Bob Dylan/Johnny PaycheckThis Is Just A Tribute
Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Israel Vibration's Apple Gabriel are among the reggae heavyweights contributing to "Is It Rolling, Bob?," a reggae tribute to Bob Dylan. The 15-track set arrives this week via Sanctuary/RAS Records and includes a rare reggae mix by Sly & Robbie of Dylan's "I and I," the original version of which can be found on his 1983 album "Infidels."
The set is highlighted by Hibbert's version of "Maggie's Farm," Luciano's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (which frequently substitutes "zion" for "heaven"), Gabriel's upbeat take on "The Times They Are A-Changin'," Hammond's "Just Like a Woman" and Gregory Isaacs' "Mr. Tambourine Man."
"Is It Rolling" features a backing band of musicians who played on sessions by Marley and the Wailers and Peter Tosh, including harmonica player Lee Jaffe and guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith.
On the country tip, Sugar Hill Records will this week issue "Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck." Produced by Robbie Fulks, it features Paycheck songs performed by George Jones, Buck Owens, Bobby Bare Jr., Mavis Staples, Al Anderson, Marshall Crenshaw, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale and others. Paycheck died in February 2003 at age 64.
"I would love this record just as well if I had just picked it out of the store on a whim," Fulks says. "My sincerest hope is that these brilliant performances are widely heard, and the circle of people who are attuned to Paycheck's savage brilliance expands as a result."