Together Through Life (Deluxe Edition) CD (2009)

Artist: Bob Dylan

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Product Overview

10 new songs including "Beyond Here Lies Nothing," "Life is Hard," and "It's All Good." Deluxe Edition includes a bonus CD of Bob Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour," ("Friends & Neighbors" episode), a DVD of "Roy Silver: The Lost Interview," and a Together Through Life collectible poster and sticker.


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 210882521
UPC 886975169726
UPC 14 00886975169726
Format CD
Release Date 4/28/2009
Author Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance Rare Live & Classic
Compilation Appearance Last Waltz (Live)
Compilation Appearance Newport Broadside-Newport Folk
Compilation Appearance Rattle & Hum
Compilation Appearance Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Compilation Appearance Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Compilation Appearance Big Lebowski
Compilation Appearance Folk Hits Of The Sixties
Compilation Appearance Rock Of Ages (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Touched By An Angel
Compilation Appearance Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Singer/Songwriter
Compilation Appearance Sopranos
Compilation Appearance Live At Newport
Compilation Appearance Best Of Broadside 1962-88
Compilation Appearance Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Compilation Appearance Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blow
Compilation Appearance Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Compilation Appearance American Roots Music
Compilation Appearance This Land Is Your Land: songs Of Freed
Compilation Appearance Essential Johnny Cash
Compilation Appearance Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Compilation Appearance Is It Rolling Bob Dub Versions
Compilation Appearance The Legend
Compilation Appearance Musical History
Compilation Appearance Great American Baseball Box
Compilation Appearance Concert For Bangladesh
Compilation Appearance Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Compilation Appearance Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Compilation Appearance Jerry Maguire (ost)
Compilation Appearance Hear It Now The Sound Of The '60s
Compilation Appearance 100 Greatest
Compilation Appearance Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Tell Tale Signs: Bootleg Series, Vol. 8
Compilation Appearance Away We Go (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Nick Drake's Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Men Of Christmas
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance 60'S Music Revolution
Compilation Appearance Complete Columbia Collection
Compilation Appearance Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)
Compilation Appearance West Of Memphis:voices/justice (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Basement Tapes Influences
Compilation Appearance Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Inside Llewyn Davis (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Rock Classic Of 70'S
Compilation Appearance Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Compilation Appearance Best Of A Musical History
Compilation Appearance 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Compilation Appearance Boyhood (ost)
Compilation Appearance Americana Christmas
Compilation Appearance St Vincent (ost)
Compilation Appearance Art Of Mccartney
Compilation Appearance Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need
Compilation Appearance Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Compilation Appearance Evolution Of Gospel
Associated Artist/Work Baez, Joan
Associated Artist/Work Band (The)
Technical Info
CatalogID 88697516972
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 04/27/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886975169726
Album Notes and Credits
After two decades of outsourcing the producing and arranging of his records to everyone from Mark Knopfler to Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan stopped phoning it in in the '00s and began directly shaping their sound and feel. As producer of TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE, he elevates the near-cliche material with a beautifully crafted latticework of breathy border-town accordion and smoky guitar riffs (courtesy of Los Lobos's David Hidalgo and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell respectively), steel guitar, mandolin, and brushed drums. Initially intended as a soundtrack of an Olivier Drahan movie, the album finds a pleasantly off-hand bard building on the wistful romanticism of recent ballads (like MODERN TIMES's "Beyond the Horizon") with a cycle of songs (nine of them co-written with legendary Dead lyricist Robert Hunter) about dreaming, hoping, and good love. Indeed, the change in "I Feel A Change Comin' On" is not of the apocalyptic hard rain variety, but portends a potential tryst as Dylan chimes "life is for love" with uncharacteristic sweetness. Via languid slow burns ("Forgetful Heart"), sensual grooves ("If You Ever Go To Houston"), and loping blues walkarounds ("Jolene"), TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE plays like a great date night in a Texas dancehall--perfect for lovers tired of talking, who just want to grab hold and sway.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.88) - "TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE resides in that sepia-toned world; the biggest flourish is the omnipresent accordion, courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, which only adds to the air of dusty antiquity."
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts musical touchstone is his radio programme, 'Theme Time Radio Hour.' As on the show, here he's reconnecting with the uncluttered blues-based music he grew up with, the music he loves."
Blender (Magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] strikingly simple -- and strikingly excellent new album....He revels in how banged-up and gruff his voice is with a lifetime of road dust corroding his lungs."
Paste (magazine) - "[The album] finds him plowing the same American furrow he's been working for the past 12 years, but with a distinct border-town edge suited to the record's reflective, riotous and emotionally rugged turns."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rather than the sophisticated country-jazz of MODERN TIMES, here's a raw rock'n'roll cacophany with a Cajun twist, Los Lobos' David Higaldo driving virtually every song with his accordion."
Uncut (magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The lyrics allude frequently to sinking suns, chilly winds, eternal loneliness, twilight reveries, final voyages to unspecified destinations, the seeping away of the day's last light."
Disc 1
1 Beyond Here Lies Nothin,Roy Silver: The Lost Interview
2 Life Is Hard
3 My Wife's Hometown
4 If You Ever Go To Houston
5 Forgetful Heart
6 Jolene
7 This Dream Of You
8 Shake Shake Mama
9 I Feel A Change Comin' On
10 It's All Good
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Disc 2
1 Beyond Here Lies Nothin,Roy Silver: The Lost Interview
2 Life Is Hard
3 My Wife's Hometown
4 If You Ever Go To Houston
5 Forgetful Heart
6 Jolene
7 This Dream Of You
8 Shake Shake Mama
9 I Feel A Change Comin' On
10 It's All Good
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ReviewSource The New Yorker
Review Bob Dylan has given an interview about his forthcoming album, Together Through Life, and, in a typically playful, oblique way, he addresses questions of periodization and musical meaning: "Some people preferred my first-period songs. Some, the second. Some, the Christian period. Some, the post-Columbian. Some, the Pre-Raphaelite. Some people prefer my songs from the nineties. I see that my audience now doesn't particularly care what period the songs are from. They feel style and substance in a more visceral way and let it go at that. Images don't hang anybody up. Like if there's an astrologer with a criminal record in one of my songs it's not going to make anybody wonder if the human race is doomed... If there are shadows and flowers and swampy ledges in a composition, that's what they are in their essence. There's no mystification. That's one way I can explain it."...I'm reluctant to say much after a single audition, but to my ears it was no letdown after Dylan's recent trilogy of new material -- Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, and Modern Times...The version I heard ended with the double whammy of "I Feel a Change Coming On" and "It's All Good" -- a pair that may cause listeners to detect a political undertow in this seemingly intimate, out-of-time affair. The chorus of the gorgeously lilting, almost Motown-like "I Feel a Change" could be heard as Obamaesque...On the grimly boogeying "It's All Good," the singer dons a mask of lethal irony, surveying a ransacked social landscape and then adding, after each exhibition of desperation and decay, "It's all good." That smug little phrase has now been destroyed. Dylan's protestations in the latest interview notwithstanding, some people may indeed come away thinking that the human race is doomed, although at least we go out with a crooked smile.
Reviewer Alex Ross
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Dylan,Bob
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Allan Jones, Uncut ...there's a ragged edge to things that wasn't apparent on Modern Times, a rawness - emotional and musical - that separates it from that album...
Michael Simmons, Mojo ...a powerful personal work by a man who still thinks for himself...That it rocks mightily makes the message even more compelling.

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