"I could hear everything in his voice – death, God, the universe – everything," Bob Dylan declared of Ol' Blue Eyes in his autobiography Chronicles, as he prepares to release the Sinatra album.
That book was first published ten years ago this year, so it is fitting that Dylan should take up the musical gauntlet at this time. Clearly, Shadows in the Night, his forthcoming album of songs popularised by Frank Sinatra is a long-cherished project.
"Ebb Tide by Frank Sinatra never failed to fill me with awe, " the 73-year old musician wrote in Chronicles. "The lyrics were so mystifying and stupendous."
The Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman number, Full Moon and Empty Arms has already been released by Dylan. the song will also feature on the new record, Shadows In the Night, which is due for release on February 2. Full Moon and Empty Arms was based on a piano composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff and it was a hit for Sinatra in 1945.
Dylan also covers Some Enchanted Evening, a show tune from the musical South Pacific, which, aside from Sinatra's version, has also been covered by Bing Crosby and Perry Como.
Also on the Dylan album Is Autumn Leaves, which was first performed in French as Les Feuilles Mortes by Yves Montand, with lyrics by poet Jacques Prevert.
Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf sang versions of Autumn Leaves in both English and French. Eric Clapton also had a go at the song some years ago and there have been literally hundreds of jazz cover versions, both vocal and instrumental.