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Tempest

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B008LZHA3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (561 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on September 11, 2012
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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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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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By BruBz on September 11, 2012
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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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There's so much more we know and think about when we get older. At 20, we are idealistic and hopeful. In our 40's, we know a little more how the world works with it's gifts and disappointments. At 71, Bod Dylan embodies a man in his twilight years reflecting on what most people do in that stage; life, death, and memories of lost friends. I enjoy recent Dylan as much as early Dylan, for the mere reason that he is still getting it done. On a completely different level, yes, but it is still good; a soundtrack for life. On the song "Long and Wasted Years", he sounds like an older man rambling about things gone by, relationships wasted; just like he's rattling off random thoughts to an old friend - it is one of the real charmers for me on this record. Dylan is not trying to sound like anything or anyone - he just tells stories from where he is right now. I wonder what would happen if The Rolling Stones made a record that sounded like where they are in life now, as opposed to trying to sound like the fresh faced rockers who invaded this country in the 60's? "Tempest" is something you have to buy and invest time in - just listening to the samples and making judgements won't work for this great collection of songs.
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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.
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