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Together Through Life

Bob Dylan Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B001VNB56I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
2. Life Is Hard
3. My Wife's Home Town
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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Together Though Life, produced by Jack Frost, was recorded late in 2008, prompted by the composition of a new song, “Life Is Hard,” which was written for a film by French director Oliver Dahan (La Vie En Rose). The album will be the 46th release from Bob Dylan, and follows 2006’s Platinum album Modern Times, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and reached the top of the charts in seven additional countries and the Top five in 22 countries around the world. Bob Dylan’s three previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.

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BOB DYLAN Together Through Life (2009 UK 10-track CD album produced by Jack Frost and featuring Life Is Hard which was written for a film by French director Oliver Dahan [La Vie En Rose])

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than touted 28 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a better record than most of the critics I've read have said. It's not so much about words, though there are some great lines here and there. Throughout the album, Dylan treads a fine line between bathos and banality. No, it's about sound. 'Jack Frost' has really done his time in the galleys and come of age here. It's warm, deeply human, somewhat fetid, yet bright, alive and immediate. Gone is the single coil brilliance of the Larry Campbell/Charlie Sexton period. Instead, we have the darker humbucking sound of Mike Campbell. Add to that the brilliance of David Hidalgo's accordian work, a sound that so suits Dylan it's amazing he hasn't used it more in the past, and you end up with a tight, unified sound. This is a minor collection, to be sure, but one with an overall unity which is absent from earlier Dylan albums which fall into this category. Taken on its own terms, I think it's very good indeed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan still producing the goods 30 April 2009
By MJHulme
Format:Audio CD
This recording features Dylan's gutsy blues style that has been present on and off throughout his career. It is not a classic, but still better than could be expected for someone of 68, showing that he is perhaps returning more and more, via his track choices and sentiments to his early rural youth influences, and the folk/blues that is indelibly imprinted in his soul. The lyrics alternate between light and dark, nothing too profound, but musically this sound from his latest band is very good indeed including the feature of the much wondered about accordian. Well done Bob, keep 'em coming, and your lifetime fans guessing what the next one will be like.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DYLAN'S OUT ON HIS OWN AGAIN 30 May 2009
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This is an extraordinary record. The sound that Dylan is making both vocally and instrumentally is unique. It sounds like nothing else around: who would have thought that the accordion (forever, to British ears at least, associated with cheesy French songsters like Charles Aznavour and Maurice Chevalier) could ever swing like it does on 'Together through Life'? Even Dylan's ruined voice sounds amazing: his phrasing has never been better and there are some pretty good tunes, as well as lyrics that make you laugh out loud - 'Down by the river, Judge Simpson walking around/ Down by the river, Judge Simpson walking around/Nothing shocks me more than that old clown' Hard to beat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Through the eighties and much of the nineties Bob Dylan seemed a bit of a spent force, producing albums that were uninteresting, and much as it pains me to say it, not very good. He peaked in 1989 with the amazingly good Oh Mercy, but then released 3 lesser efforts in the early `90s. Then, in '97 he came out of the blocks with Time Out Of Mind, which is one of (in my opinion!) his best albums and up there with Highway 61 revisited. This seems to have reinvigorated his creative muse, and since then he has released a slew of really good albums, including this corker.

Dylan the innovator is back in the saddle for this release. He takes instruments not often heard in modern music (when was the last time you heard an accordion so prominently in an album?) and not only uses them, but uses them in a way that no one has done before (when was the last time you heard an accordion swinging?). His style and tone has shifted once again, and some of the melancholy and introspection of recent albums gives way to an almost joyous outpouring as Dylan growls along in an upbeat fashion. He sounds really into what he is doing (something lacking from early `90s albums!) and a classic record is the result. Always an artist to wear his heart on his sleeve, Dylan's music has always closely reflected what is going on in his life. The genius albums (eg Blood On The Tracks) have sprung from adversity in his life, or when he was writing with real anger about something. The lesser albums seem to come from times when Dylan was bored with the world and with his success. Here he seems to have overcome that boredom to really get into the music again, and the joy expressed in this album suggests that he is now a reasonably happy and contented man.

