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Christmas comes early for Bob Dylan fans

I suspect that everyone who has ever cared about Bob Dylan has been wondering the same thing lately: What is that crazy Christmas album going to sound like?

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As announced last month, Dylan has an album coming Oct. 13 called "Christmas in the Heart," which features a host of very traditional holiday standards, including "Santa Claus Lane," "Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (Dylan is donating his royalties from the project to Feeding America.)

You can now hear excerpts from the songs themselves on YouTube and I have to say -- it truly boggles the brain. All sorts of analogies come to mind (trying to imagine Sarah Palin doing System of a Down ... Oprah doing Willie Nelson ... Kanye West doing, well, a whole album of Taylor Swift originals).

But the best I can come up with is Charles Bukowski reading a speech by Sen. Orrin Hatch. Listen for yourself and let me know what you think:

  

Photo of Bob Dylan by William Claxton / Associated Press

 
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Brilliant. Amazing. Only Bob could make these songs sound inviting AND sinister.

As far as I'm concerned, Bob long ago earned the right to do whatever the heck he feels like. And he's doing this album for charity. More power to him. Believe it or not, I love the ragged, hoarse, croaky, completely shot Tom Waits voice he has now and look forward to this album - it will be played back to back with Willie Nelson's classic Christmas album in my home. Merry Christmas, everyone, three months early!

All royalties from this disc will be donated FOR EVER to World Hunger -feeding hungry children .If it becomes a classic Christmas album,it means millions of dollars over the years. I think it's time he got the Nobel Peace prize.


Well,come on,ar'nt you glad to see Dylan "Look up and see a great light"! It can-not hurt him, thats for sure

Excellent! Can't wait to get the entire CD. Dylan is a love/hate relationship. You either love his stuff or dislike it. Shows his versatility and lasting appeal to a generation!


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