by / August 4th, 2012 /

New Dylan album scheduled for September release

Earlier this year Bob Dylan picked up the Presidential Medal of Freedom in his home country. This may very well have nothing to do with his latest studio offering, Tempest, which is due to be released on September 7th, 2012, (September 11th in the US) but awards pinned to his music rather than his ‘self’ don’t seem to matter a whole lot these days. His last major award for his music was a Grammy in 2006 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, not exactly the ringing endorsement you might be garnished with when receiving an award for, let’s say, album of the year.

But nonetheless, Columbia have released details of his latest pending contribution to the canon which will feature 10 new tracks including ‘Roll on John’, a tribute to John Lennon who, which thankfully comes along just in time for Lennon’s 32nd year anniversary celebrations. Another track which will have Dylanologists leafing through their little books of metaphor is the title track, ‘Tempest’ which is, according to some sites, a 14-minute lament for the loss of the Titanic and apparently features commentary on the James Cameron film too. Clearly the actual sinking of the ship wasn’t portentous enough for Bob. Produced by Jack Frost – Dylan’s pseudonym – here is the track listing:

‘Duquesne Whistle’
‘Soon After Midnight’
‘Narrow Way’
‘Long and Wasted Years’
‘Pay in Blood’
‘Scarlet Town’
‘Early Roman Kings’
‘Tin Angel’
‘Tempest’
‘Roll on John’