6 June 2023
In July 2021, a concert film, titled SHADOW KINGDOM featuring BOB DYLAN
was available for streaming for a limited time. It was shot on a sound stage in
Santa Monica, California over seven days while Dylan was sidelined from his
Never Ending Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the concert is available on vinyl, CD and streaming platforms for the first time.
The visual part of the show was pretty weird as Dylan was assisted by musicians with corona-resistant masks on. Together they played reworked versions (well, Dylan, was/is known of reworking his songs on stage from day one) of 14 Zimmerman classics, in an intimate club-like setting, such as ‘Forever Young’, ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’, Queen Jane Approximately, Pledging My Time and Tombstone Blues.
Rolling Stone says: “Bob Dylan makes his classic songs seem stunningly brand-new.”
TUTV: The re-imagined versions are enthralling, charming, sepia-colored and beautifully
stripped to the bone. The atmosphere is moody and cozy. At 80 (back then in 2021)
Dylan‘s voice sounds, eh, older, sometimes vulnerable and hoarse, but always bewitching. Well, you know the saying of wine that gets older. And, yes, I know many hated/hate his nasal resonance from the first time they heard it.
But for me and millions of fans, he’s still the best-ever singer-songwriter in history,
and not just for nostalgic reasons. Mind you, he made some awful records too in is
never-ending career but Shadow Kingdom is another grand accomplishment by
the rollin’ stone master and a truly unique live document that matches his magical
2022 concert that I saw in Brussels easily.