Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Dylan Album - Tempest

Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan’s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11, 2012. Featuring 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, [Dylan himself] is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.

Full press release here. Lots of comments on the web. Suggestions that the cover may be based on Bernini's sculture, The Ecstasy of St. Teresa though this statue of Pallas Athene in Vienna seems to be a contender also.

The full set list is here and it is said to contain two epic songs, one about the Titanic and one about John Lennon.

Dylan is finishing a European tour at the moment and goes on to tour in the USA later in the year. No Irish date in the current tour. After Friday's brilliant Paul Simon concert in Dublin I played Dylan on the way to Tralee to reassure myself. Blood on the Tracks did the job.

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with sleep.

- William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1

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