Bob Dylan "Shadows in the Night"

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Been some mention of this on the Dylan nominations thread but probably needs its own thread. The album title is not yet confirmed but looks that way from the splash screen on, which is also streaming new song "Full Moon and Empty Arms" (cover of a song previously sung by Frank Sinatra).

goth colouring book (anagram), Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Pat Benatar cover!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:01 (three years ago) Permalink

blue note-style cover suggests bob's gone hard bop??? *fingers crossed*

Yarli Simon (rattled), Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:00 (three years ago) Permalink

I joked on the Dylan poll thread that this was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder; but that's something that should definitely happen.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:37 (three years ago) Permalink

wait so that cover image is real?!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:50 (three years ago) Permalink

brio, Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Squinting hard in the serious moonlight, he means it man and ma'am. Okay, but what I like best, so far: the 40s-appopriate, mainland-Hawaiian steel guitars.

dow, Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

appropriate, too.

dow, Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:13 (three years ago) Permalink

​"This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year," a spokesperson for the singer tells Rolling Stone. While the rep wouldn't confirm an album title, Dylan posted an image of himself with the phrase "Shadows in the Night." With its distinct vertical bars and crisp, minimalist text, the image appears to be in the style of graphic designer Reid Miles' iconongraphic covers for jazz label Blue Note.

Dylan doesn't stray too far from Sinatra's original track, though his version replaces the string section with guitars. "Full Moon and Empty Arms" was written by Ted Mossmann and Buddy Kaye and based around Sergei Rachmaninoff's 1901 composition "Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor." The song has been covered by everyone from Robert Goulet to The Platters, but Sinatra's rendition remains the most famous. Dylan's last few albums were strongly inspired by popular music from this era.

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dollar rave club (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 May 2014 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this one is apparently on the album (which has been pushed back to early 2015)
i like it!

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 14:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Wishing that was a Faces cover.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 31 October 2014 14:52 (three years ago) Permalink

A Dylan-obsessed cinephile friend tells me it's the theme from Otto Preminger's The Cardinal.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 14:54 (three years ago) Permalink

And yeah, it's beautiful. Can't wait for the record.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 14:54 (three years ago) Permalink

I can't read the thread/album title without thinking of this:

But, the thing was, there’s a lyric on the song where Bob sings, “The leaves cast their shadows on the stones,” and, when he was singing it live, he was reading his lyrics off a piece of paper, and, I guess, for a split-second, he got dyslexic, because on the live take, he actually sang, “The leaves cast their stadows on the stones.” So, the only time I did any editing on that song, was when I heard this word “stadows” go by, I knew he meant shadows, because I had the lyric sheet in front of me. So, when I tried a remix, I took the vocal, and I found a “sh” from somewhere else, and I chopped the “st” out and put that in, so he was singing “shadows,” y’know. And Bob was listening to all these mixes, and he kept saying, “Nah, man, I really wanna use that rough mix.” Finally, I said, “Well, you know, on the rough mix, you don’t sing ‘shadows,’ you sing, ‘stadows.” And he took a long hit on his cigarette, and he kind of looked at me deadpan, and he went, “Well, you know:‘stadows.’

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

lol yeah, love that story.
he's playing tomorrow night in denver and i'm feeling like a jerk for not getting at ticket... pretty pricey though.

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

looks like it's official:

Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan's new studio album, Shadows In The Night, will be released on February 3, 2015. 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.

Upon Columbia’s announcement of the album’s forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, “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.”

As Columba Records Chairman Rob Stringer explains, “There are no strings, obvious horns, background vocals or other such devices often found on albums that feature standard ballads. 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.”


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

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

obvious horns

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:18 (two years ago) Permalink

obvious 5 horns

we've been jamming the Christmas album so I'm stoked for this one, hoping for a related vibe

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

should've called the album NIGHT OF THE LIVING SINATRA w/ a zombie Frank on the cover.

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:30 (two years ago) Permalink

this is such an awesome move. like it smacks of just acting on impulse to me. rad as hell.

