In 2007, notoriously finicky Bob Dylan allowed one man -- Mark Ronson, an acclaimed producer at the top of his game -- to remix one of his songs, "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)," for the first time ever.* Now it's 2011, and the Bard's standards seem to have dropped off a cliff. Anyone -- yes, anyone -- can now grab the stems for Dylan's classic "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and make them into... something.
Hear the separate bass/organ, drums, vocals, and electric guitar tracks for the 1965 song at Sony's Remix Project website, the home of a contest the label is hosting that awards its winner a free trip to the South by Southwest festival in March (via Consequence of Sound). To make your remixes remixier, Sony is offering additional bass, synth, and drum tracks by the Ting Tings and beats by 2 AM Club, two groups we're sure Dylan spins daily.
While the stems seem locked down in a really confusing virtual mixing board on the Remix site, at least we know they won't be vanishing from the web anytime soon like the incredible tracks from the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" that appeared and were promptly yanked last month. They'll be live until February 4th, when the contest ends -- or until Dylan realizes his original tracks are online and calls this whole thing off.
*(Italian hip-hop group Articolo 31's bizarre version of "Like a Rolling Stone" is more an interpolation than a remix.)
- Mark Ronson
- Bob Dylan