Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One (ATO Records) is a tribute album to Bob's 1980s catalog, covering the period that starts with 1980's Saved and ends with 1990's Under The Red Sky. The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that are often overshadowed by his 60s & 70s output and songs from his later career renaissance. Several songs on this album have never been covered for commercial release.
In the liner notes to this collection, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude) writes, "In the famously difficult art of going up against Dylan's performance of his own material, a number of these reach the highest threshold. I hope Bob Dylan listens to this record, and plays it for his current touring band."
Album contributors include Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman (Ween) & Slash, Glen Hansard, members of My Morning Jacket, Reggie Watts, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Elvis Perkins and more.Full track list. Yes, Oh Mercy was swell. "Every Grain of Sand" was tremendous. Ditto "Blind Willie McTell"--which he cut from an album. Another one of the few great Bob songs of the decade (which he also cut from an album), which got the Lanois treatment: