For the Old Folk: Bob Dylan Gives Away 50,000 Copies of Sinatra LP 'Shadows in the Night' to AARP Subscribers

By Ian Holubiak on Jan 27, 2015 02:43 PM EST

For skeptics of Dylan's recent measure of work, his recent Frank Sinatra cover album, Shadows in the Night, has bode well with critics and fans alike. And in addition to the aging crooners release, too, he will also be giving away 50,000 albums to random AARP the Magazine subscribers.

Per AARP's Robert Love, Dylan said: "A lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I'd give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine."

As one would have it, Love probed Dylan about whether he thought the album was "risky" in any sense. Dylan, an obvious Sinatra fan, felt the comparison had to have been a "joke." Comparing him with Sinatra, he said, "To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him. Not me or anyone else."

The album of heartbreaking tunes compares, in a way, with his '75 classic Blood on the Tracks, which had a write up on Pitchfork talking about the dichotomy between the real versions of the songs versus the "New York" sessions.

However you look at it, all albums are quite solid.

Shadows in the Night will come out Feb. 3 via Columbia records. But in the meantime, check out "Full Moon and Empty Arms" below.

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