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:42 (two years ago) Permalink

My most anticipated release of 2015. I love the Christmas record and I expect this'll sound a lot like it.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

well, most anticipated after The Feelies.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

So glad to hear this will feature stripped-down arrangements. And despite the fact that his voice has been shot for years, Dylan can still croon pretty well when he wants to. Expecting something similar to "Return to Me" from the Sopranos soundtrack.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Shut up is that real??

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 19 December 2014 17:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately no. Drew Friedman posted it on FB this morning, and is doing a limited edition print of it (not in the album cover setting, just the art).

WilliamC, Friday, 19 December 2014 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

I so wish that was real.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 19 December 2014 17:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Seriously! Maybe Dylan will see it and say "hey wait a minute, scrap whatever we had planned before."

WilliamC, Friday, 19 December 2014 17:47 (two years ago) Permalink

bob dylan's phlegm sings the frank sinatra songbook

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 19 December 2014 17:54 (two years ago) Permalink

love the blonde on blonde vibe

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Friday, 19 December 2014 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

lengthy, pretty excellent interview ... in AARP Magazine!

tylerw, Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Very cool! Bob's surprisingly political here.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:14 (two years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I love that AARP magazine now looks like an old issue of SPIN.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

that was one of the better dylan interviews i've read in a while

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

"Dylan's Greatest Hats" lol

Οὖτις, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:22 (two years ago) Permalink

xp Ditto, and Dylan seemed to dig it, too. "You actually asked me about music!"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:28 (two years ago) Permalink

dylan's greatest hats killed me because they got most of the years wrong. give me a break.

tylerw, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Ooh I'm going to see if my dad has this issue yet when I swing by there tonight

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:51 (two years ago) Permalink

"you can have it when i'm done with this tony danza interview, son"

tylerw, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:53 (two years ago) Permalink

man i saw don jon recently and danza is fucking ripped

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Total strike out, I guess my dad last month decided "why am I paying 15 bucks a yr for this?" and canceled his subscription.:(

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 23 January 2015 14:09 (two years ago) Permalink

still the voice of his generation

Brad C., Friday, 23 January 2015 14:40 (two years ago) Permalink

For once it's Bob following Bruce's lead:

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 January 2015 15:12 (two years ago) Permalink

By the way, how is it Bob Dylan has never named an album "The New Dylan?"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 January 2015 15:13 (two years ago) Permalink

"you can have it when i'm done with this tony danza interview, son"

― tylerw, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:53 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Has anyone ever done the Elton John joke?

Mark G, Friday, 23 January 2015 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink

hold me closer?

tylerw, Friday, 23 January 2015 15:35 (two years ago) Permalink

mm hmm

Mark G, Friday, 23 January 2015 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

not a bad interview, but at his age he sort of ends up relating the same anecdotes and opinions for the 23,000th time

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 23 January 2015 16:55 (two years ago) Permalink

"did i ever tell you what fats domino meant to me as a kid?"

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 23 January 2015 16:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Merle, on FB today:

Bob Dylan I've admired your songs since 1964. "Don't Think Twice" Bob, Willie and I just recorded it on our new album.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 8 February 2015 00:20 (two years ago) Permalink

It's not half as mean in context. But who cares about that?

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 8 February 2015 00:25 (two years ago) Permalink

i read the context. it's still pretty churlish. oh well.

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 8 February 2015 00:54 (two years ago) Permalink

when will the never-ending tour end? when the heroin runs out

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Sunday, 8 February 2015 01:58 (two years ago) Permalink

haha why don't people say that about… tom waits… or leonard cohen… or lou reed…

uh bob

j., Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Don't think anyone's linked the whole transcript yet:

It seems weird that someone who has received as much critical acclaim as Dylan has over the years should still remember and seem bothered by ancient slights. I guess no matter how much praise you receive as an artist it's never enough. Still seems a bit petty. The story about Billy Lee Riley was genuinely touching though.

o. nate, Sunday, 8 February 2015 03:59 (two years ago) Permalink

The whole thing isn't nearly as bitter as ppl are making it out to be. There are a lot of really poignant parts, weird parts, goofy parts, mean parts, very dylan I guess.

