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Empire Burlesque

Empire Burlesque

by Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

Empire Burlesque

by Bob Dylan Bob Dylan


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Say what you want about Empire Burlesque -- at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems -- the most obvious being "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)," but also "Emotionally Yours" and "Dark Eyes" -- proving that his powers are still there. The rest of the album may not be as graceful, but it's still well-crafted songwriting that never fails to be interesting. The record's biggest flaw is its state-of-the-art production; this is every bit as slick as Street Legal, but now sounds more focused and more of its time -- thanks to a reliance on synthesizers and mildly sequenced beats -- than it did upon its original release. All this makes Empire Burlesque seem more transient than it actually is, since -- discounting the production -- this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972422121
catalogNumber: 724221
Rank: 65188


  1. Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love?)
  2. Seeing the Real You at Last
  3. I'll Remember You
  4. Clean Cut Kid
  5. Never Gonna Be the Same Again
  6. Trust Yourself
  7. Emotionally Yours
  8. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky
  9. Something's Burning, Baby
  10. Dark Eyes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Kooper   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Horn,Keyboards
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Mike Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Peggi Blu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums,Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Benmont Tench   Piano,Keyboards
Debra Byrd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chops   Horn
Alan Clark   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Carolyn Dennis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Howie Epstein   Bass,Vocals
Anton Fig   Drums
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Ira Ingber   Guitar
Stuart Kimball   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Queen Esther Marrow   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sid McGinnis   Guitar
Vince Melamed   Synthesizer
John Paris   Bass
Ted Perlman   Guitar
Madelyn Quebec   Vocals
Richard Scher   Synthesizer
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Urban Blight Horns   Horn
Syd McGuiness   Guitar
David Watson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Josh Abbey   Engineer
Judy Feltus   Engineer
George Tutko   Engineer

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