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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 17:40 GMT 

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What we know:

Bob booked a "secret" four-day rehearsal session for him and his band in Riverside this Fall - http://www.pe.com/2017/10/31/bob-dylan- ... e-knew-it/
Why this might be important: The songs that make up Tempest were rehearsed at 2011 sound checks.

Bob and his band apparently "recorded" in Dublin last May and a film crew was rumored to have flown in from the U.S. for the session. This story was mentioned in a blog post here I cannot find. I remember the session, as it was described, sounding ambitious and lengthy. Pretty sure I remember the blogger, on behalf of their contact said to have intimate knowledge of the session, saying Bob even took over lead guitar duty on one of the songs. I don't remember the nature of the songs being revealed in the post (i.e. traditional covers or originals?).

Mavis Staple interview with RS (08/2016) - Mavis tells RS Bob gave her a new song to learn for a new album they would be recording together "next year" (i.e. 2017). At first I considered the possibility that this song could be another traditional cover, but then I thought - why would Bob need to "give" her the song to learn if it were simply a cover? If it were a cover, couldn't Mavis simply listen to an old recording of the song to learn it? This must be a new original from Bob!

My thoughts:

It's almost December. As long as the 2017 recording estimation has held up, the new album Bob referenced has most likely already been recorded - the exception being the possibility of some December recording sessions. Mavis joined him on tour this Fall, which would have made for a good opportunity to rehearse at sound checks (the songs that make up Tempest were rehearsed at the 2011 sound checks). All in all - I think we're going to see a new album of originals from Bob in the coming year (at least one original anyway). Given that the album is recorded by the end of the year we might see a Spring release - fingers crossed. :wink:

And not for nothing but the recent revelation that Bob is writing lyrics for that pop artist ("Gone But Not Forgotten") is a great thing because, for the purpose of this blog, it begs the question - what else is Bob writing? A new album of originals?


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 17:51 GMT 
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Everything you wrote sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
Omfg you made my day!! Let's all keep our fingers crossed!!


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 17:58 GMT 
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My spidey senses are tingling... :D


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 18:12 GMT 
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For the sessions in Dublin see the old thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=90830&hilit=Dublin&start=75#p1760126 It's extremely unlikely that the sessions were for a new studio album, let alone one of new original songs.

The rehearsals in October obviously were for the fall tour.

Still, a new studio album of originals, gospel songs or other material is always a possibility, even if there is no evidence of sessions having taken place. Secrecy is the word.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 18:21 GMT 

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I'm just not overly optimistic about the prospect of new original material like so many here.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 18:24 GMT 
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:?: Tempest followed by Much Ado About Nothing.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 20:03 GMT 
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My Echo, My Shadow And Me wrote:

Still, a new studio album of originals, gospel songs or other material is always a possibility, even if there is no evidence of sessions having taken place. Secrecy is the word.


Gospel songs..
Made me think, Bob said he wanted to do another gospel album.
And also mentioned he could do an album with this gospel group (can't remember who or when).
Mavis sings gospel.
He just released a gospel bootleg series..


Here's from the RS interview a some years back:
- You said that you originally wanted to make a more religious album this time – can you tell me more about that?
The songs on Tempest were worked out in rehearsals on stages during sound-checks before live shows. The religious songs maybe I felt were too similar to each other to release as an album. Someplace along the line, I had to go with one or the other, and Tempest is what I went with. I'm still not sure it was the right decision.

- When you say religious songs . . .
Newly written songs, but ones that are traditionally motivated.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 22:40 GMT 
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SirDogg wrote:
My Echo, My Shadow And Me wrote:

Still, a new studio album of originals, gospel songs or other material is always a possibility, even if there is no evidence of sessions having taken place. Secrecy is the word.


Gospel songs..
Made me think, Bob said he wanted to do another gospel album.
And also mentioned he could do an album with this gospel group (can't remember who or when).
Mavis sings gospel.
He just released a gospel bootleg series..


Here's from the RS interview a some years back:
- You said that you originally wanted to make a more religious album this time – can you tell me more about that?
The songs on Tempest were worked out in rehearsals on stages during sound-checks before live shows. The religious songs maybe I felt were too similar to each other to release as an album. Someplace along the line, I had to go with one or the other, and Tempest is what I went with. I'm still not sure it was the right decision.