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 8 February 2015 05:07 (two years ago) Permalink

A good and slightly boring album.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 February 2015 13:04 (two years ago) Permalink

The speech is pretty consistent with that last big Rolling Stone interview, where he hit some of the same petty grievances. Difference this time is naming so many names. (And weird ones, too -- I would've figured him for a Tom T. Hall fan, but maybe he never listened deeper than "I Love.") Anyway, hard to be surprised that the guy who wrote "Positively 4th Street" 50 years ago has grown into a surly old man.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 8 February 2015 13:18 (two years ago) Permalink

He also takes on two ILM sacred cows, ABBA and Steeely Dan. I don't think he's a fan of them being in the rock and roll hall of fame.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 8 February 2015 17:27 (two years ago) Permalink

The song choices were confounding. A track from “Saved”? Another from “Oh Mercy”? Even the most dedicated Dylanologist would not only be disappointed, but would struggle to know the lyrics of these obscurities.

so what kind of Dylan fan would you be if you didn't applaud these choices?

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 February 2015 17:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Kiki from Brooklyn, NY comments in the nytimes:

"Dylan was always just himself."
I strongly disagree. Robert Zimmerman has NEVER been himself in public, always appearing in character as Bob Dylan, and, really, that has been a key to his greatness. He plays the character of an idealized, oracular, mysterious poet, ever speaking truth in riddles and indirection. He has acted in movies, but he only plays the Bob Dylan character. He plays is so well, that most people don't even realize he's in character all the time when he's in public. I'm sure if we'd known the inside details of the middle class kid from Hibbing, or the details of where his lyrics came from, it would diminish our ability to take the character seriously. I suspect that there is a highly analytical and ambitious man behind the character, but we'll probably never know.

calstars, Sunday, 8 February 2015 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Sam Cooke said this when told he had a beautiful voice: He said, "Well that's very kind of you, but voices ought not to be measured by how pretty they are. Instead they matter only if they convince you that they are telling the truth." Think about that the next time you [inaudible].

i just died laughing at this

example (crüt), Sunday, 8 February 2015 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Kiki otm

Οὖτις, Sunday, 8 February 2015 19:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Right. It's not like the clear demarcation between, say, Jim and Iggy.

many lols, especially at

"Y'know I never cared what people thought of my tunes but I gotta say everyone who dug me was outstanding and everyone who didn't was ok at best."

― da croupier, Saturday, February 7, 2015 2:05 PM (4 days ago)

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 February 2015 01:52 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't find this boring. I just want more. I'm glad that a Rogers & Hammerstein tune gets play, and I've always been a fan of 'Lucky Old Sun.' Frankie Laine due for some sort of revival. There's something so chill about this album. I had it shuffled with a Buddy Guy antholgoy and the new Father John Misty and it sort of felt like some sort of cranky-classy mdidle ground.

the captain beefheart of personal hygiene (soda), Thursday, 12 February 2015 02:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I want more score-settling with fellow musicians for perceived slights.

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 February 2015 02:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Dylan needs to do series of McConaughey-style car ads were he throws other musicians out of said cars.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 February 2015 02:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Merle Haggard just knows what you need
But Buck Owens knows what you want

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 February 2015 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

follow up to the musicares speech

tylerw, Friday, 13 February 2015 20:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Holland-Dozier-Holland said Bob Dylan was just an illusion but Bill "Smokey" Robinson said his talent was growing, like the size of a fish that a man claims broke his reel, and we know who America's greatest living poet was, don't we?

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 February 2015 20:55 (two years ago) Permalink

(xp obv) thanks for link for weekend reading

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 February 2015 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

stadowing e-40 on the day shift

j., Tuesday, 3 March 2015 08:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll take another volume. I love this one.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i think it said early on that he had recorded something upwards of 22 tracks... yeah, i'll take another volume, I'm really enjoying this album. wonder if the stuff he left off of Shadows is different in tone or the same general mellow vibe.
new noir-y video (starring robert davi!)

