The themes of spirituality and inspired protest common to Bob Dylan and Bob Marley have long been noted.
The themes of spirituality and inspired protest common to Bob Dylan and Bob Marley have long been noted. This mostly delightful collection, not surprisingly, leans heavily on Dylan's spiritual side, appropriate to the artists covering his music and the genre in which it is interpreted. Dylan songs as reggae is a natural fit, illustrating the bond between the two giants—though their closest actual meeting was at a Los Angeles club gig Marley and the Wailers performed in 1976. Among the highest—and most enjoyable—expressions of this bond are Toots Hibbert's take on "Maggie's Farm," Beres Hammond's "Just Like a Woman" and Black Uhuru singer Michael Rose's reading of "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." The last of those is particularly relevant to Jamaica's history of slavery, crushing poverty and violence. Also worth several spins is the remix of Dylan's own rendition of "I and I."—CW