Friday, 3 April 2015

The Video - Bob Dylan's "The Night We Called It A Day"


Dylan goes gangster in the murderous new Noirish clip for  "The Night We Called It A Day".

From the wonderful opening RKO-style credits, and shot in striking black & white (of course), the video's a homage to Dylan's beloved Fifties Film Noir genre of films.

Yap, guns, gals, booze, baddies, double-crosses, femme-fatales, duplicitous dolls, slicked-back haircuts, hats, blondes and bullets!

Taken from his recent collection of songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Shadows In The Night, the black and white film pitches the singer as a double-crossing double-crosser as he and his gal trick a well-moneyed rube to his death … before turning on each other.

Hot on the heels of the wonderful recent The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, Bob's new studio album, Shadows In The Night, dropped a few weeks back.

"Shadows In The Night" is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since the wonderful 2012 collection, Tempest.

The album features ten songs recorded live in the studio by Dylan and his band, and was produced by the singer under his pseudonym Jack Frost.

His Bobness said of his new release.....
“It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded.”

The Night We Called It A Day was written by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair and first published in 1941. It appeared on Sinatra’s 1957 classic, Where Are You?

Although the songs are all acknowledged standards – tackled at some point by Frank Sinatra – Dylan insists he’s brought a new approach to the likes of The Night We Called It A Day and Some Enchanted Evening.

“I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way,” Bob explains. “They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

Proving that he can mix it with today’s gangster-inspired artists – though adding a touch of old time class to some violent proceedings – Bob Dylan has released a crime-ridden video for his recording of The Night We Called It A Day.

With the song’s gentle lilt mixing with an Untouchables-like setting, The Night We Called It A Day’s video is a sweet, if murderous, hark back to yesteryear America, though with a bodycount of at least two, Dylan proves he’s one mean customer.

The plot of a doomed love triangle unfolds quickly, wrapping up in just over three minutes with Dylan engaged in a shootout with police. The style of the video perfectly suits the album and seems to tie it all together, helping to put the whole of Shadows in the Night into perspective.

Dylan stars in the video along with Eddie Constantine lookalike, Robert Davi and the lovely Tracy Phillips.

The film was directed by Nash Edgerton – a stuntman and filmmaker who has previously helmed acclaimed clips for Dylan’s Must Be Santa Claus, Beyond Here Lies Nothin and Duquesne Whistle.

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