BOB DYLAN: Disappointed in Rod
He wasn’t a fan of Stewart’s Great American Songbook albums.
Bob Dylan is not the first artist of his generation to cut an album of standards, nor will he be the last. His new album, Shadows in the Night, follows similar releases from Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Glenn Frey, with Stewart having the most success.
But Dylan wasn’t impressed with Stewart’s Great American Songbook series of albums. He says, “I was looking forward to hearing Rod’s records of standards. I thought if anybody could bring something different to these songs, Rod certainly could. But the records were disappointing. Rod’s a great singer. He’s got a great voice, but there’s no point to put a 30-piece orchestra behind him… You can always tell if somebody’s heart and soul is into something, and I didn’t think Rod was into it in that way.”
Dylan’s release contains 10 songs, all of which were recorded by Frank Sinatra.