Various artists: From Another World, A Tribute to Bob Dylan – review

(Buda Musique)

This is the bravest and strangest Dylan tribute album to date, with musicians from around the world interpreting his songs in their own languages and styles. It starts with the Buena Vista guitar hero Eliades Ochoa re-working All Along the Watchtower, which now sounds like a slinky Cuban standard. Then comes the Indian Bengali singer Purna Das Baul (who appeared on the cover of Dylan's 1968 album, John Wesley Harding), backed by his son for a workout that can just be identified as Mr Tambourine Man. Next up are the gypsy stars Taraf de Haidouks with the traditional Corinna, Corinna, now treated like a Romanian lament. And so it continues, with the soulful Iranian singer Salah Aghili adding Islamic Sufi lyrics to Every Grain of Sand, an Australian Aboriginal treatment of Father of Night or the Musicians of the Nile with a wailing, trance-like Tangled Up in Blue. Glorious.


Robin Denselow

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