Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing, another album cover & a new album to consider

By Tony Attwood

When an idea emerges between the guys who write this site, we honestly never know whether it is going to be something that will be of interest to our fellow Dylan fans or not.  The notions that get no interest are quietly shelved or put to one side for a reconsideration.  The successful ones keep going – you can read below what we are doing next in terms of “submit an album sleeve”.

And Aaron’s idea of remaking “Down in the Groove” as “Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing” using outtakes and concert performances from the era has certainly proved one that is of interest, right from our choice of songs, through to designing to the album sleeve.  Thanks to everyone for reading.

We’ve had several album sleeves submitted so far (the links to these are given below), and now here is one more, complete with a separate cover for the CD edition with the bonus tracks.

This comes from Tomás Gunn.  This is very apposite to the period that the recordings are taken from as Bob Dylan presented Gordon Lightfoot with the Canadian Music Hall of Fame honours in 1986. Credit: Plum Communications Inc.


And the reverse side – on the left the LP version and on the right the CD


The list of tracks is below, but before that I’d like to invite anyone who is keen to undertake the same task for my own mythical album: Bob Dylan – 1980.

But first to conclude this album, here is the list of tracks for “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing”

A new album sleeve wanted

Meanwhile if you are interested in artwork I am sure you will enjoy our series on the art work on Bob’s album covers.  Indeed if you have never seen it plesae do spend a few moments with the article on your favourite album…  In virtually every case you will find pictures you have never seen before.

The full index of all the articles we have published on album artwork is given here.

So now, the next challenge is a cover for our invented album:  Bob Dylan 1980

You’ll find the full list of songs at the start of the first article, “Bob says to Tony”.   So as with here all you have to do is design a front and back cover for the album and save it (ideally as jpg or similar) and email it with the name you want to be known by to

Please don’t use anything that is copyright Getty Images or we will be required to pay, nor anything else that is clearly protected copyright.

I look forward to receiving submissions.

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