The new Bob Dylan album is "The Tempest,"and as usual, it's on mighty, mighty Columbia Records. This is #35 for the 71-year-old Bob who must not only deal with the daily weight of just Being Bob - how many thousands of kids are named Dylan - but still rocking out as well. His voice is gnarlier than ever - as if he's gargling sandpaper and razor blades as he channels Louis Armstrong in Tom Waits' garage, but his band - no surprise - tears it up. Not sure who the guitar player is on "Narrow Way," but that one's the rocker. There's also a long 14 minute telling of the Titanic's last voyage and this one ends with Bob's take on the senseless murder of the first Beatle to go, "Roll On John." It's still Bob - the guy that gave us "Who Killed Davey More," "The Masters of War," and "Tombstone Blues" and so many more, but not sure how many times you'll want to listen to this one for fun. Then again, we should live so long and rock even half as hard as Bob who is what's really going on.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Bob Dylan - The Tempest
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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