Pop & Hiss

The L.A. Times music blog

« Previous Post | Pop & Hiss Home | Next Post »

Bob Dylan's Los Angeles return to coincide with his first Christmas album

August 26, 2009 | 12:39 pm

Dylan_christmas_250_ When Bob Dylan next plays Los Angeles, Halloween won't even have had passed, but the artist may already be starting to get in the yuletide spirit. Dylan will take to the Hollywood Palladium stage on Oct. 13 for the first of three shows, the same day he'll release his first-ever Christmas album.

The artist confirmed today on his official website that he will issue the charity-benefiting "Christmas in the Heart" in early October. A full track list wasn't revealed, but initial songs released show that Dylan is going in a relatively traditional route with the album. Tracks on the set will include “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

The album's homey cover art was also unveiled today, and the set will be released via Columbia Records. Proceeds in the U.S. will benefit Feeding America.

Dylan recently scored his fifth No. 1 album with "Together Through Life." Since its release in late April, it has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Dylan is not a stranger to holiday works. In 2006, he recited "The Night Before Christmas" on his radio show. While probably not giving a full and accurate read on what Dylan's Christmas effort may sound like, it's performed with a light acoustic guitar being picked in the background, and may offer a slight foreshadowing of what to expect. Take a listen below.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Columbia Records

Related: Live review: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp