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Learn more about Together Through Life (Deluxe Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 210882521
UPC: 886975169726
UPC 14: 00886975169726
Release Date: 4/28/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Beyond Here Lies Nothin
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
Disc 2
Song Title
0. DISC 2:
1. Roy Silver: The Lost Interview
 
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.

"...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...  Allan Jones, Uncut
"...a powerful personal work by a man who still thinks for himself...That it rocks mightily makes the message even more compelling.  Michael Simmons, Mojo

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rare Live & Classic
Muze Music Compilations Rock Of Ages (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Folksingers Of 60's
Muze Music Compilations Singer/Songwriter
Muze Music Compilations Newport Broadside-Newport Folk
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Evening Concerts-Newpor
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Clinch Mountain Country
Muze Music Compilations Big Lebowski
Muze Music Compilations Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Muze Music Compilations Folk Hits Of The Sixties
Muze Music Compilations Folk Duets
Muze Music Compilations Touched By An Angel
Muze Music Compilations Movie Music-Definitive Perform
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos
Muze Music Compilations Live At Newport
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Broadside 1962-88
Muze Music Compilations Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blow
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations There Is No Eye: Music For Pho
Muze Music Compilations This Land Is Your Land: songs Of Freed
Muze Music Compilations Essential Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Let Freedom Ring-This Land Is Your La (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Is It Rolling Bob Dub Versions
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Musical History
Muze Music Compilations Great American Baseball Box
Muze Music Compilations Concert For Bangladesh
Muze Music Compilations Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Muze Music Compilations Legend Of Johnny Cash Ii
Muze Music Compilations Best Of A Musical History
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Tell Tale Signs: Bootleg Series, Vol. 8
Muze Music Compilations Away We Go (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations True Blood:Volume 2 (Music from the Series) (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Listen Whitey Sound/black Power 67-74
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Greatest:duets
Muze Music Compilations Complete Columbia Collection
Muze Music Compilations Twas The Night Before Hanukkah:musica
Muze Music Compilations Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations West Of Memphis:voices/justice (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Inside Llewyn Davis (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations If I Had A Hammer:great American Folk
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Boyhood (ost)
Muze Music Compilations St Vincent (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney

Associated Artists and Works

Baez, Joan
Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - ~ Band (The)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - ~ Band (The)
Cash, Johnny
Dylan, Nob
Dylanesque ~ Ferry, Bryan
Four Seasons (The)
Freeman, Denny
Garcia, Jerry
Grateful Dead
Greene, Jackie
Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited [Remaster] ~ Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited [Threads and Grooves] ~ Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited
Hitchcock, Robyn
Howe, Steve
Jewels & Binoculars
Jungr, Barb
Nob Dylan & His Nobsoletes
Red On Blonde ~ O'Brien, Tim
I'm Not There [Original Soundtrack] ~ O.S.T.
On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home - Th ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
Seeger, Pete (Folk)
Valentino, Sal
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan [Box] ~ Various Artists
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebratio ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet
Wynn, Steve

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/27/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697516972
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886975169726

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."

The New Yorker 9 of 10
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. - Alex Ross

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Dylan,Bob
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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