on 7 July 2011
Ok, I admit that I bought this on a sunny afternoon in York to obtain the version of "It Ain't Me Babe" by Edwina Hayes, but what a treat !! Unlike many complilations this never suffers for any falls in quality either artistically or technically. The "sound" is consistantly excellent throughout with no big changes in "recording quality" or "balance" which frequently make compilations hard to listen to. The choice of songs is excellent too (well done Christine Collister for donating a track - it's excellent). In fact this album is so good it could even convert a few "non-Bob" fans. It's a bargain price for a double CD, it's beautifully packaged, and the proceeds go to Oxfam - what more do you need to know ? - (well you need to know that Edwina's version of "It Ain't Me Babe" is just great). BUY IT NOW WHILE STOCKS LAST - you won't be disappointed !!
on 27 May 2013
I have quite a few Dylan covers compilations. In fact Bob fans seem to have covered his compositions more than any other - except of course the Beatles.
This one, however, is special. A great selection, beautifully covered and sensitively sequenced.
Unlike many it plays through from start to end without causing me to press the skip button once.
In my view, yes it's the Best Dylan Covers Comp. Ever.
on 23 March 2013
I bought this album at a recent Gary Hall gig (I Shall Be Released) mainly because it was for charity. Forget the "charity" tag, though. This album is stunningly good. I never tire of listening to it. Generally, I'm not a great fan of compilation albums but this one breaks the rule, mainly, because there are a number of lesser-known Dylan tracks to enjoy. With this album you also get the bonus of being introduced to some unsigned artists that would, otherwise, have passed you by. Dylan fan or not, you will enjoy this album and you get the added satisfaction of contributing to Oxfam. Gary Hall told me the sales have, so far (March 2013), raised over £3000, so not an insignificant amount.
on 1 May 2013
I've only listened to this once and dont usually write a review in music until I've had quite a few listens, however, being familiar with the songs I have quickly made the decision that it is really quite exceptional. There is not an under par song on the two albums
while some are the best versions I've heard (including Bob Dylans)'. Oh Sister' with mandolin and viola is a beautifully haunting
rendition of this song that I'm sure the composer would be proud of. I have heard many fine versions of 'To make you feel my love'
and this is up there with them, but as I said they are all fantastic versions of songs written by arguably the finest lyricist ever.