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Various: How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan

(ACE Records) 20 tracks - Classic interpretations of the Bob Dylan songbook by some of the greatest names of soul music. Fully-illustrated 20 page colour booklet with 3500 word notes, mastered from the original band sources

Not for nothing is Bob Dylan considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of his, or any other, generation. His compositions have provided a prime source of repertoire for hundreds, even thousands, of recording artists for 50 years, and his catalogue continues to be regularly revised and revisited in all genres of music.

Spanning more than two decades of Dylan compositions, “How Many Roads” offers 20 first-rate examples of how well his songs have lent themselves to being remade/remodelled by high profile names in black American music. Few of his peers have had their catalogues visited as regularly by black singers and musicians. Only John Lennon and Paul McCartney (the subjects of the next volume in this short “Black America Sings…” series) come close in terms of breadth of catalogue and number of covers. 

Black America was very quick to wake up to the potential of Dylan compositions and savvy singers started covering them almost as soon as he released them. Early fans included the Staple Singers, who cut no less than three songs from his breakthrough album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” and can be heard here on a stellar version of ‘Masters Of War’. Sam Cooke was inspired to write his masterpiece ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ after hearing Dylan sing ‘Blowing In The Wind’ on TV and wondering why no black songwriter had come up with anything that spoke so eloquently of the need for racial equality as the song’s opening line, “How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man?” That song is heard here in a compelling 1968 rendition by front-tier Memphis soulman O.V. Wright, one of more than 30 black American artists who recorded it within five years of Dylan’s version. 

This set includes some of Dylan’s favourite recordings of his songs and the CD comes to you with his blessing and approval. My own favourite tracks include the Persuasions’ glorious a cappella remodelling of ‘The Man In Me’ from Dylan’s “New Morning” album, Con-Funk-Shun’s surprisingly effective funk-up of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and gospel queen Marion Williams’ heart-wrenching deep soul version of ‘I Pity The Poor Immigrant’ from “John Wesley Harding”. 

There are many other great tracks that finite CD running time didn’t allow us to include here, so keep your fingers crossed for a second volume. Until then, there’s plenty of superbly soulful singing to be savoured, on some of the finest songs that will ever be written by anyone, anytime. 

By Tony Rounce

Article properties: Various: How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan

  • Interpret: Various

  • Album titlle: How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2010
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667042420

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Various - How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan CD 1
01 Blowin' In The Wind O.V. Wright
02 Girl From The North Country Howard Tate
03 I Pity The Poor Immigrant Marion Williams
04 Maggie's Farm Solomon Burke
05 Dont Think Twice, It's Alright Brook Benton
06 From A Buick 6 Gary U.S. Bonds
07 The Man In Me The Persuasions
08 Like A Rolling Stone Major Harris
09 With God On Our Side The Neville Btothers
10 Mr. Tambourine Man Con-Funk-Shun
11 Master Of War The Staple Singers
12 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Bill Brandon
13 Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine Patti LaBelle
14 Knockin' On Heaven's Door Booker T. Jones
15 All Along The Watchtower Bobby Womack
16 Just Like A Woman Nina Simone
17 I Shall Be Released Freddie Scott
18 Lay Lady Lay The Isley Brothers
19 Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You Esther Phillips
20 Emotionally Yours The O'Jays
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