) and do a great job. A bought this disc almost as a "novelty," but that really underrates it - it's a seriously good vibration. Enjoy!
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Yes, It Is Rolling, Mon 29 Sept. 2004
By Larry White - Published on
This is yet another contradiction to our earlier assertion (in other places on this site) that tribute albums, as a rule, suck (we are flip-flopping once again). This is, in fact, another terrific one. Of course, in choosing to pay tribute to the greatest songwriter of our time, producer Dr. Dread has pretty much guaranteed the quality of the material. All that's left, then, is the quality of the performances and these are, at their worst, solid and, at their best (and we're thinking of the bitingly soulful version of Maggie's Farm by Toots Hibbert), transcendant. Although we were not familiar with more than half the reggae artists who perform on this cd, we probably should be. The vocal prowess of these performers is consistently amazing. Evidently,there are an awful lot of soul men in Jamaica, mon. It is also apparent how adaptable Dylan's music is to the spirit and rhythms of reggae. The song choices from Dylan's seemingly infinite catalogue are, for the most part, those one might expect to be performed by such artists-the popular (The Times They Are A-Changing, Just Like a Woman, Mr. Tambourine Man) and the spiritual (Gotta Serve Somebody, Knockin' on Heaven's Door). However, it is those choices that veer the farthest from the predictable we've most enjoyed. The same studio musicians (including reggae stalwarts Sly Dunbar and Earl `Chinna' Smith) were employed on most of the tracks, thus providing a coherence that tribute albums generally lack. However, that also results in a certain sameness to the arrangements, which detracts slightly from the music's kick. Once again, it is those songs that deviate from the relaxed reggae groove which have appealed to us most. The album concludes with Dylan himself and an all star band performing an electrifying remix of his own `I and I'-a perfect capper to an excellent cd.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sure sounded like a good idea... 22 April 2007
By Michael Crowley - Published on
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Bob Dylan's work has been adapted to all kinds of musical styles, and you'd think reggae would be a perfect fit, since, like Dylan, it often fuses of the spiritual and the political and both Dylan and many reggae artists have a fondness for lush but not gooey romantic ballads (No Woman No Cry etc).

But this CD really doesn't work for me. I like my reggae rootsy (as far as I'm concerned, Lee Perry is God, or I guess Jah), and this sounds like slick, soulless beer commercial reggae, the kind of thing you'd probably hear at a resort pool party. Producer Doctor Dread has a very unfortunate fondness for smooth jazz sax, cocktail lounge guitar and sacharine flutes. It's all very professional, yes. These are some of the top studio musicians in Jamaica (Sly, Chinna) and they hit all the right notes. But they're just picking up a paycheck. After this session it sounds like they could well have laid down some tracks for a Jamaican Tourist Board spot.

Some of it is okay. Toots is always great, Apple Gabriel has a wonderful molasses-and-ganja voice, Michael Rose makes an interesting choice in The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol and Sizzla turns Subterannean Homesick Blues into a dancehall song, which works surprisingly well (and I don't like dancehall). The cover of Gotta Serve Somebody is pretty good too, partly because it was recorded separately from the rest of the CD so the backing music isn't so cold and efficient. You should probably just cherry-pick these from iTunes.

But even many of the good performances are sabotaged by that awful by-the-numbers studio sound.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One Fantastic Track 5 Oct. 2004
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on
First of all, whatever you do, don't buy the "single CD" version.

Make sure you get the double CD.

The first CD has some lovely tracks, the first song especially,

The Times They Are A Changing, is immediately addicting.

Lay Lay Lay is nice, as is Blowing In The Wind and Serve

Somebody. I would have liked the "dub" CD so much better IF

it had been clean of vocals (as essential dub must be) but as

I feared, all the "dub" tracks have too many vocals for my

taste. However, the saving grace is the final track on the

second CD, the "dub" of "I and I." This track is fantastic and

the reason I'm hanging onto "Is It Rolling Bob." If Bob Dylan were to have a dub song, this is the perfect selection, because of

the title. This track is magical and powerful, and Bob's vocals

don't bother me's one of those singles that you program

to hear when you're in the mood. Really great. So is this

single track worth getting the entire double CD? Over the

long run, I'd have to say yes. I'm sure many people keep CDs

for single songs...and this is definitely among the best of them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An intruiging melding of styles 10 Nov. 2006
By Gavin F. Moodie - Published on
Reggae versions of other types of music often compromise both the genre and the original. I don't know whether this album is quite good enough to overcome that limitation to be enjoyed by fans of only reggae or Dylan, but if you are a fan of both, this album is a must.

I found some of the tracks genuinely enjoyable, and while it is very much a reflection of my personal taste, I thought the singers of other tracks rather mangled Dylan's inimmitable delivery. But I find all the tracks a lot of fun and enjoy hearing these different renditions of old Dylan favourites.

So good is this that I'm hanging out for a second volume of 'Is it rolling Bob?'.
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