The star track, for me, is My Wife's Home Town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Together Through Life 29 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
An excellent studio album by the master. A different and varied album by Bob Dylan that sounds great in the car, MP3 player or home CD player.
The accordian type backing is great. Strongly recommended for the serious Dylan fan or a casual one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Long Live Vinyl 28 April 2009
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I have all Of Bob Dylan's LP's on vinyl and still consider it to be the only medium to listen to him on. This latest offering doesn't disappoint. From the first track to the last this is not just another in the line of albums since Time Out Of Mind. Dylan re-established himself with the last trio. Now he is just having a good time with a band that is with him all the way. The opening track kicks the doors in and the album never loses pace. An extra bonus is the free CD that Sony includes in the package - or it would be if the recording wasn't so compressed and noisy. I use it as a drinks coaster. Another reason to prefer vinyl lps over cds.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Extreme..... 3 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting, the wide ranging opinions on this and the last few Bob albums.... Whichever reviewer said 'stop at Time Out Of Mind' as the rest is drivel' must have cotton wool in their ears - as did Daniel Lanois when he produced Time Out Of Mind... That album had 4 great songs on it, 1 very good one and the rest is pretty dull and sounds like it was recorded through a wall.
Love and Theft was far better and for my money, Modern Times was better still. I can't see what is 'dull' about it and still listen to it regularly.
This one however, is a bit dull.... It's alright, it's got a couple of very good songs, it sounds like they had a good time making it, it all sounds fine because the band are good, but there is a distinct lack of depth to 'Together Through Life', which ensures that, while I'm pleased to have heard it, I know I won't still be playing it regularly in 2012.
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the mining of old blues tunes has started to sound tired and secondly, the decision to write with Robert Hunter has ensured that the lyrical quality is not sufficient to take your eye off the afore-mentioned, tired-sounding musical framework.
Hunter is no Dylan, but seems to try to be, so we get faux Dylanisms which Bob would never have written. Songs such as 'My Wife's Home Town' and 'It's All Good' sound kind of dumb, rather like 'Silvio' and 'The Ugliest Girl In THe World' from 'Down In The Groove', co-written with...erm... Robert Hunter.
The dilution of Dylan by Hunter diminishes the intelligence, artfulness and emotional impact of the words, and the 'adapted / adopted' melodies aren't strong enough to compensate for this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely,affectionate album that gets better over time.
This is one of those Bob Dylan albums that for me gets better over time. It is a warm and affectionate album with a few killer songs such as "Forgetful Heart", "This... Read more
Published 22 days ago by paulc
4.0 out of 5 stars [review] together through life
Ok CD bought cd for 1 song [as you do] rest seems ok.
not disappointed.
Bob Dylans voice bit more raspy adds more to the atmosphere of the song list.
Published 10 months ago by m j
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob does it again
Reviewing music is always difficult. You either like an artist or not. As an ageing hippie I have always liked the work of Dylan but wouldn't presume to push my tastes on others. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GadgetGary
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob's age is showing
The songs are good but the voice is showing signs of old age - after all he is over 70 now. Still worth buying, though.
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Bob..
This filled a gap in my Dylan collection,it is as good as many of his recent alums but is nothing really special ,just a good album.
Published 13 months ago by R. D. Mayles
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
I have a large collection of Bob Dylan albums and CDs and have always loved Dylan's music. However, I can only say I was shocked and disappointed with this album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by TCSC47
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
As I am a Bob Dylan fan I try to get all his albums. This one is particularly good. I would recommend.
Published 16 months ago by florencemarian
4.0 out of 5 stars It's almost all good
I am surprised this got a few 1 stars reviews. Its a better album than Modern Times in my opinion. There are some great blues based tracks on this album and the sound is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan having a good time
This is the sound of Dylan finally having a good time after many years of solitude. The bleakness of albums like Time out of mind (being a masterpiece) is gone and this cd is like... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Oostrijck
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Frost's finest!
Who cares what anyone else thinks? Out of the five albums of Dylan's decade long, self-produced renaissance (I won't include 'Christmas In The Heart') this is my favourite. Read more
Published 19 months ago by rp
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