Tempest [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fifty years after Bob Dylan's debut album appeared, we get Tempest. Since he returned to recording original material on 1997's Time Out of Mind, he's been rambling through American musical styles -- blues, country, folk, rockabilly, swing -- that were popular before he was even on the scene. Tempest continues the exploration, but more urgently than on Modern Times and Together Through Life. It's a gritty, cantankerous record with abundant images of violence, lust, and humor, though the latter is often black. His protagonists settle scores with lovers, enemies, and power brokers; they're often self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating simultaneously. Most of these are ...
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Note: Features full-color reproductions of more than 30 rare vintage magazine covers of Bob Dylan spanning the first 10 years of his storied career, all collected in a bound notebook created exclusively for this limited deluxe edition.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Fifty years after Bob Dylan's debut album appeared, we get Tempest. Since he returned to recording original material on 1997's Time Out of Mind, he's been rambling through American musical styles -- blues, country, folk, rockabilly, swing -- that were popular before he was even on the scene. Tempest continues the exploration, but more urgently than on Modern Times and Together Through Life. It's a gritty, cantankerous record with abundant images of violence, lust, and humor, though the latter is often black. His protagonists settle scores with lovers, enemies, and power brokers; they're often self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating simultaneously. Most of these are story-songs, though none but "Tempest" tracks in a linear fashion. "Duquesne Whistle" opens nostalgically with steel and acoustic guitars playing a swing melody reminiscent of Bob Wills. When the band enters, it becomes a rockabilly shuffle with teeth. "Soon After Midnight" is a ballad with hazardous warnings ."..Two-Timing Slim/Who's every heard of him?/I'll drag his corpse through the mud". "Narrow Way" is a blues wailer that faintly looks back at "Maggie's Farm." Dylan's lyric contradictions are in full force; the song asks unanswerable questions while expressing rage and vulnerability ."..Even death has washed its hands of you" and "Put your arms around me, where they belong". "Pay in Blood" is a rocking venomous boast with one of his more memorable refrains: "I pay in blood, but not my own." "Early Roman Kings" is a basic rewrite of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy." David Hidalgo's old-world accordion plays the signature swaggering, razor-sharp guitar riff underscoring the notion that the blues are universal, timeless. Dylan's nasty rasp fueled by lust, vengeance, and power is balanced by his wicked humor: "I can strip you of life, strip you of breath/I can ship you down, to the house of death...I ain't dead yet, my bell still rings/I keep my fingers crossed like the early Roman kings." Musically, "Tin Angel" looks back to "Man in the Long Black Coat" for a frame. Lyrically, this is Dylan at his storytelling best; its twists and turns would be right at home on Blood on the Tracks and Desire -- and it would have made a great closer. Sadly, that's not the case. The nearly 14-minute, 45-verse title cut retells the story of the Titanic with references to history -- and the James Cameron film. Hearing it once is enough. "Roll on John," Dylan's elegy for friend John Lennon, closes the set. He uses a slew of Lennon's own lyrics as a tribute. The end result is moving but clumsy. These last two cuts aside, Tempest is still a damn fine album. Dylan is in mostly excellent form -- even when sloppy; it sounds like he's having the time of his life. [A Deluxe Version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 887254641421
  • Catalog Number: 546414
  • Sales rank: 45,702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duquense Whistle (5:43)
  2. 2 Soon After Midnight (3:27)
  3. 3 Narrow Way (7:28)
  4. 4 Long and Wasted Years (3:46)
  5. 5 Pay in Blood (5:09)
  6. 6 Scarlet Town (7:17)
  7. 7 Early Roman Kings (5:14)
  8. 8 Tin Angel (9:05)
  9. 9 Tempest (13:54)
  10. 10 Roll On John (7:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Charlie Sexton Guitar
Tony Garnier Bass
David Hidalgo Guitar, Violin, Accordion
Donnie Herron Banjo, Mandolin, Violin, Steel Guitar
George G. Receli Drums
Stu Kimball Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Scott Litt Engineer
John Shearer Inside Photo
William Claxton Back Cover Photo
Dana Nielsen Engineer
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    This will probably rank up there with many of the earlier great

    This will probably rank up there with many of the earlier great Dylan albums. The music is superb and the lyrics, as ever, provoke a great deal of thought. This may be the coda to a great career, but Dylan continues to surprise and who knows what he will do next. This should be in the collection of anyone that values Dylan and his contribution to American music

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