Bob Dylan Pre-Releasing Shadows In The Night Feb 3 2015

Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night
With a release an album schedule that would challenge The Beatles in their prime, Bob Dylan has another CD coming

By Stephen Pate – In an open tribute to Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan is releasing an album of Sinatra cover songs Shadows In The Night

on February 3, 2015. Jazz fans will note the similarity of the album art to the Blue Note label.

Bob Dylan has always liked covering other artists. His first album was almost all cover songs. He often sang standards and his favourites during The Never Ending Tour. Here’s “Lucky Old Sun” from 2000.

Bob Dylan wrote his own story for this release – “It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key to all these performances.”

“We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded.”

“I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

Interestingly with “We knew these songs extremely well” Dylan is paraphrasing his own words in “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” – “But I’ll know my song well before I start singing”

The “Full Moon and Empty Arms” audio was released in May.

“I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

Interestingly with “We knew these songs extremely well” Dylan is paraphrasing his own words in “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” – “But I’ll know my song well before I start singing”

The “Full Moon and Empty Arms” audio was released in May.

Bob Dylan is not Frank Sinatra, who was one of the greatest singers of the last century.
Sinatra had a way of phrasing songs that could make your hair stand on end. Sinatra also had phenomenal breath control. He could sing phrases that defy most singers.

Bob Dylan will put his own inimitable stamp on these Sinatra songs. During the last concerts of The Never Ending Tour this year, Dylan sang “Stay With Me” during the encore. Here is “Stay With Me” from The Beacon Theatre in NYC, November 29, 2014.

Track Listings

1. I’m A Fool To Want You
2. The Night We Called It A Day
3. Stay With Me
4. Autumn Leaves
5. Why Try to Change Me Now
6. Some Enchanted Evening
7. Full Moon And Empty Arms
8. Where Are You?
9. What’ll I Do
10. That Lucky Old Sun

Shadows In The Night is available for pre-order from Amazon.com. There is another SKU for the album that costs $20 without an explanation. We can only assume at this point that the $20 Shadows In The Night is a deluxe version, but still only 1 CD.

ISIS confirmed “As expected there will be standard and deluxe versions.”

Bob Dylan’s albums and videos are available from iTunes and Amazon.com and Amazon.ca in Canada. Also available as Shadows In The Night (Vinyl). There are no part numbers for vinyl or MP3’s yet.

From Sony / Columbia Records

Shadows In The Night is Bob Dylan’s newest studio album, and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012’s worldwide hit Tempest. Featuring ten tracks, the Jack Frost-produced album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012’s worldwide hit Tempest.

Bob Dylan’s five previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.

The Platinum-selling Time Out of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love & Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.

Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys.

Together Through Life became the artist’s first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.

Tempest received unanimous worldwide critical acclaim upon release and reached the Top 5 in 14 countries, while the artist’s globe-spanning concert tours of the past few years have heavily emphasized that album s singular repertoire. Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world.

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By Stephen Pate, NJN Network

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