Neither Bob Dylan nor Frank Sinatra need any introduction. In his last album, Shadows In The Night, the legendary folk-rock singer and songwriter, now 73, pays homage to The Voice with 10 songs from the 1920s to the 1960s, all associated with Frank Sinatra.
Gone are the days of the tributes to mentor Woody Guthrie and traditional folk songs, such as 1993’s album World gone wrong. This album features standards like Autumn leaves and less known songs like Dylan’s last single, the melancholic Stay with me. The song was originally composed by Jerome Moross as the main theme for the 1963 film The Cardinal. Lyrics were added later by Carolyn Leigh. Frank Sinatra recorded it in December 1963, and the single was released one month later, in 1964. In his interpretation, Dylan wears the clothes of a contemporary crooner and leads a five-piece band in a barer arrangement that better fits his quiet, raspy timber.
Stay with me is the only song from Shadows In The Night that Bob Dylan has played live so far – it was the set closer in the final months of his 2014 tour. The 10 songs on Shadows in the night, Dylan’s 36th studio album, were recorded live, with little post-production, no mixing, no overdubs, in Capitol’s historic Studio B in Los Angeles.