180 Gram Double LP! 50th Anniversary of Career Debut! Featuring 10 New & Original Songs! Includes a Tribute to John Lennon! Bonus CD of Entire Album!
Bob Dylan's new studio album, Tempest, features ten new and original Bob Dylan songs. The release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist's eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962. The new album, produced by Jack Frost (pseudonym for Dylan himself), is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009's worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.
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. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while "Love and Theft" continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.
Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist's most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist's first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.
Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, "Things Have Changed," from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist's royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.
This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.
"The album [includes] a John Lennon tribute entitled 'Roll on John,' which quotes lines from multiple Beatles songs, including 'Come together right now' from 'Come Together' and 'I heard the news today, oh boy' from 'A Day in the Life.' The title track is a 14-minute epic about the sinking of the Titanic, which actually refers to a scene from James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic at one point. The chorus of another standout track, 'Pay in Blood,' includes the line, 'I'll pay in blood, but not my own.'" - Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
"The 180g Record Industry Dutch pressing quality is outstanding. You also get the full album on CD. So between the music, the sound and the packaging this is a worthy, vital Dylan album fifty years after his debut. Amazing. Dylan showed '60s youth how to move beyond the rigidity of the 1950's and now he's showing that same generation (and younger ones too) how to move gracefully and vibrantly into old age." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 10/10, Sound 9/10!
Features: • 180g Vinyl • Double LP • Includes CD of Entire Album • 50th Anniversary of Career Debut • Pressed at Furnace
Selections: LP1 - Side 1 1. Duquesne Whistle 2. Soon After Midnight 3. Narrow Way LP1 - Side 2 1. Long And Wasted Years 2. Pay In Blood 3. Scarlet Town LP2 - Side 3 1. Early Roman Kings 2. Tin Angel LP2 - Side 4 1. Tempest 2. Roll On John