The legendary Bob Dylan will bring his unmistakeable voice to a set of 10 Frank Sinatra songs for his new album, Shadows in the Night.
Rolling Stone reports that the long-awaited record will be released on February 13, 2015, but pre-orders have already begun. The album features a full set of both well-known and under-the-radar Sinatra tunes, including “That Lucky Old Sun,” Stay With Me,” and “The Night We Called It A Day.”
In a statement announcing the album, Dylan said:
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 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 of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and into the light of day.
Dylan began playing two of the Sinatra tunes, “Full Moon and Empty Arms” and “Stay With Me,” on his just-concluded Never Ending Tour. The rest of the songs have never been heard.
“Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance,” Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer said in a statement. “It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world very soon.”