Group leader and founder The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde and the guitarist James Walbourne They have recorded an album tribute to Bob Dylan On his eightieth birthday, with nine of the songs they like the most from the only singer-songwriter who is the Nobel Prize for Literature (2016) and who was one of the emblems of the protest song from the years 1960 to 1970.
Titled “Standing in the Doorway”, the album is the product of a year of confinement and a devotion of several decades. Indeed, it is not the first time that Chrissie Hynde has come across Bob Dylan’s work: in 1984, at Wembley Stadium in London, they sang together “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and in 1991, at the concert organized by his Thirtieth birthday, he dedicated a gospel version of “I Shall Be Released.” In addition, on her solo tours, Chrissie Hynde has included the song “Property of Jesus” and in the repertoire of the group The Pretenders is “Forever Young”, one of the favorite songs of the Ohio singer, who will turn seventy in the fall .
The singles “Murder Most Foul” and “I Contain Multitudes” (a title taken from the poem by Walth Whitman “Song of Muself”), two tracks that Dylan released in 2020 as a preview of the album “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, reminded Chrissie Hynde of the influence Dylan’s songs had on her early in her career, she decided to delve into her repertoire and offer the lead guitarist of the Pretenders, James Walbourne, to accompany him in the making of “a few YouTube videos”, as many other musicians around the world have done in this year of seclusion.
Instead of covering Dylan’s most popular songs, the duo have opted for songs recorded in the 1980s, such as “Sweetheart Like You,” a track with somewhat macho lyrics (“You know a woman like you should be at home “(You know that a woman like you should be at home …), from the LP” Infidels “released in 1983,” Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight “,” You’re a Bog Gorl Now “,” Staning in the Dooeway “or” Blind Willie McTell “, which is the track that the very knowledgeable editors of Rolling Stone magazine liked the most, who in their album review recall that Pretenders are musicians who always covered their favorite songs from other authors, and that this album by the Hynde-Walbourne duo is a pleasant reunion with a less obvious part of Dylan’s work.