Ranking Bob Dylan’s 39 Studio Albums- #29- Shadows In The Night [2015} 3 stars.
The countdown so far 39- Dylan -1973 38- Down In The Groove -1988 37-Knocked Out Loaded- 1986 36-Christmas In The Heart- 2009 35-Under A Red Sky- 1990 34-Saved- 1980 33-Fallen Angels 2016 32- Good As I Been To You- 1992 31- World Gone Wrong 1993 30- Triplicate 2017. Now #29- Shadows In The Night released on January 30, 2015.
Nearly 2 1/2 years after his latest album Tempest- Bob Dylan made another unexpected turn in his career by releasing a cover album of songs popularized by the great Frank Sinatra. Who would have seen this coming? Dylan was a big Sinatra fan- he even attended Frank’s funeral in 1998. When recording this album of Sinatra standards he went to the studio where Sinatra recorded some of his greatest music- Capitol Studio B. This is a very strong album of covers- who would have guessed that in all Dylan would end up recording three albums of American Standards? The only reason I rank the albums this low-is that I value albums of Dylan written material over covers.
Of the three albums of standards that Dylan recorded this was the most successful- going to #1 in the UK and #7 on the US album charts. Favorite songs on Shadows In The Night- “I’m A Fool To Want You”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, ‘That Lucky Old Sun” and “Autumn Leaves”- although I’d say there isn’t a bad track on the album.