As long-time fans of rock know, 2012 has been an interesting year. At the beginning of the year, much was made about a much-discussed 50th anniversary disc from the Rolling Stones. Well, as we all know by now, that hasn't happened (at least not yet).
But the good news is that the Beach Boys have issued a surprisingly strong disc (That's Why God Made the Radio was released in June) in celebration of their 50th anniversary, while I'm even a bigger fan of outstanding 30th anniversary releases from ASIA (XXX) and the Fixx (Beautiful Friction, which is available today from Kirtland Records).
Now today comes word that the great Robert Allen Zimmerman - better known as Bob Dylan - is set to release Tempest on Sept. 11. It has been 50 years since the release of Dylan's debut album.
Here is the official media release and artwork of Tempest. Can't wait to hear it!
Collection of Ten New Bob Dylan Songs Marks Musician's 50th Anniversary as a Recording Artist
Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/tempestitunes and Amazon http://smarturl.it/tempestamazon. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, 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.