Bobby Zimmerman pulled it off ...

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  1. vintage saddles

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    He made an album of songs, all written before he became the Voice of a Generation, with a quality of voice we haven't heard probably since Nashville Skyline.

    Every one of these songs was recorded by Sinatra. So there's the bar. Bobby didn't aim for the bar, he sidestepped it completely. He took his band into the studio and knocked out an album of standards. Another detour by the ever confounding Bob Dylan.

     
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    Just curious, but.......did he take songwriting credit for them, as he did on the "standards" on "Modern Times"? I love Dylan, but c'mon......
     
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    his band is so bloody good. been that way for a long long time
     
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    All songs are credited. I can't speak for Modern Times. The Almighty Google suggests many of the songs that formed MT are in the public domain.
     
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    This album has me on the fence. I have not enjoyed much since Love and Theft. I am a big Sinatra fan. I want to hear it, but is don't want to hear it. Does that make sense?
     
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    There was a piece on NPR this morning. Dylan granted only one interview, and it was to AARP's magazine.

    The clips I heard sounded good. I liked the pedal steel.
     
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    They were in the public domain. I will check my CD tonight but I'm pretty sure that Bobby took songwriting credit for all of them.
     
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    "All songs written by Bob Dylan" ... you are correct.
     
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    Off-topic posts are off-topic.
     
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    I read the interview on my friend's iPad. One of Dylan's best interviews, at least that I've seen. Who knows how it was edited for publication but Dylan is lucid and straightforward. It's a worthwhile read.
     
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    I have to say, I think the song posted in the OP is just bad. I'm surprised that anyone would want to hear Dylan "interpret" the standards of yesteryear. Maybe if he did an album of dustbowl-era covers or something that suited his unique talents a bit more.
     
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    Is it "confounding" enough that you're buying it ? ;)
    Especially his version of "Full Moon & Empty Arms."...
     
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    I want to like it, but I don't know. Bob doing Frank is like a dog walking on his hind legs. It's not that he's doing it well, it's just cool he can do it at all.
     
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    The long (unedited) interview was good.... he can still hit you with some zingers that ring true-

    'An actor is pretending to be somebody, but a singer isn’t. He’s not hiding behind anything. And that’s the difference.'


    '(Frank Sinatra) had this ability to get inside of the song in a sort of a conversational way. Frank sang to you, not at you, like so many pop singers today. Even singers of standards. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody. I’ve always wanted to sing to somebody. I would have gotten that subliminally from Frank many years ago. Hank Williams did that, too. He sang to you.'

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    Didn't Joni Mitchell come out at the time and call him a plagiarist for this?
     
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    In the long version of the interview Dylan explains that the recording is live, with no vocal booth or even headphones employed. Just straight performances of each tune. Rehearsals were done in advance, during soundchecks at gigs. Recorded at Capitol Records with vintage mics. Album was completed in approximately 30 hours.

     
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    Picked it up today, sounds great. Not my favorite tunes in the world. Bob sounds good, though he's playing it real straight, I'm missing his quirky phrasing. Still, I just love hearing his band.
     
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    Just listened to it. The music is beautiful and Bob's voice sounds remarkably improved from the last few releases.
     
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    having the greatest living "live to tape" engineer of them all, Al Schmidt, behind the console sure didn't hurt either. can't wait to hear this
     

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