Bob Dylan‘s 36th studio album, Shadows in the Night, is available today from Columbia Records. The album represents a lifelong appreciation for Sinatra, toasting a very specific era in pop songwriting. Dylan performs a remarkable version of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy’s poignant ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” with Donny Herron on pedal steel. It’s a song Sinatra first recorded on his 1959 album No One Cares followed by touching renditions by artists ranging from Jimmy Scott to Fiona Apple.
Dylan’s version of “Why Try To Change Me Now may be one of the most revealing tunes he has sung in the twentieth century. It’s the best reason he’s given for recording this album” - Pitchfork.
Feb 03 2015
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 album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012′s worldwide hit Tempest. 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 key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No over dubbing. no vocal booths. No headphones.”
The album features Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy’s beautiful ballad “Why Try to Change Me Now” first made famous by Frank Sinatra in 1959. Pre-order the album HERE.
Dec 10 2014
Women of Jazz – From jazz’s genisis into the 21st Century is available now from Starbucks. Featuring Fiona Apple‘s version Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy’s classic tune, “Why Try To Change Me Now”. Also features tracks by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Alice Coltrane, and Nina Simone. You can order your copy HERE. From the liner notes: “Fiona Apple might seem an unlikely choice for this compilation, but the singer-songwriter and pianist has leaned in a jazz direction with each progressive album. On Cy Coleman’s “Why Try To Change Me Now”, she shows that she belongs among these legends…” It comes from the 2009 tribute album to the legendary Broadway composer, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman“. Produced by Dave Palmer.
Feb 07 2014
Johnny Mathis captured the spirit of France’s swingin’ Cote D’Azur on this week’s Top Tune. The French Riviera became the hedonistic playground for the great masters of 20th century painting. As transatlantic liners brought America’s super-rich to the region during the 1950′s and 1960′s, art & celebrity became intertwined as multi-millionaires all partied on the beach. There was sunshine, cinema, fast cars, and Monte Carlo casinos. Sounds like a real bummer.
Without a doubt this atmosphere rubbed off a little bit on the young composer, Cy Coleman and his slightly older lyricist collaborator, Joseph McCarthy. In 1962 they found the perfect partners in crime with the duo of Johnny Mathis and Nelson Riddle who rewarded them with the Top 20 charting album, Live It Up! on Columbia Records.
Take a trip with Johnny to The Riviera…
Contact & Licensing Info:
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Nov 06 2013