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
Associated Artist/Work Baez, Joan
Associated Artist/Work Band (The)
Associated Artist/Work Cash, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Dylan, Nob
Associated Artist/Work Ferry, Bryan
Associated Artist/Work Four Seasons (The)
Associated Artist/Work Freeman, Denny
Associated Artist/Work Garcia, Jerry
Associated Artist/Work Grateful Dead
Associated Artist/Work Greene, Jackie
Associated Artist/Work Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Associated Artist/Work Highway 61 Revisited
Associated Artist/Work Hitchcock, Robyn
Associated Artist/Work Howe, Steve
Associated Artist/Work Jewels & Binoculars
Associated Artist/Work Jungr, Barb
Associated Artist/Work Nob Dylan & His Nobsoletes
Associated Artist/Work O'Brien, Tim
Associated Artist/Work O.S.T.
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Seeger, Pete (Folk)
Associated Artist/Work Valentino, Sal
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Wynn, Steve
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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