Folk pioneer Bob Dylan has reportedly been back in the recording studio recording his second album of standards as a follow up to the Frank Sinatra infused Shadows in the Night.
Shadows in the Night, which featured 10 tracks, was Dylan’s 36th studio album and contained such beloved classics as “The Night We Called It a Day”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “What’ll I Do”, and “That Lucky Old Sun”. The album was released in February 2015, and reached No 1 in the UK and No 7 in the US.
Dylan’s former producer, Daniel Lanois, who worked with Dylan on his albums Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind, recently told the Vancouver Sun that he had heard all the songs Dylan recorded for the project. “He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours,” Lanois said. “We listened to 21 songs – because he’s made two records of this [Sinatra project].”
Dylan told Lanois that as a child, music was hard to come by, “but the music he did hear really touched him and he felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime, and people just pining for a lover. He felt there was a lot of spirit in that music. He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him.”
According to Billboard, engineer Al Schmitt reportedly said that the singer is in Hollywood’s Studio B at Capitol Records putting down new tracks of old songs. No titles have been released so it isn’t known if he is once again concentrating on the Frank Sinatra songbook.
Schmitt also told Billboard “He sounds great. His mood in the studio is fabulous. We’re having a good time. We’re like two old shoes together now, we’re so comfortable with one another now.”
Bob Dylan is also producing the album.