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Tempest (2 Vinyl LPs + CD)

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  • Vinyl (September 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B008M9PHWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon After Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long And Wasted Years
5. Pay In Blood
6. Scarlet Town
Disc: 2
1. Early Roman Kings
2. Tin Angel
3. Tempest
4. Roll On John
Disc: 3
1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon After Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long And Wasted Years
5. Pay In Blood
6. Scarlet Town
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Editorial Reviews


Grade: A
Ten remarkable new songs, tackling topics like the Titanic disaster (the epic title track) and the assassination of John Lennon (the deeply felt ''Roll On John''). Thirty-five albums in, Dylan remains as magical and mysterious as ever.
Rob Brunner --Entertainment Weekly

5 out of 5
"Blood, shipwrecks, bad memories....Dylan now stands virtually alone among his 1960s peers. His own final act, meanwhile, rolls on. It s a thing to behold".
Will Hermes --Rolling Stone

5 out of 5
"Dylan sets sail on his finest album of this century....[He is] is a most remarkable survivor: still standing, working and confounding."
David Fricke --Mojo

Product Description

Tempest is Bob Dylan's highly-anticipated 35th studio album and coincides with the 50th anniversary of his 1962 eponymous debut album. Produced by Jack Frost and recorded with the members of Dylan's touring band and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Tempest has received worldwide critical acclaim and has been firmly anchored at the top of Amazon s Best Sellers in Music chart since it became available for pre-orders in July 2012.

In its five-star review, Rolling Stone calls Tempest, ''musically varied and full of curveballs....Dylan now stand virtually alone among his 1960s peers.''

Entertainment Weekly gives it a ''Grade: A'' and writes, ''Dylan remains as magical and mysterious as ever.'' Associated Press calls it , ''One of the best discs you ll hear by anyone this year.'' Mojo also gives the album five stars, writing, ''Dylan sets sail on his finest album of this century.''

New Yorker says Tempest is ''as spirited and vigorous an album as he's made.'' The Washington Post writes that Dylan ''has delivered his most compelling release in more than a decade.''

Bob Dylan's four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. This year, Bob Dylan was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

The vinyl edition of this album is pressed on two 180 gram audiophile quality records by Furnace MFG. The LP also includes a CD copy of the entire album.

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174 of 190 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's been no singer-songwriter in the near 60-year history of rock music who's a better storyteller than Bob Dylan. He proved it with his (now legendary) humble folk beginnings, and he continues to prove it today, as evidenced by the very dark, very epic 'Tempest,' an album that can proudly stand next to the best of his post-'Blood on the Tracks' repertoire.

After a somewhat lean 1980's and even leaner early-mid 90's as far as quality output from Dylan, he's now in the midst of a pretty remarkable 15-year renaissance beginning with 1997's near-perfect 'Time Out of Mind.' Every album in that span has been extremely well-received and critically-acclaimed--with only '09's 'Together Through Life' receiving even the mildest of criticisms--and I have a pretty strong feeling this trend will continue with his latest. As someone who's been slightly burnt-out on Dylan over the past few years, I think it's safe to say he won't be coming out of my rotation anytime in the foreseeable future.

Right out of the gate his larynx sounds utterly destroyed on the swingin,' country-jukebox dance-floor number, "Duquesne Whistle," but that doesn't take anything away from the song. In fact, it adds a certain kind of charm, giving Dylan a swagger that's been wholly earned through his 50 years of musical storytelling and lessons. His voice is one that demands to be listened to--now as much as ever. And I dare you to stay still in your seat during this track.

After bringing it down a notch with the tender ballad, "Soon After Midnight," Dylan kicks it back into first with the rowdy Chicago blues stomp of "Narrow Way," and when his weary, gravelly voice spouts "It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way," you believe him wholeheartedly.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the curtain falls, all on the stage lie dead October 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It seems possible that Bob Dylan will gain new fans with this album. Roll on John, the last track, is a highly accessible tribute to John Lennon, mixing-in some lines closely associated with John both as a solo artist and as one of the Beatles. The tune too, and Bob's rendering of it on piano are reminiscent of John's style. The track before that, Tempest, about the sinking of the Titanic, also has easy appeal through its theme and a tune that reflects the triumph of "All the lords and ladies heading for the eternal shore". The tune of course also serves to counterpoint the tragedy of those who "drowned upon the staircase of brass and polished gold" and the "dead bodies floating in the double bottomed hull".

