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AT 71, DYLAN IS THE COOLEST GUY ON PLANET,
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This review is from: Tempest (Deluxe Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
This is one of Dylan's best albums. It rates up there with the best of his later works - TOOM, L&T, MT and easily rates up there with HW61, BOOT and BOB. Every cut on this album is great. 'Duquesne Whistle' is a great Bob Wills type of country swing - 'Soon After Midnight' sounds like a 1930's crooner song, but if you listen closely - the singer is stalking this woman. Narrow Way takes a Bo Carter/Mississippi Sheiks line "You'll Work Down To Me Someday" and builds a rocking cut that will definitely be played in many concerts of his Never Ending Tour. 'Long and Wasted Years' is talked by Bob and seems to me to be the couple from Brownsville Girl, 30-years later. 'Pay In Blood' is as angry as other Dylan classics such as "...Rolling Stone" or "Idiot Wind". One of the best songs on this album! Next is 'Scarlet Town'. I will say nothing about this song except listen to his voice and the lyrics. Haunting. An instant Dylan classic. 'Early Roman Kings' is Muddy Water's 'Mannish Boy' tune - but wow - what a great cut. Rocking, electric blues - again, destined for many Dylan concerts. 'Tin Angel' is another haunting killing song. His voice never sounded better (the rougher his voice is - the better). "Tempest' is 48 verses with no hook, telling the story (Dylan's version) of the sinking of the Titanic. It's a horror story - but his voice almost seems happy. It's one of those great Dylan curveball songs. Last cut on album is 'Roll On, John'. If you are a Lennon fan - Bob's voice and lyrics will give you chills. TEMPEST is a classic.