Bob Dylan

Voices of Freedom

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Bob Dylan's brief set at July 13, 1985's all-star famine relief event Live Aid proved one of the day's most controversial moments. Declaring "It would be nice if some of this money went to the American farmers," Dylan and backing guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood delivered a half-hearted, unconvincing acoustic performance that failed to translate the spirit or the energy of the moment in question. The bootleg release Voices of Freedom comprises all of Dylan's three-song Live Aid set as well as a dozen rehearsal tunes cut in Wood's apartment a few days prior to the concert. It's the behind-the-scenes material that's most fascinating, as the three legends banter and bash their way through ragged renditions of "Blowin' in the Wind," "Ballad of Hollis Brown," and "When the Ship Comes In." If you've ever wished to eavesdrop on a conversation between Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, Voices of Freedom is the disc for you. Otherwise, leave this one to the completists.