- When you say religious songs . . .
Newly written songs, but ones that are traditionally motivated.


From the transcript of the Musicares speech (Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 2015):

The Blackwood Bros. have been talking to me about making a record together. That might confound expectations, but it shouldn't. Of course it would be a gospel album. I don't think it would be anything out of the ordinary for me. Not a bit. One of the songs I'm thinking about singing is "Stand By Me" by the Blackwood Brothers. Not "Stand By Me" the pop song. No. The real "Stand By Me." 

The real one goes like this:

When the storms of life are raging / Stand by me
When the storms of life are raging / Stand by me
When the world is tossing me / Like a ship upon the sea
Thou who rulest the wind and water / Stand by me

In the midst of tribulation / Stand by me
In the midst of tribulation / Stand by me
When the hosts of hell assail / And my strength begins to fail
Thou who’s never lost a battle / Stand by me

In the midst of faults and failures / Stand by me
In the midst of faults and failures / Stand by me
When I do the best I can / And my friends don't understand
Thou who knowest all about me / Stand by me

That's the song. I like it better than the pop song. If I record one by that name, that's going to be the one. I'm also thinking of recording a song, not on that album, though: "Oh Lord, Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." 


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 22:46 GMT 
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Would be totally up for the Blackwood Brothers thing.
Been sitting here waiting for some time now.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 22:54 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Would be totally up for the Blackwood Brothers thing.
Been sitting here waiting for some time now.


https://www.blackwoodartist.com/ Scroll down to the bottom of the page.


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PostPosted: Wed November 29th, 2017, 22:59 GMT 
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My Echo, My Shadow And Me wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Would be totally up for the Blackwood Brothers thing.
Been sitting here waiting for some time now.


https://www.blackwoodartist.com/ Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Hilarious! And great scope Echo!

“Neal Merrick Blackwood of Merrick Music Recording Studio, He is with Tony Garnier, who is the bass player for Dylan. Tony and Bob are good friends of Neal's family, The Blackwoods.”

I remember Bob singing about one of the family members a while back.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 00:04 GMT 
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I feel like Triplicate was released all the American standards he recorded. This makes me think he's done with these types of albums. The past few years he's played songs on Fallen Angels and Triplicate live before the albums were announced. He hasn't brought out any new songs for this most recent leg of the tour.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 00:04 GMT 
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New studio album in the next 12 months?
I believe we'll see it. Anticipation will be through
the roof, especially with original material.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 00:15 GMT 
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It'll be out next year before the tour dates in Rome — from early February to late March is my best guess.

I'm convinced.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 01:30 GMT 
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Setting a date for Bob’s next album is like guessing the second coming of Christ. A fool’s errand.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 02:50 GMT 
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mystic garden wrote:
It'll be out next year before the tour dates in Rome — from early February to late March is my best guess.

I'm convinced.

So, like before Lisbon.


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 04:30 GMT 
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I think he will, and moreover it will be his first really contemporary rock album in decades and be a huge success, critically and commercially.



Anything less and I'm through with him!


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kuddukan wrote:
Setting a date for Bob’s next album is like guessing the second coming of Christ. A fool’s errand.


May 24th, 2018


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 05:12 GMT 
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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 05:37 GMT 
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While we're taking bets, March 30th 2018


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 06:59 GMT 
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Why should there not be an album with new material in 2018? Bob might record it at this very moment.
And as far as the release date is concerned: the sooner the better.


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kuddukan wrote:
Setting a date for Bob’s next album is like guessing the second coming of Christ. A fool’s errand.

:lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 07:32 GMT 
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Leonard wrote:
:?: Tempest followed by Much Ado About Nothing.

and hopefully All's Well That Ends Well!
goodmeats wrote:
While we're taking bets, March 30th 2018

Day before my birthday, sounds like a good present to have!


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PostPosted: Thu November 30th, 2017, 11:53 GMT 

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Leonard wrote:
:?: Tempest followed by Much Ado About Nothing.



Love's Labour's Lost would be a good title for a Bob album.


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Since we’re guessing:
21 March 2018


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