Listen to Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Jim James & Calexico: Bob Dylan covers

If you’ve been living in a cave or something like that, then you should know that a [tag]Bob Dylan[/tag] biopic titled I’m Not There is set to run on the big screens next month. You can’t really make a movie about Bob Dylan without a proper soundtrack and the current excellent cover songs performed by various artists ranging from indie to pop to rave do well in paying tribute to the legendary artist.

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“I’m Not There” soundtrack cover art

Sony is currently streaming three songs from the 2-disc sountrack album, 34 tracks in total, that is due October 30 including Sufjan Stevens‘ take on “Ring Them Bells,” Cat Power‘s cover “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” and Jim James of My Morning Jacket with Calexico‘s rendition of “Goin’ To Acapulco.” All three songs are great versions of the iconic originals that do well in capturing Bob Dylan’s passionate vocals. Oh except for Sufjan’s try though; it’s not that it’s terrible or anything, but when covering a artist as iconic as Dylan there’s no room for mediocrity. I don’t know if his attempt to make “Ring Them Bells” sound more unique or his unmatching vocals were the one that caused the cover to fail, but ones thing certain: he tried to hard.

Jim James and Calexico’s cover of “Goin’ To Acapulco,” however, is sublime! Jim’s voice is exceptional and suits the sadder theme of the song perfectly; the duet chorus with Calexico is breathtaking. By the looks of it, the double CD soundtrack is shaping out really nicely and I’m more then certain it’ll spin for a long long long time in my cd player. “I’m Not There” the movie debuts on the big screens on November 21.


“All Along The Watchtower” – Eddie Vedder & The Million Dollar Bashers
“As I Went Out One Morning” – Mira Billotte
“Ballad Of A Thin Man” – Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers
“Billy” – Los Lobos
“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – The Hold Steady
“Can’t Leave Her Behind” – Stephen Malkmus & Lee Ranaldo
“Cold Irons Bound” – Tom Verlaine & The Million Dollar Bashers
“Dark Eyes” – Iron & Wine & Calexico
“Fourth Time Around” – Yo La Tengo
“Goin’ To Acapulco” – Jim James & Calexico
“Highway 61 Revisited” – Karen O & The Million Dollar Bashers
“I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Yo La Tengo
“I’m Not There” – Bob Dylan
“I’m Not There” – Sonic Youth
“Just Like A Woman” – Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Antony & The Johnsons
“The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll” – Mason Jennings
“Maggie’s Farm” – Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers
“Mama You’ve Been On My Mind” – Jack Johnson
“The Man In The Long Black Coat” – Mark Lanegan
“Moonshiner” – Bob Forrest
“One More Cup Of Coffee” – Roger McGuinn & Calexico
“Pressing On” – John Doe
“Ring Them Bells” – Sufjan Stevens
“Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)” – Willie Nelson & Calexico
“Simple Twist Of Fate” – Jeff Tweedy
“Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Memphis Blues Again” – Cat Power
“The Times They Are A Changin'” – Mason Jennings
“Tombstone Blues” – Richie Havens
“When The Ship Comes In” – Marcus Carl Franklin
“Wicked Messenger” – The Black Keys
“You Ain’t Goin ‘Nowhere” – Glen Hansard & Markta Irglov

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