Reggae Album Tribute To Bob Dylan Planned

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 is due Aug. 10 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.”

“As a major fan of both Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, I believe this record really addresses the commonality between their audiences,” RAS Records founder/album producer Gary Himelfarb says. “Dylan was a voice of the oppressed in the 1960s just as Bob Marley was a voice of the oppressed in 1970s.”

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.

Dylan’s vast body of work has previously been the subject of tribute albums by a string quartet and gospel artists, among many others.

Here is the track list for “Is It Rolling, Bob?”:


“The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Apple Gabriel

“Maggie’s Farm,” Toots Hibbert

“Just Like a Woman,” Beres Hammond

“Lay, Lady, Lay,” the Mighty Diamonds

“Gotta Serve Somebody,” Nasio with Drummie Zeb & the Razor Posse (featuring Incline)

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Luciano

“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Michael Rose

“Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Sizzla

“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Gregory Isaacs

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” JC Lodge

“One Too Many Mornings,” Abijah

“Blowin’ in the Wind,” Don Carlos

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” Billy Mystic

“I and I (Reggae Mix)”


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