Today, a little more than 50 years after the start of his recording career Bob Dylan released “Duquesne Whistle,” the first track from his LP #36, Tempest. Penned with Robert Hunter of Grateful Dead fame the new tune finds Dylan alive and well and more than whets the whistle for the upcoming album. Fans of Dylan’s late career renaissance should find this one right in the wheelhouse, building on a wonderful arc that started with 1998s Time Out of Mind.
As for me, I listened to the new track on loop for an hour and I love it. As far as I am concerned, what is now going on a 15 year encore for Dylan couldn’t be scripted any better – and this jam fits right in. I can’t wait to drop the needle on what will undoubtedly be an immaculately pressed chunk of vinyl in just a few weeks time.
Click here to hear the new tune via NPR. Tempest drops on 9/11 via Columbia Records.