Friday, January 27, 2012
Pete Townshend's "Corrina, Corrina": One of the Highlights of the New Bob Dylan/Amnesty International Benefit Record
Pay a visit to Amnesty's website and you'll learn their mission is to "Expose and prevent human rights abuses." Hard to argue with that.
Amnesty was founded 50 years ago by English labour lawyer Peter Berenson the same year Dylan released his first LP, so a Dylan-themed project was a natural. Plus, the guy wrote the best Amnesty- ready tunes ever, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "I Shall be Released." For this project, Bob kindly offered up his peerless song catalog up for free to everyone who wanted to do a cover, and pretty much everyone asked said yes.
Participants run the gamut from My Morning Jacket to Lucinda Williams to Bryan Ferry to Adele to Miley Cyrus to a lot of interesting, international artists I've never heard of, like Ximena Sariñana. Most of the versions are good or at least interesting. If you are a Dylan fan, it's a must buy.
Pete's been playing it live recently, and he talks about the origins of the tune here.
He also did one of the great unplugged performances of all time in 1979 as part of the Amnesty-benefiting Secret Policemen's Ball. Best was this performance of the Quadrophenia track featuring some career-best singing and guitar playing. Had The Who never happened, Pete would have made a fine singer-songwriter.
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan is priced to move. You can download it on Amazon for $19.99 or a get a physical copy for a dollar less below.