Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, piano); David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion); Stu Kimball, Charlie Sexton (guitar); Donnie Herron (steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin); George G. Receli (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dana Nielsen; Scott Litt.
Photographers: John Shearer; Albert Watson .
Tempest, Bob Dylan's 35th album, continues to employ blues, country, folk, and ragged rockabilly to carry his songs. Unlike many of his recent recordings, however, he's largely left 1930s and early-'40s pop out of the mix here. Themes on Tempest are generally dark, rife with violence and tragedy -- including the title track, a 14-minute retelling of the Titanic saga. Also included are "Roll On John," a tribute to John Lennon, a roadhouse blues rave-up in "Early Roman Kings," and a nine-minute ballad entitled "Tin Angel." Dylan employed his road band and guest David Hidalgo from Los Lobos in the studio.