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One year ago today, Bob Dylan tipped his hat to Frank Sinatra with his critically acclaimed 36th studio album for Columbia Records, Shadows In The Night. The intimate album was done live in one or two takes and recorded in famed Capitol Studio B, where the Chairman had recorded so much of his classic work. Shadows consists of ballads recorded by Frank in the late 50s and 60s, songs that explored the emotions of heartache and melancholy. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Album charts and at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and is nominated for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards to be held Feb 15th 2016.
In Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, Dylan wrote of Sinatra’s Ebb Tide: “When Frank sang that song, I could hear everything in his voice – death, God, and the universe, everything.” Mojo Magazine correctly points out that the same an be said for Dylan’s half-century of work.
“Why Try To Change Me Now” was written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy and it’s been said that Dylan’s performance is so assured you might think he wrote it himself. Sinatra and Dylan share that trait in spades. While separated by a generation, as well as style, both men are, of course, rooted in the blues.
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Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth firstname.lastname@example.org, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: email@example.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
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Feb 03 2016
“On the album you can hear the rustling of paper, the measured intake of breath, and you get the real sense that these songs are truly meaningful”.
Bob Dylan‘s Shadows In The Night sheet music songbook is here! The companion to the critically acclaimed album of standard pop tunes originally recorded by Frank Sinatra. The songbook features Cy Coleman‘s “Why Try to Change Me Now” and all nine remaining songs arranged for piano, voice, and guitar with full lyrics and chord boxes. The intimate arrangements of these tunes are provided here, perfect for a singer’s reinvention, a solo piano performance, or an acoustic band cover. Order HERE.
Nov 06 2015
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