Bob Dylan To Release an Entire Album of Frank Sinatra Songs
For his upcoming 36th studio album, Bob Dylan is doing something he's never done before: tackling the Frank Sinatra songbook.
Confirming rumors sparked when he started streaming a cover of Sinatra's 'Full Moon and Empty Arms' alongside the announcement that he'd soon be releasing a new LP titled 'Shadows in the Night,' Dylan has revealed a Feb. 3 release date for the album, as well as a track listing focusing entirely on songs popularized by Sinatra.
"It was a real privilege to make this album," Dylan says in a press release. "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."
Those old-school recording techniques are of a piece with the overall aesthetic Dylan tried to bring to the songs. As he put it, "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."
"There are no strings, obvious horns, background vocals or other such devices often found on albums that feature standard ballads," added Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer. "Instead, Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance. It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world very soon."
'Shadows in the Night' is available for pre-order now. Check out the complete track listing below.
Bob Dylan, 'Shadows in the Night' Track Listing
'I’m a Fool to Want You'
'The Night We Called It a Day'
'Stay With Me'
'Why Try to Change Me Now'
'Some Enchanted Evening'
'Full Moon and Empty Arms'
'Where Are You'
'What’ll I Do'
'That Lucky Old Sun'
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