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Inside Bob Dylan's Frank Sinatra Covers Album, Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan goes blue.

Bob Dylan goes blue.

Bob Dylan's 36th studio album is completely immersed in Frank Sinatra lore. The Jack Frost-produced Shadows in the Night, which will be released on February 3, 2015, takes a trip into the catalog of songs popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes dating from Dylan's childhood and young adulthood.

His version of Sinatra's "Full Moon and Empty Arms" arrived in May, and other songs from the collection have started mixing into the legendary rock songwriter's live sets. Several of the tracks are from Sinatra's 1957 album, Where Are You?, and have been big hits for other artists. Here's a quick look at the tracklisting of Dylan's first album since 2012's Tempest.


"It was a real privilege to make this album," he said in a statement. "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."

Here are Shadows in the Night tracks, all recorded by Sinatra at some point, with a few notes.

1. I'm a Fool to Want You - Composed by Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, and Joel Herron.

2. The Night We Called It a Day - A jazz standard later covered by Chet Baker and Doris Day.

3. Stay With Me - The theme for the Otto Preminger movie The Cardinal.

4. Autumn Leaves - A popular French song with words written in English by Johnny Mercer.

5. Why Try to Change Me Now - Written by Cy Coleman and later covered by Fiona Apple.

6. Some Enchanted Evening - From the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

7. Full Moon and Empty Arms - Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman used Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 for songwriting inspiration.

8. Where Are You? - Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin also tried this one, which eventually became the title track of Sinatra's 1957 album.

9. What'll I Do - This Irving Berlin song dating back to 1923 was recorded by dozens of stars.

10. That Lucky Old Sun - The 1949 pop song was later covered by Frankie Laine and Louis Armstrong.

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