Bob Dylan has stated it was a "privilege" to cover Frank Sinatra on his new record.
The musician is to release 'Shadows In The Night' next year - an album comprised of covers that were once sung by the legendary late crooner. He did admit however that it was a challenge to simplify the original big band arrangements.
He said: "It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band."
And he believed a studio version of the songs wouldn't do them justice, so he stripped back the recording process.
Bob explained:"That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded."
He added: "I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
'Shadows in the Night' will be released through Columbia Records on February 3 2015.
The tracklist for the album is as follows:
1. 'I'm A Fool To Want You'
2. 'The Night We Called It A Day'
3. 'Stay With Me'
4. 'Autumn Leaves'
5. 'Why Try To Change Me Now'
6. 'Some Enchanted Evening'
7. 'Full Moon And Empty Arms'
8. 'Where Are You'
9. 'What'll I Do'
10. 'That Lucky Old Son'