Bob Dylan has a new album coming out at the end of the month: Triplicate. It’s a triple album–the equivalent of three CDs–and it’s more standards, his third album in a row covering Sinatra-style songs from the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. Stardust. Stormy Weather. Sentimental Journey. (Go to the Amazon link above to see what songs are on the album. You can buy some of them individually already, though the album won’t be released until March 31.)
In conjunction with the album, the Nobel laureate has posted on his website a wide-ranging and fascinating interview with author and TV producer Bill Flanagan.
He talks about Minnesota, his childhood, his early career, but mostly he talks music. He explains what he loves about these songs, while also showing that he keeps up with contemporary music. Showing an encyclopedic knowledge of music, Dylan talks chords, charts, styles, and phrasing. We see Dylan as a performer and also as a music producer, explaining what he looks for in a drummer, what he tries to do in the studio, explaining how he sequences the songs on his albums.
For an overview of the interview–nice phrase, if I do say so myself–read this. From Rolling Stone, here is a link to “Bob Dylan’s Surprise, Extensive New Interview: 9 Things We Learned.”
After the jump, a link to the interview itself. Read it all, but I quote his answers to only two questions: one on the different styles in his singing; and one giving his reflections on the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. [Read more…]