Sunday, November 04, 2007

I'm Not There Soundtrack

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised over something you wouldn't have dreamed would surprise you? That's how I felt when I put I'm Not There in my CD player (thanks to Sam). The reasons why the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan biopic is pretty darn good...

I've haven't been this excited about a movie soundtrack since Trainspotting... okay that's a slight exaggeration. Not knowing a whole lot about Bob Dylan or his work, There was neither hard to follow - by "hard to follow," I mean you don't have to be a Dylan fanatic to get it. It's ideal to listen to on a lazy Sunday morning or a peaceful drive. You don't feel like you're listening to a "best of" tribute CD, even though in a sense you are...

I think one of the gutsiest moves musicians make are doing covers from legendary peers. If one does this, it's a make or break deal. Luckily, it worked out for the 25 or so musicians on this two-disc compilation of Dylan songs. To answer why it worked is because the musicians featured aren't a flash in the pan - Willie Nelson, Iron & Wine, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Mark Lanegan (yay!) of Screaming Trees and The Gutter Twins and more. You can hear his sound and lazy vocals in the musicians without it being cheesy or a mockery...

The one piece of the puzzle that connects the CD and the listener together is the movie itself. Unfortunately, I'm Not There doesn't come out until November 21 and even then, it's a limited release. If it's as original as Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine, we're in for a treat. Hopefully, the times could be a changin' and they might show There here come November 21!

Until then, pick up a copy. If you're a tech savvy person and own the tinker toy called a iPod, it's available on iTunes. If you're need a couple recommendations to twist your arm, check out "Mama, You've Been on My Mind/A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woodie Gutherie" by Jack Johnson or "Man in the Long Black Coat" by Mark Lanegan.

The tracks...

Disc One
1. "All Along the Watchtower" - Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers
2. "I'm Not There" - Sonic Youth
3. "Goin' To Acapulco" - Jim James and Calexico
4. "Tombstone Blues" - Richie Havens
5. "Ballad of a Thin Man" - Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
6. "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" - Cat Power
7. "Pressing On" - John Doe
8. "Fourth Time Around" - Yo La Tengo
9. "Dark Eyes" - Iron & Wine and Calexico
10. "Highway 61 Revisited" - Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers
11. "One More Cup of Coffee" - Roger McGuinn and Calexico
12. "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" - Mason Jennings
13. "Billy"- Los Lobos
14. "Simple Twist of Fate" - Jeff Tweedy
15 "The Man in the Long Black Coat" - Mark Lanegan
16. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" - Willie Nelson and Calexico

Disc Two
1. "As I Went Out One Morning" - Mira Billotte
2. "Can't Leave Her Behind" - Stephen Malkmus and Lee Ranaldo
3. "Ring Them Bells" - Sufjan Stevens
4. "Just Like a Woman" - Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
5. "Mama You've Been on My Mind" / "A Fraction of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" - Jack Johnson
6. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" - Yo La Tengo
7. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" - Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
8. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" - The Hold Steady
9. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" - Ramblin' Jack Elliot
10. "Wicked Messenger" - The Black Keys
11. "Cold Irons Bound" - Tom Verlaine and the Million Dollar Bashers
12. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" - Mason Jennings
13. "Maggie's Farm" - Stephen Malkmus and the Million Dollar Bashers
14. "When the Ship Comes In" - Marcus Carl Franklin
15. "Moonshiner" - Bob Forrest
16. "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," John Doe
17. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," - Antony & the Johnsons
18. "I'm Not There," Bob Dylan with The Band

The Trailer

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