Song of the Day #3,423: ‘My One and Only Love’ – Bob Dylan

More than a year ago, I called Fallen Angels, Bob Dylan’s second album of standards, “the unlikeliest Bob Dylan album since the album he released a year earlier, Shadows in the Night.”

I guess that makes Triplicate the unlikeliest Bob Dylan album of them all. Not only has Dylan released his third straight album of stately covers from the Great American Songbook, this one is a three-disc set. As Rolling Stone pointed out in their review, Dylan “has now made more successive albums in this idiom than in any other style since his world-changing mid-1960s electric trinity, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.”

Several Triplicate reviewers dug up this old Dylan quote: “Tin Pan Alley is gone. I put an end to it. People can record their own songs now.”

Are these recent albums, they wonder, his way of making amends?

It’s foolish to attempt to divine Bob Dylan’s motives. He’s never been somebody you can figure out. All you can do, if you want to, is follow him down each new path and see what he’s up to now.

I doubt casual Dylan fans will spend any time listening to Triplicate or its predecessors. I’m a die-hard fan and I’ve given these records only cursory listens.

But I will say with all sincerity that they sound great. The instrumentation, eschewing a full orchestra for a jazzy quintet, is simply marvelous. And Dylan’s voice, while grizzled and limited, sounds better than it has in decades.

His affection for the material is clear, and brings a welcome warmth and charm to the whole enterprise.

Of course, if I had played this version of my wedding song, rather than Sting’s, my wife might have left me three hours into our marriage. But I won’t hold that against her.

The very thought of you makes my heart sing
Like an April breeze on the wings of spring
And you appear in all your splendor
My one and only love

The shadows fall and spread their mystic charms
In the hush of night while you’re in my arms
I feel your lips, so warm and tender
My one and only love

The touch of your hand is like heaven
A heaven that I’ve never known
The blush on your cheek whenever I speak
Tells me that you are my own

You fill my eager heart with such desire
Every kiss you give sets my soul on fire
I give myself in sweet surrender
My one and only love
My one and only love

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,423: ‘My One and Only Love’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Sure, Dylan can do whatever he wants, but this casual fan has no desire to hear one of the greatest songwriters with one of the most marginal voices sing covers.

  2. Peg says:

    I kinda like it myself

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