Various The Village: A Celebration Of The Music Of Greenwich Village

Given the ongoing fascination with the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early '60s, this is a well-timed idea for a tribute album. Unfortunately, the execution is far from flawless, as the inclusion of such mediocre artists as Sixpence None the Richer and John Oates detracts from its value. Another lowlight is the opening cut, with Rickie Lee Jones doing her annoying boho shtick on "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Dylan is well represented, with five versions of his classics here, while former muse Suze Rotolo contributes liner notes. The best Dylan cover is Lucinda Williams' sparse and world-weary take on "Positively 4th Street." with the Duhks' version of "It's Alright Ma I'm Only Bleeding" also being a worthy one. More Cancon comes from Cowboy Junkies on Tim Buckley's "Once I Was." Los Lobos' cover of traditional favourite "Guantanamera" is predictably lovely, but contributions from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Hornsby and Amos Lee are a touch bland. This is pleasant enough but in many cases you'd be better served tracking down the originals. (429)