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Bob Dylan, Triplicate

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Del Cowie

Triplicate is the first album Dylan has released since the unexpected announcement that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It does not, however, focus on Dylan's own songwriting.

Instead, Triplicate it is the latest from the legendary singer-songwriter to delve into songs from the American songbook. Comprising 30 songs spread thematically over three 10-song albums, this collection finds Dylan paying tribute to critically acclaimed American songwriters much like his recent albums, Fallen Angels and Shadows in the Night, have done.

Triplicate is actually made up of three separate albums, entitled ‘Til the Sun Goes Down, Devil Dolls and Comin’ Home Late. You can listen to 10 songs across all three albums for this advance stream. On the new release, Dylan records songs by famed songwriters such as Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein, among others.

The first single to emerge from Triplicate was "I Could Have Told You," featuring Dylan's version of the one made famous by Frank Sinatra, written by Carl Sigman and Jimmy Van Heusen. "The Best is Yet to Come" and "September of My Years," featured on this new triple-album release, were also previously recorded by Sinatra.

Dylan continues the Sinatra connection with the second single from Triplicate. "Stardust" was a song recorded by Sinatra in 1961. It was written by legendary songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, who famously penned the song while he was a struggling lawyer. Carmichael would go on to write songs such as "Georgia On My Mind," a song made famous by Ray Charles. "Stardust" has been recorded countless times since it was written in 1927, and Dylan's version is part of this advance stream.

The release of Triplicate arrives ahead of an extensive North American tour, where Dylan will play a number of Canadian dates beginning in Kingston, Ontario, before wrapping in Victoria, B.C. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, March 24, and the dates are listed below.

June 27: Kingston, Ont., Rogers K-Rock Centre
June 29: Ottawa, Ont., Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Centre
June 30: Montreal, Que., Centre Bell
July 2:  Barrie, Ontario, Molson Centre
July 4: Oshawa, Ontario, Tribute Communities Centre
July 5: Toronto, Ontario, Aire Canada Centre
July 6: London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens
July 7: Winnipeg, Man., MTS Centre
July 14: Saskatoon, Sask., SaskTel Centre
July 15: Moose Jaw, Sask, Mosaic Place
July 17: Calgary, Alta., Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
July 18: Medicine Hat, Alta., Canalta Centre
July 19: Edmonton, Alta., Rogers Place
July 21: Dawson Creek, B.C., Encanta Events Centre
July 22: Prince George, B.C., CN Centre
July 24: Kelowna, B.C., Prospera Place
July 25: Vancouver, B.C., Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 27: Victoria, B.C., Save on Foods Memorial Centre