Bob Dylan Releases Frank Sinatra Cover, Plans New Album

Singer surprises with cover of 1945 standard "Full Moon and Empty Arms"

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Without any warning or anticipation, Bob Dylan posted a cover of Frank Sinatra's 1945 hit "Full Moon and Empty Arms" on his website, the first song from an upcoming new album by the 72-year-old musician.

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​"This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year," a spokesperson for the singer tells Rolling Stone. While the rep wouldn't confirm an album title, Dylan posted an image of himself with the phrase "Shadows in the Night." With its distinct vertical bars and crisp, minimalist text, the image appears to be in the style of graphic designer Reid Miles' iconongraphic covers for jazz label Blue Note.

Dylan doesn't stray too far from Sinatra's original track, though his version replaces the string section with guitars. "Full Moon and Empty Arms" was written by Ted Mossmann and Buddy Kaye and based around Sergei Rachmaninoff's 1901 composition "Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor." The song has been covered by everyone from Robert Goulet to The Platters, but Sinatra's rendition remains the most famous. Dylan's last few albums were strongly inspired by popular music from this era.

While the singer's last official album Tempest was released in 2012, Reggie Watts, Built to Spill and Elvis Perkins, among others, came together to record Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One, a set of cover songs honoring the singer's oft-maligned Eighties recordings. 

Bob Dylan kicks off a European leg of his Never Ending Tour June 16th in Cork, Ireland. It runs though July 17th in Pori, Finland.