Now you've got a taste for it, start the CD from the beginning and enjoy Duquesne Whistle, with its distinctive old-style intro and an absolutely first rate shuffle arrangement that clearly the musicians themselves found a lot of fun. Continue to Soon After Midnight, a gentle ballad with some truly beautiful words, and some that might puzzle at first ("I've been down on the killing floors" and "I'll drag his corpse through the mud"). Explanation (maybe): Bob's in the Deep South; New Orleans, perhaps, or Atlanta? Both these tunes pass the old grey whistle test - i.e. are catchy enough for the old chap on the door to be heard whistling them.

While we're picking out the pretty tunes, let's try the descending scale of Long and Wasted Years. As ever, though, beware of the pretty tune. Behind this one is as bleak a picture of failed marriage as was ever put in song.

There are two twelve bar blues songs on the album, Narrow Way and Early Roman Kings. The key to Early Roman Kings is not Romulus and his 8th to 6th Century BCE successors, but a 1960's New York City gang.
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128 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, But... September 11, 2012
By BruBz
Format:Audio CD
Great Music but don't waste your money on the "Limited Edition" All you get for the extra $7.00
is a cheesy booklet.Not even glossy photos.
Buy the basic CD. If you like Dylan you will like it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For True Believers Only September 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tempest is, admittedly, for those who Joan Baez calls "True Believers" only. If this is your first exposure to Bob, the odds of your becoming an instant fan are a million to one. This album is for those of us who have never heard a 1 or 2 star Dylan album. Even his arguable "worst" albums offered up gems like Brownsville Girl and Silvio.

My very first reaction was, "Why all this gratuitous violence?" but I got over that in no time. I think it's at least as good as Love & Theft, perhaps better. Then again, my "favorite" Dylan output changes all the time.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Duquesne Whistle might be, lyrically, the weakest song on the entire album. And it didn't take long to figure out that the bizarre video had more to do with the album than that song. Narrow Way is about, I read elsewhere -- his critics? Maybe, but as always he speaks on many levels. The If-I-can't-get-up-to-you, you-have-to-come-down-to-me line is just as much about all of his relationships - Critics? Yes. God? Yes. Lovers? Absolutely. Expectations be damned. This is a reminder that he's "got nothing more to live up to." And speaking of critics, and his voice, I think his biggest slap at them is the satisfaction on his face as he sucks his stogie on the inside cover, bringing his tobacco and whiskey drenched throat to the level of perfection they so despise.

The melodies generally go where I would not expect. I'm no musician, but the songs are performed in unusual keys. Flat notes. Minor chords. High notes where you expect low and vice versa. Clapton once said that was Dylan's genius, and it shows here. Not much you can dance to here unless you want to waltz along with Tempest or jerk awkwardly to Whistle. Listen to Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Side of Bob Dylan
No doubt Dylan's singing has undergone a catharsis, probably as a result of tobacco and age, but it is still unmistakably Dylan. His voice remains unequivocally true. Read more
Published 21 days ago by John Garaventa
5.0 out of 5 stars and so on
Rich, bloody, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, witchy, shocking, mixed-up, nuts, beautiful, weird, holy, unholy, dark, rockin, mean, mythological, reverential, untethered, soul... Read more
Published 1 month ago by morphy mcdugall
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs, but Album is Unlistenable
The songwriting and instrumentation on this album is great. This album would have been one of Dylan's best had it been recorded before his voice was shot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
5.0 out of 5 stars mdeli
I'm just a big fan and had to have it! I don't think Bob disappoints. And no I don't think he sold out! (super bowl)
Published 2 months ago by Mike DeLisle
1.0 out of 5 stars don't pay for it.
Was this album written by Jacob dylan or some hack. The songs suck and are unworthy of Dylan, Why not rest on his great works? Why wait it out to his dying day?
Published 2 months ago by Michel Olson
1.0 out of 5 stars I wasted my money..
I love Bob Dylan and am sad to say that I found it hard to believe that there was nothing good about this album nothing profound ,clever,interesting,catchy..I hope he is okay...
Published 2 months ago by Clarence Dailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Final vengeance
There is no understanding...for the judgment of God's hand. Maybe not much for this strange collection, either. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Tempest
I am a huge Dylan fan and love what he does because I love his talent and his mind. This was a frail album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenn Weinshenker
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Bob Go!
Another great issue from Dylan. I find his studio releases much better than his live appearances. The musicians are tight, and don't play over each other. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dylan work since Blood on the Tracks!
This is good stuff indeed. He comes out kicking with Duquesne Whistle and the tune sounds like a freight train screaming down the mountain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scotchieguy
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