Together Through Life [Deluxe Edition 2CD/1DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By all accounts, Together Through Life arrived quickly, cut swiftly by Bob Dylan and his touring band in the fall of 2008, surprising the label upon its delivery a couple months later, then rushed into stores in April 2009, just half a year after the release of the monumental archive project Tell Tale Signs. Given the speed of its creation, it fits that the album has a spontaneous, kinetic kick, feeling so alive that it's a little messy, teeming with contradictions, crossed signals, and frayed ends. That liveliness turns Together Through Life into a much lighter affair than its weighty predecessor, Modern Times, which was tinged with doom and had thematic unity,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By all accounts, Together Through Life arrived quickly, cut swiftly by Bob Dylan and his touring band in the fall of 2008, surprising the label upon its delivery a couple months later, then rushed into stores in April 2009, just half a year after the release of the monumental archive project Tell Tale Signs. Given the speed of its creation, it fits that the album has a spontaneous, kinetic kick, feeling so alive that it's a little messy, teeming with contradictions, crossed signals, and frayed ends. That liveliness turns Together Through Life into a much lighter affair than its weighty predecessor, Modern Times, which was tinged with doom and had thematic unity, two things missing from this comparatively breezy affair. If Together Through Life is about any one thing, it is -- as its title and cover photo elliptically suggest -- the enduring power of romance, how it provides sustenance and how its absence can make life hard. But all this suggests that Dylan has turned in a meditation on the meaning of life and love here, when its core charm is its very modesty. It's an old-fashioned ten tracks, clocking in at 45 minutes, a simple set of songs co-written with Robert Hunter -- Jerry Garcia's lyricist and previous Dylan collaborator, co-writing the irresistibly jaunty "Silvio" in 1988 -- and delivered without adornment, its clean yet earthy production slyly emphasizing the musical variety here. Sonically, this is right in line with Dylan's 2000s albums, the sound of a well-lubricated traveling band easing into the same chords it plays every night, but this isn't strictly roadhouse rock & roll: Dylan remains fixated on pre-rock & roll American music, emphasizing the blues but eager to croon love-struck ballads. In this context, David Hidalgo's accordion -- which appears so often it soon ceases to be noteworthy -- can suggest a romantic stroll down Parisian streets or a steamy sojourn with Doug Sahm in a Tex-Mex border town, but everything here is recognizably, thoroughly Dylan's mythic picturesque America that stretches from the hazy past to the barbed present. While the music is proudly, almost defiantly, rooted in the past, with Dylan borrowing Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You" wholesale for the riotous "My Wife's Home Town," there's no avoidance of the present here, with Bob even going so far as to turn the omnipresent catch phrase "It's All Good" into a mordantly funny rocker. Dylan's not just aware of the modern-day vernacular, he's wound up with an album that fits the spirit of 2009: it's troubled but hopeful, firmly in favor of love and romance, but if that fails there are always romantic dreams and sardonic jokes to get you through life. [A two-CD/one-DVD Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975169726
  • Catalog Number: 751697
  • Sales rank: 114,997

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Campbell Guitar, Mandolin
Tony Garnier Bass
David Hidalgo Guitar, Accordion
George Recile Drums
Pierre Mancini Announcer
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
David Bianco Engineer
Eddie Gorodetsky Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Rafael Serrano Digital Editing
Bruce Davidson Cover Photo
David Spreng Digital Editing
Damian Rodriguez Engineer
Jack Frost Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Joyful, sorrowful, and the coolest album of the year

    Get this special edition while you can! First, the Together Through Life album is indeed a great combination of joy and sorrow and may be the coolest album of the year. But with this edition you also get a CD from one of Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour broadcasts, in which he comments on, and plays, the original cuts from groups as different as The Rolling Stones and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This CD is almost as enjoyable as the Together Through Life album! The DVD included is an interview with Roy Silver and is not that necessary but its worth a view (if never again). But the two CD's here should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great music

    Bob Dylan at his best.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Atta Boy Bob

    I like it. It's simple but drips, oozes, reeks, whatever with authentic emotion and subtle execution. I can definitely hear the influence of Robert Hunter and applaud Bob for teaming up with him. I listen to it while I'm driving and it makes me feel real cool. Thanks Bob.

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    Posted June 24, 2009

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