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:22 (two years ago) Permalink

good video, needs more davi

adam, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

god, both dylan and davi look like they're in warren beatty's dick tracy, but they don't actually need a bunch of makeup/prosthetics

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

still laughing at that video, especially bob's period-appropriate hair styling

kind of violent though (again)

Brad C., Tuesday, 3 March 2015 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

still disappointed this isn't called Stadows in the Night

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 17:40 (two years ago) Permalink

what do you mean, it is

j., Tuesday, 3 March 2015 17:54 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought it was Saddos in the Night

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 18:00 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This is a pretty cool performance

niels, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:10 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah sounded great...
he added autumn leaves to his set on the most recent neverending tour jaunt.

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

man he looks spooked tho, give the man a guitar to at least hold or something

j., Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:17 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This is my most played record of 2015 thus far. I truly adore it.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 5 October 2015 22:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess I should get around to listening to it. The only post-2000 Dylan albums I don't own are this one and the Christmas one.

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 01:42 (two years ago) Permalink

It's a great record for late night listening

gave it a spin sunday and lots of tunes now stuck in my head

niels, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 08:34 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Bob Dylan's next album is called "Fallen Angels." Four-song 7" is coming out for Japanese tour and Record Store Day. Side A: Melancholy Mood, All or Nothing at All. Side B: Come Rain or Come Shine, That Old Black Magic.

tylerw, Friday, 26 February 2016 17:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Cool! Forgot to paste this, from Rolling Country 2015 & Nashville Scene ballot comments (now archived on
Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night tracks a worn but sometimes surprisingly poised, limber, white-bluesy growl---in effect like the later Sinatra's shrewd conservation and investment of remaining resources (look for the 1980s cable concert from Wolf Trap, for inst) through the moonlight, with acoustic bass and steel guitar navigating, Cap'n D always at the wheel. The romantic ritualism could just seem like the "elaborate sentimentality" tag twhich young Nik Cohn applied in passing, but this is the sound of conviction, beyond excuses for getting wasted: the opener, "I'm a Fool To Want You" is spooked realization--this time is like the first time, and now he can't shake the chil. Ditto matter how many times those "Autumn Leaves" have drifted by, and how mellow the sadness they can bring, he dreads the the sign of their coming once more(oops, spoiler, but I never noticed the dramatic climax written in before, maybe because I never listened to the end before, so give the grizzled tones more points for that).
And love songs can be like work songs here---another old-school country association---nevertheless, somehow he gets into a drift that gradually spins him around, in his spacey, autumn leafy way---"I go away for the weekend, and leave my keys in the door"---which leads to a happier realization, "I've always been your clown"---happier because, hey "Why try to change me now." He enjoys the quest, the cruise, the growlin' prowl in the blue moonlight (and shadows, yes)! So the second half reflects this, at least 'til "That Lucky Ol' Sun" flips the light on: more work ahead, but he sounds ready for it, even if complaining and jealous of the Sun (can't get too happy, or it wouldn't be country).

dow, Friday, 26 February 2016 17:43 (one year ago) Permalink

"Elaborate sentimentality" tag which young Nik Cohn applied in passing to country music as a whole; in his 60s collection Rock From The Beginning, AKA A Whop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom and maybe other titles.

dow, Friday, 26 February 2016 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Sounds cool, is it presumably outtakes from Stadows sessions?

niels, Saturday, 27 February 2016 12:42 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

is this out or what?

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

was a RSD thing right? album is out in a couple weeks, i think.

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:51 (one year ago) Permalink

was just checking out a recent show:

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

^^mentioned in a "worst covers of 2016" listicle... gotta say, it is very uninspired...

niels, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 16:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

From wiki entry for "Amour Fou" (Season 3) episode of the Sopranos:

The music played when Ralph returns home to comfort Rosalie is a Bob Dylan cover of a Dean Martin song, "Return To Me". It was recorded for this episode at Dylan's request, as he is an admitted fan of the series [David Chase mentions this in the DVD/Blu-ray audio commentary for this episode].

this is really odd and I never noticed it before. Was this the beginning of his American songbook phase?

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

that one is pretty nice -- he was doing a handful of old crooner tunes throughout the neverending tour, though --

tylerw, Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

that's interesting!

there is of course also "Blue Moon" on Self Portrait, really it's probably an interest of his that's been there all along - reading Chronicles it's interesting to see how many artists from different genres (even different art forms) Dylan (at least retrospectively) identifies with

niels, Friday, 17 March 2017 07:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

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