The Album Will Be The 72 Year Old Singer's First Since 2011
It's one American icon taking on another, as songwriting legend Bob Dylan has released a cover version of Frank Sinatra's 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms," which is slated for an upcoming full-length album.
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"This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year," is all a Dylan spokesperson told Rolling Stone about the song, which was posted on Dylan's official website. There is still no title or release date for the record, which would be his first since 2012 full-length, Tempest.
Dylan posted an image of himself with the phrase "Shadows in the Night."
Rolling Stone speculated that the image may be an indication of a jazz-influenced album.
“With its distinct vertical bars and crisp, minimalist text, the image appears to be in the style of graphic designer Reid Miles’ iconographic covers for jazz label Blue Note,” writer Andy Greene noted.
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.
Bob Dylan still has a great amount of influence in the musical world. After Tempest was released in 2012, a group of artists including Reggie Watts and Built to Spill came together to record Bob Dylan in the ’80s: Volume One, cover songs from a period once considered a low point for Dylan musically.
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Bob Dylan kicks off a European leg of his Never Ending Tour June 16th in Cork, Ireland. It runs through July 17th in Pori, Finland.