Out Now on Streaming Services: ‘Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan’ (Listen)

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Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan is precisely what its name suggests: A collection of Bob Dylan covers from Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

Announced in early May, the record is available now on digital streaming platforms, with a physical release planned for Aug. 20.

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As Hynde discussed in a news release about this project, the decision to record a batch of Dylan covers came after Hynde heard “Murder Most Foul,” the 17-minute epic Dylan released in April 2020 that, somewhat remarkably, became his first-ever No. 1 song., and is largely the project of work from Hynde and her Pretenders band mate James Walbourne.

The nine-track collection was made almost exclusively via text message, with Walbourne recording an initial musical idea on his phone and then sending it off to Hynde to add her vocal. The new versions were then mixed by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple) before originally premiering via The Pretenders’ official YouTube channel.

And it all very much came about during the pandemic:

“A few weeks into lockdown last year, James sent me the new Dylan track, ‘Murder Most Foul.’” Hynde says. “Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I’d been in. I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. I called James and said, ‘Let’s do some Dylan covers,’ and that’s what started this whole thing.”

And the track listing:

In The Summertime
You’re a Big Girl Now
Standing In The Doorway
Sweetheart Like You
Blind Willie McTell
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Every Grain of Sand

The end result is an inspired collection of songs paying tribute to the incomparable Dylan through the distinct musical focus of Hynde’s creative spirit.

Listen to the record below:

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