Bob Dylan performing at London's Wembley Stadium on July 7, 1984
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American singer-songwriter BOB DYLAN is arguably one of the most respected and beloved musical artists of all time. To his peers, he’s also one of the most influential. With this month’s release of Bob Dylan In the ’80s: Volume One (ATO Records, $16), producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, Papa) present 17 tracks featuring 19 artists paying homage to Dylan in the 1980s. Here’s what a few of those involved had to say:

Jesse Lauter: “When you listen to Dylan’s 1980s records, it is clear that he fell victim to the production methods of the time, and aside from Oh Mercy, he was not making ‘cool’-sounding albums, whereas artists like Tom Waits and Elvis Costello were. But through it all, he was still engaged with his art, and we got eight albums of original material from the man if you count 1990’s Under the Red Sky. So what our project does is strip away the gated snares and cheesy synths from the overproduced 1980s catalog and reimagine these songs from a modern standpoint or, on the other end of the stick, if they were recorded live on the floor in the basement of Big Pink or Columbia Studios in the mid-1960s.”

Ian O’Neil (Deer Tick): “ ‘Night After Night’ is at home with a lot of 1980s Dylan. The recording can get in the way of the song and cloud your judgment, but when somebody deems you responsible to reinterpret the track, you discover another example of excellent lyricism and phrasing.”